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donna123

New Candle blow mold on QVC sold out very quickly

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Last year I mentioned that I would post when QVC presented their new blow mold during Christmas in July.  Well they did and all of them sold out very fast.  I captured a few pics just so we could see them.  I don't remember the exact price, but I'm pretty sure it was less than $40.  They were made by Mr. Christmas.  The only part that lit was the flame which had a flame bulb and it uses batteries and has a timer.  

 

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, Niki said:

I was able to order two. 

That's great!  Which color did you order?

I hope you will post a pic when you get them and let us know what you think of them.

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I got the red and white. I will post as soon as I receive. 

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I was deciding between the red & white or the red & green when David said they were all gone. 

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Keep checking back online - my mom was able to order one on Tuesday. Someone must have cancelled their order. 

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16 hours ago, HowardFamilyChristmasDisplay said:

I don't know, not a fan of any battery operated, especially living in the Upstate NY climate that I do.

I know what you mean.  I am about 30 miles north of Albany.  I have a covered front porch so it could work but would need rechargeable batteries for sure.

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Im happy with the way they look and the quality. 
 

I’m not happy with the switch on them it’s covered with a rubber cover to turn on off etc. so  that’s a bit weird. 
And battery compartment has 4 little screws to take out when you need to install batteries so that may be an issue especially in the cold lol. 
 

I may switch them over to electrical. I’m doubting 3 d batteries will last long. 

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