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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    The link to our viewer video this week arrived with this email: 

    Hi Dick and Chad,


    I recently saw a cool device on a previous  episode of the Giz Wiz, which I watch every week (although not always live).


    You featured the Message Fan by Brookstone. I thought that it was pretty cool. So I ordered one through Amazon. After it arrived I read the booklet that came with it and installed the included software and it was pretty straight forward and not all that difficult to program messages and upload to the fan. It all worked really well.


    I like the fact that you can make up to 20 different messages with a variety of different colors and styles/effects and to be able to save them.


    This is a video ( that shows one way I use the Message Fan as a reminder to watch The Giz Wiz. I’ve used it to remind me to watch the Giz Wiz for the last 2 weeks and it all worked great! Didn’t miss the show.


    When used with a timer and using the included AC/USB adapter this Message Fan could be used for a variety of cool reminders; walk the dog, feed the pets, pick-up the wife or kids from school, appointments, time to go to bed, wake up in the morning, etc. This Fan is now one of my favorite new gadgets.


    Looking forward to more Giz Wiz Episodes!


    Cheers from one of the GizWizzers (one your GW fans),

    Chuck From SE AZ.


    See or hear this show:



    We’re looking for more Viewer Videos!


    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so here's what we're looking for! Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:


    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.


    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.


    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.


    My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.


    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll a tiny amount of fame (hopefully), an autographed MAD magazine and a 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video!

    IMPORTANT: We'll just shower you with praise for your video if you live outside the US or Canada since we can't afford to send stuff outside of those two places. (Thanks for understanding.)


    All show submissions go to  


    Letter of the week:


    On a past episode (1611) you talked about the Fidget Cube hitting the market.  What you actually showed was not the Fidget Cube, but one of the numerous knockoffs.  Chad was correct that China started making cheap, crappy versions and flooding the market.  Many are even using the actual Fidget Cube marketing materials, acting like they are being sold by Antsy Labs, the creator of the Fidget Cube.  Even Woot fell for one of these other sellers and was offering "genuine Fidget Cubes" and then had to offer a retraction and state they were not the genuine product.


    I backed them on Kickstarter as my son constantly fidgets, and we received our units as promised in the campaign.  A few of his friends received the knockoff versions and he said there is a very distinct difference in the build quality of the different components.


    Just wanted to clear up the confusion and make sure the viewers knew that the actual Fidget Cubes are absolutely not a buck or two and if you do purchase one for that price, you're getting what you pay for.


    Thanks, Corey

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