Poll: Americans Deeply In Love With Full Body Scanners

Poll: Americans Deeply In Love With Full Body Scanners

CBS says the have a poll that shows Americans overwhelmingly support full body “naked” scanners at airports, despite what some “civil rights groups” have to say about them. [More]

74% Of You Maniacs Plan To Shop On Black Friday This Year

74% Of You Maniacs Plan To Shop On Black Friday This Year

Who will you be fighting for a parking space at the mall this year? A recent survey by Market Forice Information indicates that almost three-quarters of the American public plan to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving this year, and sixty-one percent plan to do some shopping online on the next weekday, or “Cyber Monday.” [More]

Does "Slurpee Summit" Hype Make You Crave Frozen Sugar Water?

Does "Slurpee Summit" Hype Make You Crave Frozen Sugar Water?

Thanks to President Obama’s off-the-cuff comment
that he’d like to hold a “Slurpee Summit” with Republican leaders,
the 7-Eleven drink is suddenly up there with the McRib and Double
Down as a cool guilty pleasure for discerning fast-foodies. What
about you? Are you craving Wicked Apple, Kratos Fury, Invincible
Orange, or one of 7-Eleven’s other mashups of sugar, water and
slushed ice? Slide on in and tell the world.

USPS Jerry-Rigs Amazon Package To Your Mailbox

USPS Jerry-Rigs Amazon Package To Your Mailbox

Who knew mailmen were so crafty? [More]

How Long Will You Wait To Do Your Holiday Shopping?

How Long Will You Wait To Do Your Holiday Shopping?

Like it or not, we’re now officially into the Holiday shopping season. While some stores haven’t given into the Christmas Creep instinct to turn their sales floors into mini North Poles, plenty of people are already going to be out looking to check names and items off their gift lists. [More]

Will You Be Spending More Or Less This Holiday Season?

Will You Be Spending More Or Less This Holiday Season?

After Halloween comes and goes on Sunday, Holiday shopping season will be upon us (whether you want it to be or not). So it’s good timing that our analytical siblings at Consumer Reports has released the results of its Holiday shopping survey for 2010. Once again, a large portion of Americans say they intend on spending less this season than they did last year, but that number continues to decrease while the percentage of people increasing their Holiday budgets is on the rise. [More]

Should CVS Have Sold $21 Inhaler To Asthma Sufferer Who Only Had $20?

Should CVS Have Sold $21 Inhaler To Asthma Sufferer Who Only Had $20?

A woman in New Jersey suffering from an asthma attack had to call a paramedic when her local CVS wouldn’t sell her a $21 inhaler for $20. [More]

What Annoys You Most About Your Mobile Phone?

What Annoys You Most About Your Mobile Phone?

From AT&T to Zoom Mobile, we here at Consumerist have fielded complaints from every domestic mobile carrier we can think of. Additionally, just about every company has been labeled “the worst” by scores of readers. But today, instead of picking on any one carrier, we want to get at the bigger issue of what’s bothering cellphone users in general. [More]

School Sells Ad Space On Letters Sent Home To Parents

School Sells Ad Space On Letters Sent Home To Parents

A MA elementary school is selling ad space on the backs of permission slips and notices sent home to parents. It’s better than another bake sale, say officials, who have pledged to keep the advertising appropriate for families. No ads for alcohol, tobacco, political causes or tattoo parlors will be allowed. Is this any different than ads in the back of yearbooks? Or one more tumble down the slippery slope of commercial encroachment in our public schools? Take our poll and sound off in the comments. [More]

Do We Need A Little Inflation To Get The Economy Moving?

Do We Need A Little Inflation To Get The Economy Moving?

Inflation is good, at the right time, and in moderate amounts. Like adding just a smidge during a recession when there’s a lot of people in debt. Knowing that prices will rise, some consumers and businesses are prodded to crack open their pocketbooks. The value of debts drop, easing the burden on strapped borrowers. Having used up a lot of options already, the Fed could slightly raise its inflation target and let prices slowly rise over the next few years, but they’re unlikely to announce anything remotely close to that in their meeting this week. Namely because people really really really hate inflation. Why is that? [More]

18 Percent Of People Think Economy Is Just Fine

18 Percent Of People Think Economy Is Just Fine

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey finds that 81 percent of respondents say the economy is crap, while 18 percent say it’s “good.” [More]

Which Transaction Is Faster For Small Purchases: Cash Or Credit?

Which Transaction Is Faster For Small Purchases: Cash Or Credit?

Since we began writing about credit card companies now allowing merchants to require minimum purchases for credit transactions, we’ve received feedback from readers in both the comments and in the tipline about how credit cards are faster and more efficient than cash. At the same time, there are those who swear by cash when it comes to making purchases of only a few dollars. So which is it? [More]

Would You Rather Be Richer, Thinner, Smarter Or Younger?

Would You Rather Be Richer, Thinner, Smarter Or Younger?

Imagine if you will that you are standing before four doorways, each of which could magically improve one facet of your life — wealth, waistline, IQ, youth. You can only go through one doorway; which one do you choose? [More]

Could You Live With Only 100 Items?

Could You Live With Only 100 Items?

Over at the New York Times, they have a profile of a woman in Portland, OR, who has spent the last three years with only 100 items to her name. In addition to living with less clutter, she and her husband have also managed to erase $30,000 in debt. [More]

Is It Weird For Laundromats To Boast That They Psych Test Their Employees?

Is It Weird For Laundromats To Boast That They Psych Test Their Employees?

Jen thought nothing of dropping her laundry off at the local laundromat until she got it back. Wrapped around her underwear she found this orange band boasting: “All Our Employees Have Passed A Psychological Exam For Honesty & Personal Integrity.” Now she’s a little sketched out and would like to know if this the sort of the reassurance you want or expect from your local laundromat. Hit the jump to vote in our poll. [More]

How Long Will You Wait In Line For A Restaurant?

How Long Will You Wait In Line For A Restaurant?

Inching forward, popping up on your toes to look over their heads, rarg! How much longer?! Waiting in line to get into a restaurant can be excruciating. Or a time to catch up with friends and engage in some delightful people-watching. Depends on what kind of person you are. So, how patient are you? Or busy? Or hungry? What’s your upper max for how long you will stand in line at a restaurant? Sound off in the comments! [More]

Which Industry Has The Worst Customer Service?

Which Industry Has The Worst Customer Service?

Here at Consumerist Central, we get a lot of complaints from pissed-off readers about a host of different problems. But looking through all the customer service gripes we get each day, we see that there are 10 industries in particular that represent the lion’s share of reader’s ire. [More]

Consumers Hate Facebook As Much As Airlines, Cable Companies

Consumers Hate Facebook As Much As Airlines, Cable Companies

Has Facebook’s ongoing foolishness with privacy settings, fine print, and advertising taken its toll on the brand? According to The American Customer Satisfaction Index’s E-Business Report, Facebook scored 64 points out of 100, which puts it in the bottom 5% of private companies, “in the same range as airlines and cable companies.” The one bit of good news for Facebook is that MySpace scored 63 points. [More]