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]

City Turns Out To Decorate For Christmas Early So Boy With Cancer Can Enjoy The Holiday

City Turns Out To Decorate For Christmas Early So Boy With Cancer Can Enjoy The Holiday

Usually here at Consumerist HQ we’re totally anti-Christmas Creep — we rant and rave about Halloween and Thanksgiving getting ignored just so stores can break out the holly as early as possible. But when it’s an entire town turning out to decorate to make sure that a 13-year-old boy with cancer gets to celebrate the holiday, well, that’s an entirely different matter. [More]

Even We Grudgingly Admire This Christmas/Halloween Mashup Wreath

Even We Grudgingly Admire This Christmas/Halloween Mashup Wreath

Yes, we spend much of the fall whining about Christmas creep, Halloween creep, and retailers’ methods of mashing up the holidays so that one could, in theory, hand out candy canes to trick-or-treaters. We admire eye-catching displays when we see them, though, and this one from a small local pet store is just so wonderful. [More]

This Home Depot Has A Strangely Beautiful “Nightmare Before Christmas”

This Home Depot Has A Strangely Beautiful “Nightmare Before Christmas”

Reader Brendan was visiting his local Home Depot when he saw something strange and beautiful outside. There was an ominously-lit display of pumpkins and other fall cheer, and then a beautifully lit selection of Christmas trees behind it. Is the store trying to celebrate multiple holidays at once, or is this more of a Nightmare Before Christmas holiday mashup? [More]

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Is Hobby Lobby Deliberately Excluding Jewish Merchandise?

Hobby Lobby doesn’t really try to hide that their owners are very devout Christians. If the instrumental hymns on the store’s sound system didn’t clue you in, maybe the evangelical Easter newspaper ads, the company’s legal fight over health insurance reform, or stores being closed on Sunday would be a hint. But does that translate to deliberately excluding merchandise and holiday decorations for other religions? [More]

Christmas Creeps Up On This Kohl’s Store

Christmas Creeps Up On This Kohl’s Store

Merry Kohl’smas! Reader Chris sent along this photo that his friend took last week in the department store of perpetual markdowns. America’s children have barely scuffed their new back-to-school shoes and most people haven’t even thought about what they want to be for Halloween, but you can buy a full complement of Christmas decorations at Kohl’s. [More]

Kmart Forgets It’s Still Summer, Begins Airing Holiday Ad

Kmart Forgets It’s Still Summer, Begins Airing Holiday Ad

Perhaps Kmart panicked after having a nightmare that it was November and had forgotten to put together a holiday ad campaign, or maybe some prankster at Sears changed a Kmart marketing exec’s desk calendar. Why else would the beleaguered retailer start airing a holiday shopping ad while it’s still summer? [More]

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Even Fans Of Craft Pumpkin Beers Are Grumbling About Seasonal Brewing Creep

On the one hand, we’re at least happy that brewers aren’t acting like some retailers and totally ignoring the fact that Halloween comes before Christmas. Heck, they could’ve skipped pumpkin beers and gone straight for the holiday brews. But that being said, customers are a bit miffed that the craft beer industry is falling prey to seasonal creep and tapping pumpkin brews before summer is even over. [More]

Have A Very Hyundai Christmas, In Late August

Have A Very Hyundai Christmas, In Late August

Maybe they sent out the wrong mailing at the wrong time. Maybe they’re planning way ahead. Or maybe Gabriel’s local Hyundai dealership is putting whatever random crap gets people to open messages from them in the subject lines of their e-mails. In Gabriel’s case, it worked. He opened it. [More]

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Christmas Creep Now Staging Aural Invasion With Carols Piping Merrily Over Eatery Speakers

The red-and-green forces of Christmas Creep have evolved: Unseasonal decorations and trees? That’s elves’ play. The new battle in the war for your holiday dollars is being waged on an aural front, by way of Christmas Carols piped merrily over the speakers at various Manhattan Pret a Manger locations. [More]

Costco Snowman Laughs At Your Feeble Attempt To Buy Beach Supplies During Beach Season

He will not point you to the beach umbrella area.

Despite the moans and groans of children heading back to school, or that perpetually pessimistic Facebook friend you haven’t seen in 17 years but yet still you haven’t hidden her cranky statuses from your newsfeed (self-torture is weird), summer is not over, people. [More]