There Should Not Be Two Examples Of Target Math In The Same Aisle

There Should Not Be Two Examples Of Target Math In The Same Aisle

Pricing errors happen. That’s a fact of retail. What we’ve never been able to understand, though, is why they happen so often at Target, and why that store tends to make the same errors over and over: specifically, pricing items so you pay more when you buy in bulk, and posting “sale” signs with higher prices than the original price. [More]

Sears Holdings Reports First Profit Since 2012, Not From Actual Retailing

Sears Holdings Reports First Profit Since 2012, Not From Actual Retailing

We’ve had a longtime joke here at Consumerist that Sears Holdings isn’t actually a retail company, but an advanced anti-capitalist prank pretending to run a retail company. We expected the company to either turn things around or go out of business. What’s happening instead is something that some retail observers had predicted: the company is profitable for the first time in years, but only because it sold a few hundred million dollars’ worth of stores. [More]

Walmart To Keep More Merchandise In Warehouses, Less In Stores

Walmart To Keep More Merchandise In Warehouses, Less In Stores

Retailers’ goal is to sell to us all “omnichannel,” selling to customers across platforms. When Walmart’s profits fell this quarter, the company promised shareholders a money-saving change that makes them seem cool and omnichannel: they’re keeping more of certain merchandise in distribution and less in stores, saving the expense of shipping and stocking items, and selling them online instead. [More]

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Experimenting With New Ingredients Isn’t So Easy For Fast Food Chains

When I want to make a kale salad, I go to the grocery store and buy a bundle of kale. When McDonald’s wants to make some kale salads in their restaurants, they have to set up an entire supply chain for millions of pounds of kale. As fast-food customers are demanding that restaurants use recognizable, pronounceable ingredients, that makes it difficult to mass-produce food that doesn’t seem mass-produced. [More]

The U.S. Postal Service Is Open To Delivering Anything To Raise Cash

The U.S. Postal Service Is Open To Delivering Anything To Raise Cash

Do you need something delivered? Perhaps a case of water, some booze, or maybe a box of fresh fish? Consider turning to the same people who bring you birthday cards and jury duty summonses: the U.S. Postal Service is now delivering groceries to customers in seven cities, and also doing same-day delivery in some markets of things you might not expect to see on a postal truck. [More]

Sprint Will Stop Offering 2-Year Phone Contracts By The End Of This Year

Sprint Will Stop Offering 2-Year Phone Contracts By The End Of This Year

When we shared the news that Sprint was launching a program where you can lease an iPhone for prices that start at $22 per month, there was one piece of important Sprint-related information that we didn’t know yet: the reason why the carrier was making such a big deal out of their sweet lease offers is that they plan to join T-Mobile and Verizon in ending two-year contracts and subsidized phones. [More]

Starbucks Announces Actual Pumpkin Will Be Added To Pumpkin Spice Latte

Starbucks Announces Actual Pumpkin Will Be Added To Pumpkin Spice Latte

Well, it’s August, and we all know what that means: several more weeks of summer! Oh, and also that pumpkin spice lattes will soon be hitting your nearest Starbucks, because that happens well before fall begins. This year, Starbucks is drawing attention to the annual event by changing the recipe up a bit, removing caramel coloring and changing to a pumpkin sauce that has a small amount of pumpkin purée in it. [More]

This guy is for sale.

Sprint Will Rent You An iPhone Forever For $22 Per Month, Totally Not A Contract

Do you itch to replace your iPhone as soon as a new one is announced? Do you only live and travel in areas where the Sprint network is acceptably strong? If so, Sprint’s new “iPhone Forever” plan may be for you: it allows you to upgrade your phone whenever you feel like it, as long as you choose a newer iPhone model than the one you had before. [More]

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Target Expands Its Test Of Curbside Pickup To New York And New Jersey

Do you enjoy shopping at Target, but dislike getting out of your car? What if you could visit Target without the temptation to pick up random items and end up with a cart full of merchandise when you were only there to pick up one thing? Your salvation may be at hand: Target is expanding curbside pickup. [More]

