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Offline thelastslaith  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2012 2:40:26 PM(UTC)
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"mini" hamburger speaker









 The "Mini" Hamburger Speaker





I
recently bought this item from Chinabuye for $8.26 (Including free
shipping as I'm willing to wait forever for a cheaper item approximately
£5.80). My first thought was wow this is not as “mini” as any other
Hamburger speaker being around 2-3 times the size of any other one I
have seen. This size doesn't make it any less transportable as it can
still fit in a pocket however does affect its potential use as a MP3
player....


 





Yes!
I did just mention that it can effectively function as a MP3 player an
odd thing that this speaker contained within its box a basic set of
headphones. The humour of a set of headphones as part of a speaker
package was not lost on me. using headphones with this item wouldn't be a
bad application of this product however as I found I could just slot my
SD card from my phone into it and then with it on it works like a basic
mp3 player with just a sliding button for volume and skipping tracks.
This means that effectively for £5.80 I have a Mp3 player that could
potentially hold a 32gb memory card (mine is 8 gb) this is more than
enough memory for just songs. The only problem with this is that you
would then need to buy that memory card.






Back
to the main function which is essentially a mobile speaker system for
playing music which I believe would be perfect for small presentations.
It is ideal for this because it is small enough and light enough to be
able to put into a laptop case or in a bag along with a Ipad and any
other presentation materials. At the same time it is not so small that
it would fit into a pocket but if it was that small it would lack the
power for a group of people to hear a presentation. The fact that it has
a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery that can be charged easily by
USB is useful because in a presentation you would have your laptop so
you would have a appropriate way of charging it. Also with these it
means that I am able to charge it with my little solar panel charger
thats primarily for phones. Due to the available power banks such as
solar panel chargers (its just a pocket device that holds enough charge
that can recharge essential things like a mobile phone) it means that
small items such as this do not rely on plug sockets and batteries. Due
to this the product is more versatile and ethically just that bit nicer,
meaning that now if I go camping I can take this item without any
concern of needing to take a bag of batteries or finding a plug socket. 


 




In
addition when buying this it stated that it would just come in a
package specifically stating in large red letters NO RETAIL BOX however I
received it in a box and there are customer videos showing they
received theirs in boxes. This item did take from around the 10th of
november until the 13th of december to arrive and the alternate options
add at least $20 to the price of an individual item so this source of
the product does need a patient customer. With this in mind you do still
get a lot for your patience for around £5.80 you get a mobile speaker
and Mp3 player so its worth alot more than a £5 speaker or basic “mini”
speaker that you could get for £5. Personally I would be more than happy
to pay £12-£16 however this would be in a shop where I wouldn't have to
wait a month for the item.

Offline OSunday  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6:02:43 PM(UTC)
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Ahh I've been so tempted to buy things imported from overseas when it comes to little gadgets and tech things like this but I've held off even though the prices have been dirt cheap because of the fear of getting something that's going to be of proportional quality to the price and break quickly or wait a ridiculous amount of time to get a product, or not get a product at all ha

Offline realneil  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:18:23 PM(UTC)
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It does look cheap.


I have bought a lot of stuff from China. (EBay)


Batteries for my many Cameras and Phones, a laptop battery or two, and some specialty tools as well.


Shipping has never been a problem for me. They seem to have it streamlined from china to here.

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#4 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:51:36 PM(UTC)
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I was hoping this would actually be a hamburger shaped speaker... Womp womp.

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#5 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2012 8:02:20 PM(UTC)
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Nothing like a Double Double,.....................can't get them on the east coast,........[:(]

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#6 Posted : Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:55:59 AM(UTC)
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You are right about a issue with quality and transit times when dealing with suppliers from china that is part of the reason why im starting these reviews so that I can look at the quality and check out if its worthwhile. Also when dealing with china postage costs and exchange rates can make the unit price change a vast amount depending on a number of factors. This specific product is that price but will take 30 days to arrive inorder to keep the same unit price but get a 8-12 day delivery you would need to order in the hundreds.

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#7 Posted : Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:06:58 PM(UTC)
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Whenever I order anything from a company in China, I use the ones that offer free shipping.


I recently got ~75~ CR2032 lithium pancake batteries off of EBay for $12.98 US shipped. I got the batteries in 8 days, (they work well and last for a long time)


Just two of these batteries cost over $6.00 ay my local WalMart.

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#8 Posted : Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:17:06 PM(UTC)
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realneil wrote:


Whenever I order anything from a company in China, I use the ones that offer free shipping.


I recently got ~75~ CR2032 lithium pancake batteries off of EBay for $12.98 US shipped. I got the batteries in 8 days, (they work well and last for a long time)


Just two of these batteries cost over $6.00 ay my local WalMart.




Damn, I thought we had a good deal at my previous employer.  We we're paying .95 a piece from a company called alphasource.  Either way, list cost on their site is $1.13, still cheaper than wal-mart. 


Why in the world do you need 75 of those anyhow? 


 

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#9 Posted : Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:29:52 PM(UTC)
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Dorkstar wrote:
Why in the world do you need 75 of those anyhow? 


I give some to my sister Marge, who cannot afford them. I use them for several devices here at the house, but mostly a LED reading light that attaches to my Kindle. I use the light every night for an hour or two.




My wife has a reading light like my own. I buy a lot of them because there is a discount for quantity orders. $12.98 for seventy-five batteries is about as good as it gets as to price. As I said, they work just like the ones that cost so much at Wally-World.

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#10 Posted : Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:33:03 PM(UTC)
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a key benifit of useing ebay also means that you get protection when you buy with paypal. So if it is substandard then sometimes you might be able to get your money back and you almost always get your money back if it doesnt arrive. (not that im promoting ebay).


the reason why you would need 75 of them is because you are preparing your bunker for Zday obviously...

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#11 Posted : Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:37:04 PM(UTC)
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thelastslaith wrote:
the reason why you would need 75 of them is because you are preparing your bunker for Zday obviously..


Ha-Ha!


The price for them is astoundingly low.


A two minute search brought this site up  that sells ~100~ of them for $21.66 shipped.


There are probably better deals out there if you look around.

Offline OSunday  
#12 Posted : Friday, December 21, 2012 12:55:30 PM(UTC)
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Well with all the positive feedback I'm hearing I think I might actually dare to venture into making purchases abroad haha.

Although when ordering that high in bulk I almost feel like it's not worth the clutter of having to store an extra couple hundred batteries  

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#13 Posted : Friday, December 21, 2012 1:34:15 PM(UTC)
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OSunday wrote:
Although when ordering that high in bulk I almost feel like it's not worth the clutter of having to store an extra couple hundred batteries  


They're packed like this, 


(serrated between them to bend and take as many as you need at that time)


http://www.asia.ru/images/target/photo/50057948/CR2032_Battery.jpg


so they store easily.

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