Macmillan E-Books Will Now Cost $15 On Amazon

Macmillan E-Books Will Now Cost $15 On Amazon

After refusing to sell any Macmillan books or ebooks for three days, Amazon.com today gave in to demands by the publisher that it start charging $15 for Macmillan ebooks, rather than Amazon’s customary $9.99. In a statement, Amazon warned that customers might “rebel against such a high price for books that cost far less to distribute than physical books.” Will they also rebel against a $259, black-and-white, DRM-laden e-reader that doesn’t let you share or re-sell books that you “own,” and can yank them back without notice at any time? [More]

Blog And Twitter Campaign Convinces Sony To Replace Defective TV

Blog And Twitter Campaign Convinces Sony To Replace Defective TV

Scott has been a longtime and loyal Sony customer, but the company finally disappointed him. He writes that his lovely 46″ LCD began to produce strange images on one side of the screen for ten minutes after powering up–not catastrophic, but not acceptable for a $3,000 TV, either. The regular channels of customer service were no help, so Scott took his case to his blog and to Twitter. The result? He heard from executive customer service within hours, and received a new TV for his trouble. [More]

Whoever Designed This Ad Must Have Noticed The Subtext

Whoever Designed This Ad Must Have Noticed The Subtext

Beer and sausages may indeed be the perfect combination for your Super Bowl gathering, but there’s something about this grocery store display from Budweiser and sausage maker Johnsonville that is terribly wrong. I think it’s the man’s expression as he points to his, er, bratwurst. [More]

Customer Escapes Best Buy Laptop Purchase Without Optimization Fees

Customer Escapes Best Buy Laptop Purchase Without Optimization Fees

During a recent trip to Best Buy to purchase a new laptop, Kristene was pleasantly surprised. She discovered that what our anonymous employee tipster told us in the post “Employee: Best Buy Scrambling To Clean Up Optimization Mess” is true, and customers at at least one Best Buy aren’t being forced to buy optimized computers. [More]

Help, I'm Getting Someone Else's Newegg Emails!

Help, I'm Getting Someone Else's Newegg Emails!

Reader IfThenElvis has a problem with his Newegg account. Well, technically, it’s not his account. It was just registered using his email address. [More]

10 Of The Strangest Unclaimed Airline Baggage Items Ever Found

10 Of The Strangest Unclaimed Airline Baggage Items Ever Found

You’ve probably heard of the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama. It’s where all lost suitcases that are never reunited with their owners end up. This makes it both the world’s most amazing thrift store and a collection of pretty weird stuff. A recent mental_floss article rounded up ten of the strangest (and most valuable) things they’ve found. [More]

How Can I Make The Newspaper Stop When I Don't Subscribe?

How Can I Make The Newspaper Stop When I Don't Subscribe?

We know that the newspaper industry is suffering. Subscribers are fleeing, ad revenue is down, and things are generally dark and terrible. However, this does not mean that it is a good idea to throw sacks of junk mail on the lawns of people who won’t subscribe to your paper. It will not endear you to them. We’re looking at you, Baltimore Sun. [More]

Cuisinart Decides Maine's Consumer Protection Laws Don't Apply

Cuisinart Decides Maine's Consumer Protection Laws Don't Apply

Cuisinart doesn’t just ignore consumer protection laws in California–reader Eatswell reports that Cuisinart has decided that the strong implied warranty laws in Maine don’t actually applied to them. Stuck with a non-working coffeemaker, Eatswell wants to fight back. [More]

Alleged ATM Skimmer Crooks Caught Near Boston

Alleged ATM Skimmer Crooks Caught Near Boston

The Secret Service has apprehended an alleged ring of ATM skimmer crooks in eastern Massachusetts. The group set up skimmers with pinhole cameras on Bank of America and Citizens Bank ATMs in the greater Boston area. According to authorities, when one of the suspects was caught, he had almost $100,000 in twenties in his possession. [More]

Beauty.com Facebook Revolt Quelled Within Minutes With Free Stuff

Beauty.com Facebook Revolt Quelled Within Minutes With Free Stuff

Kim’s Beauty.com order was eligible for a pretty neat “free gift with purchase” deal, but the free item ran out before her order went through. She, and other customers, took to the company’s Facebook page to complain about the situation. A company representative reached out on Facebook, offering to send a new free item out to the dissatisfied customers. This representative turned out to be the company president. [More]

This Weight Watchers Meal Includes A Free Frozen Frog

This Weight Watchers Meal Includes A Free Frozen Frog

Noreen tells Consumerist that she made an exciting discovery yesterday. Her Weight Watchers Smart Ones frozen meal, a fettucine alfredo dish that is supposed to be meatless, included a free protein-rich side dish. A tiny frog! [More]

Important 2010 Tax Dates

Important 2010 Tax Dates

As Benjamin Franklin once said – “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” While you won’t know when the Grim Reaper will pay you a visit, the IRS is only slightly more considerate as they set tax dates in stone every year.

When Buying Cleaning Supplies, Don't Pay For Water

When Buying Cleaning Supplies, Don't Pay For Water

In order to save money and the total number of heavy bottles you need to haul home from the store, try buying ultra-concentrated cleaning supplies and adding your own water at home. Reader M. discovered these products at Big Lots, and shares his secrets. [More]

Subway's Beef Barbacoa Sub Could Use Some Beef

Subway's Beef Barbacoa Sub Could Use Some Beef

Subway is offering a limited-time sandwich, the “Beef Barbacoa,” in a few markets. Skylar in California ordered this sandwich, being misled by the name into thinking that it contained a reasonable amount of beef. Don’t be silly, Skylar. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are eight photos readers added to The Consumerist Flickr Pool this week, picked for neatness and usability in a Consumerist post. Also, be sure to check out our new Photo Gallery to see the latest additions all week long! [More]

How To Improve Your Chances On Dating Websites

How To Improve Your Chances On Dating Websites

The blog for OkCupid.com recently looked at over 7,000 profile pictures of men and women on the dating site, and compared various poses with the number of new contacts made each month. If you’re using a dating site you might want to read through their findings and fine-tune your presentation. [More]

Mass Homeopathic Overdose Planned For Tomorrow!

Mass Homeopathic Overdose Planned For Tomorrow!

In a little less than 12 hours, over 300 skeptics throughout the U.K. will protest the homeopathic medicine industry there by deliberately overdosing on full bottles of homeopathic pills, which technically don’t contain any molecules of the active ingredient. The group’s goal is to highlight the fact that homeopathic cures are about as scientifically valid as your horoscope. I’m all for stunts, but don’t they know that they’ll likely suffer from the memory of an OD? That’s how this stuff works, you know. [More]

Check Out The Department Of Transportation's New Site For Airline Passengers

Check Out The Department Of Transportation's New Site For Airline Passengers

If you’ve got a complaint about an airline, or you want to find out more about whether your complaint is valid, oh boy is there a treat in store for you! Earlier this month, the DOT launched a redesigned consumer aviation website at airconsumer.dot.gov. The goal of the site is “to make it as easy as possible for consumers to find the information they need to make their air travel experience as smooth and hassle-free as possible.” [More]