Don’t You Dare Compare Products That Aren’t Champagne To Champagne

Don’t You Dare Compare Products That Aren’t Champagne To Champagne

Have you ever referred to something that’s really great as “the champagne of _____?” Be grateful that you haven’t been sued. You can’t just slap the name “Champagne” on any old sparkling white wine unless it was made in a specific region in France, so you’re completely on your own if you even try to compare something that isn’t even an alcoholic beverage to The Almighty Champagne. [More]

Only In LA: A Bottled Water Menu

Only In LA: A Bottled Water Menu

In a land where image is everything, of course there’s a fancy restaurant with a bottled water menu. Yes, I’m looking at you Los Angeles, combination chimera, sphinx, harlot, and now, purveyor of “Vichy Catalán sparkling (1000ml), Spain, $12. Ancient water with an astonishing 3,052 milligrams per litre of Total Dissolved…” More like TDBS! [More]

Striking Restaurant Workers Accuse Owner Of Charging $8 For
Bottles Of Tap Water

Striking Restaurant Workers Accuse Owner Of Charging $8 For Bottles Of Tap Water

You may remember the story from January of the employees at a swanky Central Park restaurant who recorded their boss allegedly threatening them if they joined a union. Now those same employees have come out with allegations that the eatery misled customers into paying $8 for bottles of regular old tap water. [More]

How Nasty Is Your Bottled Water?

How Nasty Is Your Bottled Water?

Does your bottled water taste funny? It’s not just that it’s probably only tapwater. Environmental Working Group rated 173 brands of bottled water based on their sourcing information, purification, testing, and how transparent the information on their label and website was. Turns out, some of the biggest brands in bottled water are, well, a little murky. [More]

Fiji Water Might No Longer Come From Fiji

Fiji Water Might No Longer Come From Fiji

For years, Fiji Water has been touting the virtues of the water it pulls — “untouched by man” — from artesian wells in the island nation from which the company takes its name. But now the Fiji Water folks might be in over their head. They claim the Fijian government is trying to squeeze them dry with exorbitant taxes and have no other option but to pick up their operation and move elsewhere. [More]

Massachusetts AG Shoots Down Town's Bottled Water Ban

Massachusetts AG Shoots Down Town's Bottled Water Ban

In an effort to cut down on the number of plastic bottles turning up in its dumps — and streets and parks — the town of Concord, Mass., voted in April to ban the sale of bottled water in their town. But late last week, the state’s Attorney General took a big gulp of her bottle of Evian and said “not so fast.” [More]

$1.26 Billion Glorified Tap Water Judgment Against Pepsi Thrown Out

$1.26 Billion Glorified Tap Water Judgment Against Pepsi Thrown Out

Good news for Pepsico: the lawsuit two Wisconsin men filed, accusing the company of stealing from them the idea that eventually became Aquafina, will have to be judged on its actual merits. The default judgment of $1.26 billion that they received when Pepsi failed to acknowledge the suit has been vacated.

Bottled Water Price War Is Heating Up

Bottled Water Price War Is Heating Up

What do you stop buying when you are broke? Bottled water. After a decade of rising consumption, bottled water sales are starting to trickle off — and companies are responding by dropping their prices.

Consumers Finally Growing Some Damned Sense, Not Buying Bottled Water

Consumers Finally Growing Some Damned Sense, Not Buying Bottled Water

We’re not always pessimists on Consumerist. Why, sometimes we actually like silver linings, if only because it gives us a chance to complain about argyria. (Don’t take colloidal silver, people!) Today’s silver lining is that sales of bottled water “have fallen for the first time in at least five years,” says the Los Angeles Times. We’re apparently showing common sense and opting for tap water over branded and labeled water, proving that in a tough economy it’s hard to compete with (nearly) free.

Is Bottled Water Safer Than Tap Water? Please…

Is Bottled Water Safer Than Tap Water? Please…

Bottled water isn’t any safer than tap water, and could actually be more dangerous, according to a report from the Government Accounting Office. The big difference lies in the government regulator: tap water is covered by the Safe Water Drinking Act, administered by the aggressive and powerful Environmental Protection Agency, while bottled water falls under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act overseen by the powerless anything-goes industry-lovers over at the Food and Drug Administration.

Can Branding Sex Up Tap Water?

Can Branding Sex Up Tap Water?

City officials in Venice have come up with a novel plan for getting consumers to break the bottled water habit: they’ve branded their tap water Acqua Veritas and created a slick ad campaign around it.

5 Big Retail Mark-Ups To Watch Out For

5 Big Retail Mark-Ups To Watch Out For

The Lansing State Journal has put together a list of 5 marked-up retail categories to be aware of when you’re making purchasing decisions, most of which you hopefully already know. If you can’t find wholesale sources or DIY replacements, then at least make sure you do a lot of comparison shopping to get the best deal.

Seven Things That Aren't Worth Your Money

Seven Things That Aren't Worth Your Money

Want an extra $1,000? The Wall Street Journal has a list of seven things that you can easily stop buying without making drastic changes to your lifestyle.

This Complimentary Bottle Of Water From Best Western Costs $3. Huh?

This Complimentary Bottle Of Water From Best Western Costs $3. Huh?

Best Western knows that hotel customers hate trumped up fees for minor perks, which is why they kindly offer this complimentary bottle of Poland Spring for only $3.

McDonald's: Want Water? You Will Pay For It.

McDonald's: Want Water? You Will Pay For It.

Free cups of water at McDonald’s are the next victim of the recession it seems. Reader Michael sent us this photo of a sign at McDonald’s that proclaims the end to the free cup of water era. He says the cashier told him it was a “business decision.”

Study: There Is All Kinds Of Nasty Crap In Your Bottled Water

Study: There Is All Kinds Of Nasty Crap In Your Bottled Water

A new study challenging the idea that bottled water is “purer” than tap water found a laundry list of nasty substances in major brand name water, and named two brands that exceeded California’s health standards.

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Gothamist says that there’s a company (in NYC) selling purified New York City tap water in bottles. We can vouch for the goodness of NYC tap water, but really, all you need is a cup, or as Consumerist readers recommend to me, a stainless steel canteen. [Gothamist] (Thanks, Avi!)

UPDATE: Primo's VP Of Marketing Responds To The Incredible Shrinking Water Bottle

UPDATE: Primo's VP Of Marketing Responds To The Incredible Shrinking Water Bottle

Yesterday, we received a letter from Primo’s Vice President of Marketing and PR. He wanted to chime in on Primo’s unique bottle qualities and dispel any assumptions that a heated Primo bottle could somehow release toxic chemicals. His letter, inside…