DiGiorno Shows Why You Should Read Twitter Hashtags Before Using Them

DiGiorno Shows Why You Should Read Twitter Hashtags Before Using Them

We’ve discussed before how brands should reconsider the use of Twitter as a promotional tool, since the combination of employees signed in to the wrong account, thoughtless jumping on bandwagons, and followers who know how to take screen shots has damaged a lot of brands. Today’s devastating example of why you should look before employing a hashtag comes from frozen pizza brand DiGiorno, which wandered into a serious Twitter conversation about domestic violence. [More]

Poopsy Pets Now Poop Undigested Food Instead Of Jewels

Poopsy Pets Now Poop Undigested Food Instead Of Jewels

Last year, we brought you the exciting news that there was a new line of fashion dolls with fashion pets available for kids who like that kind of thing. We were concerned and amused that the toy portrays pet ownership in a very inaccurate way: namely, that rabbits eat and poop glitter, and unicorns not only exist but also poop rainbows. Exciting news: there are more Poopsy Pets. [More]

Pumpkin Watch: Trident Also Has Pumpkin Spice Gum


Need something inedible and fall-flavored to chew on while you mourn the non-existence of pumpkin spice flavored condoms? There’s more than one pumpkin spice gum on the market. This Trident variety was spotted at Target, which is America’s Pumpkin Spice Central. A reader of The Impulsive Buy spotted it in the wild, One of their readers declares it to be acceptable: the flavor lasts 15-20 minutes if he chews two pieces. Assuming that what you want is for the flavor to last. Some people are into that kind of thing. [The Impulsive Buy]

General Mills Acquires Annie’s Homegrown Foods, Bunny Mascots

General Mills Acquires Annie’s Homegrown Foods, Bunny Mascots

Annie’s is a 25-year-old company based in Berkeley, California that has its organic products everywhere from the shelves of health food stores to the checkout of Target. General Mills is 158-year-old company based in the Minneapolis area that owns familiar American brands like Cheerios cereal and Green Giant frozen vegetables. These companies are getting hitched, thanks to their shared love of the growing organic food market and money. [More]

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Why Home Warranties Are A Terrible Idea

If you’re considering buying a home warranty, a service contract that covers all of your home appliances and many other routine home repairs, you may be better off taking the money that you would have spent and sticking it in a savings account instead. The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs says that one home warranty company in that state collected fees, but wasn’t keen to pay for any actual repairs. [More]

September Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – Salmonella Is Not A Superfood

September Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – Salmonella Is Not A Superfood

In our September Recall Roundup for food, there could be walnuts lurking in the spinach, eggs in the frozen desserts, and Salmonella in pretty much every kind of food. [More]

No, Pumpkin Spice Condoms Are Not A Real Thing

No, Pumpkin Spice Condoms Are Not A Real Thing

Here at Consumerist HQ, we were both intrigued and horrified when a plausible-looking mockup of a pumpkin spice flavored condom spent the weekend circulating around the Internet. If pumpkin spice gum and bacon condoms can exist, why not? Alas, the wrapper circulating online isn’t real, even though some people kind of want it to be. [More]

Here’s Hobby Lobby’s Nightmare Before Christmas

Here’s Hobby Lobby’s Nightmare Before Christmas

We complain about holiday mashups and Holiday Creep, but we secretly love “Nightmare Before Christmas” displays, where retail necessity meets art, and cool holiday mashups ensue. Hobby Lobby puts out their Christmas merchandise early, even by craft store standards, and we have gradually grown to enjoy these Halloween trees, even as it’s fundamentally wrong to celebrate the coming of autumn with evergreens. [More]

Kmart Airs What Is Totally Not A Christmas Commercial

Kmart Airs What Is Totally Not A Christmas Commercial

Last year, discount retailer and aspiring landlord Kmart kicked off its Christmas marketing early. Really early. Last year, the chain waited around until September 10 to start airing its first Christmas ad. This year, they moved that start date up, presumably so people who chatter about retail would complain about the early start date and embed the ad. You win, Kmart. [More]