Toilet Paper Clearance At Target Means You Pay 86¢ More

Toilet Paper Clearance At Target Means You Pay 86¢ More

Justin was shopping at his local Target store when he spotted a big pack of toilet paper marked “Clearance.” Hey, great! It’s always really useful when you can find a markdown, even one of 15% like an initial Target clearance markdown, on an important household staple. Then he looked closer. [More]

Surprise! This $200 Off Kroger Coupon Is Actually A Scam

Surprise! This $200 Off Kroger Coupon Is Actually A Scam

This coupon promises to get you $200 off your next $20 shopping visit to the supermarket chain Kroger. Well, except for how the coupon doesn’t actually work at Kroger. Or exist. The promise of unrealistically amazing coupons is used to get people to click on a link that could harm your computer. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Discover That PS2 Memory Cards Are Finally On Clearance

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Discover That PS2 Memory Cards Are Finally On Clearance

Back in 2012, one of the brave explorers for the Raiders of the Lost Walmart discovered a rack of memory cards for the PlayStation 2, still on the shelf and still priced at $20-$30. That was three years ago, though: Sony is up to the PS4 now. Surely Walmart has noticed that PS2 accessories aren’t really flying off their shelves. Well, one Raider’s local Walmart has moved them to the clearance aisle… still marked at $30. [More]

More Examples Of Target Math: They Never Said It Was “On Sale”

More Examples Of Target Math: They Never Said It Was “On Sale”

There are two different types of Target math, our name for the unusual ways that stores calculate bulk and sale prices. One type is when a “sale” price is higher than a product’s regular price, which is not the normal definition of the word “sale.” The other is when a bulk package of an item costs more per item than just buying it individually. Now we’ve discovered a new form: random numbers pulled in from nowhere. [More]

Lexus Will Experiment With No-Haggle Car Pricing

Lexus Will Experiment With No-Haggle Car Pricing

Would no-haggle car pricing make the car-buying process more pleasant, and make you feel more warm and cuddly toward car dealers and toward the brand? Lexus apparently hopes so, and they plan to test this kind of pricing at a dozen of their dealerships. [More]

Iowa Taco Bell Closed For Decontamination Due To Meth Components In Utility Room

Iowa Taco Bell Closed For Decontamination Due To Meth Components In Utility Room

At least one Taco Bell employee may have been planning to cook more than Quesaritos inside the building, according to local police in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Police say that two men were responsible for the “active meth-making ingredients” found in a utility room at the restaurant, but don’t know for sure whether the men actually cooked any methamphetamine in their makeshift lab. [More]

Is he telling us to be quiet or the burger?!?

Hipster Dad Version Of Hamburglar Fails To Sell McDonald’s Sirloin Burgers

The updated version of the Hamburglar, a classic McDonald’s character, had one job. He was supposed to sell “third-pounder” sirloin burgers to children of the ’70s and ’80s who grew up with the Hamburglar as part of the McDonaldLand marketing ensemble, and who are now young adult “foodies.” Yet the appeal to nostalgia and his snazzy hamburger tie weren’t enough to draw customers in to try the burger he was promoting. [More]

Office Depot Plans To Close 400 Stores By The End Of 2016

Office Depot Plans To Close 400 Stores By The End Of 2016

Office Depot and Staples are the country’s two largest remaining big-box office supplies chains, and earlier this year, Staples proposed to to acquire Office Depot. While the two companies wait for the Federal Trade Commission to bless the marriage or call off the engagement, Office Depot has announced plans to speed up its store closings, with a goal of shuttering 400 stores by the end of 2016. [More]

Sears Holdings Comparable-Store Sales Down More Than 10% In Last 3 Months

Sears Holdings Comparable-Store Sales Down More Than 10% In Last 3 Months

In all of our reporting on the recent woes of Sears Holdings, the real message is that we want Sears to stage a comeback and return to the retail greatness of decades past. Yet things don’t look very promising over at Sears HQ, and today the department store chain announced that its sales across comparable stores have fallen more than 10% in the last quarter. [More]