Someone Thought It Was Smart To Grow Marijuana Inside A Meijer Store

Someone Thought It Was Smart To Grow Marijuana Inside A Meijer Store

It’s quite a leafy news day, in terms of pot-related shenanigans going down. But in this case, the drugs weren’t being dealt online, but grown in a seemingly very public place — specifically, a nail salon located inside a Meijer store near Ann Arbor, Mich. Perhaps Mary Jane Manicures were on the list of services? [More]

Best Buy To Close 42 Stores, Hold Crappy Clearance Sales

Best Buy To Close 42 Stores, Hold Crappy Clearance Sales

Customers stopping by some Best Buy stores around the United States on Saturday got a surprise: the stores had abruptly closed down for the day. When the electronics mega-chain announced a few weeks ago that they planned to close about fifty of their biggest boxes, they meant it. Forty-two Best Buy stores in twenty states (and one in Puerto Rico) will close by May 12. Or whenever they run out of stock: whichever happens first. [More]

Study Says The More Walmarts In The Area, The More Hate Groups There Are

Study Says The More Walmarts In The Area, The More Hate Groups There Are

This one’s sure to boil some blood over at Walmart headquarters: A new study says there’s a significant correlation between the amount of Walmart stores in an area and the number of hate groups existing in that same area. As the big-box stores proliferate, so do the groups. [More]

We're Sure Legislators Are Happy The "Walmart Of Weed" Is In D.C.

We're Sure Legislators Are Happy The "Walmart Of Weed" Is In D.C.

Senators and state representatives are sure to get a hearty, “Howdy, neighbors!” from Washington D.C.’s new kid on the block, a company known as the “Walmart of Weed.” The company, weGrow, sells hydroponic supplies to medical marijuana growers and is set to open its first East Coast outlet. [More]

Huggies Trumpets New Lower Price, Doesn't Brag About Box Having Less Diapers

Huggies Trumpets New Lower Price, Doesn't Brag About Box Having Less Diapers

Huggies doesn’t mind patting itself on the back for a “new lower price” on a bulk box of diapers, crowing about the dollar less they’re charging customers at Sam’s Club. But as Jay found out, they’re not as chatty about the fact that the price is for less diapers. Zap! Grocery shrink ray! [More]

Target Sells You A Vacuum Full Of Crud, Won't Take It Back

Target Sells You A Vacuum Full Of Crud, Won't Take It Back

Isabelle’s $300 Dyson vacuum from Target arrived on her doorstep without some of the parts, and filled with dirt from someone else’s house. Wanting to receive the item she actually had ordered, she dragged it to the nearest Target in a taxi and was told that she was obviously trying to pull one over on Target by returning this vacuum when she so clearly had used it and kept the handle. Clearly. [More]

It's A Good Thing Shoppers Can Do Simple Math Because Walmart Isn't So Great At It

It's A Good Thing Shoppers Can Do Simple Math Because Walmart Isn't So Great At It

James was doing some shopping at Walmart, when he came upon one of those handy signs advertising a price “Rollback” posted on a display of yogurt. But just because Walmart says something is a deal, it pays to do the math to make sure it actually is a bargain. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Discover Cache Of Ancient Flash Drives

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Discover Cache Of Ancient Flash Drives

In the electronics department of his local Walmart in New York state, Joseph made an amazing discovery in the field of retail archaeology. No one was interested in these ten 256 MB flash drives, so they’ve languished. No markdowns, no clearance: they’ll remain on the shelf, with a price tag of $28.83. A cashier told Joseph, “You’ll be bringing your kids in here some day, and these will still be here.” Something to look forward to. [More]

$2 Billion In Gift Cards Will Go Unused This Year

$2 Billion In Gift Cards Will Go Unused This Year

If you received gifts this last holiday season, there’s a good chance at least one of them was a gift card. But while the cards are an easy way to give someone a gift other than cash or socks, a number of people just aren’t getting around to spending the money on those cards in a timely manner. [More]

