Best Buy Website Goes Down On One Day Of Year It Shouldn’t

Best Buy Website Goes Down On One Day Of Year It Shouldn’t

We’re hearing lots of complaints about the website for electronics retailer Best Buy being down, and multiple news outlets are confirming that BestBuy.com is unresponsive nationwide. [More]

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1-In-5 Shoppers Has Done Something Awful To Obtain A Coveted Holiday Gift

Because there’s this widely held assumption that people should get the thing they desire most during the holidays, and because a lot of people desire the same things, some holiday shoppers will cross that line between naughty and nice to make sure they check certain items off their shopping lists. [More]

Ubisoft Admits Assassin’s Creed Is Broken, Offers Free Stuff To Apologize

Ubisoft Admits Assassin’s Creed Is Broken, Offers Free Stuff To Apologize

As I argued a couple weeks back in the wake of the botched release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, video game publishers need to stop treating their biggest customers as guinea pigs on which to unleash broken games that will eventually be fixed via multiple patches weeks after release — or at the very least acknowledge this treatment and give these customers an incentive (lower price, free stuff, etc.) that doesn’t make them immediately regret spending $60 on a new game. And while it’s too late to undo all the damage done, Ubisoft is now attempting to make nice with these users by offering them free content as an apology. [More]

Sorry Camel, Fewer People Than Ever Are Smoking Between Every Thanksgiving Course

Sorry Camel, Fewer People Than Ever Are Smoking Between Every Thanksgiving Course

It’s been 78 years since Camel rans its full-page Thanksgiving ad encouraging smokers to enjoy a cigarette after every course of their holiday meal to aid with “good digestion.” Since then, food has apparently gotten a lot easier to digest — and people aren’t so keen about dying of lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease — as a new CDC report finds that fewer Americans than ever are aiding their digestion with cigarettes. [More]

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Is Today Actually The Busiest Air Travel Day Of The Year?

You hear it every year from people — Try to avoid traveling on the day before Thanksgiving because it’s the busiest day of the year. And that very well be true when you factor in all modes of transport. But in terms of air travel, Thanksgiving Eve appears to be nowhere near the most hectic day for flights in the U.S. [More]

Sleep Inn Manager Accused Of Redirecting $873K In Credit Card Payments To Personal Account

Sleep Inn Manager Accused Of Redirecting $873K In Credit Card Payments To Personal Account

A former manager at a Sleep Inn hotel in Michigan is accused of taking advantage of the chain’s credit card payment system to issue nearly $900,000 in bogus refunds to her credit card accounts. [More]

There was no flunitrazepam in the Roofie Colada, but some customers were less than thrilled about the reference to the date rape drug.

Restaurant Sorry It Offended People With “Roofie Colada” Drink

Here’s a suggestion for anyone running a business: When naming a product, you might want to think about not cracking a date-rape joke, as — amazingly — not everyone is amused by references to non-consensual forced intercourse. [More]

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Payday Lenders Now Outnumber McDonald’s (But Still Not As Many As Subway)

There are more than 14,000 McDonald’s locations in the U.S., meaning you’re rarely more than a few miles away from a Big Mac. But even though payday loans are illegal in more than a dozen states, these short-term predatory lending operations outnumber Golden Arches eateries by nearly 1.5 to 1, though they still have some catching up to do with the vast number of Subway stores. [More]

While enthusiasts and clever designers have been making cool digital replicas (like this  one seen on Reddit), watch companies have been trying to block these digital copies from spreading.

