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Top 10 AmazonBasics Items 2016

Here is an actual smorgasbord of lower priced gadgets from AmazonBasics that would simply pique your very own interest or give you an extraordinary gift idea for a family member, friend or colleague. In case you're stuck for gift-giving inspiration, we are quite positive that you'll find something the fits the bill perfectly from this hugely eclectic selection.

AmazonBasics 12-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder with Pullout BasketAmazonBasics Backpack for Laptops Up To 17-InchAmazonBasics Portable Power Bank - 10,000 mAhAmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker - BlackAmazonBasics AA Rechargeable Batteries (16-Pack) - Packaging May VaryAmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple Devices (iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone)AmazonBasics 16/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord - 50 Feet (Orange)AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Cameras and Accessories - BlackAmazonBasics 62-Inch Aluminum Ball Head Tripod with BagAmazonBasics Universal Windshield and Dash Mount for Smartphones and GPS

What Is And Why Is There AmazonBasics?

When it comes to basic, everyday and practical items, brand name doesn’t matter as much to consumers as it does with fashion and décor. For that reason, Amazon created its own line of off-brand products called AmazonBasics, giving people a low-cost, high-value alternative to otherwise expensive items. The line makes many home and office products, as well as outdoor gear, electronics, and travel ware. AmazonBasics launched in 2009 and chose which products to create based on the brand name ones selling best on Amazon.

When AmazonBasics makes its own version of a successful product, consumers can often expect discounts of up to fifty percent. When the line first launched, it predominantly offered electronics-type items, like cables and camera cases, but it has since expanded into more niche products like exercise clothing and bedding. One of the first hits from the AmazonBasics line was a laptop stand priced at twenty dollars, which was comparable in quality and appearance to a Rain Design model that sold for $43 at the time. The item had — as many AmazonBasic products do — the iconic Amazon logo of the curved arrow, resembling a half smile.

AmazonBasics was inspired by Amazon’s success with other private label items like the Kindle. The top selling AmazonBasic items remain in the electronics category, with their iPhone 5 compatible USB charger boasting over 20,000 reviews and a 4.5 stars rating. Some of its wireless mice have received between four and six thousand reviews, with very high ratings. AmazonBasics items can be searched by the name on Amazon, just like any other brand.

The History Of Amazon


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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has said in interviews that when he launched his company in 1994, he deeply regretted not taking advantage of the e-commerce boom sooner. Fortunately for Bezos, the rapid success of Amazon more than made up for its late arrival to the market. Bezos served as the vice-president at Wallstreet firm D.E. Shaw & Co. before he left the company to start his own.

Amazon went through several titles before earning the name consumers know it by today. Bezos initially named it Cadabra, but reconsidered that decision when someone misheard the title as “Cadaver.” The second name was Relentless, but Bezos received criticism for this choice, with his friends stating it sounded very negative. Bezos finally chose the name Amazon because it represents something that is exciting and varied, just like he hoped his company would be. After reading a study that predicted e-commerce stores would grow by 2,300 percent annually, Bezos made a list of items he believed would sell best online and landed on literature.

Amazon started as an online bookstore. Bezos had determined that there was a large demand for the product and that it was relatively low in cost to produce. Bezos launched the company out of his garage in Bellevue, Washington. He was able to purchase books at wholesale cost from Ingram Books. Within two months of opening to the public in 1995, Amazon saw sales of around $20,000 per week. By 1997, Amazon was on the stock market for $18 per share. Investors were initially wary of putting money into Amazon because it had a slow-growth business plan. Time Magazine named Bezos the Person of the Year in 1999 and by 2001, Amazon had seen $1 billion in revenue.

AmazonBasics That Offer The Best Value


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Electronics cables are essential for powering and connecting the various devices around one’s home. But people often misplace their cables, or upgrade their device and require an entirely new kind of cable. AmazonBasics offers many cables at around one-third of the price of brand name ones. An AmazonBasics HDMI cable - an item needed for several devices - is priced at around $6, whereas its brand name competitors price their models between $15 and $20. The brand makes their cables out of the exact same materials as the larger labels, so there is no loss of quality.

AmazonBasics offers earbuds that cost around one-third of the price of designer names. Many offer the same features like moisture resistance, anti-tangle cords, and comfortable ear inserts. The brand also offers bulk packs of batteries for half the cost of many wholesale of companies. High-quality laptop sleeves featuring protective, suede interiors and strong stitching are sold at a fraction of the cost of competing labels. Anyone who likes to rotate between different cases for professional or casual looks should consider AmazonBasics because they can purchase several models for the cost of one such item from a famous label.

AmazonBasics is a smart brand to look at for items that undergo a lot of wear and tear, like athletic gear. The line has its own yoga mats with anti-slip surfaces, extra plush material, carrying straps and exteriors that are easy to wipe down. These can cost one-tenth the price of designer yoga mats. Balance balls provide several health benefits, but they’re also prone to punctures, and often need to be replaced. Avid exercisers can buy an AmazonBasics balance ball for half of the price, if not one tenth of the price, of the designer versions.


