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Old 01-12-09, 01:10 PM   #1
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Surprising products that changed your life

What product/item/thing have you found to be completely incredible? Life-changing, even? Something that you lived just fine without before you found it, but have now realized just how much better life is WITH it?

One of mine: Switching from plastic shower curtain rings (the kind that click into themselves) to hanging metal hooks. The time, frustration and shoulder pain from the former made my life a living hell compared to the ease of the latter. Plus they look so much better.

Yours? (And don't say Viagra.)
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Old 01-12-09, 01:13 PM   #2
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My Brooks B17 Imperial.

Also a big plus 1 on metal shower hooks.
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Old 01-12-09, 01:13 PM   #3
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I spent quite some time thinking about this (okay, 4 minutes), and I can't think of anything.
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Aluminum hardtail. Almost goes without saying. *wistful look of longing*
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VIAGRA!

no, I'm kidding.

internet, for being so... internet
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I forgot one thing.

Sex.

Life is so much better with it than without even though I have been going without for far too long.
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I forgot one thing.

Sex.

Life is so much better with it than without even though I have been going without for far too long.
isn't that a service and not a product?
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isn't that a service and not a product?
services can be products.
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could be a product of a service... I guess...
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isn't that a service and not a product?
It's a thing.

It could be considered a service if you have to pay for it.
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it makes cleaning a cat's litter box very easy, leaves little mess, saves litter, and most important - keeps the monster happy!
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computer.

When I first started out - used to only have typewriters, then memory typewriters - moved on to sharing a WANG (used 10-1/2" floppy disks) with about 30 secretaries (got to sign up for 1/2 hr time slots to use it) and so on. "Manual" labor!
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Old 01-12-09, 01:51 PM   #18
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Consumer review websites. That is, read the negative comments, look at the overall rating and then make a slightly more informed decision on where to spend the hard earned clams.
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Good cookware. Never realized how much it made a difference until I took the plunge and got "real" cookware.

Decent coffee grinder (Capresso Infinity - want an even better one some day)

Internet - I am a research junkie. I'll research every possible thing about items before purchase (for one example). I don't even remember how I researched before the days of the common internet.
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In no particular order:

TiVo
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Old 01-12-09, 02:08 PM   #21
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I love the Cat Genie but eventually one of our cats rebelled and started pi$$ing all over.

It should be a little bit bigger so that the cat is more comfortable. Otherwise it's a great idea that took too long to get to market.
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ShamWow. I now go around intentionally spilling all kinds of **** just so I can wipe it up.
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Tude you shared a 10.5" floppy wang with other women?

Huh.

BTW, sex isn't a product (it CAN be a commodity, but would fall under "service".). Now if you want to say "**********", that'd be different. But lets keep this relatively family-friendly, eh?

A couple others:
Magnetic kitchen timers
Beer can koozies
The Neti Pot
Snuggie!
George Foreman Grill
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Keurig Elite brewing station.

There's all sorts of things that I see initially and wonder, "why the hell would anyone need that?", and this was one of them. It's a single cup coffee/tea/cocoa maker. You fill the water tank on the side, put a single serving packet in the receptical, close the lid and push the button. Blammo, it's coffee (or tea, or cocoa; there's something like 150 different kinds of these packets you can buy.)
I've never been concerned too much about my coffee. I've always used whatever $25 cheap-o machine I could find, and relatively inexpensive pre-ground coffee beans. If I wanted tea, I'd just put the kettle on and wait, then come back and find my tea satchel and leaves, etc. The Girl is a bit more particular about her java. That, combined with the fact that she doesn't walk/stand so well, and a cup of coffee at home was quite a difficult chore. It either meant me getting the espresso machine out and playing around with all the crap that entails, or I'd head across the street to get a (tasty, but) overpriced drink from the local non-Starbucks purveyor of coffee based beverages.
The Keurig takes 90 seconds from entering the kitchen empty handed, to walking out with a cup of coffee. It costs 80% less per drink than going across the street (not including the fact that if it wasn't me walking there, The Girl would have to drive there.)
So, while it's one of those things whose necessity perplexed me at first, it's become the kitchen gizmo that both of us really appreciate.
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