Pros: Pink, full-size eraser like a traditional pencil. Eraser works well; better than many white erasers. Same basic proportions as a regular pencil, and won't roll off your desk. Excellent lead writing quality, ideal lead hardness, writes with a clean line, virtually never breaks. Easy to use, usually available in major office supply stores. Color makes it easy to find.
Cons: Clip breaks off easily, as it's just cheap plastic.
Paper Mate SharpWriter mechanical pencils are not quite the best thing since sliced bread, but they're close! I buy these in 12-packs, usually, and use them for months before buying more. They're very basic; not offering bells and whistles such as a special grip or anything. But they fulfill their intended purpose and more, at an affordable price! 5 stars.
Pros: Lots of memory storage. Used to be a great product.
Cons: At least 10 highly frustrating changes have been made – causing me ongoing frustration.
• Talk about ruining a longstanding friendship! A few months back, I had planned to write a glowing post singing the praises of Yahoo mail. But not now. Yahoo has made so many unnecessary, inconvenient changes to its latest email version that I am no longer a fan. Because I have thousands of emails archived there, I can't just depart in a huff, I'm basically stuck and will have to live with it.
Pros: One-stop-shop convenience, attractive templates, user-friendly design program, past orders are stored
Cons: Pricing games; prices change daily or often, not the lowest prices out there
• Vistaprint.com is an excellent place to create business cards, brochures, banners and even websites – all with the same themes. I'm very impressed with how easy it is to design things, and when help is needed, there is live phone support most hours of the day. The quality of the cards, brochures, banners and websites has been high. I've customized items for myself and several clients, and have consistently been impressed with this company. They receive four stars, because their prices could be lower, and they play pricing games by having unpredictable fluctuating daily specials.
Pros: Lower prices through bundling (cable, phone, internet)
Cons: 27 hours on the phone dealing with AT&T U-verse over the past 6 months; poor service, extra charges and too many assorted hassles to count.
• If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't touch AT&T U-verse with a 20-foot pole! Numerous technical difficulties, blaring on-hold music and aggravations of every description characterize this "interesting" company. Don't give in to its advertising ploys. Avoid AT&T U-verse at all costs!
Heidi Howell, CPRW, specializes in resumes, business social media posts, selected web content and copywriting. More at www.heidihowell.com.