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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Prime Day 2022 Buys (and wanted-to-buy)

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Normally, no one should care. But maybe you can offer feedback.

I apparently skipped writing about Amazon Prime Day 2021 last year; the last I wrote about it was Prime Day 2020, which took place in October. Now Prime Day(s) is July 12 and 13, 2022. (Maybe Prime Day 2021 didn't happen? Or I just totally missed it given how much the date fluctuates year to year?)

This year, Nintendo wants me to know that “Hot deals coming to Amazon Prime Day”...featuring things like the spyware-ridden Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for $60 (as opposed to $100). There are also several goofy deals where they're bundling first-party Mario-based games with a 12-month individual membership of Nintendo Switch Online.

In what does not appear to be marked as a “Prime Day Deal” but is still a discount, is a physical copy of Triangle Strategy at 17% off ($49.94 from $59.99). Meanwhile, a digital code from Amazon is still $59.99. ...Sure, I'll buy Triangle Strategy (I really liked the last demo and I've already vowed elsewhere to get it). On Prime Day. Does that still count as a Prime Day 2022 buy? I think so. I titled the article as buys, not deals.

I put in a real effort to research wireless extenders and/or wireless mesh network products. Some of them are on sale for Prime Day... many are not. My castle is in dire need of one, since the router is in the first floor and the bedrooms are far above that. That's a major reason why I moved my Nintendo Switch to the same room as my router (where it shares one of the monitors with my desktop computer). I used to do online play just fine from my bedroom with the Wii U and Wii, but the Switch for some reason is a lot weaker in picking up wireless signals. So I'd like to do something about that (and for all of the other devices up there).

But as of publishing this article, I didn't purchase anything. It's difficult to research and know what's right to do. A lot of reviewers, like the New York Times Wirecutter, obsess over giving high marks to whatever is compatible with the Wi-Fi 6 protocol, which right now basically nothing uses but they want to future-proof your investment. (The Switch, for example, only goes up to Wi-Fi 5.)

And then there are fly-by-nighter companies like Luma Home, which are lying scumbags and (not coincidentally) are also out of business. Some companies are (allegedly) in the business just to collect all of the data that passes through your network it. (Such as Google and Eero... or so I've read. Dunno if it's true!) So it's hard to know who to trust and make an important purchase decision in the span of how long Prime Day lasts. Maybe next year (or, I dunno, Black Friday).

Ludwig no doubt made a good choice getting (a physical copy of) Triangle Strategy, but do you have any thoughts about his Internet problems and how to resolve them? Any brand/product recommendations? He'd really like to hear them! He also asked other staffers if they got anything for Prime Day. The answer was no.


  1. No idea on how to fix internet problems, a lady on my trip called Atnt and they fixed her internet problems. HOWEVER, neither the atnt guy or the lady knew what they did that fixed it. Strange and this article is more witty than usual.

    Anyway I checked and got the 10 dollars on the tenth from Nintendo, or at least that’s what the eshop log says. So thanks again!

    1. Fix most Internet problems by resetting the router.

      I didn't know Luma was out of business until I remembered that they (claimed to) offer a product to fix my problem, and then I look and... their website no longer exists and they got bought out by another company, First Alert. They sell smoke alarms as their main business line.
      First Alert also sells "Onelink" mesh routers that are very poorly rated. Onelink appears to not be a continuation of Luma but their own brand, and they bought Luma because... I dunno, maybe they wanted the engineers?


    2. The gaming companies do that all the time, although it seems that most smaller game company buyouts result in poor quality games and dead franchises as opposed to poor quality mesh and dead franchises.

    3. ...Uh huh.

      There's a perfectly good and very fresh small company buyout article to comment on right now!


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