List Of Subscriber Fees Shows What You Pay For Channels You Hate

List Of Subscriber Fees Shows What You Pay For Channels You Hate

After the spat between Cablevision and Disney invaded the Oscar telecast last Sunday, the fees channels charge cable companies (who then pass them along to you) have come into the spotlight. All Things Digital posted a list from industry analyst SNL Kagan that shows the wholesale prices each channel charges cable companies for their product. [More]

Premium Organic Wines Are A Good Deal Right Now

Premium Organic Wines Are A Good Deal Right Now

If you want a good deal on a high-end bottle of wine, a new study suggests you should look for wines that clearly indicate they’re made from organic grapes. An economics professor and an environmental science Ph.D. candidate compared wines made with certified organically grown grapes to conventional wines, looking at both price and taste rankings, and found that the organic ones scored on average one point higher on Wine Spectator’s rankings. For some reason, telling that to consumers seems to devalue the wine: high-scoring bottles that advertised their organic nature sold for less at retail, while bottles that withheld this info scored just as high on taste but also were priced higher than average. [More]

Sale At Target Means You Pay $2 Extra

Sale At Target Means You Pay $2 Extra

Consumerist readers are on to you, Target. After reading the site for awhile, people are moving the sale cards over to see what the price used to be before it went “on sale.” [More]

Walmart Debuts Truly Unbeatable Sale

Walmart Debuts Truly Unbeatable Sale

Yes, we suppose the only way to beat this sale is to have a store give you money for taking the thing off their hands. [More]

Publisher: "If You Can Afford An Ebook Device, You Can Pay More For Ebooks"

Publisher: "If You Can Afford An Ebook Device, You Can Pay More For Ebooks"

Imagine trying to buy a book from Big Generic Bookstore and watching the cashier add $5 to the sticker price. “What are you doing?!” you cry out, waving a fist menacingly at him. “You look like you can afford it,” he says back to you with a hint of entitltement. That’s basically what a publishing industry expert said in a piece he wrote last week about ebook pricing. [More]

Blame Manufacturers For Annoying Hidden Prices Online

Blame Manufacturers For Annoying Hidden Prices Online

Have you been noticing more and more lately that no matter which online retailer you visit, you have to add the item to your shopping cart to see the price? Blame it on manufacturers, who are taking advantage of a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to be more aggressive about controlling pricing online, writes the New York Times. [More]

Customer Punches Grocery Store Manager Over Price Of Crab Cakes

Customer Punches Grocery Store Manager Over Price Of Crab Cakes

A man in Sandusky, Ohio, grew so angry at the price of some crab cakes that he punched the store manager “five or six times,” head butted him, and spit in his face. According to the Associated Press article, there was a pricing error in the customer’s favor, and the manager had offered to give the customer the first crab cake at the incorrect price but wanted to charge full price for the rest. [More]

Think Carefully Before Buying Diapers At Target

Think Carefully Before Buying Diapers At Target

Reader Sarah was shopping for some diapers when she noticed something strange about Target’s pricing. Yes, the well-documented insanity continues in the diaper aisle… [More]

AT&T Hints That It Might Introduce Usage-Based Pricing For Smartphone Customers

AT&T Hints That It Might Introduce Usage-Based Pricing For Smartphone Customers

What do you say when everyone keeps complaining that you can’t handle traffic on your network? If you’re AT&T, you say “We just need to charge more money” and “Our customers who are actually using their phones as advertised are ruining things.” AT&T’s head of consumer services, Ralph de la Vega, told investors today that usage-based pricing is going to happen eventually, and that the company is planning on giving heavy users–who make up 3 percent of their customers–“incentives to reduce or modify their usage.” Somehow I’m guessing he doesn’t mean coupons or cash-back bonuses. [More]

CVS Challenges You To Explain Their Reverse Sale

CVS Challenges You To Explain Their Reverse Sale

Reader Kyle took this photo of a “discount” at CVS. [More]

Having A Picture Scanned At OfficeMax Is Like Being On A Game Show

Having A Picture Scanned At OfficeMax Is Like Being On A Game Show

Adam and his wife never know what they’re going to be charged for scanning services at OfficeMax’s ImPress print center. I like to imagine that the ImPress employee stands in front of them holding a very long microphone, and tries to build tension before a coworker flips over the Actual Price card. [More]

Generic Winn-Dixie Snack Bags Must Be Awesome

Generic Winn-Dixie Snack Bags Must Be Awesome

Reader BrotherFlounder is wondering what’s so special about these generic Winn-Dixie snack bags that makes them more expensive than similar brand name ones.

Target Pays New Jersey $375K To Settle Fraud Charges

Target Pays New Jersey $375K To Settle Fraud Charges

Target has agreed to pay New Jersey $375,000 to settle charges that it sold baby formula and non-prescription drugs that had expired, and that it charged higher prices on some products than what was displayed on the shelves.

DVD Price War: Harry Potter, Star Trek For $10

DVD Price War: Harry Potter, Star Trek For $10

Walmart announced yesterday that it will be slashing prices to below wholesale on 10 of the most popular DVDs that will be released soon, says the LA Times. Target announced that it will be matching Walmart. Amazon has not yet responded.

Avoid The Diabolical Target Lysol Disinfectant Wipe Trap

Avoid The Diabolical Target Lysol Disinfectant Wipe Trap

Target loves to keep you on your toes. Which is the better deal? 110 wipes for $4.79 or 80 wipes for $4.79?

This Grocery Store Bakery Price War Seems To Be Heating Up

This Grocery Store Bakery Price War Seems To Be Heating Up

We don’t quite know what to say about this Mid-Atlantic regional grocery store bakery price war. It is intense, baby.

Be Sure To Miss This Great Deal At Target

Be Sure To Miss This Great Deal At Target

We’d like to alert you to an exciting sale on iTunes gift cards at Target this week. All cards are $30, regardless of whether their face value is $15 or $25. (Thanks, Nick!)

TiVO: Save $100 By Saving $50!

TiVO: Save $100 By Saving $50!

Reader Tim is canceling TiVO and going with the Comcast DVR and was presented with a retention deal that he was able to resist. Why? Because $299.99 – $100 doesn’t equal $249.99.