(Nicholas DiMaio)

Toys ‘R’ Us Opening At 5 P.M. On Day That Used To Be Called ‘Thanksgiving’

Are you looking forward to spending Thanksgiving Day standing in line and fighting with fellow shoppers over the last remote-controlled dinosaur? No? It doesn’t really matter whether you plan to show up or not: opening at 5 P.M. on Thanksgiving Day worked out for Toys ‘R’ Us last year, and they’re planning to do the same again this year. [More]

Sears Holdings Ponders Forming A Real Estate Trust, Selling Stores To It

Sears Holdings Ponders Forming A Real Estate Trust, Selling Stores To It

Two things are true about Sears Holdings: the company owns a lot of stores, and those stores are not selling enough merchandise. In order to raise some cash, in the last year the company has spun off its best quality clothing brand, sold shares in its Canadian subsidiary, borrowed money from its CEO, and taken on some roommates. What’s next? Selling some of its stores and leasing them back. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Дмитрий Шахов)

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]

(ash)

Man Buys Foreclosed House, Finds Decomposed Previous Occupant

Earlier this week, a man won a foreclosure auction in Cape Coral, Florida. He stopped by yesterday to check out his new purchase, a pink house with metal bars on every window. Neighbors hadn’t seen the previous occupant in a few years…because she had moved away. Or so they thought. The house’s new owner found a very decomposed body inside. [More]

(Mr. Nixter)

Time Warner Wants $20,000 To Connect Rural Customer To Broadband

Ten years ago, a man in central New York decided to build a house in a rural area. This seemed like a pretty good idea at the time, but broadband Internet wasn’t as crucial to modern life then as it is now. There are Time Warner Cable lines in the small town of Pompey, southeast of Syracuse, a third of a mile from his house, but Time Warner says that it would cost more than $20,000 to connect him. [More]

Non-Diamond Engagement Rings Becoming More Popular

Non-Diamond Engagement Rings Becoming More Popular

Diamond solitaires as engagement rings are what seems like an ancient tradition, but they’re more of a 20th-century invention. While consumers are largely sticking with the whole “ring” idea, jewelry stores have noticed that people are exploring ideas other than diamond solitaires. [More]

Facebook Is Raising Money To Fight Ebola

Facebook Is Raising Money To Fight Ebola

You may have heard the news recently that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a $25 million donation to Ebola relief efforts. Most of us don’t have that kind of money sitting around to donate, even to important causes, but Facebook wants us to check our metaphorical couch cushions and make our own donations to help treat Ebola patients in western Africa, and to prevent the disease from spreading further. [More]

USPS Will Deliver Some Non-Amazon Packages On Sundays

USPS Will Deliver Some Non-Amazon Packages On Sundays

Last year, Amazon.com began Sunday delivery in certain large cities, delighting custoemrs who like to get their Amazon packages earlier, and delighting the United States Postal Service, which remains desperate for new sources of revenue. Apparently, we’re all doing so much shopping online that the USPS will be making more Sunday deliveries this year to spread out the burden of hauling things to our doorsteps. [More]

(smohundro)

JCPenney Will Open At 5 P.M. On Thanksgiving Day For People Who Sort Of Like Their Families

JCPenney is apparently 11 hours less desperate for business than discount retailer Kmart, but 3 hours more desperate than it was last year. The department store chain announced today that it will open at 5 PM on Thanksgiving Day. Last year, it opened at 8 P.M. on the holiday. [More]

(eBay)

Atari Games Recovered From New Mexico Dump Now Available On eBay

Depending on your point of view, a selection of vintage game cartridges recently listed on eBay are either priceless pieces of video game history and lore, or just a bunch of trash that someone is trying to hawk on the Internet. Both of these perspectives are true: it’s the cartridges’ status as trash that makes them so valuable and interesting in the first place. [More]

Doritos Offers Limited-Time Christmas Tree-Shaped Chips In Japan

Doritos Offers Limited-Time Christmas Tree-Shaped Chips In Japan

Do you think that seasonal snacks have gotten out of hand here in the United States? Maybe they have, but that doesn’t make a new holiday themed product from Doritos in Japan any less amazing. They’re selling soup-flavored green tortilla chips…shaped like Christmas trees. [More]

Phone Carriers In Korea Accused Of Illegally Subsidizing iPhones

Phone Carriers In Korea Accused Of Illegally Subsidizing iPhones

Here in the United States, our mobile phone carriers are trying to wean consumers off phone subsidies, so we will begin to understand how much our phones really cost. Meanwhile, over in Samsung country, stores have been charging artificially low prices for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, something that is kind of illegal in South Korea. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Have Your Windows Vista Needs Covered

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Have Your Windows Vista Needs Covered

Do you need a copy of Windows Vista, a rather poorly-received version of the operating system? We can’t think of any circumstances under which someone would need a copy of Vista, but maybe there is one. If there is, one Walmart store has got them covered. [More]

(Disney Store)

Disney Has Sold 3 Million ‘Frozen’ Character Costumes, Plans To Sell More

As we shared before Halloween, this year some of the most popular costumes for girls (and a few boys) were the lead characters from the animated Disney movie “Frozen.” While the movie came out last winter, Disney announced that it remains popular, and they’re going to be putting even more “Frozen” merchandise, including costumes, on the shelves for the holiday season. [More]

Readers’ Reviews Of Papa John’s Fritos Chili Pizza Mixed, Mostly Bad

Readers’ Reviews Of Papa John’s Fritos Chili Pizza Mixed, Mostly Bad

Last week, we shared the somewhat terrifying news that Papa John’s is marketing a pizza topped with Fritos and chili. Yes, the snack chip Fritos. Yes, on a pizza. Yes, on a Papa John’s pizza. We asked whether any of you out in Consumerland had tried it, and some of you were brave enough to. [More]

Olive Garden Neverending Pasta Pass Holder Has Eaten 95 Pasta Meals

Olive Garden Neverending Pasta Pass Holder Has Eaten 95 Pasta Meals

There were only 1,000 Neverending Pasta Passes issued in a massive Olive Garden publicity stunt, and minister in North Carolina has one of them. He’s determined to make the most of it, and as of yesterday had eaten 95 meals so far at his local Olive Garden. He calculates that he has eaten $1,510 so far during the six weeks to date. [More]

Lyft Passenger Killed In Multi-Car Crash: Whose Insurance Covers What?

Lyft Passenger Killed In Multi-Car Crash: Whose Insurance Covers What?

Normally, it wouldn’t be national news that there was a fatal multi-car crash on the highway during a heavy rainstorm near Sacramento, California. What makes this crash newsworthy is that the man who died was a paying passenger in a vehicle hired through the ride-sharing app Lyft. [More]

Apparently, Someone Wants A Sterling Silver Starbucks Card Keychain

Apparently, Someone Wants A Sterling Silver Starbucks Card Keychain

Are you a Starbucks super-fan, or is someone you know? If so, consider this year’s Starbucks super-fan gift, which goes on sale next Wednesday. Depending on how you look at it, it’s either a Starbucks gift card with a 400% markup, or a $150 silver keychain that also requires a $50 Starbucks gift card purchase. [More]