(Ben Schumin)

Could Aerosol Deodorants Catch On Again In The United States?

Do you have difficulty applying your deodorant and/or antiperspirant without getting it on your clothes? Unilever thinks that you do. After spray-on personal care products applied to the armpits faded from the United States market in the ’80s when aerosol propellants were shown to be harmful to the planet. They’re still on the market, but Americans prefer our gels and sticks. For now. [More]

This Is The Can Of Fried Onions For Today’s Creative Modern Woman

This Is The Can Of Fried Onions For Today’s Creative Modern Woman

We aren’t sure who “the now chicks with more imagination than time” are, and we’re fairly certain that if that were even a real thing, “the now chicks” would not order free fried onion cookbooks from coupon flyers. Not even in 1970 when this piece of copywriting horror was printed. [More]

(Scott Lynch)

Hot Seller During Singles Day In China: Fake Girlfriends And Boyfriends

Yesterday, we told you about Singles Day, the day when uncoupled people turn to sweet, sweet material consumption to fill the voids in their souls. It’s the biggest shopping day in the world, but really only an excuse for retailers in China to put everything on deep discount. Yet one hot seller this year was appropriate: many Chinese singles took advantage of the holiday to hire a cut-rate fake significant other. [More]


Walmart Bosses Want More Grocery Sales, Store Managers Complain About Understaffing

Walmart’s big bosses are unhappy with the mega-retailer’s grocery sales, but store-level bosses are in turn unhappy with the number of staff members they’re allotted to keep the shelves stocked and clean. What does this mean? A media war of words, where Walmart sent an “urgent” and “highly sensitive” memorandum to store managers last month, and one manager in turn leaked that memo to the New York Times to expose why the milk and vegetable sections at your local Walmart look so crappy. [More]

(Anne Makaske)

Consumer Reports Battles The Prerinsing Menace

Our colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports are fighting for a cause that might not seem all that important…especially not in comparison with pressing policy issues like antibiotics-laden meat or the looming merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Yet this issue does lead to the waste of large amounts of water, energy, and time. It doesn’t have to be this way. [More]

Mall To Stores: Open At 6 PM On Thanksgiving Day Or We’ll Fine You

Mall To Stores: Open At 6 PM On Thanksgiving Day Or We’ll Fine You

Last year, the Walden Galleria near Buffalo, New York welcomed shoppers at midnight on Black Friday. This year, they’re moving that start time back by six hours, and other malls owned by the same company, Pyramid Management, will be opening at dinnertime on the holiday as well. [More]

Pasta Pass ‘Winner’ Eats 115 Olive Garden Meals In 7 Weeks

Pasta Pass ‘Winner’ Eats 115 Olive Garden Meals In 7 Weeks

If something was never intended to be a contest, can you really declare someone the winner? We can’t help but wonder that in the case of a bold North Carolina man who obtained an Olive Garden Never-Ending Pasta Pass, then proceeded to use it to the full extent that the promotion allowed. This means that he ate at Olive Garden a total of 115 times in seven weeks. [More]

Apple Removes Fitbit Products From Online Store For Real

Apple Removes Fitbit Products From Online Store For Real

A few weeks ago, we shared an interesting piece of news with you: there were reports that Apple would stop selling Fitbit wearable devices in its stores in the coming months. This prediction has come true, but only partway: while Fitbit trackers disappeared from the company’s website last Friday, they remain on the shelves of real-life Apple Stores. For now. [More]

(Great Beyond)

Casino E-Mails Problem Gamblers Who Specifically Asked To Be Left Alone

If you have a gambling problem, you can do something drastic but ultimately helpful: you can put yourself on a “self-exclusion” list that means you no longer receive e-mails or promotions from gambling companies. You can self-exclude from both real-life casinos and their online counterparts, so you won’t be allowed to play. The problem comes when something goes wrong, and those customers receive an e-mail blast. [More]

(Alan Rappa)

Today Is The Biggest Online Shopping Day Of The Year… In China

While today might be Veterans Day or Remembrance Day in countries that took part in World War I, retailers in China want us to celebrate it as something else. There, November 11 is Singles Day, which started as an anti-Valentine’s Day of sorts, and has somehow evolved into the biggest online shopping day in the world. [More]


Apple Introduces Tool To Help Ex-iPhone Owners Get Missing Texts

Where did all of the missing texts go? Apple insisted back in May that they solved the problem of text messages that go missing after users switch to phones using other operating systems, but users claim that messages from iPhone-using friends still went missing. Some even filed a lawsuit claiming that Apple’s iMessage servers still “intercept” their messages. Now Apple has introduced a Web app for that. [More]

Customers Accuse Sephora Of Banning Shoppers With Asian Surnames

Customers Accuse Sephora Of Banning Shoppers With Asian Surnames

Would Sephora really ban customers who spend thousands of dollars every year with them? Last year, frequent customers say they had their ability to place online orders taken away for buying too much stuff. This year, frequent customers report having their accounts shut down or their ability to place orders restricted. Funny, thing though: all of these customers have e-mail addresses based in China, or Chinese surnames. [More]


Dorito-Flavored Mountain Dew Really Exists Outside Of Your Nightmares

In the last day or so, a specter of horrifying flavor has haunted the Internet. A student at Kent State University in Ohio posted a photo of a Mountain Dew taste test on Reddit. There were a few experimental flavors, and one of them was an orange-flavored confection. Was it some pleasant citrus variant? No. Flavor wizardry has brought us Dorito-flavored drinks. If this idea makes you want to blow up civilization and start over on a deserted island, you are not alone. [More]

Oreo Churros Now Exist For Some Reason

Oreo Churros Now Exist For Some Reason

When eating Oreos (of any flavor) have you ever said, “this is great, but I wish it were twirlier, and also warm?” No. You probably haven’t. Apparently someone at convenience store snack provider J&J Snack Foods did, though, and the company teamed up with Oreo-maker Mondelez International to sell Oreo-flavored churros. Churreos? [More]

(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]


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]