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Skymall Always Makes Me Smile

When I was a child, I was always so excited to go on planes. I would pack my backpack full of all my toys, books and my Sega Genesis. I would even look forward to airplane food because I loved being on planes so much. (On a side note, I’d like to mention that my palate has become a lot more refined since the days I used to think airplane food was amazing.)

However, years have passed since those days, and I have been on so many planes that to me air travel has lost some of its magic. But, there is still one thing I still look forward to and that is browsing the Skymall catalog. I used to look through every page and wish that for once my parents would get me “The World’s Largest Write on Map Mural” so I could mark all the places I’ve been with little flags. Over the years though, I have noticed that some of the products in Skymall have progressively gotten more ridiculous, and I constantly keep asking myself “Why in the world… .”

Here is a round up of some of my favorites from the Holiday 2009 edition:

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I don’t care if they call this an organized traveler’s leather hip pouch… this is a $60 glorified fanny pack.

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Why do you need to shoot a marshmallow over 30 feet?

And if you definitely need more distance you can get the marshmallow bazooka…

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Yea, I’d call this a chocking hazard but not because it has small parts.

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So, this is basically a tanning bed/box for your feet so now even your foot skin can get cancer.

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Yea, I’m just not dying to have a zombie coming out of my yard, sorry.

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I guess if you really like Harry and the Hendersons this would be a great addition to your garden.

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Hmm, if you have no trouble keeping track of the hour and date , why not just get a calendar? And, it also makes me wonder what kinds of conversations this starts.

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As if texting while driving wasn’t dangerous enough… now you can be completely distracted by your computer and printer. They should probably make “Not for use while driving” a lot bigger and bolder.

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I always wondered how much those giant monkeys at car dealerships were and now I know.

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Yep, when I’m underwater I have ALWAYS wanted to make and receive  phonecalls. I guess I don’t really see any value in this unless you’re like Jacques Cousteau or something. This might be good for sharks lurking around you though.

And as always I have saved the best for last:

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Wow… there are just no words. I’d pay $100 bucks to see the person who paid $100 bucks to buy this try to use all their brain power and teleketic energy to do this.

PS. Hey Skymall, if you’re hiring people to write your product descriptions… I’m currently looking for a job and would love to test your products

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Bing: My New One-Stop Travel Search Engine

To be honest, when Bing first came out earlier this summer, I despised it. I didn’t have a valid reason or bad experience with it, but I was just so loyal to Google that I was angered by Microsoft’s latest attempt to dethrone Google. Then, I learned about Bing’s specialized travel search for booking flights. After I tried it, I was hooked.

Usually, when I was trying to find airfares and deals, I visited other sites like: Orbitz, SideStep, Expedia, Priceline or StudentUniverse. After I had researched all their deals, I would check the prices on different airlines’ sites. And, finally if I wasn’t successful whatsoever, I would give up and call my dad, the ultimate flight finder, for help.

Now I have Bing though, and it has made my life so much easier when booking flights. My favorite thing about Bing is that it aggregates all the fares from different travel websites and airlines all into one place for you. When you are ready to book, you just click on the flight that you want, and it will direct you to that site to start your transaction.

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I also love all the extra features that Bing adds like:

  • Direct links to other travel sites.
  • The number of tickets left at that price.
  • The ability to apply filters to your search.
  • “Price Predictors” (my favorite feature) helps see whether you should buy tickets now or wait for the price to drop in the next week.
  • “Flexible Search” gives you the ability to track fares over a period of time and identify best travel destinations, travel dates and lengths of travel.
  • “ Airfare Deals” can find real deals for you and it will actually tell you why it’s a deal. It will track airfares and determine for you when a fare is “record low-act fast”, “$X less than average on record” or “ save $X off average low found today.”

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Bing travel also has a function for hotels, but I haven’t used it. If its anything like their flights function then I’m sure its great. Using Bing can be a little overwhelming at first so I recommend reading  this quick “How It Works” section.

You can also check out the Bing Travel Blog and get great content about travel. So, next time you are booking  a trip, try Bing and let me know how it goes.

Extra Tip:

The Today Show had a great report called “What Your Travel Agent Isn’t Telling You.” During this segment, they talked about how sometimes when you are booking tickets online cookies from that travel sites might mark you as a repeat customer and hike the price. So, to avoid this use different computers or clear the cookies on your browser. For other great tips watch this clip.

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