"Free iPod" Claims Cost Spammer $2.9 Million

"Free iPod" Claims Cost Spammer $2.9 Million

The FTC slammed nuisance advertiser ValueClick with a record-breaking $2.9 million fine for littering the internet with deceptive ads for free iPods, PS3s, and plasma TVs. Instead of providing freebies, ValueClick tricked people into signing up for useless services and then failed to safeguard their personal information.

Thief Pretends To Work At Target, Steals $17k Worth Of iPods

Thief Pretends To Work At Target, Steals $17k Worth Of iPods

The North Miami police are looking for Antonio McKenzie, a “fake Target clerk” suspected of stealing numerous iPod Touches from Target Department Stores in South Florida.

http://consumerist.com/2008/01/12/woman-sues-apple-for-not/

Woman sues Apple for not letting iPods play WMA files. [Cnet]

5 Years, 6 iPods, and $1495 Later, You Just Want One That Works

5 Years, 6 iPods, and $1495 Later, You Just Want One That Works

Last week, Reader Andrew CC’d us on this email to Steve Jobs:

Shopdropped iPods Implore Buyers: "Reclaim Your Mind From The Media Shackles"

Shopdropped iPods Implore Buyers: "Reclaim Your Mind From The Media Shackles"

Joe Ellis arranged for Santa to deliver an iPod to his daughter for Christmas. Santa instead left an anti-capitalist rant. The iPod purchased from a Maryland Walmart contained a note written in ransom-letter caps reading:

RECLAIM YOUR MIND FROM THE MEDIA SHACKLES. READ A BOOK AND RESURRECT YOURSELF.

http://consumerist.com/2007/11/24/target-is-testing-sales/

Target is testing sales of used electronics on its website to move returned items that are in “perfect working order”—mostly iPods and HDTVs right now.

Research Group Suggests iPods Are To Blame For Increase In Crime

Research Group Suggests iPods Are To Blame For Increase In Crime

A research group in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the spike in violent crime, particularly robberies, in the past two years correlates with the rising popularity of the iPod line of products. They don’t really back this up with rigorous statistical analysis, they just say it. So now you know.

iPods Download Lightning?

iPods Download Lightning?

An iPod won’t attract lightning, but it will make your injuries worse if you are struck by it, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. A 35 year-old man was brought into the emergency room after having been struck by lightning that had jumped to his body after striking a tree, a phenomenon known as “side flash.”

iPods May Affect Pacemakers

iPods May Affect Pacemakers

Thinking of buying Gramps an iPod for his birthday? If he has a pacemaker, you might want to hold off according to a new study “presented by a 17-year-old high school student to a meeting of heart specialists on Thursday.” A high school student? Yeah!

Fill Out Our Survey, Get Chance To Win iPod Shuffle

Fill Out Our Survey, Get Chance To Win iPod Shuffle

UPDATE: Survey max response number reached. Poll closed. Thanks everyone!

Consumerist Ask Metafilter Round-Up

• I bought some nice down pillows for myself, and they smell really weird! [Link]

Apple Releases iPod Sweatshop Report

Apple Releases iPod Sweatshop Report

In response to allegation of iPod Cities — massive Chinese sweatshops of hundreds of thousands of employees, toiling away in squalor — Apple put together an independent audit team to take a look at conditions and see if it was as bad as everyone feared.

Don’t Chuck That Busted iPod

Don’t Chuck That Busted iPod

People on their third or fourth iPod well know how prone the device is to breaking. If you neglected to opt for a replacement plan, instead of smashing the pod with a brick, give Matt Bremmer a call. Treehugger pointed us to his ipod refurb services and we think it’s fantastic stuff.

Best Buy Fulfills Its Name

Man goes to Best Buy. Buys iPod. Has good experience. Universe implodes.

Google Trends Forecasts Our Watery Demise

Google Trends Forecasts Our Watery Demise

Using the fancy new Google Trends web app launched today, we were able to rank which US cities are searching for Wal-mart, iPods, Amazon and Sex the most, as well as compare results by city.

UPDATE: Soho Store a Scam?

Last Friday, we wrote about the online “Soho Store” offering some obscene discounts on iPods (10 60gb video iPods for $2699!, an over $1000 discount off MSRP). We just thought it was too good a deal to be true.

Mercury Research Calls Us ‘Full of Crap.’ We Agree.

Mercury Research Calls Us ‘Full of Crap.’ We Agree.

We posted the following comment over at the Radio Marketing Nexus blog in response to their post calling us Haters of Radio:

Mercury Research says The Consumerist is a Radio Hata’

Mercury Research says The Consumerist is a Radio Hata’

Apparently, we hate radios.