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Staff favorites that are on sale for Prime Day right now

We took a look through some recent staff favorites to see if any were included in Amazon’s sale days.

Whenever the staff of The Verge is asked to describe their favorite pet toys, summer tech, desktop accessories or whatever, they are free to describe something that is recently bought, 10 years old, or that has been sitting around the house for decades. Inevitably, though, some of the items have popped up in Amazon’s Prime Day sale. We thought we’d offer a curated list of a few of them.


Water filtration system

Mitchell Clark, former staffer

While all the previous entries are by current staff members, we can’t resist including this entry by Mitchell Clark, who left us recently in order to walk from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. One of the items that he took with him was this squeeze water filtration system, which he described as follows:

“I’ll be drinking out of rivers, streams, ponds, and the like, all of which can have some nasty stuff in them that’ll make me sick. To keep that from happening, I’ll be filtering it through a Sawyer Squeeze, which gets rid of bacteria and protozoa.”

Learn more about the other staff favorites here! 


September 27, 2023

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Barbara Krasnoff

a reviews editor who manages how-tos. She’s worked as an editor and writer for almost 40 years. Previously, she was a senior reviews editor for Computerworld.

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A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)

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