Hallmark’s Ornaments Christmas Creep Up On CVS

Hallmark’s Ornaments Christmas Creep Up On CVS

In our years of posting about the retail menace that is Christmas Creep, we have developed a list of situations that are not eligible to be declared Christmas Creep. For example, craft stores know that you’re starting your Christmas crochet projects in mid-August, and Hallmark always introduces its Christmas ornaments in July. Yet Hallmark has taken its ornament collection to CVS, and reader Victoria is not pleased. [More]

Here’s Hobby Lobby’s Nightmare Before Christmas

Here’s Hobby Lobby’s Nightmare Before Christmas

We complain about holiday mashups and Holiday Creep, but we secretly love “Nightmare Before Christmas” displays, where retail necessity meets art, and cool holiday mashups ensue. Hobby Lobby puts out their Christmas merchandise early, even by craft store standards, and we have gradually grown to enjoy these Halloween trees, even as it’s fundamentally wrong to celebrate the coming of autumn with evergreens. [More]

Marketers Think It’s Time To Prepare Your Batches Of Halloween Cards

Marketers Think It’s Time To Prepare Your Batches Of Halloween Cards

How early is “too early” for a store Halloween display? It used to be that seeing Halloween candy and merchandise on the shelves in July shocked us, but it no longer does. Are retailers wearing us down? Will they begin to stock costumes and pumpkin spice flavored foods even earlier, pairing Fourth of July and Halloween items as Halloween and Christmas are inevitably paired now? [More]

Canada Discovers Christmas Creep At Costco, Blames America

Canada Discovers Christmas Creep At Costco, Blames America

The United States isn’t responsible for everything that’s wrong with the world, but we certainly can accept the blame for one global menace: Holiday Creep. Specifically, Christmas Creep. Now the CBC is using the emergence of Christmas décor in July as evidence that Americans are nothing but soulless mall-romping monsters. [More]

USPS Is Not Encouraging You To Buy Christmas Stamps In June

USPS Is Not Encouraging You To Buy Christmas Stamps In June

Maybe it was a terrible mixup or an employee prank. We’ll probably never know why a poster advertising Christmas stamps suddenly appeared in the window at reader Chris’s local post office in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but we’re kind of relieved to know that it was not part of a massive Christmas Creep marketing push. [More]

Staples Launches Back-To-School Campaign Just As School Gets Out

Staples Launches Back-To-School Campaign Just As School Gets Out

Staples, the big-box office and school-supplies superstore, isn’t messing around. Sure, the school year hasn’t even ended for the summer in all places in the company’s home state of Massachusetts, but that doesn’t matter. Nope. Staples wants your back-to-school business, and will price-match anyone, even Amazon, to get it. [More]

Here’s What Happens When A Dead Mall Has A Fake Facebook Account

Here’s What Happens When A Dead Mall Has A Fake Facebook Account

Today, there was a festive groundbreaking ceremony at the Latham Circle Mall near Albany, NY. A dead enclosed mall was demolished and will be replaced with a strip center of big-box stores in Nowheresville, USA: why is that interesting? It gives us an excuse to highlight the mall’s very unofficial Facebook account, a funny local prank that transcends its region. [More]

Sears Reminds Customers: Only 199 Shopping Days Until Christmas

Sears Reminds Customers: Only 199 Shopping Days Until Christmas

Reader Andy sent us this e-mail he received from Sears as an example of Christmas Creep. He was confused that the retailer has already started its holiday marketing. A look through the Consumerist archives leads to a different perspective. It indicates that maybe Sears has figured out when the major gift-giving holidays actually are. [More]

Hobby Lobby Breaks New Christmas Creep Ground, Puts Out Decorations In May

Hobby Lobby Breaks New Christmas Creep Ground, Puts Out Decorations In May

The last time we noted the first display of Christmas decorations at Hobby Lobby was in 2010, when they first put out the decorative items in mid-June. That’s only about six months before the holiday, though: clearly they’ve been missing out on some sales. That’s why this year, the Christmas decorations are out before the end of May. [More]

Apple Reveals Statue Of Melted T-1000 To Honor The Late Steve Jobs

Apple Reveals Statue Of Melted T-1000 To Honor The Late Steve Jobs

You might’ve thought that the late Steve Jobs was the CEO and founder of Apple, which sure, he was. But if a new statue the company has unveiled to honor him has anything to say about it, he was a T-1000 from the future and somehow melted on his way back to our time, ostensibly looking for John Connor. [More]

Easter Creep Spreads To CVS, Looks Delicious

Easter Creep Spreads To CVS, Looks Delicious

Since shortly after Christmas Day, we’ve been tracking the spread of Easter Creep across the country. That’s when chocolate eggs and plastic bunnies hit store shelves before all of the unsold Christmas decorations are off the clearance shelf.

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Taiwan McDonald’s Ends Year With Workers Dressed Like Maids & Kitten-Eared Schoolgirls

Taiwan McDonald’s Ends Year With Workers Dressed Like Maids & Kitten-Eared Schoolgirls

While some of the employees at my local McDonald’s were visibly displeased that their boss made them wear funny party hats on New Year’s Eve, these workers are probably delighted that they don’t work in Taiwan, where the last days of 2013 saw kitten-eared schoolgirls and “maids” in pink uniforms manning the counters. [More]

Consumerist Presents The 19 Worst Ads Of 2013, Brought To You By Consumerist

Consumerist Presents The 19 Worst Ads Of 2013, Brought To You By Consumerist

While we all have that one friend who is constantly littering our Facebook timelines with YouTube links to “Hilarius!” [sic] commercials, most of us hate advertisements. Even the ones that are funny or interesting the first time you see them will inevitably begin to grate after you see it for the 10th time in an hour. But some ads never even earn that initial chuckle, and instead go right to pushing that nerve that makes you want to body-slam your beloved 55″ TV. [More]

Up And At ‘Em, Easter Bunny: Chocolate Eggs Hit Shelves

Up And At ‘Em, Easter Bunny: Chocolate Eggs Hit Shelves

This isn’t the earliest that we’ve ever seen it on the shelves, but we want to let our loyal readers know that Easter Candy is now available at selected grocery stores nationwide. How do we know this? Our loyal readers have spotted the displays and reported back. [More]

Forget Christmas: Time To Buy Valentine’s Day Crap

Forget Christmas: Time To Buy Valentine’s Day Crap

This weekend, two readers sent us very similar “holiday creep” photos from two different kinds of retailers. Secret Consumerist synchronicity? Maybe. Or maybe the week before Christmas is now the universal time to put Valentine’s Day stuff out. [More]

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Where Does The Negotiation Start When You Tip?

When you dine out and have to calculate a tip, where do you start your calculations? Everyone has a different method, but in this country most people start their mental calculations at 15% and then increase or decrease from there. Yet we’ve spotted another restaurant encouraging customers to start their calculations at 18%. [More]

The Christmas Creep often shows up during beach season and makes us cranky.

Why Does Christmas Creep Bother People So Much?

People rant about it, stick up their noses and generally disparage the phenomenon we here at Consumerist call Christmas Creep — the inevitable sliding of the holiday season until it runs into and often runs over Halloween, Thanksgiving and sometimes even summer fun — but what’s behind that grumpiness? [More]

Red Velvet Latte And Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Coming From Dunkin’ Donuts

Red Velvet Latte And Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Coming From Dunkin’ Donuts

Everyone wants to celebrate the winter holidays with comfort, cheer, and a generous dose of red food coloring. In that spirit, Dunkin’ Donuts will introduce two new seasonal drinks next week: the red velvet latte, and a salted caramel hot chocolate. [More]