Office Depot Can't Decide If Assembly Is Free, Or $8

Office Depot Can't Decide If Assembly Is Free, Or $8

Reader David found this puzzling display at his local Office Depot. On one side, the card says “Free Assembly On All Chairs In Stock,” on the other side, the card claims that a “smart idea” would be to pay $8 to have your chair assembled.

US Postal Service Redefines "Contiguous" United States

US Postal Service Redefines "Contiguous" United States

Steve was mailing some packages from his home in Virgina to various points in the country, and noticed something strange on his receipt. The packages destined for Pennsylvania and Washington state are leaving the contiguous United States. What?

Flashlight Was Proudly Made In The United States Of China

Flashlight Was Proudly Made In The United States Of China

David is a little bit confused by the labeling on the flashlight he bought recently. Is this the product of a confused designer, an error, or a vague attempt at social engineering?

Play Doh Ads Make Crying Out For Help Fun

Play Doh Ads Make Crying Out For Help Fun

These Play Doh ads from Singapore don’t seem to be aimed at kids. Then again, the message “safe no matter what you make” seems to be aimed directly at parents of kids who play with Play Doh, which leads us back to our initial thought, which is wtf kind of kid requiring parental supervision is shaping eerily realistic looking bottles of pills and razor blades for fun? Play Doh, the fun sad toy that tastes like tears!

Target Charges $1.50 For Free Nalgene Bottle

Target Charges $1.50 For Free Nalgene Bottle

Regular Consumerist readers are familiar with our exposure of Target’s absurdist pricing policies, and this is a particularly confusing example. Reader Rob in Minnesota noticed a nice promotion on a 3-pack of Brita water filters, which came with a free small Nalgene water bottle and a few packets of drink mix. Nice deal, but he couldn’t help noticing that the identical 3-pack of filters without the “free” water bottle cost $1.50 less. See a bigger picture and a twist to the story, inside.

Apple's Color Coded Employees Confuse Shopper

Apple's Color Coded Employees Confuse Shopper

An Apple store in Ohio doesn’t want to clutter up its elegant store layout with signage, so you have to rely on a color coded system to find the appropriate employee to ring up your purchase. It’s like the Homeland Security Advisory System, retooled to measure how inconvenienced you’ll be.

Banana Republic Sends Customer Mysterious Package Of Security Tags

Banana Republic Sends Customer Mysterious Package Of Security Tags

Jonathan’s wife ordered some clothes from Banana Republic, and was confused when another, similarly-sized box arrived on their doorstep from Banana Republic a week later. This box was clearly not destined for her, since she had not ordered the exciting new “Open Your Own Banana Republic” playset.

New Subway Gamepieces Exist Outside Of Normal Time

New Subway Gamepieces Exist Outside Of Normal Time

Justin sent us this gamepiece he scraped like a wet scab off the side of his moist Subway beverage cup. (I do not like gamepieces affixed to fast food drinks.) We’re in awe at its nearly k?an-like phrasing. How is an instant win not an instant winner? How do you peel the gamepiece that has already been peeled? Feel free to use these in your meditations.

Delta/Northwest Employees Wear The Same Uniform, Expect You To Be Able To Tell Them Apart

Delta/Northwest Employees Wear The Same Uniform, Expect You To Be Able To Tell Them Apart

Reader Matthew writes in to tell us that Delta at Minneapolis/St. Paul airport is “still in Beta.” The employees all wear the same uniform, but they still work for different airlines — sorta.

Target Still Doing Business In A Reality Vortex

Target Still Doing Business In A Reality Vortex

Loyal Consumerist readers may have noticed that we haven’t made any recent posts in our widely acclaimed series of posts about how discount retailer Target is insane. Has Target sought help and found its way back to reality? No. We were just saving up material.

ADT: Sign Up Or Thieves Will Kill Your Dogs With Oven Cleaner

ADT: Sign Up Or Thieves Will Kill Your Dogs With Oven Cleaner

Leo thought that letting his two dogs greet an approaching ADT salesman would be enough of a hint that he didn’t want their security services. Nope! The well-trained salesman sensitively barked: “You know what they are doing to dogs now, don’t you? They’re spraying oven-cleaner into their face, killing them in 20 seconds!”

How Healthy Is This Juice? Depends If You Speak English Or Spanish

How Healthy Is This Juice? Depends If You Speak English Or Spanish

Orchida Coconut Juice displays nutrition data in both English and Spanish, but the values aren’t the same. The English nutrition panels claims that the juice has 240 calories and no fat. Apparently, our Spanish-speaking friends are supposed to read that as 150 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. Pictures of the strange panels, inside…

Bank Of America Bans Customer For Life

Bank Of America Bans Customer For Life

Jesse tried to scam Bank of America. No, wait. He tried to open two accounts at once! No, that’s not right either. He did something wrong, that’s obvious. Isn’t it? Hello? Please tell us what Jesse did wrong, Bank of America. Your lifetime banning confuses us.

Sprint Tech Support Goes To Porn Ad

Sprint Tech Support Goes To Porn Ad

Man’s Blackberry chokes. Man calls Sprint. Sprint says hold. Man gets transferred to porn ad.

Chimichangas Are 20 For $10, Limit 5. What?

Chimichangas Are 20 For $10, Limit 5. What?

Reader Len is a little confused. To be honest, so are we.

Why Does The UPS Store Ship Packages With FedEx?

Why Does The UPS Store Ship Packages With FedEx?

Alex shipped two packages to San Francisco from the UPS store in Boston. One was delivered, the other wasn’t—until without any explanation or notification, it arrived back at Alex’s house in Boston on a FedEx truck. Huh?

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Some Assembly Required

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Some Assembly Required

Jim spotted this confusing sign at a Fry’s store in Campbell, Calif. On a display of compact fluorescent light bulbs, the store helpfully notes that some assembly is required. “Is it safe to assemble your own fluorescent light bulbs?” he wrote. “I mean with the dangerous mercury vapor and all?”

At Food Lion, "Value Pricing" Means Extra Confusion!

At Food Lion, "Value Pricing" Means Extra Confusion!

Food Lion can’t decide how much this boneless New York strip steak costs or weighs. It could weigh .47 pounds at $9.49 per pound, or it could be 1.06 pounds of value priced meat at $6.64 per pound. Reader Mike isn’t sure what’s really going on here, but he’s hungry and confused and wants his steak to come with answers.