People Started Lining Up Outside Of Tokyo Apple Store On Sunday

People Started Lining Up Outside Of Tokyo Apple Store On Sunday

You may have heard that there are new products emerging from the magical land of Cupertino tomorrow. People started camping out near the glass edifice of a Manhattan Apple Store last week, but they have sponsors. The campers in Tokyo’s fancy Ginza district set up on Sunday, and are supposedly there out of just fanatical devotion to Apple products. [More]

CVS Gives Out Free Cigarette Packs Stuffed With Help For Quitting

CVS Gives Out Free Cigarette Packs Stuffed With Help For Quitting

You can’t buy tobacco products anymore at the newly-renamed CVS Health, but you can get the cashier to give you a free pack. While the little red box is shaped like a cigarette pack, that isn’t what’s inside. These packs are available for free, and have coupons and materials inside meant to inspire customers to quit smoking. [More]

Cheese Makers In Switzerland Fight Counterfeits With Secret Bacteria

Cheese Makers In Switzerland Fight Counterfeits With Secret Bacteria

Did you know that counterfeit Swiss cheese is a problem? It certainly is if you’re a cheesemaker in Switzerland. Industry experts recently estimated that as much as 10% of all Emmental cheese (that’s the pale yellow cheese with holes in it that Americans usually refer to as “Swiss” cheese) sold outside of Switzerland was fake: not made in Switzerland. How are the Swiss protecting their cheese industry, which has exports in the hundreds of millions of dollars? DNA tests. [More]

CompuServe In 1994: Here, You’ll Never Outgrow 60 E-Mails Per Month

CompuServe In 1994: Here, You’ll Never Outgrow 60 E-Mails Per Month

Decades ago, our ancestors would purchase or receive in the mail “magazines,” primitive information delivery devices printed on shiny paper. Most of these magazines featured advertisements for products and services. In 1994, an ad for Popular Mechanics promoted CompuServe, a service that you could dial into with your modem. One that connected you to news, sports, weather, shopping, information, and included sixty e-mail messages per month. Sixty! [More]

Linkwallet Emerges, Says Wallets Will Ship By End Of 2014

Linkwallet Emerges, Says Wallets Will Ship By End Of 2014

Since backing a hardware project on a crowdfunded site feels like shopping, people get annoyed when the things they “bought” don’t show up when expected. Like the Ping Wallet, which we featured here on the site yesterday. A year after raising $59,000, the smart wallet is the subject of a Kickstarter backer revolt. However, the company’s CEO has re-emerged and says that the delays are just because he wants to send backers a wallet that doesn’t suck. [More]

Whole Foods Pulls Yogurt With Bogus Nutrition Info From Stores

Whole Foods Pulls Yogurt With Bogus Nutrition Info From Stores

Food companies put nutrition information on the labels of their products, and we consumers assume that information is, you know, true. Maybe naively so. When tests by our calorie-crunching colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports showed that there was more sugar in Whole Foods’ plain Greek yogurt than the label claimed, the grocery chain pulled the product from shelves. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

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Here are seven of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

This Vegetarian Breakfast Item Totally Looks Like Poo

This Vegetarian Breakfast Item Totally Looks Like Poo

We don’t want to go around accusing food stylists of doing a bad job, because the people who photograph food, especially packaged and fast food, to make it look edible are doing truly honorable work for the good of capitalism. However, sometimes a delicious part of a packaged shelf-stable breakfast looks like a poo emoji, and someone must point this out. [More]

Google Fiber May Come To Phoenix, Cox Customers Receive 100% Coincidental Speed Boost

Google Fiber May Come To Phoenix, Cox Customers Receive 100% Coincidental Speed Boost

We all know that this country doesn’t have nearly enough competition in the broadband Internet sector, but it’s a little sad to watch what happens when one of the nation’s cable giants faces some unexpected competition. Google Fiber’s gigabit connections may soon grace the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Oh, and back in July, Cox Communications gave their customers with faster broadband plans a completely coincidental 100% speed increase. [More]