Customer Knows Her Stolen iPhone Is Being Sent To Apple, But Apple Says They Can't Return It

Customer Knows Her Stolen iPhone Is Being Sent To Apple, But Apple Says They Can't Return It

Alisa was robbed on the subway a couple of weeks ago, and now someone else has contacted Apple about replacing the phone due to a software malfunction. Alisa found out about this because her email account is still associated with it, but neither she nor the police can persuade Apple to return the phone to her once the other party sends it in for replacement. [More]

North Pole, Alaska, Forced Out Of Santa Letter Program

North Pole, Alaska, Forced Out Of Santa Letter Program

New security rules have proven too complex for Alaska’s post offices to bear, so they’re ending their participation in Operation Santa, the 50-year-old program where letters addressed to “Santa Claus, North Pole” are answered by volunteers. The program will continue elsewhere, reports the Associated Press, but when I called the USPS to find out where letters should be addressed I was told parents should contact their local post offices for information.

Barnes & Noble Says They'll Accept Gift Cards For Ebooks Before Christmas

Barnes & Noble Says They'll Accept Gift Cards For Ebooks Before Christmas

Apparently Barnes & Noble meant it when they said that they were looking into the gift card issue for ebook purchases. Currently, B&N gift cards can’t be used to buy ebooks, but a new post on one of the company’s blogs says that should change by mid-December.

Ulta District Manager Apologizes For "No Writing Anything Down" Policy

Ulta District Manager Apologizes For "No Writing Anything Down" Policy

Last week, Daynah wrote about how she was forced to stop writing anything down during a recent shopping trip to the cosmetics store Ulta. At the time, Daynah grudgingly gave in because she really wanted to make a purchase (she tests products for consumers). But once she left the store, she took the fight back to Ulta.

Ulta Manager: "Take Your Pen To Your Car, You're Not Allowed To Write Anything Down"

Ulta Manager: "Take Your Pen To Your Car, You're Not Allowed To Write Anything Down"

In a world where smartphones can shoot video, snap photos, record audio, scan barcodes, and let you make price comparisons via text message, it’s almost funny to run into a paranoid manager like the one at an Ulta makeup store in Seattle. Well, funny except for that petty tyrant part where she tells you that you’ll have to take your old-school pen and papers out to the car and come back empty handed before she’ll sell you any makeup.

How The Banking Industry Wants You To Think About Overdraft Fees

How The Banking Industry Wants You To Think About Overdraft Fees

Earlier today, a public relations person sent in the following suggested “follow up” story about the explosion in overdraft fees. She was quite friendly and complimentary and made it clear she just wants to help educate consumers about banking fees. The only problem is, the entire story is a jumble of propaganda designed to spread FUD about any attempt to change current overdraft policies. We figured it might be fun to see how the banking industry wants you to think.

Amazon Clarifies When It Will Remove Kindle Books

Amazon Clarifies When It Will Remove Kindle Books

As part of a settlement with the customer who sued Amazon over the 1984 fiasco this past summer, Amazon has clarified under what circumstances it can delete your books. Notably, Amazon is not saying that it will never again delete books, which keeps the Kindle in the “do not buy” list for consumers who want unequivocal ownership of the items they purchase. In fact, despite the muted praise Amazon is receiving for doing this, the best we can say about the clarification is that it’s about time, but that it still doesn’t address the fundamental ownership issues raised by the Kindle licensing system.

AppleCare Is An Extended Warranty Worth Buying

AppleCare Is An Extended Warranty Worth Buying

I asked Apple this morning to replace my broken laptop now that they’ve reintroduced the anti-glare option on their 15″ MacBook Pros. Apple agreed, and soon a new laptop will leave China destined for my apartment. This isn’t the first laptop Apple sent me this month. It’s the second. Here’s why…

http://consumerist.com/2009/08/05/apple-censored-a-dictionary-app/

Apple censored a dictionary app, forcing the developers to remove listings to “cock,” “ass,” and other words that make fifth graders giggle, before it allowed it to go up on the App Store. Ninjawords is now available (with those entries excised) but has a 17+ rating. [Engadget]

What Happens When Your Life Insurer Kicks The Bucket?

What Happens When Your Life Insurer Kicks The Bucket?

Life insurance polices are backed by state guarantee associations, but the coverage offered varies drastically from state to state. Some products, like variable annuities, can be recovered in full because of the way they’re structured, but if you have term life insurance or a universal policy, you should know the limitations of your state’s coverage…

RyanAir: Bye Bye, Checked Bags And Airport Check-In. Hello, Gambling!

RyanAir: Bye Bye, Checked Bags And Airport Check-In. Hello, Gambling!

RyanAir this week announced that they will soon eliminate all airport check-in counters and require passengers to carry-on their luggage. Starting early next year, passengers will need to schlep their bags through airport security and drop them at the steps of the plane for checking into plane’s cargo hold. Once aboard though, there will be gambling!

U.S. Open Backtracks After Telling 42,500 People They'll Get No Refund For Spending A Day In The Rain

U.S. Open Backtracks After Telling 42,500 People They'll Get No Refund For Spending A Day In The Rain

The U.S. Golf Association initially told 42,500 U.S. Open ticketholders who spent most of Thursday standing in the rain that they would be unable to refund or exchange their tickets. Then New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo stepped in and convinced the USGA to make the washed-out tickets valid for entry on Monday. Tomorrow’s forecast: rain.

Help, Dell Won't Ask UPS To Trace My Lost Monitor!

Help, Dell Won't Ask UPS To Trace My Lost Monitor!

UPS’ website promises that they will deliver Corey’s Dell Vizio 37″ LCD monitor tomorrow, which would be exciting, except the website has said the same thing every day for the past two weeks. UPS’ customer service representatives insist that the package is lost and that Dell needs to initiate a trace. Dell would be happy to accommodate—who wouldn’t want to trace a lost package?—but their customer service representative claims that it’s Dell policy not to initiate a trace until 48 hours after the scheduled delivery date, which according to UPS, is tomorrow.

Alltel Requires Data Plan For Blackberry Owners Who Don't Use Any Data

Alltel Requires Data Plan For Blackberry Owners Who Don't Use Any Data

Dan likes the interface and ease of texting on his Blackberry, but doesn’t need mobile Internet or e-mail. He asked his service provider, Alltel, to switch his service to a Blackberry he already owned, but without a data plan. An employee said that was possible and set it up for him, and Dan texted away happily…until he received his bill, which now contains a hefty data plan charge. Alltel now insists that Dan can’t have a Blackberry on their network without a data plan.

Tell Eerily Resurrected Circuit City To Step Off In One Easy Step

Tell Eerily Resurrected Circuit City To Step Off In One Easy Step

Just like the ending of a horror movie, Circuit City has gone and plunged its soil-covered claw from its grave. Its site may have new owners, but that doesn’t mean it’s lost all of your tasty personal info.

CircuitCity.com Reborn As… Circuit City!

CircuitCity.com Reborn As… Circuit City!

CircuitCity.com is back, and it looks eerily familiar. The zombie website is now controlled by Systemax, the same folks who own Tiger Direct. Though the new site may look similar to the old, no doubt part of Systemax’s goal to keep alive a “proud brand that America has grown to count on,” it isn’t nearly as consumer-friendly as we would like…

http://consumerist.com/2009/04/28/if-youre-seeking-a-price/

If you’re seeking a price adjustment on your Gap clothes, don’t put it off. Heather writes in to warn that the price adjustment period at the Gap and Banana Republic has been reduced from 14 days to 7. Old Navy remains at 14 days.