Online shopping can be an addiction for many of us. It's just so easy nowadays, you can pretty much buy anything that comes to mind from the internet, within reason of course.
But, do you ever feel guilty for not supporting those mom-and-pop shops that we used to love visiting? Sadly, they have been struggling and in decline since we all fell in love with the convenience of shopping online.
There is a way that you can have the best of both worlds, though. Amazon has a little-known section that both helps out the little guy and gives us the convenience we all desire.
What's at Amazon's secret shopping site?
If you've never heard of Amazon Launchpad, you should check it out. It was created to support entrepreneurs and brand owners by providing marketing, insights and global infrastructure. That helps showcase new and emerging products to millions of Amazon customers.
So, you'll still be able to shop from the comfort of your own home while supporting new and small businesses that might not be able to make it otherwise. You might even find some interested items that you wouldn't see anywhere else. Let's look at a few of the items found at Amazon Launchpad.
Technology to help you sleep like a baby
Do you have trouble sleeping at night? With tech like this LectroFan micro wireless sleep sound machine, you won't have to worry about that again.
It comes with 10 unique sounds for sleep and relaxation including five fan sounds, four white noise variations and a soothing ocean sound. It's compact, swivel design lets you project the sound wherever you want for optimal effectiveness.
The cool little device has a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 16 hours for ambient sound or six hours of streaming audio. It also comes with wireless Bluetooth audio and a built-in microphone for listening to music or making conference calls with your smartphone.
Give digital life to your paper creations
This is the perfect gift for the artist in your life. Especially those who still love drawing with pencil and paper.
The Slate 2+ pencil and paper graphic tablet from iskn lets you draw with your own pencils and pens thanks to a removable ring. Use any kind of paper to draw with the Slate, even a sketchpad.
Connect the Slate to your tablet, smartphone or computer to see your drawings instantly come to life, or in screenless mode when you're on the go.
Stop robocallers right in their tracks
I'm sure you'd agree that robocalls are a plague on society that needs to be wiped from the planet. While some government agencies and even mobile carriers are fighting the good fight, we do need to take some measures on our own.
This CPR call blocker for your landline can help. It's a two-in-one call blocker with block list and allow list.
Just press the number 2 from any cordless phone to activate the block now button. You can block international, private, unavailable, unknown callers plus area codes.
Get a natural cooling effect when you need it most
It might not feel like it where you live now, but those hot summer days are right around the corner. This evaLIGHT personal air cooler can help make those high temperatures much more liveable.
It's a 3-in-1 cooling system from Evapolar. The cooler humidifies, purifies and chills the air using evaporative technology.
You'll love how easy it is to set up and use, too. Just add water and plug into a power supply, computer or power bank to get started. It cools the area in front of the device, up to 45 square feet, about the size of a desk, couch, or bed.
Turn everywhere you go into a movie theater
How would you like to binge watch your favorite show ... on your bedroom ceiling? Or, maybe on the side of the tent while you're camping.
With this CINEMOOD portable movie theater, it doesn't matter where you are. You can turn any surface into your very own screen.
You also have a world of content right at your fingertips. Access and stream from whichever service you subscribe to. Download content from Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, or YouTube to your CINEMOOD to enjoy anywhere without Wi-Fi. It's the perfect travel companion with up to 5 hours of battery life.
Don't (completely) fear the tax man
Tax season is always scary, and with this year’s new code, the fear is elevating. Don’t worry, help is on the way. Meet accountant Howell Cheek with Sigrist, Cheek, Potter & Huyser who can talk about the philosophy of taxes dating as far back as Plato (but don’t worry, he doesn’t). In this Komando on Demand podcast, Kim talks with Howell, who offers easy-to-understand, concise tips about medical and charitable deductions, as well as the increase in the standardized deduction. He also talks about which business-tech deductions have been eliminated and why.