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Wake Me In February

To say this past December was busy would be an understatement. It is now mid-January and I’m finally getting back into some sort of rhythm and will hopefully get back to blogging regularly soon. In the meantime, here’s the hit list of what I’ve been up (in no particular order) to and have wanted to blog about in more detail (which isn’t going to happen, so we better move forward)…
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Cyber Monday 2007

I’m not all that impressed with the “Cyber Monday” sales (and shipping & financing discounts), but if you want to check out an overview to decide for yourself you can do so at blackfday.com.  In my opinion, the best offer is the 20% off certain stores if you use PayPal to checkout (most appear to be capped at $50 or so).

Black Friday 2007

For the first year in I don’t know how long, I did not crawl out of bed in the wee hours of the morning to join in the madness known as Black Friday. The decision was based on the fact that the products which I was really interested in were all available online AND with free shipping. So it just didn’t make sense to join in the madness and leave the comfy confines of my warm bed.

The purchases this year were pretty simple, as I wasn’t after any “big ticket” items or even toys for that matter…

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Introducing Just Not China

With all of the current toy recalls my wife and I have been pondering what to do about toys, and even other products, for Christmas for the kids this year.

It’s not that I’m overly paranoid that the Chinese are out to kill and/or harm us all, but it is certainly a concern. Especially since it appears that every toy that is/was made in China toy is being recalled, but they’re just taking it in stages. (Is that paranoid or make me sound like some conspiracy nut?) And who has the time to purchase toys that have to be returned? Can you even imagine how much worse the exchange lines will be after Christmas this year if this continues?

So we looked through all of the kids current toys and haven’t found much of anything that isn’t made in China (and good luck finding many “Made in the USA” toys at the major retailers). And this also includes all of the “kids meal” related toys for the various fast food restaurants.

So this has lead to the start of yet another Surge Bucket Media blog, Just Not China, which will showcase products that you can buy that are indeed, “Not Made in China”. (If someone has a positive phrasing idea for that, please let me know.) While there are a few major companies that we hope to get on board, the vast majority of the products will not be available many places beyond online websites and catalog sales. But that is great as you’ll be helping the “little man” and be purchasing products that most people don’t even know about.

We quickly put this up today, based on this blog’s theme, so bear with us as it gets built out and products are listed. It may take a few weeks to get rolling, but we hope to have some products listed well before Christmas. So please bookmark the site and subscribe to the RSS feed. And if you have anything to add, please contact us.