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    Updated on Jan 27, 2020. Posted on Jan 27, 2020

    32 Things I Would Be Quite Surprised To Learn You Don't Own Already

    Absolutely scandalous if you *don't* have a Squatty Potty.

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    1. An Amazon Fire Stick, because if you're still paying for cable in 2020...maybe don't! The Fire Stick makes *any* TV a smart TV and gives you easy access to all one million of your subscription services.

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    Promising review: "We have been getting steady increases in our cable TV bill with no increases in services. So we thought we would cut the cord and this device became the focal point for making that transition. We are very pleased with the performance of this device. It is easy to setup with prompts provided as you power it up. We then added our favorite apps, (also very easy), and have never looked back at the cable TV being gone. We now save over $100 a month without those charges for cable TV. If you are thinking of making the leap into cord cutting, this is the way to go." —Stephen H. Jenkins

    Get it from Amazon or $39.99.

    2. A vitamin C serum that's the perfect catch-all product for anyone trying to lessen dark circles, sun spots, redness, and breakouts. A wonderful pick for anyone just starting out on their skincare ~journey~.

    A split photo of a face with some breakouts and the same face with the breakouts gone.
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    Promising review: "I was originally spending a lot more for a Kiehl's pore tightening and face brightening serum. When I heard from a friend about this serum, I was doubtful it would be effective, but I WAS BLOWN AWAY by the results even within two weeks! I have been using this vitamin C serum and I have seen unbelievable results! I really cant believe it! My pores are a lot tighter and my major dark sun spot has faded. I will be reordering it and I have recommended it to many friends." —Annalyssa Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    Check out "This Vitamin C Face Serum May Give You The Best Dang Skin Of Your Life" for more info!

    3. A set of packing cubes to transform your luggage from a tornado/dumpster combo into a well-organized Mary Poppins bag. These turned me from the messiest packer into the most pristine packer, and I genuinely believe anyone who takes even one trip a year should own them.

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    The set comes with four cubes of different sizes as well as a drawstring bag for shoes. Never attempt to shield your crisp white shirt from a dirty shoe by wedging clean socks between them again!

    Promising review: "I thought these were all hype, but as I’m a TERRIBLE over packer, I figured it was worth a try. The first time I tried them was to fly most of my clothing across the country to where I’m moving in a month, and I must say, I 100% regret not buying these sooner. I fit an unbelievable amount of clothing into my suitcases due to these little lovelies, and that’s without special rolling techniques or anything. In the next to smallest cube I fit 14 shirts and three dresses! I didn’t need to sit on them to shut them, as the zippers as tough and able to handle what is coming, the open vents was also useful as I could see what I had squeezed in there. I can’t wait to be organized for my next adventure!" —Erika

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in nine colors).

    4. Blue light-blocking glasses that'll help reduce the eye strain you feel after being on the computer for eight hours during the work day. Ending the day without that fatigue and fogginess? Miraculous.

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    Promising review: "These are exactly what I was looking for as I was getting horrible headaches from the computer screen. I wanted something that had a trendy look but also versatile as well. These glasses are lightweight and very sturdy. I have received so many compliments from my colleagues about these glasses as well. I will be buying a second pair to keep one at the office and one in my home office. I’m also on the hunt for a male version because my husband is jealous of my glasses." —Amy Carey

    Get them from Amazon for $15.97+ (available in four colors).

    5. A Squatty Potty, because *THIS JUST IN* it really does help you poop better! Not to get too much into your business, but if even 1% of you wants to try one, just get it. I did and never looked back!

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    Promising review: "Unbelievable how effective the Squatty Potty is. I bought it as a joke, but it really works. Amazing how the natural position works. Others in our family have bought Squatty Potties and agree. We are fans." —Lucy

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99, or for a more ~aesthetic~ throne, splurge on the clear one for $79.99.

    If you want more squatty potty content before making the best purchase of your life, check out "I Tried The Squatty Potty And I Will Never Poop The Same."

    6. A soft headband for holding your hair back while you wash your face and apply your skincare products. Life's better with dry bangs and a moisturized face.

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    Promising review: "Really cute and soft. Fits me perfectly and I have an average adult head, lol. I really didn't need three, but it's a good deal." —Alana Marie

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $6.49.

