(Ron Cogswell)

Ace Hardware Introduces Same-Day Delivery In 33 Stores

Same-day delivery of retail orders is a popular trend, but can it work for a hardware store? Ace Hardware will find out as it runs a pilot program to provide same-day delivery for all orders placed before 1 P.M. Delivery will be available to customers who are within five miles of the store, and it will cost $5. [More]

Valentine’s Day Aftermath: Floral Disaster And Floral Delight

Valentine’s Day Aftermath: Floral Disaster And Floral Delight

Valentine’s Day isn’t the biggest flower-giving holiday on the calendar. That would be Mothers’ Day. It remains an important flower-giving holiday, though, and one during which florists need to obtain massive quantities of red roses. Here’s one flower delivery that went terribly wrong, and one that turned out beautifully. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Have A Case For Your 7-Year-Old iPhone

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Have A Case For Your 7-Year-Old iPhone

The Raiders of the Lost Walmart are a band of brave retail explorers who comb the world’s big-box stores in search of retail antiquities at comically high prices. They carefully excavate clearance racks in order to find the most ancient pieces of technology available. In their latest report from the field, the Raiders found more ancient antivirus software, and a case for iPhones that may actually be collectibles by now. [More]

(Facebook)

Krispy Kreme Rethinks ‘KKK’ Promotion In The UK

The corporate office for Krispy Kreme in the UK drew up a calendar of fun activities for the chain to offer to kids during their midterm break from school. Activities include coloring, face painting, board games, and KKK Wednesday. Wait, what? That stands for “Krispy Kreme Klub,” not “Ku Klux Klan,” but the promotion has been pulled anyway. [More]

(Corey Templeton)

Secretary Of Labor Hopes To End West Coast Ports Gridlock

Today, workers at the major sea ports on the West Coast report back after a split four-day weekend. Contract negotiations between the union and a trade organization that represents shipping companies have continued for nine months, and the U.S. Secretary of Labor is joining the negotiations today before the slowdown has worse effects on the global economy. [More]

Police Seek Man Caught On Security Camera Stealing Security Camera

Police Seek Man Caught On Security Camera Stealing Security Camera

Here’s the thing with surveillance cameras: the video that they capture usually goes somewhere. Somewhere else. We don’t know whether the men who were caught on camera removing the very camera that caught them thought that they were destroying the evidence by stealing the cameras, but removing a camera does provide a nice, up-close view of the person removing it. [More]

Technically, gas in Venezuela is even cheaper than this. (J B)

This Taxi Driver’s Business Secret: Bootleg Venezuelan Gas

When you live on an island, things that have to be imported are expensive. For example, on the Caribbean island of Aruba, gasoline costs more than $4 per gallon. That would make it fairly expensive to be a full-time taxi driver, wouldn’t it? Yes, if it weren’t for one driver’s brilliant yet illegal trade secret: sailing to Venezuela with a bunch of gas cans. [More]

Users Complain Of Rashes From Fitbit Charge, Told To Air Out Their Wrists

Users Complain Of Rashes From Fitbit Charge, Told To Air Out Their Wrists

It was thirteen months ago that we heard the first reports of serious skin problems caused by the Fitbit Force wristband. Since then, Fitbit has introduced a new generation of trackers and fitness watches, adding a pretty strong warning label to them about the possibility of allergic reactions. The new batch of products has led to a new batch of complaints. [More]

(Jonathon)

Dessert Is Good For Your Taste Buds, Bad For Restaurants’ Profit Margins

Most restaurants offer dessert, but depending on what time of day it is, they might not want you to actually order it. Profit margins on desserts aren’t great, and restaurants would rather you left your table to more paying customers or ordered something more profitable if you’re going to stick around and take up space. [More]

(Yortw)

Fax Machines Refuse To Die, So These Companies Bridge The Gap

The owner of your local pizzeria might have zero interest in using the Internet, yet you can place an order from them with your smartphone. The techno-wizardry that makes that happen comes from a small but important industry of companies that translate between fax machines and the Internet. [More]

Algorithms are a vast improvement on this. (Great Beyond)

Future Travel Apps Will Plan Your Road Trip Bathroom Breaks

A three-hour drive is never a three-hour drive, thanks to traffic snarls, pit stops, and weather conditions. While current mapping apps are better able to predict how long it will take us to get somewhere, what if they could also recommend the best time and place for you to stop based on past traffic data? An algorithm from researchers at MIT might help real-life travelers do this. [More]

Broken Skylights Turn A Dead Mall Into A Pastoral Snowscape

Broken Skylights Turn A Dead Mall Into A Pastoral Snowscape

In Thailand, when an abandoned mall lost its roof, it filled with water, which attracted mosquito larvae, and then neighbors stocked it with fish. In Akron, Ohio, an abandoned mall lost its glass skylights, which meant that in the winter the building filled with snow. Here is your post-apocalyptic winter wonderland. [More]

(Rupert Ganzer)

99 Cents Only Stores Actually Charge 99.99 Cents For All Items

Fractions of a penny aren’t a significant amount of money, so we don’t really pay attention to them. That might be what the dollar store chain 99 Cents Only is counting on. They don’t exactly hide that everything in their stores costs 99.99¢ rather than 99¢, putting that information on customer receipts and even on shelf tags. Does that make the store’s name misleading, or is it okay to round down? [More]

(Scott Lynch)

Why Are Gas Prices Falling, But Trash Collection Fuel Surcharges Staying The Same?

It makes sense for a business or a government service to impose a fuel surcharge During a time when fuel prices are rising out of proportion to the rest of the economy. What about when fuel prices are falling, though, as they are right now? A trash pickup customer in Modesto, California dared to ask that question, and got…a pretty reasonable answer, actually. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Curtis Perry)

Here are eight 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]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Hulya Ozkok)

Here are nine 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]

Smart Sleep Number Bed For Kids Banishes Monsters With App

Smart Sleep Number Bed For Kids Banishes Monsters With App

Smart appliances and Internet-connected household items are here on the market and on their way into our homes whether we like it or not, but here’s one unexpected smart product: a smart bed for children that serves as its own night light and banishes under-the-bed monsters using a smartphone app. [More]

(Kenny Yeo)

State Laws May Help Workers Get Paid While Waiting For Security Checks

A recent Supreme Court decision settled the question of whether workers should be paid for the time they spend having their belongings checked by security on the way out of work. The Supremes said “no,” but there may be room in state laws for retail and warehouse workers to be compensated for the time they spend waiting and being searched. [More]