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Amazon Says It’s Going To Add 50,000 Holiday Workers To Its Ranks This Season

This is the kind of Christmas Creep we can be down with: Although it’s still only mid-October, retailers have been announcing how many jobs they’ll be adding to the rolls this holiday season. And Amazon just dropped a doozy of a number, which should make plenty of people’s season’s bright — it says it will hire 50,000 workers this year as part of its seasonal hiring plan. [More]

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Real-Life Edition

Target’s Accidental Nightmare Before Christmas Looks Kind Of Cool

We would like to take a moment to salute whoever put together this display at an unknown, unnamed Target store. Even if it’s just the angle from which our tipster Ken took the photo, this display takes the “Nightmare Before Christmas” absurdity of hauling Christmas merchandise out in late summer and makes it kind of beautiful and almost make sense. [More]

ThinkGeek Makes Christmas Possible For Cancer Patient & Family

ThinkGeek Makes Christmas Possible For Cancer Patient & Family

For Consumerist reader Tashi and her husband, Wash, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer only a few months after they wed, perusing the ThinkGeek catalog was something they would do to amuse themselves and keep their spirits up — even if they couldn’t really afford to buy most of the items they coveted. But when the people at ThinkGeek got wind of the young couple’s ordeal, they decided to play Santa. [More]

UPS Won't Budge On Refunds For Packages That Didn't Make Guaranteed Christmas Delivery In Colorado

UPS Won't Budge On Refunds For Packages That Didn't Make Guaranteed Christmas Delivery In Colorado

There are several thousand irritated UPS customers in the Denver area this week. They paid for UPS’ guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery but Big Brown was unable to make good on its promise and 50,000 packages didn’t make it under the tree in time. Now UPS is saying these customers will not be getting refunds because the delay was snow-related. [More]

Guaranteed Christmas Delivery At Zales Leads To Panicked Boyfriend

Guaranteed Christmas Delivery At Zales Leads To Panicked Boyfriend

Maybe Derek shouldn’t have waited until last week to order a bracelet for his girlfriend as a Christmas gift, or maybe he should have gone to a brick-and-mortar Zales store to buy it. But he didn’t, and their site guaranteed delivery by Christmas if he ordered at that point. It turns out that “guaranteed Christmas delivery” actually means “we might get around to shipping it by the 22nd.” [More]

Texas Drought Spurs Mistletoe Shortage

Texas Drought Spurs Mistletoe Shortage

If you’ve had a hard time finding mistletoe hanging at your office — encouraging festivity-endorsed sexual harassment — credit a Texas drought for causing a shortage in the smooch-mandating parasitic plant. [More]

Don't Sacrifice Your Financial Future Underneath The Christmas Tree

Don't Sacrifice Your Financial Future Underneath The Christmas Tree

Retailers and their marketing arms are excellent at convincing parents to spend more and more each Christmas, and those who fall for the trap may be doing so at the expense of their future. Short-time financial impact aside, blowing big money on presents year after year eats away at savings potential for your kids’ college funds, as well as your own retirement. [More]

Reenacting '12 Days Of Christmas' Will Now Cost You More Than $100K

Reenacting '12 Days Of Christmas' Will Now Cost You More Than $100K

If you’ve ever thought about actually purchasing all the items (though we assume you’d need to rent the lords a-leaping, maids a-milking, and all the ladies dancing to the drumming drummers and piping pipers) listed in the holiday classic “The 12 Days of Christmas,” you had better have a pile of cash at the ready. [More]

Most Americans Giving Black Friday The Cold Shoulder

Most Americans Giving Black Friday The Cold Shoulder

Despite all the hype and hoopla and multi-page spreads, most Americans are planning on doing absolutely no shopping at all on Black Friday, according to a new survey. [More]

White House Gets Dept. Of Agriculture To Delay Christmas Tree Tax

White House Gets Dept. Of Agriculture To Delay Christmas Tree Tax

Less than 24 hours after the Dept. of Agriculture announced a program that would charge a $.15/tree “tax” to Christmas tree growers in order to fund a campaign to promote those very trees, the White House has responded to the flurry of criticism by asking the regulators to rethink the idea. [More]

Dept. Of Agriculture Announces Christmas Tree Tax To Help Promote Christmas Trees

Dept. Of Agriculture Announces Christmas Tree Tax To Help Promote Christmas Trees

UPDATE: The White House says it has asked the Dept. of Agriculture to press pause on this fee while it rethinks the program. [More]

Isn't It A Tad Early To Be Selling "Belated" Christmas Cards?

Isn't It A Tad Early To Be Selling "Belated" Christmas Cards?

Seems to be jumping the gun a bit to already be selling “Belated Christmas” cards, don’t you think? [More]

If You Want A Giftless Holiday Season, Now Is The Time To Start The Legwork

If You Want A Giftless Holiday Season, Now Is The Time To Start The Legwork

If you’ve had a rough financial year, or are simply sick of running the stress-inducing hamster wheel of gift exchanges, perhaps you’d like a present-free holiday season. [More]

Pier 1 Kicks Off Christmas Creep Season

Pier 1 Kicks Off Christmas Creep Season

It may not be a full-fledged instance because it’s not in a physical store, but a recent email promo by Pier 1 is at very least a warning shot that Christmas Creep season is upon us. They recently sent around an email featuring a large snowman. It said, “You can now scratch “get an early start on Christmas” off your to-do list. Preview holiday fun before it even gets to our stores.” [More]

Reader Crafts Effective Complaint Letter, Scores 50% Refund From CVS

Reader Crafts Effective Complaint Letter, Scores 50% Refund From CVS

Reader CMM was able to score a partial refund from CVS after they flubbed up her gift photobook order. Instead of bound and ready books, they handed her husband a pile of loose pages and covers and said “go to town.” Some of the pages had minor ink spots on them too. [More]

Amazon Patents Tech That Returns And Exchanges Bad Gifts Before You Get Them

Amazon Patents Tech That Returns And Exchanges Bad Gifts Before You Get Them

Call it “The Bad Gift Filter.” Amazon has patented a system that could intercept the yet another sweater Aunt Janice has sent you and automatically return it and exchange it for something you actually want. [More]

Assessing The Christmas Aftermath: How'd You Make Out?

Assessing The Christmas Aftermath: How'd You Make Out?

Now that the dust has settled, the overly expensive wrapping paper has been ripped to shreds and stuffed into giant garbage bags and the candy cane hangovers have started, we want to know, how’d you do this year? [More]

Retailer Makes Up For UPS's Botched Delivery Of My Laptop

Retailer Makes Up For UPS's Botched Delivery Of My Laptop

M ordered a MacBook Pro as a Christmas gift, but he says it didn’t show up when it was supposed to, despite UPS’s online report that it had been delivered to the “front door” of his apartment. [More]