    7. An activated charcoal whitening toothpaste that's helped thousands of people skip expensive treatments and simply brush, brush, brush their way to a brighter smile.

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    Promising review: "I used this product four times now, and it’s unbelievable how white my teeth already are. You also don’t get sensitive teeth from this like other whiteners. Love it!" —Carrie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. A Tub Shroom to save you time and money by preventing drain clogs before they even begin. You can't really stop yourself from shedding, but you can make cleaning up a heck of a lot easier!

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    Promising review: "I shed so much hair and it has always been an issue when it comes to showering! I used to try to catch the hairs before it went to the drain in which I would later have to clean once clogged, and now I encourage and move them towards the drain and my TubShroom! It truly is amazing and the silicone material allows it to not rust like the old metal tub sink screens. It makes cleaning so much easier, and I am amazed every time. It even caught my dog's hair and he has short, thin hairs!!! Highly highly recommend this for every home." —S.K.M.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    Check out "This Mushroom-Shaped Hair Catcher Is So Gross, But Really Satisfying" for more *hair-raising* pics and glowing reviews!

    9. A bottle of BarKeepers cleaning solution so you can tackle any "impossible" home cleaning task. Scrub rust, surface scratches, burnt grease, and even Sharpie marks away on all of your surfaces with this one helpful cleaner.

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    Promising review: "Sink was near unclean-able. Ajax, bleach etc would not take out the stains you see on the photo taken. We considered replacing the sink but wanted to Google how to repair sinks and stumbled on a YouTube review for this product. The change is unbelievable. The left is AFTER an hour scrubbing with Ajax. The right is 30 minutes with Bar Keeper's." —Eze

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    For more about this, check out "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House".

    10. A classic Swiffer that'll be super effective and, like a hand-written letter or broken-in denim jacket, timeless. I use my Swiffer for floor messes of all kinds — I honestly don't know how to clean a floor without it.

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    This starter kit comes with the mop, seven dry cloths, and three wet cloths.

    Promising review: "Our Swiffer has been a true time-saver in my house! We have newly installed laminate flooring and winter has been harsh. The Swiffer is quick to clean up those paw prints that somehow manage to find their way in! This is a great starter kit that comes with everything you need to have your floors clean!" —Olivia

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    11. A Hydro Flask for staying hydrated always and forever. This vacuum-sealed wonder keeps cold drinks cold for hours and hours — I know because mine is glued to my hand pretty much all day every day!

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    Promising review: "This is a great water bottle. I tested it by filling it with chilled water and taking it to the beach. It was a very hot day, the sun was beating down, and the sand was hot. I had the bottle out the whole time on the sand for several hours and the water remained very cold. I've also kept it in a hot car running errands on a 90+ degree day and again, the water stays refreshingly cold. I bought a second Hydro Flask for my desk at work, and the colors are so pretty. I bought one in mint and another in raspberry. It would also make a great gift. Highly recommend!" —AB

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in four sizes and 13 colors).

    12. Or a Nalgene bottle if that's more ~on brand~ for you. If you're looking for a lighter weight bottle that's ready to hit the ole' dusty trail at a moment's notice, the Nalgene might be more your speed.

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    Promising review: "You don't have to ask the quality of Nalgene bottles. They are simply durable, tough, and reliable. There's just something I like about the simple design of it and it's perfect. Unlike other fancy water bottles with flip-cap or whatever, Nalgene keeps their product simple yet usable. I personally love this cadet color and it was a steal when I got it. Keeps me hydrated all the time!" —Sena Narottama

    Get it from Amazon for $7.05+ (available in six sizes and 77 colors).

    13. A Beauty Blender so you can bounce bounce bounce your way to flawless foundation coverage. Time to finally snag the one beauty tool you need for base makeup application.

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    To use, simply wet the sponge, squeeze out any excess water, and bounce your foundation right on!

    Promising review: "I LOVE this blender! It is more expensive than the off-brands but you are getting a quality product that you can wash and re-use often. You do need to use it damp which is very easy, you just hold it under running water while squeezing the excess water out for about 20 seconds and you will have the most amazing blending tool. I use it to put on my BB cream and my highlighter and to blend in my concealer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in 14 colors).

