Beware Online Discounts That Vanish As You Check Out

Beware Online Discounts That Vanish As You Check Out

Omie Ismail at LiveCheap warns online shoppers to look out for discounts that disappear before you finalize purchases. [More]

Whole Foods Finds Way To Make Overweight Folk Feel Even More Self-Conscious

Whole Foods Finds Way To Make Overweight Folk Feel Even More Self-Conscious

Whole Foods is offering bigger discounts — from the current 20 percent to 30 percent — to employees with a low body mass index, as well as non-nicotine use, low cholesterol and blood pressure, Jezebel reports. [More]

Macy's To Open Bloomingdale's Outlet Stores This Summer

Macy's To Open Bloomingdale's Outlet Stores This Summer

Macy’s wants in on the discount department store market, so starting this summer the company will open four outlet stores under the Bloomingdale’s brand in New Jersey, Florida, and Virginia, reports the Seattle Times. Apparently the real Bloomingdale’s sales haven’t been stellar in this economy, so Macy’s is hoping that a discount offshoot will bring in more budget-conscious shoppers. [More]

Pizza Hut's $10 Offer Doesn't Include Stuffed Crust

Pizza Hut's $10 Offer Doesn't Include Stuffed Crust

Alisha was disappointed to find out Pizza Hut’s “Any Pizza, Any Crust, Any Size, Any Topping” for $10″ deal isn’t quite as all-encompassing as it promises. [More]

ECA Tries To Prevent Members From Canceling

ECA Tries To Prevent Members From Canceling

Some members of the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) are pretty upset that the consumer advocacy group for gamers removed the ability to turn off auto-renewal on member accounts. They’ve also removed the phone number you used to be able to call to cancel. In fact, the only way to cancel your ECA membership now is to mail them a letter–and if your request isn’t processed at least 30 days before your membership is due to renew, you can expect to be charged again. Update: The ECA has responded, but their formal statement leaves a lot of questions unanswered. [More]

Costco Bans Coca-Cola

Costco Bans Coca-Cola

A dispute over pricing has led Costco to stop selling a number of Coca-Cola brands, which means all Coke varieties as well as Sprite, Squirt, Dasani water, and Full Throttle energy drinks, reports the Associated Press.

Pet Store Takes Advantage Of Grocery Shrink Ray

Pet Store Takes Advantage Of Grocery Shrink Ray

Dan sent in this pic from a local pet store. It reads, “After January 1st, bag sizes will be decreased, and these new prices will stay the same. For the rest of 2009 you will save 12.5% on all big bags of Science Diet dog food!!” I like how they’re spinning the reduced packaging in a way that benefits them and the customer, while also making sure nobody is fooled come January 1st.

Walmart Wants You To Buy All Your Turkey And TV From Them This Year

Walmart Wants You To Buy All Your Turkey And TV From Them This Year

Walmart is ramping up the price war on another front. Instead of hardcovers, this time the retailer is cutting prices on turkey and flat-panel TVs, reports Bloomberg.

Walmart Now Offering New Hardcovers For $9

Walmart Now Offering New Hardcovers For $9

Walmart just tried to undercut Amazon on, of all things, books. They’ve announced that they’re now selling the “top 10 pre-selling books” for $9 each, with free home delivery. Amazon has responded by dropping its price to $9 on the same titles, but their free shipping doesn’t kick in until you buy $25 worth of merchandise (or pay the annual fee for Amazon Prime). Price war!

Do Something Nice, Go To Disneyland

Do Something Nice, Go To Disneyland

Disney’s gone and done something admirable again. We get it, Disney: you don’t want our golden poop. Fine.

JCPenney Tries Out Mobile Coupons In Houston Stores

JCPenney Tries Out Mobile Coupons In Houston Stores

If you live in the Houston area, you can now use your mobile phone to redeem coupons for JCPenney through a trial-partnership with Cellfire. You have to register with Cellfire in order to receive the promos via SMS or email, and if you register today you’ll receive a mysterious “$10 in$tant gift” [sic].

If The Coupon Doesn't Apply, You Must Not Buy

If The Coupon Doesn't Apply, You Must Not Buy

Most likely, this has happened to you. You have a great coupon for a restaurant or retailer, and go to use it only to find that for some reason, it’s been declined. Maybe it expired. Maybe it doesn’t apply to the item you bought. The question is: Do you still make the purchase?

California Is Having A Garage Sale!

California Is Having A Garage Sale!

This Friday and Saturday, the state of California is going to hold a massive garage sale (they’re actually calling it that) to try to get rid of surplus state property while also raising enough money to pay the bills for another month. If you’re in Sacramento you can attend the event in person. If not, you can still take a look at the things they’ve posted on eBay. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a cool car!

Reserving A Game At Target Apparently Doesn't Mean You'll Get It Day One

Reserving A Game At Target Apparently Doesn't Mean You'll Get It Day One

Back in April, Target announced an appealing if confusing reserve program that nets gamers a $5 gift card if they buy a game they reserved in advance by paying for a $1 reserve card — netting a $4 savings since the $1 doesn’t go toward the full price of the game.

Save Money On Groceries By Buying The Ugly Ones

Save Money On Groceries By Buying The Ugly Ones

Salvage grocers are stores that stock all the dented, crushed, slightly past their “best by” date products that consumers have been trained to avoid. Because of this, they’re the Dollar General or Big Lots of supermarkets, with prices up to half off regular store prices, says the Associated Press.

Students, That College I.D. Is A Universal Coupon

Students, That College I.D. Is A Universal Coupon

One great thing about being in college is everyone — including businesses — expects you to be poor. Thus, your student I.D. is good for a range of discounts, ranging from movies, restaurants, museums and sundry services. Wisconsin’s WSAW 7 cobbled together a list of 10 such targets.

http://consumerist.com/2009/07/06/hershey-is-closing-its-online/

Hershey is closing its online store (www.hersheygifts.com) at the end of the month, saying they can’t keep it running in this economy. If you like their “chocolate” products, everything on the site is on sale for 25% off. [LA Times] (Thanks to Robert!)

Royal Caribbean: Give Us $800 Or Find Another Ship

Royal Caribbean: Give Us $800 Or Find Another Ship

Royal Caribbean told Mary Hoefs at check-in that her family wouldn’t be allowed to board unless they paid $800 on the spot, even though Mary had paid for the cruise in full four months earlier. Royal Caribbean later refunded $400, but why did they choose to kick off Mary’s cruise with extortion? The answer, inside…