Consumerist Is A Non-Profit. You Can Give Us Money And Deduct It.

Consumerist Is A Non-Profit. You Can Give Us Money And Deduct It.

Hello there. The deadline for donating money to a wonderful non-profit such as Consumerist.com (for your 2009 taxes) is basically here. (Consumer Media LLC, a not-for-profit Delaware limited liability corporation, publishes The Consumerist.) That is why you should give us some money. Also: there are other reasons. [More]

Here's Something We Won't Be Investigating

Here's Something We Won't Be Investigating

We asked for permission but our boss said, “No.”

iPodmeister Takes Used CDs, DVDs, Gives You iPods

iPodmeister Takes Used CDs, DVDs, Gives You iPods

A New York-based company called iPodMeister swaps out new iPods and portable hard drives for used CDs and DVDs, covering shipping costs. The business has been around since 2004, but it’s new to me.

Mafia Wars CEO Brags About Scamming Users From Day One

Mafia Wars CEO Brags About Scamming Users From Day One

From the beginning, the profitability and viability of popular Facebook social networking games Mafia Wars and Farmville were predicated on the backs of scams, boasts Zynga CEO Mark Pincus in this video. “I did every horrible thing in the book just to get revenues,” he crows in the clip to a gathered bunch of fellow scumbag app developers.

Super Bowl Ads From Cash4Gold And GE: Where Are They Now?

Super Bowl Ads From Cash4Gold And GE: Where Are They Now?

Sure, Super Bowl ads are a great way to generate a lot of buzz for your company or product. But how do you fare in the long term? Consumer Reports Home took a look at two stars of Super Ad Bowl 2009: Cash4Gold and General Electric.

AT&T Asks Employees To Oppose Net Neutrality

AT&T Asks Employees To Oppose Net Neutrality

A reader sent us a letter that AT&T sent to its employees asking them to tell the FCC they oppose net neutrality. This comes after the FCC announced plans to investigate and enact net neutrality rules that will ensure that internet service providers (like AT&T) treat all content equally. The letter and a rebuttal are inside.

Consumerist Videodrome #1

Consumerist Videodrome #1

It’s Consumerist Videodrome #1! Wherein I make several important announcements about new changes coming to the site and show off my new cat.

Cash4Gold Hit With Racketeering And Fraud Class Action Lawsuit

Cash4Gold Hit With Racketeering And Fraud Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit (PDF) was filed against Cash4Gold in California federal court last Friday, accusing the company of a “massive scheme to defraud tens of thousands of consumers throughout the nation,” and racketeering.

Unemployed Man With Metal Detector Finds Priceless Gold Treasure

Unemployed Man With Metal Detector Finds Priceless Gold Treasure

An unemployed man in England, scouring a farmer’s fields with his metal detector, made a fantastic discovery of gold treasure. No, really, Ancient gold treasure.

Cash4Gold Drops Consumerist From Lawsuit

Cash4Gold Drops Consumerist From Lawsuit

Cash4Gold has dropped Consumerist as a defendant in the lawsuits against ex-employees Michelle Liberis and Vielka Nephew.

Cash4Gold Threatened Jail If Negative Comments Weren't Removed

Cash4Gold Threatened Jail If Negative Comments Weren't Removed

Ex-Cash4Gold employee Vielka Nephew filed a motion to vacate the default in the company’s lawsuit against her this week, a lawsuit we’re a party to. By getting rid of the default she would then be able to defend herself in the lawsuit and to seek to undo the default injunction which Cash4Gold had obtained against her. One highlight of Nephew’s legal papers is the declaration attached as Exhibit C, in which she says Cash4Gold’s lawyers told her the company would seek jail time for her and Michele Liberis if the statements Liberis posted on the internet about the company — which Cash4Gold alleged to be false and defamatory – were not removed. Here’s what Vielka declared:

Update: Cash4Gold Defendant Liberis Files To Vacate Default

Update: Cash4Gold Defendant Liberis Files To Vacate Default

Michele Liberis, the former Cash4Gold employee being sued by that company based on her “10 Confessions” posting, today filed a “Motion to Vacate and Set Aside” the default that Cash4Gold was granted against her earlier this year. In her motion, Liberis states that the default “was improper and should be deemed void,” given that it was based on a claim that she hadn’t responded to Cash4Gold’s initial suit against her. Liberis had, in fact, replied to the company’s written questions, setting forth her “unequivocal and explicit denials” of Cash4Gold’s allegations against her.

Top Posts Of The Week And Open Thread

Top Posts Of The Week And Open Thread

Customer Bills Companies For Time Wasted – Pret A Manger Actually Pays Up

Cash4Gold Activates Magical Press Release Machine

Cash4Gold Activates Magical Press Release Machine

Since we posted our feature investigation into their business practices, Cash4Gold has been busy sending out one new press release per day.

Good News,That Dead Mouse In Your Diet Pepsi Was Actually A Toad

Good News,That Dead Mouse In Your Diet Pepsi Was Actually A Toad

Remember the purported mouse that a man in Florida purportedly found in his can of Pepsi? Lab tests are back, and it turns out that it wasn’t actually a mouse.

Internet Alerted To Our Cash4Gold Investigation

Internet Alerted To Our Cash4Gold Investigation

Cash4Gold stipulates that you do not want to read [sukimania.ddo.jp/blog]

The Article Cash4Gold Doesn't Want You To Read

The Article Cash4Gold Doesn't Want You To Read

By Ben Popken and Meg Marco

If you have any broken, ugly jewelry lying around in a drawer somewhere, you’ve probably taken notice of a company called Cash4Gold that promised to pay “top dollar” for your not-so-precious precious metals. If you’re like us, you might have even seen a post on ComplaintsBoard.com by a former employee exposing Cash4Gold.

The whistleblower’s post appeared on ComplaintsBoard last November. We featured it this February, as part of our ongoing coverage of Cash4Gold, after the company raised its public profile with a multi-million dollar Super Bowl ad. The post was indeed written by an ex-employee, Michele Liberis, who is now being sued by the company for defamation. Recently, Cash4Gold added Consumerist and ComplaintsBoard as co-defendants in its lawsuits (PDF) against Liberis and another former employee, Vielka Nephew (PDF), in an attempt to force us to take the information down. Liberis and Nephew have chosen to stand up to Cash4Gold’s legal attack, and so have we.

OutOfYourLife.Com: The Man Eater's Cash4Gold?

OutOfYourLife.Com: The Man Eater's Cash4Gold?

Here’s a common problem: we have many ex-lovers, who have put ice on our wrists and given us countless pearl necklaces. But these wealthy suitors have left our hearts broken and in this economy, we’re hurting for cash. Thankfully, we discovered Out of Your Life (motto: “It’s time to break up with his jewelry, too”), who will buy our tear-stained jewelry back from us!