    14. An Instant Pot that, in case you haven't heard, the people love! It's not too late to finally try everyone's favorite 6-in-1 appliance — you two still have a long future of deliciousness ahead.

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    The Instant Pot's 6-in-1 functions include: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, steamer, and warmer. What a multitasker!


    Promising review:
    "I've had this for only two weeks and I swear I haven't touched my stove or pans. So easy to use and so many functions. You can sauté meat, make hardboiled eggs, rice and beans, and steamed vegetables in a matter of minutes. The Instant Pot community is large, and there are always recipes to be shared. So simple to use and clean. I've made anything from perfectly hard boiled eggs whose shells just fall off on their own, to soups, to Mongolian beef, and spaghetti! I am so glad I jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon and cannot wait to purchase accessories in the future to make cheesecake and other things." —yestfl

    Get a from Amazon for $59+ (available in three-, six-, and eight-quart sizes).

    15. A basic metal shoe horn so you can slip your tootsies into any pair of kicks with ease. You can make fun of me all you want for loving shoe horns, and it'll roll right off my back — they're actually wildly useful and can also help people with limited mobility!

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    Promising review: "After knee replacement I have very limited range of motion with my knee and easy tasks like putting on socks and shoes has become a struggle. This shoe horn has made putting on shoes a little easier again.

    I would definitely recommend this product!" —Rosey

    Get it from Amazon for $8.87 (available in five colors).

    16. A bottle of dandruff shampoo, because if you think you'll NEVER get dandruff so you don't need to have some special shampoo on hand...it's time to come back to earth!

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    Promising review: "Unbelievable! I've suffered from dandruff for years and had pretty much given up. I can't remember how I came across this product but literally, it has solved the problem. Like, I have no idea what is going on but (knock on wood) I haven't had any flakes since starting to use it every few days. Zero." —Dr. Hidalgo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.84.

    17. A slim external battery so you're never up a creek without a charge — one of the worst feelings of the modern world that you experience often, admit it.

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    Promising reviews: "I bought this during the height of the Pokemon Go release craze, and it worked great for keeping my phone alive so I could try and find something other than Pidgeys. I don't play anymore but it still works as a good life extender while on long flights between my two work offices." —Kim Dee

    Get it from Amazon for $16.14+ (available in four colors).

    18. A Quip toothbrush whose vibration patterns will keep your teeth clean as heck and timer function will keep you honest when it comes to how long you've been brushing. You already have every podcast host telling you to buy this, so add my voice to the chorus.

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    Famously, one of my grossest qualities is that I hate brushing my teeth — Quip makes it so much easier to convince myself to stand at the sink for two WHOLE minutes. It vibrates rather than rotates, so it's not too harsh on sensitive teeth and it cues you to switch to another corner of your mouth every 30 seconds. I travel a lot, so I love that its stand also doubles as a travel cover — genius!

    The starter set comes with an electric toothbrush base, a cover/mount, and an optional toothpaste. Refills come with a brush head, AAA battery, and optional toothpaste.

    Get a starter set from Quip for $25+ with $5+ refills every three months.

    19. A necessary Clorox toilet cleaning kit. Gone are the days of keeping an upsetting, bent up toilet brush in your bathroom. This one's sleek design and replaceable heads makes even the grossest task feel a little more doable.

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    The kit comes with one wand, a caddy, and six disposable scrubber refills.

    Promising review: "Do you ever look at your toilet brush in disgust and resentment? How is a dirty used-up brush still sitting in your throne room? You clean your bathroom, but then you put that sucker down in its place and it's just mocking you. It's never truly immaculate. Never knowing true cleanliness. Fear no more. Now you can shine your porcelain throne and not have to worry about a used up toilet brush mocking your clean, sparkling bathroom. Gone are the days of breathing in dirty poop particles from the reusable potty-cleaning-brush-thingy. Clorox Toilet Wand: the answer to your prayers if you want an easy, deep clean and to toss away the brush after you're done. Fast, cheap, and easy. Just how we like to clean." —Juliana

    Get it from Amazon for $8.88.

    20. A hanging shower rack to de-clutter the sides of your tub. You never realize just how convenient having one of these is until you get one and wonder how you ever lived without it.

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    Promising review: "Super sleek design. So surprised how durable it is. I put all of my heavy conditioners and shampoos in the caddy, and they didn’t fall out." —Itslexdoe_

    Get it from Amazon for $18.92+ (available in eight finishes).

