Amazon Exec: Prime Air Drones Will Be “More Like Horses Than Cars”

Amazon Exec: Prime Air Drones Will Be “More Like Horses Than Cars”

Amazon isn’t ready to unleash its Prime Air drones into the skies just yet (and the Federal Aviation Administration isn’t ready to let it, either) but in the meantime, company executives don’t mind talking about their plans for Prime Air. [More]

T-Mobile Execs Say YouTube Is “Absurd” For Complaining About Downgraded Video Quality

T-Mobile Execs Say YouTube Is “Absurd” For Complaining About Downgraded Video Quality

The war of words between T-Mobile and YouTube continues, with executives from the wireless company claiming it’s “absurd” that the streaming service should care so much about T-Mo downgrading the quality of YouTube videos. [More]

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Dedicated Cheese Fan Drives 7 Hours To Make First Cut Into 1,000-Pound Provolone

Here at Consumerist, we respect and love cheese, and fans of cheese. So of course, by all the dairy that we hold dear, we couldn’t pass up the chance to call your attention to a story about a man who drove all the way to Canada from Connecticut so he could be the first one to cut into a 1,000-pound hunk of provolone. [More]

Another Year That Shouldn’t Have Been: The 50 Most Embarrassing Stories From 2015

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The end of the year is a time to reflect on the good times, bad times, and those that just made you scratch your head in disbelief. While there were plenty of really great – and not so great – things that happened in 2015, we’re here to remind you of some of the most baffling, embarrassing, and gaffe-worthy business and consumer stories that graced the pages of Consumerist in the last 12 months.  [More]

Predictably, Crystal Pepsi Winners Are Already Selling Their Prizes On eBay

Predictably, Crystal Pepsi Winners Are Already Selling Their Prizes On eBay

There are a lot of people out there who want to try or rediscover Crystal Pepsi for some reason. Pepsi, however, knows how to keep our interest and drive fans crazy, which is why so far they’ve only made the clear cola available to 13,000 lucky winners through a sweepstakes. Naturally, those winners are selling it off on eBay. [More]

Airbnb Wants To Get Into Bed With U.S. Landlords

Airbnb Wants To Get Into Bed With U.S. Landlords

Though there are surely tenants out there renting their apartments out on Airbnb without their landlord’s blessing, the short-term rental site wants to get on the good side of apartment owners around the country. To that end, it’s reaching out to a few large companies with a lot of properties to see if all sides can work out something beneficial to all involved. [More]

DVDs Are More Expensive In Target’s Reality Vortex

DVDs Are More Expensive In Target’s Reality Vortex

Like many Americans, I like to shop at Target. However, walking inside the friendly red doors means that shoppers must accept that they’re entering a different reality. Inside the Target Reality Vortex, numbers have no meaning, and ordinary retail logic doesn’t hold up.
Shopping there is easier once you’ve accepted this, but our readers still send us pictures from Target’s reality vortex. [More]

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Macy’s Makes It Difficult For Me To Give Them Money Because My Last Name Is Slutsky

Meet Leonard Slutsky. He’s a Consumerist reader who had one desire: to give Macy’s money. But Macy’s wouldn’t accept his online order, simply because his last name is Slutsky. [More]

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U.S. Government Wants To Keep 300 Pairs Of Manolo Blahnik Shoes Made From Rare Species Of Snake

The federal government apparently has an eye for fashion: it wants to keep shipment of nearly 300 pairs of designer shoes made from an endangered species of snake that it got its hands on a few years ago. [More]

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No One Was Willing To Pay $33,000 For An Adult-Sized Little Tikes Car

A week ago, the Internet became enamored with an adult-sized Little Tikes Cozy Coupe for sale on eBay, but although the yellow-and-red coupe struck a chord with anyone who ever scooted around in a child-sized version, it seems no one was willing to fork over around $33,000 to buy it. [More]

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Kombucha Makers Pushing Government Regulators For New Alcohol Content Tests

