Dollar Tree Shrink Rays One Scoop Out Of Nacho Cheese Dip

Dollar Tree Shrink Rays One Scoop Out Of Nacho Cheese Dip

Dollar stores have a unique challenge: their price point is right there in their name. Chains like Family Dollar and Dollar General have instead turned into what could most accurately be called dollar-ish discount stores, but Dollar Tree still holds itself to the $1 price point, and that apparently means shrink raying its private-label food items to keep prices consistent. [More]

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Customer Turned Down For Loan, Threatens Kia Dealership With Handgun

There are many ways to deal with the situation when you’re turned down for a car loan. You could, for example, try a different dealership, or apply for financing through your own bank or credit union first. We do not recommend the tactic that one man in Kansas took last week, which was to pull out a handgun and threaten Kia dealership employees with it. [More]

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Target Promises To Stop Sorting Kids’ Merchandise By Gender

While every kid has preferences, there’s no reason why little boys can’t play with dollhouses or why little girls can’t play with plastic dinosaurs. Some parents, kids, and other activists have started to ask retailers why store sections for anything marketed to kids is always separated into strict “girls” and “boys” sections with signage to match. One retailer announced today that they’ll be changing that. [More]

Sephora Launching A Beauty Sample Subscription Box Service

Sephora Launching A Beauty Sample Subscription Box Service

If you’re a makeup fan whose favorite part of ordering online from Sephora is the product samples, here’s some good news: the retailer is finally joining the beauty subscription box trend popularized by Birchbox and followed by many other companies. The cosmetics-loving public’s thirst for sample boxes is apparently unquenchable. [More]

12 States Holding Sales Tax Holidays This Weekend

Were you thinking about doing some shopping this weekend, for back-to-school season or just in general? Find out whether your state is holding a tax holiday, where state sales taxes are waived on certain categories of items: usually clothes, but sometimes also personal electronics, appliances, and hunting supplies, including firearms. Tax holidays and their limits vary regionally and your county or municipality may not be participating; check the rules before you shop. However, make sure that you don’t confuse it for a shopping spree. [Consumer Reports]

11 Million People Are Trying Apple Music, Some Might Actually Pay In September

11 Million People Are Trying Apple Music, Some Might Actually Pay In September

Can Apple’s music-streaming service convert its users into paying customers once the service’s trial period is done? How many people have signed up for Apple Music so far, anyway? The company has finally provided the world with an update on its shiny new streaming service, including actual subscriber numbers. [More]

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Adidas Group Pays $240 Million To Download Runtastic Forever

Earlier this year, fitness gear maker Under Armour bought fitness-tracking apps MyFitnessPal and Endomodo for a total of $560 million. Now Adidas has decided to keep up with its competitor by downloading its own set of fitness apps, buying the eighteen apps in the Runtastic family for about $240 million. [More]

Amazon Isn’t Cracking Down On Shared Prime Accounts, Reminds Everyone Of Actual Rules

Amazon Isn’t Cracking Down On Shared Prime Accounts, Reminds Everyone Of Actual Rules

Amazon is finally sort of cracking down on Prime members who share their membership within a “household” that actually consists of their old roommate, their dad who lives four states away, and a co-worker. We all learned this when the e-commerce company quietly changed who is considered a “household” for the purpose of sharing your Prime benefits. Now Amazon has responded, and their main point is valid: most people weren’t using the feature in a licit manner in the first place. [More]

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CVS/Caremark Dropping Viagra From Drug Formulary

Patients who use the erectile dysfunction pill Viagra and whose health insurance drug coverage is through CVS/Caremark will have to pay cash or switch to Cialis: the pharmacy benefits administrator has removed the drug from its formulary, which is a fancy word for “list of drugs that we’ll pay for.” [More]

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Epson’s New Printer Line Doesn’t Require Ink Cartridges Every 5 Minutes

