If You Actually Want What You Ordered, Maybe Best Buy Isn't For You

If You Actually Want What You Ordered, Maybe Best Buy Isn't For You

Reader Ryan and his wife tried to order several expensive things from Best Buy. They were not able to actually get any of them. [More]

New Jack In The Box Order Kiosk Removes Final Human Obstacle In Food Supply Chore

New Jack In The Box Order Kiosk Removes Final Human Obstacle In Food Supply Chore

No matter how much you try to close yourself off from humanity—by not giving out your phone number, by staying in your home on weekends, or by getting a job as a blogger—you still have to speak to horrible, filthy humans when you order from fast food restaurants. A Jack in the Box in Bellevue, Washington has solved that problem.

Subway Launches Text Message Ordering In NYC

Subway Launches Text Message Ordering In NYC

Subway has launched a pilot program called SubwayNow where New York City residents (Manhattan only at the moment, it looks like) can register to place pick-up orders via text message. According to IntoMobile, after registering with your address and providing payment info, which they keep on file, you set up a list of sandwich orders that are saved as a personal menu. When you’re ready to use the service, you text “menu” to the Subway shortcode, and Subway sends back your pre-set menu. Then you text back the menu item you want, and Subway responds with a pick-up time.

Man Tries To Buy From "The Camera Professionals," Fails

Man Tries To Buy From "The Camera Professionals," Fails

“The Camera Professionals” are not actually that professional, nor do they have cameras to sell you. That’s what ZDNet reporter Josh Taylor discovered when he decided to take their Google AdWord bait and buy a camcorder they were offering for nearly $300 less than other stores. He didn’t expect much success, and he was richly rewarded:

Amazon Screws Up Mother's Day Order

Amazon Screws Up Mother's Day Order

Sam's Club Charges More For Bulk Check Purchases

Sam's Club Charges More For Bulk Check Purchases

An alert reader noticed that something looked fishy on the Sam’s Club order screen when he was ordering new checks—if you decide to order double the number of checks, your price-per-box magically goes up the tiniest bit. We figure the amount is so small that most people don’t even notice it, or they notice it but figure they’ll still save time and shipping so it’s worth the 3-5 cents extra. Still, it’s a sneaky thing for a bulk discount store to do.

$100 iPhone Credit Mysteriously Evaporates

$100 iPhone Credit Mysteriously Evaporates

Dawn writes to tell us that she and her husband both received the $100 iPhone credits last fall, but when she tried to use them on December 4th she discovered one of the credits had a zero balance. An Apple CSR told her to go ahead and make her purchase without it, and the $100 would be credited immediately to her Visa. Unfortunately, she took his advice.

Pizza Hut Announces Nationwide Mobile Ordering

Pizza Hut Announces Nationwide Mobile Ordering

Pizza Hut may not be the world’s best pizza, but now that they’ve rolled out nationwide mobile ordering—via their website on any web-enabled phone, or text message on the rest—they’re certainly one of the easiest pizza joints to order from.

Apple Files Patent App To Allow Wireless Ordering At Stores

Apple Files Patent App To Allow Wireless Ordering At Stores

Apple has applied to patent a wireless ordering system that would allow shoppers to place orders from, for example, their iPhones as they approached, oh, let’s say a Starbucks, bypassing an ordering line altogether and going straight to the pick-up counter. The system would also allow stores to keep data on repeat customers to speed up future transactions.