Worst Company In America Round One: Ticketmaster Vs. PayPal

Worst Company In America Round One: Ticketmaster Vs. PayPal

Like having to choose between a punch in the face or a kick in the gut, there are no good guys in today’s early WCIA bout! [More]

Top Posts Of The Week And Open Thread

Top Posts Of The Week And Open Thread

Hilarious Cash4Gold Letter Is Fake

Hilarious Cash4Gold Letter Is Fake

An amusing letter purporting to be from Cash4Gold telling a customer to please stop sending them gold-painted rocks and making filthy demands has been making the rounds (read it inside). But in statements exclusive to Consumerist, the company says it’s as genuine as pyrite. The letter’s creator has fessed up too. [More]

Cash4Gold: Catch Ben Popken Monday On All Things Considered

Cash4Gold: Catch Ben Popken Monday On All Things Considered

Tune in Monday to NPR’s All Things Considered to catch an interview I did with them about Cash4Gold, aka the story that will never die. [More]

Consumerist Readers Raise $3,500

Consumerist Readers Raise $3,500

Hey guys, we’re only at $3,500 to our goal of $10,000. Let’s push and get this going! Chipping in for our $10 to $10,000 donation drive helps defray the costs of us doing cool stuff like investigations, parody videos, and creating the Consumerist mobile site. [More]

Cash4Gold Supports Regulations Proposed By Congress

Cash4Gold Supports Regulations Proposed By Congress

Cash4Gold supports legislation designed to regulate it and its competitors, according to a letter from the company’s president, Jeff Aronson. “Cash4Gold supports HR 4501, the Guarantee of a Legitimate Deal Act, and the provisions outlined in the bill,” Aronson wrote to two congressman who are backing the bill.

The 23 Best Big Companies To Work For

The 23 Best Big Companies To Work For

While there are the Comcasts and the Cash4Golds out there, it’s heartening to know that there are actually companies deemed to be “good” to work for. Exciting! Thanks for putting together a list of 23 of those magical companies, Fortune! [More]

Worst Company In America Final Four: Comcast VS Cash4Gold

Worst Company In America Final Four: Comcast VS Cash4Gold

Well, well, well, what do we have here? It’s our nation’s largest cable company and harbinger of mergepocalypse doom, Comcast, VS a certain little company from Florida. [More]

Meet Your Worst Company In America 2010 Final Four!

Meet Your Worst Company In America 2010 Final Four!

After three rounds of voting, 28 of the most despised companies in the U.S. have fallen, beaten and bloodied as they attempted to win the coveted title of Worst Company In America and the elegant golden poo trophy that goes along with it. Now, with just days left in the tournament, only four remain. [More]

Worst Company In America Elite 8: Cash4Gold Vs. PayPal

Worst Company In America Elite 8: Cash4Gold Vs. PayPal

Here it is folks, the final match-up of the WCIA Elite 8… And it’s a doozy. Hailing from sunny Florida is the king of undervalued bling, Cash4Gold! And flying in from the West Coast just to prove they know a thing or two about horrendous customer service and questionable business practices, it’s every Internet user’s frenemy, PayPal! [More]

Announcing The Worst Company In America 2010 "Elite 8"!

Announcing The Worst Company In America 2010 "Elite 8"!

Time to update your brackets, folks. The second round is over and the winners have moved on to the next level of competition. Congratulations to Bank of America, Time Warner Cable, Ticketmaster, Anthem BCBS, Cash4Gold, PayPal, Comcast and Apple! [More]

Worst Company In America: Best Buy VS Cash4Gold

Worst Company In America: Best Buy VS Cash4Gold

Well folks, it’s the battle of the recent investigations! We took a look at Best Buy’s Geek Squad Optimization service and found that it was a big stupid annoying waste of money — and Cash4Gold… well….take a look for yourself. [More]

Behold The 2010 Worst Company In America Round 2 Bracket!

Behold The 2010 Worst Company In America Round 2 Bracket!

Congratulations to Bank of America, Cash4Gold, Anthem BSBC, GM, Apple, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, AT&T and more for making it to Round 2 of the competition! [More]

Worst Company In America 2010: AIG VS Cash4Gold

Worst Company In America 2010: AIG VS Cash4Gold

Last year’s winner, AIG, takes on a small little company out of Florida. It’s David VS Goliath. [More]

Cash4Gold Stops Suing Whistleblowers; FL AG Launches Investigation

Cash4Gold Stops Suing Whistleblowers; FL AG Launches Investigation

The lawsuit stemming from our post from last year, “10 Confessions Of A Cash4Gold Employee,” is all over. At the beginning of February, Cash4Gold stopped suing the two ex-employees Michele Liberis and Vielka Nephew. And just this Sunday, the Florida Attorney General announced they’ve opened a civil investigation into Cash4Gold. It seems you can still speak truth to power after all. [More]

Ben Popken On Today Show: Beware Mail-In Gold Services

Ben Popken On Today Show: Beware Mail-In Gold Services

UPDATE: Here’s the video! Unless I get bumped by some zoo zebras giving birth or something, set your DVRs to “posterity” for tomorrow morning, 7:30, Today Show, NBC. They are skewering Cash4Gold and other mail-in gold places and you’ll probably have the thrill of seeing me for a few nanoseconds. All joking aside, it’s great this issue is getting more traction (Congress-critter calling for FTC probe, NYT and NY Post article). Good stuff. [More]

Congressman Demands FTC Probe Of Cash4Gold

Congressman Demands FTC Probe Of Cash4Gold

Citing Consumerist’s investigation of Cash4Gold, Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has demanded that the Federal Trade Commission investigate Cash4Gold and its competitors.

Weiner is also proposing legislation, the Guarantee of a Legitimate Deal (GOLD) Act, which would regulate the mail-order gold-buying industry. “Cash4Gold is using these tough times as a golden opportunity to fleece customers,” Weiner said. “These deceptive practices must end.”

22 Greatest Consumerist Posts Of 2009

22 Greatest Consumerist Posts Of 2009

What a year! Consumerist got sold, sued, and dished scoop after scoop, we relaunched on a new platform with a new look and mascot, and held our first reader meetup, we became a non-profit, and started taking donations, got invited by the White House to interview top administration officials (several times), and were entered in as part of the Congressional record, hired new folks and bid adieu to dear friends, got some snazzy plaques, and for this first time had a story that we broke receive massive global pickup. We couldn’t be here without your support and story tips, or the generous patronage of Consumers Union. Here’s to even more pro-consumer ass-kicking in 2010, and a look back at the 22 greatest Consumerist posts of 2009! [More]