Made several additions and a few subtractions to the Podcasts Worth A Listen page. If you’re looking for something new to feed your ear holes, go check it out.
Have you seen the latest thing to hit Facebook and the Internet community? The What 3 Fictional Characters Best Describe You, in which folks find the three fictional people who they feel represent them. How ridiculous to think that we can be reduced to a simple three imaginary characters … that said, here’s mine!
In case you haven’t noticed, I’d like to point out that if you go to the Walmart.com website to shop, they sell items directly from other vendors. Similar to Amazon, I suppose, except they don’t back your purchases through these other vendors. For example, the one time I had a problem with a merchant through Amazon, Amazon refunded my money and allowed me to mail the item back to them. Walmart tells you it’s out of their hands and you’ll have to work it out with the supplier of said merchandise.
Which brings me to ToyWiz.
My wife was looking on the Walmart website for Tracker, a Paw Patrol dog and his vehicle that we had found while on vacation. Her mom wanted to buy one for my wife’s nephew like the one we had bought our 2 year old. Local stores didn’t have them. They retail for $15 at Toys R Us and such, but we found one in stock at Walmart.com, sold through ToyBiz, and the image of the product looked like this (which is what we wanted) for $19.99.
This is Tracker and his jungle jeep. The price was a bit more, but my mother-in-law was cool with that. There was also a $8 shipping & handling fee, and said it’d take about 2 1/2 weeks to get here.
Well, we placed our order, got my Walmart.com receipt, and waited. It took about a week and a half to receive it, and this is what my wife pulled out of the package.
My wife took the you to Walmart along with our receipt, which is where they informed us they don’t back purchases through outside merchants that sell on their website.
My wife called the ToyBiz number. Explained this was not what we ordered. The service person did everything but call her a liar, and said that we could return it for a refund. The catch is, we have to pay shipping to return it, plus a 10% restock fee for a product we didn’t order.
I tried looking for the item again, but the listing from ToyBiz is no longer on Walmart’s website. There is another merchant selling what we were looking for, for $45!
Walmart really needs to rethink their policy on outside merchants. It not only makes them look bad, but it creates a somewhat confusing atmosphere for the customer.
So, watch who you’re buying from at Walmart.com and I highly recommend NOT buying from ToyBiz.
Since my Road Block post concerning my weight last week, I’ve entered into what I’m calling hardcore mode. I’ve been drinking the heck out of water, trimming my Coke intake to one bottle a day. At the same time, I have shaved back my calorie intake. Whereas MyFitnessPal strongly suggests I eat at least 2290 calories a day, I decided 1500 would help me get passed this hump I feel stuck at. I’m trying my best to stick to a plan that has me eating only between 12-8 each afternoon/evening, while fasting in the time between each day until the next 8 hours. Finally, I’ve been sweating and walking my butt off. It’s hot around here, and I’ve been walking and trying to stay active every day – even when I don’t feel like it.
Today I stepped on the scale to a 6 pound loss. I not only lost the weight I gained during our trip to Gatlinburg a couple weekends ago, but I also broke through the road block of 350 to reach a new loss of 347.4 pounds. Of course, if I can’t maintain the loss and continue to lose more, it isn’t much of a victory, but I’ll take what works right now!
A comic created by Adam4d.com about the concern for the “Death of Christianity in America.” It’s an on-point take of how things are perceived versus what is.
Visit the “curiously Christian webcomic” and enjoy the messages that can be found there in comic form.