Staples Recycles Laptop By Cracking Its Screen

Staples Recycles Laptop By Cracking Its Screen

When you trade in your old electronic device for “recycling” while buying a new one, does that device have to work? Staples offered a $100 rebate this holiday season to customers who sent in their old computers after purchasing a new one. “Recycling” is in quotes because computers traded in had to be running, and include the charger, so they were bound for re-use rather than recycling. That was no problem for George, though — he traded in a working computer. Only the screen was cracked when it reached the center, and he didn’t get the full rebate. [More]

Toys R Us Will Be Open For 112 Hours Straight Before Christmas

Toys R Us Will Be Open For 112 Hours Straight Before Christmas

For those waking up in the dead of night, terrified that they forgot to find that perfect toy for their kid, Toys R Us will be leaving its grinning giraffe arms open for 112 hours straight. Starting this morning at 6 a.m., the toy shillers will keep stores open until 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24. [More]

Legislators Call For A Boycott Of Lowe's After It Pulled Ads From American Muslims TV Show

Legislators Call For A Boycott Of Lowe's After It Pulled Ads From American Muslims TV Show

Lowe’s seems to have jumped right from the frying pan into the fire, amidst a controversial move to pull its advertising from a show on TLC about American Muslim families. So far at least one legislator is calling for a boycott of the store for doing so. [More]

Target Demands Extra $189 To Exchange Camera No Longer On Sale

Target Demands Extra $189 To Exchange Camera No Longer On Sale

Coco took advantage of a great deal at Target, buying a digital camera on sale for $189 below list price, with a $75 Target gift card on the side. Neat! Trouble was, he didn’t open or test out the camera until a week later, once the sale was over and the gift card had been spent. Photos taken with the camera didn’t come out, so he took the camera back to Target to exchange it for a working one. The trouble was, they couldn’t exchange it for him unless he paid an extra $189 and return the $75 gift card. [More]

Walmart Charges A Dollar More For  Weaker Shampoo In A Smaller Amount

Walmart Charges A Dollar More For Weaker Shampoo In A Smaller Amount

This makes sense! Why buy the cheaper bottle of stronger dandruff shampoo, when you can buy a smaller, pricier version of the same shampoo in a weaker strength? Such is the reasoning at Walmart, as witnessed by Consumerist reader Steve. [More]

Stay In Bed: Black Friday May Not Be The Best Time To Buy That TV You Want

Stay In Bed: Black Friday May Not Be The Best Time To Buy That TV You Want

As we mentioned last week, just because retailers are offering deep discounts on some electronics doesn’t mean there will be savings on the particular item you’re after. Now there is some science to back that up. [More]

Buy Cat Food By The Case At Walmart, Pay More

Buy Cat Food By The Case At Walmart, Pay More

Comparing prices between different brands of canned cat food, Gabe made a discovery at Walmart: it’s cheaper to buy individual cans of Friskies cat food than to buy a case of 24 cans. Buying in bulk is supposed to be cheaper for the consumer, but maybe Walmart has imposed a convenience charge for encasing all of those cat food cans in cardboard. [More]

Check Your Best Buy Receipt Carefully Before Signing For In-Store Pickup Purchases

Check Your Best Buy Receipt Carefully Before Signing For In-Store Pickup Purchases

Best Buy’s in-store pickup for online purchases is a handy option, but beware. You could be the victim of a sudden price increase. After Kevin’s wallet fell victim to a price adjustment after the fact, he wrote in to warn other consumers. [More]

Your Complaint Is Not Important At Kmart If You're 'Just A Customer'

Your Complaint Is Not Important At Kmart If You're 'Just A Customer'

Terrie finished up her shopping at her local Kmart and headed for the checkout. She was horrified to see that each open checkout had at least dozen customers in line, and the store had no intention of opening any more. When she inquired about making her purchase at the jewelry counter or opening some more registers, she learned exactly how important customers are to this particular store. [More]