#10.AmazonBasics Universal Windshield and Dash Mount for Smartphones and GPS


A great replacement to the amazon basics dashboard mount I had from several years ago. The spring is a little powerful so be careful when you are first using it. But it makes it easily adjustable and I normally just slide my phone in and out of the mount without having to resize it every time and I have had no issues with my phone feeling secure in the mount. Lastly, I think the mechanism for the arm is great. It is a tension based system connected to two ball joints in a clamshell arm. Loosening and tightening the arm is easy and you are able to move the ball joints across all axes at the same time which makes positioning the mount much easier. Best construction I have personally ever seen.


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#9.AmazonBasics 62-Inch Aluminum Ball Head Tripod with Bag


I recently started getting back into photography and needed a tripod. There are a lot out there which are probably a lot better than this one but for the price you pay and what you get, it is excellent for someone like me that wants to develop skills but not spend too much, after all, photography can be expensive.
The tripod is stable on all surfaces I have tried it with and the build quality is great. It is a shame it doesn't include the handle that the cheaper AmazonBasics tripod has to move the camera positioning but my friend got one of those and replaced it with this version and he too is happy with the Basics tripod.


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#8.AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Cameras and Accessories - Black


Nearly FIVE YEARS later, I am glad to report that this bag has held up tremendously over the years. Besides a few rips and tears in the fabric (due to rough handling on vacations and excursions), the bag is still protecting my gear! I've since traded out some of my equipment and adopted new camera lenses. This bag still handles anything thrown at it. Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite Amazon purchases to date. I hope everyone continues to find my review helpful (man this was shot when I was still in high school!).


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#7.AmazonBasics 16/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord - 50 Feet (Orange)


AmazonBasics 16/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord
Sometimes you need a more maneuverable power source. The AmazonBasics 16/3 vinyl outdoor extension cord provides a plug on one end and a power socket on the other end of a long, flexible cable, which translates to the added length and accommodating power you need to get the job done.
The 16-gauge extension cord consists of three conductors and a three-prong plug, grounded for safety. The extension cord's durable vinyl covering insulates and protects the cord's conducting wires, plus resists moisture, abrasion, and the damaging effects of sunlight.


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#6.AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple Devices (iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone)


The four arrow keys work! They can be used to move the carousel in both directions or to navigate choices in a menu. If you are in a text editor or email document, holding the shift key while pressing an arrow selects text, just like Windows. What is more, Ctrl+c copies selected text to the clipboard, Ctrl+x cuts it, and Ctrl+V pastes it. The arrow keys also move the cursor in a document, which is a lot better control than using your stubby finger! Ctrl+a selects all text in a document and pressing backspace deletes whatever is selected, as it does in Windows. Ctrl+e puts you in your default email program and brings along either all the text in your current document or the currently selected text, I forget which.


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#5.AmazonBasics AA Rechargeable Batteries (16-Pack) - Packaging May Vary


Awesome batteries. I use these for all remotes and controllers in the house from gaming to tv, etc etc. The batteries have a good life, regardless of the item they are used for, they charge quickly, the store and retain life well, and pay for themselves very quickly. I'm not sure why people still pay for batteries in the store, when I feel like these actually have a better life in products, in addition to the fact they can be re-used countless times... countless being, the number of cycles of their life. I would, and have, purchase more of these in the future, and have purchased them in other sizes as well.


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#4.AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black


As a college student I don't necessarily have the money for the $200 versions of this brand (Beats Pill, Jawbone Jambox), many of which are marketed for people like me (see the beats pill in the new Britney Spears video, and the Jambox ads in young-adult magazines). The fact is that if I spent $200 on any speaker it might never leave its box... or at least it would be confined to one room. The affordability of this item allows me to use it as a "portable speaker" without having to worry about a speaker the price of a small laptop breaking at a park.


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#3.AmazonBasics Portable Power Bank - 10,000 mAh


It's a perfect power bank that works well for my iPhone 6s Plus and my LG G3 phone. This power bank holds about 6 (I honestly do not track, this is an estimate) charges before it runs out. Certainly more than 3 charges contrary to what other reviewer said about the 16,100 power bank. The power (mAh) in this device is reliable that I could go out with this power bank and never worry about my phones running out of battery.

Being that this has a little over 16 thousand mAh, it is understandable that it takes time for this device to charge; I mean, charging specifically this device to give it the power to hold. It takes about 8 hours to charge this power bank from zero to full 4 bars of power. On the other hand, my phones get quickly charged within an hour or two at max FROM this power bank.


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#2.AmazonBasics Backpack for Laptops Up To 17-Inch


The AmazonBasics Laptop Backpack (AB 103) is a budget-priced 15" laptop backpack, which provides ample storage, but lacks up-to-date media pocket and adequate protective padding for most laptops. For the price, this basic laptop has a lot of storage and will get the job done. However,it may not please someone who is concerned about protecting their laptop and wants a more expensive 'feel' to their laptop backpack.

In my video review, I try to show you the features of this laptop backpack to help you make a good decision as to whether or not the features and price outweigh the shortcomings of this backpack.

Things I like about this laptop backpack...


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#1.AmazonBasics 12-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder with Pullout Basket


Compared to my old shredder, this thing is great. I was mostly interested in replacing my old shredder because it lost a tooth and was starting to bind every 25-30 sheets. This new one had no problems with 10 sheets or those thick junk mail envelopes/cards. I can even shred that junk mail without opening it and stretching it out like I had to so my old shredder would not go 'hermit' (think 'hermit crab retreating into its shell and glaring with its beady red eye (sic 'light')).


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