(Molly)

Abercrombie & Fitch Puts Shirts On Male Models, Tries To Reinvent Itself

A fascinating and weird era in retail history is now over: the male models at Abercrombie & Fitch have put on some shirts. The brand is reinventing itself for the present era, ditching logo-laden clothing, shirtless dudes, their no-fat-chicks policies, and CEO Mike Jeffries. Will that be enough to make the brand relevant as other teen-focused retailers are putting down their gates for good? [More]

Why Do New Ice Cream Flavors Debut In The Winter?

Why Do New Ice Cream Flavors Debut In The Winter?

This week, Ben & Jerry’s introduced three new cookie-themed ice cream flavors. That’s always welcome news, because the world needs more ice cream pints with cookie cores. In much of the country, though, it’s really not ice cream weather. In some places, the weather is more suitable for leaving a pint of ice cream in your car. Why introduce new flavors now? [More]

Citigroup Quietly Cuts Back On Its Consumer Banking Business

Citigroup Quietly Cuts Back On Its Consumer Banking Business

Citigroup is about to become a slightly smaller group. Here in the United States, for example, the global bank once sought retail banking customers in fourteen cities. In cities where there are fewer Citibank branches, the company has been quietly selling their branches and leaving town. [More]

This is the cabin of the A350's cousin, the A321. (Aaron Escobar)

Airbus Finds New And Exciting Ways To Cram More Passengers In Its Planes

An Airbus A350-1000 normally fits 369 passengers, but airlines wanted to know: would it be possible to reconfigure the seats and cram a few more people in there? At a press meeting today, the company announced airlines will be able to fit about twenty more passengers in each of its most popular models by the end of this decade. [More]

(Dennis Raines)

Alibaba Promises To Help CPSC Keep Banned Merchandise Out Of The United States

Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba is the world’s largest online marketplace, and its wide reach has a downside for consumer safety. Retailers and consumers alike use the site to source parts and products directly from factories abroad. The lack of intermediaries makes it very easy to order products that have been banned in the United States for safety reasons, and that’s why the Consumer Product Safety Commission has teamed up with the site. [More]

Has Apple Ended The Free iTunes Single Of The Week?

Has Apple Ended The Free iTunes Single Of The Week?

Since the debut of the iTunes Music Store in 2004, there has been one constant for regular visitors on tight budgets: the free single of the week. It exposed users to music in different genres that they didn’t have to pay for. As of the beginning of 2015, it might be gone. [More]

(Koka Sexton)

SiriusXM Charges Customer $2,085 For $25 Subscription, Shrugs

If you’ve bought a vehicle with SiriusXM satellite radio in recent years, you know how this deal was supposed to work: a customer who bought a new van had three months of the service for free to try it out, then the company offered her a 5-month trial subscription at $5 per month. Only something went terribly wrong, and SiriusXM charged her the seemingly random amount of $417. Five times. [More]

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Should You Ditch Cable? This Calculator Will Tell You

We’ve been posting about cord-cutting, or ditching pay cable TV in favor of paid and free streaming video sites, for years now. However, products announced in the last year can better simulate the content available through cable. Sports, premium cable channels, and other things that were once cable-only are now available to cord-cutters. Yet making the switch doesn’t always make financial sense. [More]

Flappy Bird Is Now A Real-Life Arcade Game

Flappy Bird Is Now A Real-Life Arcade Game

We’re fascinated with the saga of “Flappy Bird” here at Consumerist, mostly because of the creator’s reaction to the success of his infuriatingly simple game. He yanked it from app marketplaces even though it was raking in ad money, then put it back after the fad had faded a bit. Wouldn’t you rather pump quarters into a dedicated Flappy Bird game cabinet? [More]

(The Impulsive Buy)

Conversation Heart Jelly Beans Exist, Are Not Heart-Shaped

Every major holiday in the United States seems to have its own candy, which used to disappear from stores once that candy’s holiday was over. There are conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day, jelly beans and creme eggs for Easter, candy corn for Halloween, and candy canes for Christmas. Then the world went completely mad. [More]

Man Caught At Chinese Customs Wearing 94 iPhones As Long Underwear

Man Caught At Chinese Customs Wearing 94 iPhones As Long Underwear

Even though the newest and freshest iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, are now legally available in mainland China, hauling them over the border from Hong Kong is still a profitable enterprise. Apparently. According to a report in Chinese media, an enterprising young man created a plastic suit that held 94 iPhones, strapping them around his arms, legs, hips, and torso. [More]

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Volvo Will Export First Chinese-Made Cars To U.S. Customers

So many of the everyday items that we use are now made in China, from our underpants to our computer monitors, but one thing that companies hadn’t yet exported from China to the United States were cars. Yet. A Chinese automaker is entering the U.S. car market, but as an existing familiar brand. Volvo will export 1,500 Inscription sedans made in China. [More]

Burger King Brings Back 15-Cent Chicken Nuggets In Price War With McDonald’s

Burger King Brings Back 15-Cent Chicken Nuggets In Price War With McDonald’s

If you have a massive craving for chicken nuggets, great news out of your local fast-food outlets: the nugget price wars have begun. Kind of. After McDonald’s launched its inexplicable deal featuring a box of 50 nuggets for $9.99, Burger King has fired back, offering the more reasonable quantity of ten nuggets for $1.49. It’s all about attracting foot traffic as fast-food outlets try to get American consumers to come back. [More]

Urgent Care Clinics Move In To Malls, And Landlords Really Like Them

Urgent Care Clinics Move In To Malls, And Landlords Really Like Them

Sometimes you need a sprained ankle bandaged or a sore ear looked at outside of the hours that your primary health care provider is open. Where do you go when that happens? In a growing number of communities, you can head to the mall, where small urgent care clinics are setting up in that storefront where Blockbuster used to be. [More]

(Ben Schumin)

Quit Believing These Winter Driving Myths Already

If you’re in one of the places in the world that never has snow, ice, or typical winter weather, good for you. You can sit there and make smug noises while the rest of us learn useful information. There are a lot of common myths about driving in the winter that people accept as true, but probably shouldn’t. Here are a few of them. [More]

McDonald’s Airlifts Fries Into Japan, Another Report Of ‘Dental Material’ In Food

McDonald’s Airlifts Fries Into Japan, Another Report Of ‘Dental Material’ In Food

Sales are way down at McDonald’s restaurants in Japan, and the continuing French fry shortage isn’t the reason. The public has been understandably freaked out to learn that customers have found plastic pieces and a human tooth in their food recently, and now there’s a report that a diner found crunchy pieces in her burger later found to be the white resin-like material used to fill cavities. [More]

(Jennifer Moo)

What’s The Difference Between AM And PM Cold Medicine, Anyway?

Cold and flu season is here, which means that you might be stumbling into the “cold and allergy” aisle of the nearest store, trying to sort out which remedy is the best choice between sneezes. What does “non-drowsy” mean on a medicine bottle? Terms like “AM,” “PM,” and “maximum strength” aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which can lead to bleary-eyed confusion when you’re sick. [More]

Chipotle Will Bribe Everyone To Try Their Braised Tofu

Chipotle Will Bribe Everyone To Try Their Braised Tofu

“I don’t like tofu, and you can’t make me eat it!” Americans and Canadians have said to Chipotle, ignoring the tofu that the chain introduced last year. “If you try it, I’ll give you a free burrito with meat in it!” Chipotle countered, striking a bargain like a clever parent. Will the chain’s customers take this deal? On January 26, we’ll find out. [More]