Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Find Ancient And Mysterious Feature Phone

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Find Ancient And Mysterious Feature Phone

The Raiders of the Lost Walmart are a brave band of explorers who comb the darkest corners of the world’s discount stores to find the ancient gadgets with inappropriately high prices. We call these finds “retail antiquities,” and share the explorers’ field notes with the world. [More]

Reader Notices Target Math, Gets $4.99 Off Price Of Lamp

Reader Notices Target Math, Gets $4.99 Off Price Of Lamp

Target is a discount store, but also a strange and mystical place where Doritos are refrigerated, sale items are simultaneously 50% off and free, and customers are notified when something isn’t on sale. As a Consumerist reader, Erin knew to look out for Target’s strange version of reality, and was able to get an item for the lower shelf tag price rather than the higher “sale” price. [More]

Sears Shareholders Sue, Claim CEO Is Stripping Company For Parts

Sears Shareholders Sue, Claim CEO Is Stripping Company For Parts

For many years here at Consumerist, we developed a theory that the venerable department store Sears was secretly a vast anti-capitalist prank, which actively avoided selling merchandise. Its goal was something else: perhaps waiting for the retail real estate market to turn around and cash in the land and buildings that it owns. A group of Sears Holdings shareholders are starting to think the same thing, and they’ve filed a lawsuit against the company and its manifesto-writing CEO, Eddie Lampert. [More]

This McDonald’s Asks Drive-Thru Customers To Bend The Laws Of Physics

This McDonald’s Asks Drive-Thru Customers To Bend The Laws Of Physics

McDonald’s is trying all kinds of new things to attract younger customers and sling fries at them, but we’re not so sure about their plan to increase drive-thru traffic in the United Kingdom by bending the laws of physics. “Please use both lanes to place your order,” a new sign says. Both? [More]

This Former Pizza Hut Is Now The Liquor Hut

This Former Pizza Hut Is Now The Liquor Hut

Pizza Huts are distinctive buildings. They’re so distinctive that there’s really nothing else like a Pizza Hut in the chain restaurant landscape. They have steep mansard roofs, brick exterior walls, and trapezoidal windows, and it takes significant renovation for them to not look like Pizza Huts anymore. That’s why we appreciate when new occupants surrender to their destiny and just call their new venture a “Hut.” [More]

The photo shows a single food pouch priced at $1.39, and then a four-pack of the same size costs $5.99. That's a $2.60 surcharge.

Target Math Means You Pay Extra For Cardboard Box, Less Choice

Bulk buying is good. When you buy multiple food pouches that come in a single box, for example, it makes life easier for cashiers and maybe for you when you unload your groceries. That’s what Jared thought when he went to buy some baby food pouches at Target. [More]

McDonald’s Now Threatening To Sneak Into Your Kitchen, Steal Your Food

McDonald’s Now Threatening To Sneak Into Your Kitchen, Steal Your Food

Five years ago, we warned you that before long, “artisanal” would become the new “organic,” and companies would adopt it in their marketing. The prediction came true, and companies like McDonald’s and Arby’s are advertising “artisan” mass-produced meat products. In advertising their artisan grilled chicken products, McDonald’s may be taking their “we use real food, honest” thing a little too far. [More]

Taco Bell Tests Return Of Beloved Beefy Crunch Burrito

Taco Bell Tests Return Of Beloved Beefy Crunch Burrito

The Beefy Crunch Burrito is a Taco Bell menu item that periodically reappears on the menu. It has developed a cult following because of these sporadic appearances, sort of like the McRib. Now it’s part of a “throwback burrito” promotion that the chain is testing in Louisville, which is how we learned of the strange subculture obsessed with this product. [More]

Target Buyers Report That Resellers Have Been Banned

Target Buyers Report That Resellers Have Been Banned

You may remember last month when Target put out its limited-quantity special Lilly Pulitzer collection, and frenzied fans waited in line, fought in the store aisles, and even crashed the retailer’s website. Past Target collaborations with big-name designers have resulted in those items being flipped on eBay for a bunch of money, but after the Lilly Pulitzer debacle, Target has reportedly banned resellers from buying from them. [More]

