UPS Works To Avoid Another Holiday Backlog, Will Charge Retailers Extra If It Happens

UPS Works To Avoid Another Holiday Backlog, Will Charge Retailers Extra If It Happens

Dear retailers: UPS has its eye you. In an interview with the wire service Reuters, the company’s CEO explained its efforts to avoid another disaster like the Christmas 2013 shipping delay that left many Americans sad and giftless. Namely, if retailers try any last-minute sale shenanigans while promising delivery by Christmas, it’s going to cost them. Money. [More]

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When Is The Right Time For Santa Claus To Set Up Shop At The Mall?

There’s Christmas Creep, and then there’s showing up so early to the party that your guests aren’t even aware they’ve been invited yet. At least one mall in these United States has already ensconced the seasonal Santa Claus in his digs, surely giving some Christmas Creep curmudgeons out there a case of the grumbles. [More]

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Guy Looking For Woman With Same Name As His Ex To Use Round-The-World Plane Tickets

Listen up, ladies: If you have a Canadian passport and happen to have the same name as this guy’s ex-girlfriend, you could be in for a treat. And by that I mean, you’ll get free plane tickets to go on a trip around the world with a stranger. [More]

Kmart Will Open At 6 A.M. On Thanksgiving, Stay Open 42 Hours Straight

Kmart Will Open At 6 A.M. On Thanksgiving, Stay Open 42 Hours Straight

This year, Kmart is sticking with its dubious tradition and opening on Thanksgiving Day. Like last year, they’re opening at 6 A.M., and will keep the doors open for 42 consecutive hours until midnight on Saturday. Maybe if they keep the doors open for that long, someone will wander in. [More]

PayPal Says That The Holiday Shopping Season Began On September 30th

PayPal Says That The Holiday Shopping Season Began On September 30th

Here at Consumerist, we’ve been complaining about Christmas Creep for the better part of a decade, but maybe it’s time to admit defeat. The American public has apparently accepted retailers’ efforts to force the holiday shopping season to begin even earlier. According to PayPal, Americans kicked off the unbridled commerce season sometime in the evening on September 30. [More]

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Let’s Celebrate Christmas In October 1989 With Kay-Bee Toys

We’ve been cataloging the spread of Christmas Creep, the debut of Christmas merchandise and decorations earlier in the season, for some years now, but it’s important to remember that aggressive Christmas marketing before Thanksgiving and even before Halloween is not a new phenomenon. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a trip back in time to 1989, when video game consoles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony, and Transformers ruled the line drawings of the Kay-Bee Toys ad. Wait, this is really 25 years old? [More]

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]