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JCPenney Worker Claims He Was Fired For Telling Truth About Fake Sales

Bargain-hunters love the thrill of seeing huge discounts fall off their total at the cash register, but this joy doesn’t necessarily reflect the truth. If a retailer never intended for anyone to pay the original sticker price, was it ever an original price at all? [More]

Have Fun Breaking Down This Year’s Worst Company In America Bracket

Have Fun Breaking Down This Year’s Worst Company In America Bracket


The above bracket will be updated at the end of each day of WCIA competition to reflect that day’s results.
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After going through all of your nominations, then having y’all rank the contenders and eliminate the chaff from the wheat, we’re proud to present the first round match-ups for this year’s Worst Company in America tournament! [More]

Here Are Your Worst Company Contenders For 2014 — Help Us Seed The Brackets!

Here Are Your Worst Company Contenders For 2014 — Help Us Seed The Brackets!

After sorting through a mountain of nomination e-mails, we’ve whittled down the field of competitors for this year’s Worst Company In America tournament to 40 bad businesses. Here’s your chance to have your say on how these players will square off in the bracket, and which bubble teams will get left out in the cold. [More]

Here’s The List Of JCPenney Stores To Be Closed

Here’s The List Of JCPenney Stores To Be Closed

Yesterday afternoon, JCPenney announced it would be laying off around 2,500 employees and shuttering 33 underperforming stores around the country. Want to know if your local JCP made the cut? [More]

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Well well well! Looks like somebody is riding high these days. And shocker of all shockers, it’s JCPenney surfing that wave of sunshiney happy feelings. The struggling retailer said it’s “pleased” with its holiday performance, but didn’t give any specifics about those sales. It’s seeing “continued progress,” but again, that’s about all it’s coughing up. You’re so coy, JCP. [via the Wall Street Journal]

Disorganization, Confusion, And Stained Carpets In The Ruins Of Ron Johnson’s JCPenney

Disorganization, Confusion, And Stained Carpets In The Ruins Of Ron Johnson’s JCPenney

Equities strategist Brian Sozzi has developed a very specific sideline: taking blog readers on tours of sad, pitiful, dilapidated stores belonging to iconic 20th century retailers. This isn’t just a hobby, but is related to his work. Namely, telling people, “for gosh sakes, don’t buy Sears Holdings stock!” Now, his Retail Despair Tour is making a stop at JC Penney. [More]

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JCPenney Joins Macy’s In Opening At 8 P.M. On Thanksgiving Day

Birds of a feather flock together, especially when there are some particularly tasty crumbs to be had. In thise case JCPenney is joining Macy’s in opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the better to gobble up whichever tasty customers are tempted to start shopping as early as possible. [More]

Does This JCPenney Ad Promote Bullying Or Just Reality?

Does This JCPenney Ad Promote Bullying Or Just Reality?

After complaints from parents, JCPenney has pulled a controversial commercial from television networks. The back-to-school spot includes a section that lightheartedly makes fun of a very real issue: kids being bullied and/or excluded because they’re not wearing the right clothes. [More]

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JCPenney & Macy’s Are Close To The Final Word On Their Martha Stewart Rivalry

The playground fight between Macy’s and JCPenney over who gets to be best friends with Martha Stewart could finally be close to over. After months of the two companies bickering over whether or not JCPenney can sell certain home goods with the Martha Stewart name on them, a judge might issue a decision today. [More]

Your Review Isn’t Really About The Product? Don’t Whine When It’s Rejected

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We often receive complaints from readers who have totally legitimate gripes about shipping or customer service issues at retailers, both online and in real life. Unfortunately, they chose to share these complaints with the world by writing about them in the retailer’s product reviews. The problem with this plan is that companies control which reviews are and aren’t posted. If they don’t post yours, it’s not because they hate free speech: it’s because you didn’t follow the directions. [More]

JCPenney Continues To Modernize Stores, Gradually And Cheaply

JCPenney Continues To Modernize Stores, Gradually And Cheaply

JCPenney’s new housewares department is like a colorful oasis of hipness and color plopped in the middle of, well, a JCPenney store. Can it draw the younger and more affluent shoppers that JCPenney needs to survive, now that all of the Hitler teakettles have sold out? [More]

Selling like hot cakes. Or hot kettles.

Of Course Someone Has Already Sold A JCPenney “Hitler” Tea Kettle On eBay For $199

All it takes for an item to sell out online is one tiny comparison to Hitler to go viral and boom — JCPenney’s now infamous tea kettle is selling for big bucks on eBay. At least one of the $40 kettles has already sold for $199, but rest assured, tea fans, there are plenty more out there. [More]

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Whether This JCPenney Tea Kettle Looks Like Hitler Or Not, It’s Now Sold Out Online

The Internet has been hopping, buzzing and otherwise jibber-jabbering in the last few days over a tea kettle that showed up on a JCPenney billboard in Culver City, Calif. But whether or not the thing actually looks like Adolf Hitler (see the wave of hair in the handle, the moustache — there you go) it’s already sold out online. Which means if you want it, you’ll have to go into a JCPenney in person to get it. [More]

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JCPenney To Require Structural Inspections Of Factories In Bangladesh

Retailers and manufacturers continue to react to last month’s tragedy at the Rana Plaza factory outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, that resulted in the deaths of more than 1,100 people. Days after Walmart announced its own program to review and inspect manufacturing facilities in the region, JCPenney has outlined its plans to audit factories. [More]

JCPenney Already Done Apologizing, Moves On To Celebrating Customers’ Return

JCPenney Already Done Apologizing, Moves On To Celebrating Customers’ Return

It feels like fewer than two weeks ago that JCPenney was coming to us, hat in heads, begging our forgiveness for the 18-month mistake that was the Ron Johnson era. Humbled, demure, wary of rejection after so much time in the dog house, JCPenney’s ad asked shoppers to please, please come back. [More]

Once people realized 1 washcloth + 1 towel = $10, they rushed to buy as many washcloth/towel pairings as possible.

JCPenney Says Coupon Code Users Can Only Get One Of Those “Free” Towels They Ordered Online

We told you last week about savvy online shoppers who realized that a JCPenney coupon code for $10 off purchases of $10 or more could be used to snap up a washcloth/towel combination that cost exactly $10. It also looked like the code could be used repeatedly, so some folks just kept ordering these items until JCP ran out of every possible color. But now the retailer is saying “not so fast” to customers who placed multiple orders. [More]

Once people realized 1 washcloth + 1 towel = $10, they rushed to buy as many washcloth/towel pairings as possible.

JCPenney Coupon Code Results In Rush On “Free” Towels And Washcloths

In what is either a mistake that will probably result in angry customers and canceled orders or a deliberate effort to rid its warehouses of towels and washcloths, JCPenney issued a coupon code earlier today for $10 off purchases of $10 or more. [More]

JCPenney Admits Engagement Ring Is Defective But Won’t Replace It (Until Local News Finds Out)

JCPenney Admits Engagement Ring Is Defective But Won’t Replace It (Until Local News Finds Out)

A California couple got engaged six months ago, but in that entire time the bride-to-be has only had a few weeks with her engagement ring on her hand, as JCPenney admits the sparkler is defective, but didn’t want to replace it, or refund the cost. [More]