    21. An Echo Dot, because it feels like everyone has a little robot helper around the house these days. Access shopping lists, songs, the weather, and *so* much more with just a simple request.

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    The Echo Dot can set alarms, make shopping lists, play music, dim the lights, tell you about the weather...it's a little scary how much it's capable of!

    Promising review: "I have friends and family who have made fun of me for using the Echo Dot around my home. Well, I gave a few as gifts. 'Why would I ever need something like this' turned into love with it the first hour! The music, the information, and the whole Alexa experience made her a huge believer. The same thing happened with my sister and my niece. They loved it. Now we also 'drop in' to talk to one another. I'd say it was a huge hit and based on my personal experiences plus their enthusiastic acceptance, I have to give Alexa and the Echo Dot five stars." —Greg C.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in four colors).

    22. A new accordion file folder to inspire you to finally start keeping track of your important documents. It'll give you major peace of mind to just put important letters, papers, and bills right in and know just where they are.

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    Promising review: "I am on the road all the time for work, and these have made my life so much easier! I have almost every color of these and use one for my personal (bills to pay, checks to cash, to-do lists, forms to sign, etc.), another for anything that pertains to a specific day, and one for each of my clients. I could easily see these being great for high school or college classes. These go from the floor of my car, to my bottomless purse, to the kitchen counter — they go everywhere and they have held up great! I absolutely love these!" —Jenna Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in eight solid colors and four floral patterns).

    Check out our full write-up of these pastel lifesavers for more info!

    23. A pack of Mighty Patches, because you can fight breakouts as easily as popping on a sticker on overnight. As you slumber, it'll suck up that gunk and leave your pimples much less irritating.

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    Promising review: "If you have issues with acne (especially those nasty whiteheads) but can't afford all the fancy step by step treatments out there, you at least need to buy these. This truly worked at minimizing my pimples, sucking up the wound and keeping big pimples from getting worse. It really does draw up the pus to the patch! I leave one on overnight and just slowly peel off and then wipe away any remaining pus. I even let my mom who was visiting try it on her pimple and she loved them, so I had to order more!" —Megan Meehan

    Get them from Amazon for $12.50.

    24. A makeup brush shampoo so cleaning your brushes is a task you can actually accomplish. It's not as scary as it sounds, I promise — especially with this shampoo on your team!

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    Promising review: "I've been skeptical about items that seem like glorified soap but got it as a gift. This cleaned my brushes like nothing else, with just a drop, a few seconds of spreading it around, and literally about 10 seconds of swishing in warm water. It was unbelievable. It took out weeks of caked on 24-hour concealer and foundation and left my brush soft and fluffy like it was brand new. I will always use this, and my brushes will always be clean!" —Chloe

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

    25. A can of Easy-Off oven cleaner, because everyone has oven mishaps that result in burnt-on food. That's life, baby! But you should also have a way to clean it up that doesn't require five hours of scrubbing.

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    This product works in just *40 minutes*, but it's safe to leave overnight for maximum effectiveness (or if you're just feeling lazy).

    Promising review: "Simply UNBELIEVABLE. Fume-free and no gloves needed, but dissolves ANYTHING cooked on! I had not cleaned my oven EVER. I simply sprayed it on, shut the door overnight, and wiped it off with paper towels. I don't have to dread cleaning the oven ever again! You can use it for everyday spot cleaning and only have to let it sit for a couple hours for minor things. I used it on my broiler pan that would not scrub clean with even steel wool — no need to scrub ever again now! My crockpot leaked over the bowl and burned on inside of the heating chamber. I just sprayed, covered, and wiped in morning. I plan on using it to clean the grill in the spring and am sure it will make it a breeze." —Andrew J.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    26. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets so you can rescue all the tumblers you've let sit for wayyy too long. Don't toss them! Just give 'em the old Bottle Bright treatment and they're be back in service in no time.