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McDonald’s, If It’s Come To This, Just Improve Your Food

“We’ve heard the same rumors you have,” says a recent publication from McDonald’s. “Fillers in our beef, so called ‘pink slime.'” The message is fine, but the location is problematic: McDonald’s is not only protesting a little too much, but this message is on a tray placemat. In one of their restaurants. The kind that you look at while you eat your McDonald’s food. [More]

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Kohl’s Will Open An Off-Price Store In New Jersey

You may have been under the impression that Kohl’s, a department store where suggested retail prices are largely imaginary because most of the store is at least 30% off, already was a discount store. Even then, they’re about to experiment with an even more discounted store, joining stores like Nordstrom, Saks, and now Macy’s in opening their own downscale outlet store. [More]

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Guy Upset Over Overbooked US Airways Flight Strips Naked In Charlotte Airport

There are many things you can do when a flight is overbooked, but a lot of those things won’t get you on an airplane. That includes stripping down to your birthday suit in the airport while yelling at people, like witnesses say one man did after trying unsuccessfully to get aboard a US Airways flight at Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Jamaica yesterday. [More]

RadioShack Will Not Be Selling Your Phone Number To New Owners

RadioShack Will Not Be Selling Your Phone Number To New Owners

If you’re part of the 117 million or so names on RadioShack’s mailing list, we have good and bad news for you. Today, the Shack and various states’ attorneys general came to an agreement about what customer data may be sold to RadioShack’s new owners, and under what circumstances. Everyone has agreed that the Shack won’t be handing over customer phone numbers, but they also will be giving people on the mailing list only a week to opt out. [More]

SprintShack Stores Will Be Fully Staffed And Stocked In June

SprintShack Stores Will Be Fully Staffed And Stocked In June

The deal that Sprint made with the new owners of RadioShack means that the mobile carrier gets to effectively double the number of retail stores that it runs. That’s great for Sprint, but means that they need to hire people or move existing employees to the new stores. Don’t worry: Sprint will be ready and even have their signage out front by July. [More]

The RadioShack Bankruptcy Consumer Privacy Report Is Out

The RadioShack Bankruptcy Consumer Privacy Report Is Out

The most controversial part of the RadioShack bankruptcy auction has been the proposed sale of the company’s extensive collection of e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and mailing addresses. Everyone from Apple to most states’ attorneys general objects to this sale, which goes against the company’s privacy policy. That’s why the bankruptcy court appointed a privacy ombudsman to evaluate the situation and lay out some rules for how that information will be passed to the new owners of the RadioShack brand…or not. [More]

Let’s Review Again What ‘Target Math’ Is And Why It’s Bad

Let’s Review Again What ‘Target Math’ Is And Why It’s Bad

When shopping, you compare prices for different sizes and quantities of the same item and weigh that against your needs to determine which is the best deal. Except at Target. At Target, customers have to deal with a special kind of math, where putting an item on sale means that the price goes up, and where buying things in larger quantities means that you pay a higher unit price. It’s a special place where the bargains are plentiful, but make no sense. [More]

RadioShack’s Name And Intellectual Property Sells For $26.2 Million

RadioShack’s Name And Intellectual Property Sells For $26.2 Million

The RadioShack stores that have survived to stay open under new owners will be allowed to keep their name. Well, the RadioShack name that may eventually have a much larger “Sprint” sign above it. Bidding is complete in the auction of RadioShack’s intellectual property and trademarks, and the winner is hedge fund Standard General. Yes, that’s also the owner of the 1,700 or so RadioShack stores that have remained open. [More]

McDonald’s Could Become The Biggest Kale Buyer In The Land

McDonald’s Could Become The Biggest Kale Buyer In The Land

McDonald’s is trying to make its food offerings better and fresher to coax young adults back to their restaurants. In addition to a simplified drive-thru menu, the company is also testing fancy giant burgers, cutting ingredients from its products, and will no longer use chicken treated with antibiotics also used in humans. Yet their decision to start serving kale as a regional test is drawing lots of attention. [More]