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Dear Omar

Honey, Rakuten, and Capital One shopping could help you find a better price

A tip scale with one box on each scale. The box on the left of the scale is labeled “Amazon” and the box on the right is labeled “Honey.” The scale is tipped toward the Amazon box. Above the image is the “Dear Omar” column name.
A tip scale with one box on each scale. The box on the left of the scale is labeled “Amazon” and the box on the right is labeled “Honey.” The scale is tipped toward the Amazon box. Above the image is the “Dear Omar” column name.

Welcome to Dear Omar, a weekly Debugger column from tech expert Omar L. Gallaga. If you have questions for Omar, send them to debugger@medium.com with the subject line “Dear Omar.”

My kids, who are 11 and 13, are too young to buy things online, so when it comes time to enter the credit card digits and place an order, they come to me, and I usually say, “No!” and on goes a cycle of parenting that will lead to decades of retail resentment on their part.

They’ve shopped at other online storefronts, but 99% of the time, it’s an Amazon…


Amazon helps independent sellers, for a price

A Bichon Frise dog lying on pathway
A Bichon Frise dog lying on pathway

My dog, Jack, is a Bichon Frise. Bichons often get tear stains under their eyes — nasty discoloration that dyes their fur a reddish, rusty color. Jack had them, and my wife and I could never get them to go away. After a vet visit in 2013 to get some shots, the vet brought Jack back to us in the waiting room, and his tear stains were almost totally gone.

Shocked, we asked what they’d done. A vet tech showed us a small comb from a specialty vet supplier. Made of surgical-grade stainless steel, the comb worked incredibly well to…

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