    Split into three sections: in the first labeled "Before" there's the inside of a dirty, stained tumbler, the middle labeled "During" the tumbler is soapy, in the third, labeled "after," the tumbler is clean inside.
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    Promising review: "These are AMAZING! Got them for the bottles my husband puts iced tea in every day hoping for a miracle and I got one. The bottles got a brown film on the inside over time that no amount of scrubbing could remove. Put one of the tablets in and let it soak overnight and the bottles were good as new the next morning — it was unbelievable. Can't recommend these highly enough." —RedHeadJenn

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    27. A 10-foot phone charging cable that will simply make your life better. Not being chained to the outlet while your digital brain gets that sweet sweet juice is an incredible feeling, and one I think you deserve.

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    Promising review: "So far so good. I have bought braided lightning cables in the past that ended up fraying near the phone plug in. This one hasn’t so far and I have been using for four months. I think the longer length helps to prevent this. It also charges my iPhone extremely quickly when on my USB outlet cover. With regular plugs I would say average speed. Still, a much stronger quality than I have had with off brands. Amazon basics is overall a pretty good quality brand." —Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in five colors and four lengths, but like...get the 10-foot one).

    28. A bottle of Poo-Pourri toilet spray to help keep your BMs on the DL. Your housemates will be very happy you decided to invest in this little bottle of magic, at last.

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    Promising review: "I have these sprays in every bathroom in my home. I also travel with them because you know how it is in a hotel with the bathroom right there by where you're sleeping. I also keep one at work, although I had to start hiding it in the bathroom because apparently other people love it as much as I do and decided to take it home with them. I highly recommend. So much more effective than the 'courtesy flush.' By the time you do that one, the problem is already 'out there.' With Poo-Pourri, it never has a chance. I haven't met a scent I didn't like so far. What a great idea!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in seven sizes and 25 scents).

    29. A lightweight handheld vacuum for swiftly taking care of any little mess that comes up. This one goes out to every time I've spilled rice on the ground, stared at it wordlessly for 10 minutes, and then just...walked away.

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    Promising review: "This is such a wonderful vacuum! The fact that it is handheld makes it very easy to store and easy to use, and the crevice tool is makes it easy to clean nooks and crannies that gather dust. The attachable nozzle has been great for vacuuming our rug, and the filter is very easy to clean (though it does fill up quickly)." —Sting

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    30. A Baggu to help you reduce the amount of plastic bags you use. This guy folds into a little pouch so you can stick it in your car/purse/anywhere and *actually* remember to bring it shopping.

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    Need some inspo to cut down on your plastic bag use this year? Check out "15 Facts That Will Make You Never Use Plastic Bags Again!"

    Promising review: "This is my second Baggu purchase. I have previously purchased one other standard nylon Baggu as well as the baby Baggu, which I frequently use to carry my lunch or for small shopping errands. I love that the Baggu of any size is so lightweight and can be folded up neatly into a pouch to drop into a purse, trunk, wherever. I keep one in my handbag, office desk drawer and car, and have found it much easier to avoid unnecessary usage of plastic shopping bags. It also takes up a lot less space than my other reusable bags, which makes storing them convenient and easy. Finally, the best part is that the Baggu is washable, which means no worrying about getting it dirty over time. Overall, this has been a great product that I would recommend to anyone looking to reduce plastic bag usage with a much more reliable and convenient carry option." —MFarrington

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19 (available in 24 colors).

    31. A fabric defuzzer so you can effectively rescue any pilled clothing, accessories, or upholstery as soon as The Big Fuzz starts to happen.

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    Promising review: "Far and away *the* best fabric shaver I’ve ever purchased! With adjustable height settings, large shaver head, and 'fuzz' collection bin, this powerful gadget makes everything look brand new again!" —M. Vines

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    Head to "This Magical Fabric Defuzzer Will Absolutely Change Your Life" for more incredible before-and-after pics!

    32. A Porter Bowl that OK, yes, I admit is a niche purchase, but should 1000% be in everyone's cabinet. It makes packing and carrying leftovers feel borderline chic, which is a small, welcome miracle.

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    I use my Porter Bowl basically every time I bring my lunch to work. The lid vacuum seals tightly, and I've never had a problem with leaks. It's both microwavable and dishwasher-safe which is obviously a huge win in my book. And it just feels nice to eat lunch out of a real piece of dish-ware, rather than flimsy plastic. I have the ceramic version and haven't had any problems with scratching. It's rubber coated, so it's easy to travel with and doesn't slide around.

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (available in 10 colors in plastic and ceramic versions).

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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