The manufacturers of home inkjet printers have to make a profit somehow, and most companies choose the classic model of selling printers for a low price that gobble ink cartridges, which happen to also be sold by the manufacturer. Now Epson is introducing a new line of printers in the United States that costs more, but comes with refillable cartridges and enough ink to last for three years. Will American consumers be interested? [More]

YotaPhone 2 Cancels U.S. Version, Offers Refunds Instead

YotaPhone 2 Cancels U.S. Version, Offers Refunds Instead

It’s easy to understand why gadget fans were interested in the Yotaphone 2: it’s an Android smartphone with a regular touchscreen on the front and an e-ink display that can display widgets or function as a power-saving regular screen on the back. When the company behind the phone announced in May that a U.S. version compatible with our LTE networks here in the US would become available, lots of people stepped up to place orders, including reader Steve. [More]

Posting Pics Of Frayed Apple Cords Won’t Do Anything, But This Might

Posting Pics Of Frayed Apple Cords Won’t Do Anything, But This Might

People all over the world adore Apple’s phones, tablets, and computers, but they quite emphatically do not like the charging cords for those devices. People discuss the failings of these peripherals everywhere online, from product review pages to support forums to dedicated blogs full of frayed-cord gore. Yet there are avenues to complain about products that are obviously defective that could trigger a recall or other action. [More]

5 Things You’ll Find On Sale During August

5 Things You’ll Find On Sale During August

Our deal-hunting colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports don’t just keep track of which products perform the best in their tests, but they also track prices on items to figure out what’s the best time to buy. What do they say are the best things to buy during the month of August? It’s a great time to pick up an air conditioner, a backpack, a dehumidifier, or a snow blower. Wait, a snow blower? [More]

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Amazon Dash Buttons Are Finally Available To Everyone

Amazon just happened to announce their new ordering gadget, Dash buttons, on March 31, which earned them a lot of free publicity as people chattered about whether it was an April Fool’s Day prank or not. It had to be a joke, right? It was not. It was a real product that Amazon promised to make available in a few weeks. Now it’s sixteen weeks later, and there are eighteen different Dash buttons that you can order. [More]

Get Your Halloween Costumes And Plastic Pumpkins While They’re Still On Shelves

Get Your Halloween Costumes And Plastic Pumpkins While They’re Still On Shelves

Time keeps moving whether we like it or not, and it’s almost the end of July. The patriotic party decorations and inflatable pool rafts have all sold, the school supplies that took their place in stores’ “seasonal” sections are starting to move, and they need something to fill that empty space on the shelf. That’s why we have Halloween in July. [More]

Someone Is Planning A Drive-Thru Grocery Store In Silicon Valley: Maybe Amazon

Someone Is Planning A Drive-Thru Grocery Store In Silicon Valley: Maybe Amazon

A real estate developer has filed building plans for an 11,000-square foot grocery pickup facility in Sunnyvale, CA, but won’t say who their client is. Sunnyvale is the Silicon Valley town where Yahoo is based, but word in the local real estate community is that their new grocer isn’t a local startup: it’s Amazon. [More]

Luxury Accessory Counterfeiters Change Their Methods, Brands Must Catch Up

Luxury Accessory Counterfeiters Change Their Methods, Brands Must Catch Up

It used to be pretty easy to spot counterfeit luxury goods online: when a handbag that normally costs, say, $3,000 is available for $50 on a website that popped up overnight, that’s usually a pretty good hint. That’s why counterfeiters have an interesting new tactic: they’re improving the quality of their fakes and selling them for prices closer to those of the original item. You know, to keep from arousing customers’ suspicion. [More]

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Best Buy Will Be First Non-Apple Store To Sell Apple Watch

You’ve probably heard of the Apple Watch if you’ve been conscious during the last ten months or so. While the device only became available in Apple’s own retail stores in June, yesterday Best Buy announced that the Apple Watch will be available in a few hundred of its stores later this year. [More]