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  1. Just saying, for anyone dropping in: The diamond education and vending site of Pricescope.com is a great resource. Once you join and log in, there's a "Preloved PS Jewels" section (you can only get to when logged in) where members advertise jewelry they are selling privately. LoupeTroop.com and DiamondBistro.com are sites where Pricescope and other people advertise diamonds and jewelry for sale. LoveAffairDiamonds.com has vintage, antique, secondhand, and consignment rings and diamonds. JewelsByGrace.com is another. Both of those are Pricescope members who have been in the business for years. A well-cut CZ seems very hard to find nowadays. Those cut my "Interlap" and sold by Wink Jones at a site that was called FreeCZ.com were some of the very best. But that quality of CZ is not readily available nowadays. What has replaced CZ is varieties of Moissanite, or silicon carbide. The new Amora Gems, and some competitors sold by Joseph Schubach Jewelers look awesome and very diamond-like, without the performance drop-off CZs had when dirty. Dirty moissanite still performs. Betterthandiamond.com for Amora Gems, and you can find them other places, too. Moissanite now comes in numerous makes like hearts & arrows round, Old European Cut, asscher, princess, oval, marquise. And the colors range from D/E colorless down into the more typical J/K warm tones into some more brownish or grayish colors. There are copies of Good Old Gold's "August Vintage" OEC round diamonds, in Amora. Over at TheFacetLounge is where I saw the elongated antique cushion cut stones that Joseph Schubach is offering. There are not only alternatives to diamond, there are more ways than one to get a ring that makes one happy. I'm one of those over-50 women with a gorgeous big rock on my hand. But dangit, people, no man gifted it to me. I got on Pricescope a long time ago, learned all I could about diamonds and what I like in a diamond. They I (gasp!) BOUGHT IT MYSELF, FOR ME! To this day, I still get called selfish and shallow. Well, we don't really see many MEN depriving themselves of "toys" or luxury goods that they can afford, now do I?? ( hahahahahaha! I'm single and childfree. I don't need anyone's permission.) The prices of diamonds go up and down, but mostly up over time. Quality holds its value. Average and below-average do not. Cut is king. Demand for diamonds in the USA may be flat or decreasing, but there is all of China and other parts of the world where diamonds are just taking off. Prices are all supply and demand, and boom/bust. There have been times where Pricescope people sold a high-end diamond for more than they paid. Online vendors work on much smaller margins, said to be more like 15%-20% and not the 100% or more that were common when brick and mortar jewelers ruled. Two diamond vendors that have found some very nice diamonds for people on a budget are I.D. Jewelry and B2CJewels. Both are Pricescope vendors. James Allen is also good, but what you have to know about their site is that many diamonds on it are "virtual stones" still held by cutters, and those could have been already sold but are still showing up on online databases such as James Allen uses.
  2. This is a really old thread, lol. But after I posted here, I installed that SSD into a 2009 or 2010 Toshiba L505-ES5034 i3 330M Satellite that I had bought used for $100 in 2011 with a screwed-up hard drive. It runs really fast with a SSD, so fast that I am still happily using it as my primary laptop and have never felt compelled to buy a newer computer. lol Primary drive is the only way that a hard drive can be installed on this model, unless one can round up some kind of tray that replaces the DVD writer drive so that a second hard drive can be installed. SSD works great in spite of being long out of warranty. eta: Since 2011, I have only bought used computers and used tablets. I have paid, usually, less than half of their new price. All of this hardware has run great, and I've used it a while then upgraded to something newer but secondhand and sold or gave away the old stuff, except the Toshiba Satellite because it's fast enough for me and its keyboard is great for actual touch typing. I looked at new laptops periodically but they just haven't impressed me enough to buy. I did, however, treat myself to a new 40" LED TV which offers better picture, less power consumption, and takes up less space than the CRT TV it replaced. And I can actually lift it and move it myself, something I was completely unable to do to the 30" flat screen CRT that I'd bought back in 2004!
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    Someone almost called the cops on me.

    This happened to my nephew, only it was a $100 bill. He was questioned when he attempted to deposit some cash and the fake $100 was among a stack of bills. It was an older year, which apparently is what counterfeiters like to copy because the new bills have too many safeguards. The bank confiscated the suspicious bill, and will turn it over to the FBI. Nephew was told that if the bill turns out to be genuine, he will get $100 back. If it's counterfeit, he is out $100. So we all might want to start testing and inspecting bills.
  4. Glad you reminded me: I have a 265GB SSD in a box. I purchased it last July or August. It probably had a 1yr warranty. So I hope it's not a DOA drive, hahahahaha!
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    The Litter Box Incident

    re. the OP story: I bought a 6 gallon ShopVac as Lowes. I set it up with a drywall bag inside, and one of those replicable blue circle paper filters and plastic ring. In the event of a spill, I can just wheel it in there, sweep up the whole shootin' match, and blithely dispose of the bag.
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