Whether you enjoy drinking fermented beverages or you think your friends are crazy for guzzling something that smells sort of like vinegar and dirt, you’re probably aware that kombucha tea is pretty popular these days. You also might know that the drinks contain a low level of alcohol, which means makers have to include a special note on their label indicating as much. Kombucha companies are now trying to convince the government to adopt new alcohol content tests, claiming that the current system spurs fines and enforcement actions from regulators needlessly. [More]

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Pepsi Selling “Pepsi Perfect” Collectible Soda On The Date Marty McFly Visited 2015 In ‘Back To The Future: Part II’

As it turns out, having your product featured in a major motion picture doesn’t only pay off when the movie first heads to theaters, but it can reap promotional gold for years to come, if you play it right. To that end, Pepsi announced it’s offering a limited quantity of Pepsi Perfect on the day Marty McFly orders a Pepsi in Back to the Future: Part II — Oct. 21, 2015. [More]

That Guy Holding A Sign On The Side Of The Road Could Be A Cop Looking For Drivers Breaking The Law

That Guy Holding A Sign On The Side Of The Road Could Be A Cop Looking For Drivers Breaking The Law

So you’re stopped at a traffic light, when you see something interesting out the window. Of course, you pull out your phone and snap a photo to let all your friends on social media see whatever crazy thing you just saw — which is exactly what New Hampshire police think you’ll do, in violation of the state’s laws on cell phone use behind the wheel. And sometimes, that spectacle by the side of the road has been staged by law enforcement to catch you in the act. [More]

Walmart’s Streaming Video Service VUDU Discounts All Of This Year’s Emmy-Nominated Shows To $.67

Walmart’s Streaming Video Service VUDU Discounts All Of This Year’s Emmy-Nominated Shows To $.67

For folks who might enjoy, say, Game of Thrones and Veep, but not enough to pay for HBO or HBO Now just for those two shows, or someone who wants to watch House of Cards without getting a Netflix subscription, Walmart’s streaming service VUDU might make sense: it charges per episode for TV shows, instead of requiring an upfront subscription fee for access to its libraries. VUDU is now sweetening the deal on some shows, knocking the per-episode price of all 2015 Emmy nominees and winners down to $0.67. [More]

Customer Says Car Wash Worker Wrote “B*tch Is Crazy” On Her Receipt

Customer Says Car Wash Worker Wrote “B*tch Is Crazy” On Her Receipt

I don’t work in human resources, but if I did I’d be sure that all applicants had to respond to the following hypothetical: “You’re annoyed at a customer (the reason doesn’t matter) and you have the opportunity to express that annoyance to said customer by scrawling an offensive note on a receipt that he or she will almost certainly see. Do you do it?” [More]

Appeals Court Makes Important Ruling In “Dancing Baby” Copyright Case

Appeals Court Makes Important Ruling In “Dancing Baby” Copyright Case

By now, you’ve probably heard about the “Dancing Baby” lawsuit, involving a botched attempt by Universal Music to have YouTube remove a video 29-second video of a playful toddler because a Prince song can be heard in the background. Today a federal appeals court sided on one important issue with that kid’s mother, who is suing Universal, claiming the music giant overstepped the law by not considering that the background music falls under the umbrella of an acceptable fair use. [More]

What’s It Like To Be An NFL Owner? Ask The Green Bay Packers Shareholders

What’s It Like To Be An NFL Owner? Ask The Green Bay Packers Shareholders

“Please rise, remove your hats, your cheeseheads, and join us in singing our National Anthem.”

There is only one place those words make complete sense. Yes, even on a hot, bright summer day in July, when any pate covered in orange foam material had to be sweating more profusely than a Vikings fan in a purple jersey in a stadium full of green and gold: Lambeau Field, in Green Bay, WI. It’s the home of the Green Bay Packers. [More]

Verizon Prepping Trials Of 5G Wireless; Could Be 50 Times Faster Than 4G

Verizon Prepping Trials Of 5G Wireless; Could Be 50 Times Faster Than 4G

Odds are that your wireless provider’s 4G LTE service is nearly as fast — and maybe faster — than the wired Internet service to your home (if only it weren’t so expensive on a per-gigabyte basis). But Verizon says it’s getting ready to test 5G service that could blow all current wireless — and most wireline — broadband out of the water. [More]