Luxury Watch Makers Out To Stop Lookalike Faces For Smart Watches

Just like some street vendors make a living selling lookalike Cartier and Omega watches for cheap, some folks are selling — or even giving away — knock-off digital watch faces for Android-powered smartphones. And the watch companies are going after these people with the same zeal as they chase the “Cantier” and “Omego” sellers from sidewalks. [More]

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Verizon Pinky-Swears It Won’t Sue FCC Over Net Neutrality (If It Doesn’t Reclassify Broadband)

A few weeks after Verizon made it clear that it would sue to block the FCC’s attempt to enact strong net neutrality rules, and only days after FCC Chair Tom Wheeler shrugged that a lawsuit seems inevitable no matter what he does, the telecom titan is now saying it may not go the legal route if the Commission decides against reclassification. [More]

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Yes, People Will Strip To Their Underwear And Wait Outside In The Cold For Free Stuff

What would you do for the promise of a couple pieces of free clothing? Just think of all the college freshmen who signed away their financial futures by applying for credit cards at orientation (before such marketing was outlawed). A line of 100 or so shoppers in San Francisco may not have to worry about ruining their credit score, but photos of them shivering in their skivvies will probably follow them forever. [More]

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Cops Pose As Pizza Delivery Guys To Arrest Robbers Using Stolen Credit Card

Consumerist’s Tip For Criminals #872: If you rob a guy, don’t then use his stolen credit card to have pizza delivered to your home, because the driver dropping off your pie might just be a police officer in disguise. [More]

In early ads for the PS Vita (see below for actual video), Sony claimed that you could easily pause your PlayStation 3 game and then pick up where you left off using your Vita. In truth, most PS3 games did not support this cross play and the pause-and-play functionality rarely worked as advertised.

Sony To Issue Refunds Over Misleading PS Vita Ads

When Sony launched its handheld PlayStation Vita device nearly three years ago, ads promised that the Vita would include “game changing” technology, like the ability to play games stored remotely on PlayStation 3 consoles, or that you could save a game on your PS 3 and use your Vita to pick up where you left off, or that you could use the 3G version of the Vita to access a library of multiplayer games anywhere with a data connection. The Vita never quite lived up to this early hype, which is why — as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission — Sony will issue partial refunds to early adopters of the device. [More]

Check Out Consumer Reports’ Interactive Gift Guide

Check Out Consumer Reports’ Interactive Gift Guide

Still don’t know what to get the people on your shopping list? Or maybe you haven’t decided what you should ask your loved ones to get you to demonstrate that they don’t hate you. Our colleagues at Consumer Reports have put together a fully interactive guide to this year’s most sought-after electronics, cars, exercise equipment, and more. [More]

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TGI Fridays Sued For Not Printing All Drink Prices On Menu

Given the vast number of available cocktails and beers available at most bars, it’s rare — if not impossible — to see a list of prices for everything you could drink. But in a recently filed class action suit, a man in New Jersey alleges that TGI Fridays is deliberately omitting drink prices to trick customers into paying more than they should. [More]

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Walmart Workers Chain Massive Food Donation Bin Outside Home Of Alice Walton

Just days after another Walmart launched the holiday giving season by placing a food donation bin for employees to help out their co-workers in need, some workers have placed a much larger bin outside the home of someone who makes a little bit more than $10/hour from the nation’s largest retailer — Alice Walton. [More]

The initial warning message sent out by Machinima to users alerting them to increased vigilance on Activision's part. (Photo: @BroTeamPill)

Activision Going After YouTubers Who Post Call Of Duty Glitch, Exploit Videos

Video Game clips make up a sizable chunk of the most popular content on YouTube, and its becoming easier and easier for gamers to share short videos online, and game publishers rarely try to flex their copyright muscle to get clips taken down because they know it’s good publicity. Someone failed to tell this to Activision, which has been flagging Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare videos, but only those that highlight that the game has flaws. [More]

Old Navy Changes Policy For Plus-Size Returns, Adding Customer Panel To Make Better Clothes

Old Navy Changes Policy For Plus-Size Returns, Adding Customer Panel To Make Better Clothes

A couple weeks back we told you about a petition asking Old Navy why it charges significantly more for plus-size women’s clothing but the largest men’s apparel is the same price as the mediums and smalls. The retailer explained to us that its women’s items are specially designed while the menswear is just larger versions of the same items, but there were still lingering questions, like why are there fewer plus-size options and why can’t you return them in the store? [More]