Buy Your Jeans Now Before Cotton Prices Go Up

Buy Your Jeans Now Before Cotton Prices Go Up

It’s been a bad year for cotton-producing regions in India, China and Pakistan and the price of cotton has skyrocketed since the summer. So before retailers begin tacking this cost of materials increase onto the consumer, the forward-thinking people at SmartMoney.com have put together a list of what items you should stock up on. [More]

What You Hate About Retailers

What You Hate About Retailers

Over at DailyFinance.com, they asked readers to give nominate the most annoying ways in which retail stores try to squeeze you for extra cash or tempt you into spending more. [More]

Nordstrom's Old Employee Handbook Had Only 75 Words

Nordstrom's Old Employee Handbook Had Only 75 Words

For many years, Nordstrom’s employee handbook consisted of a single 5″×8″ card that had only 75 words on it: [More]

Retail Workers Really Hate You For Messing Up That Tee-Shirt Pile

Retail Workers Really Hate You For Messing Up That Tee-Shirt Pile

Ever wonder why you get the stink-eye from that girl at The Gap? Or why that dude at American Eagle groans when he sees you approaching a table of clothes? There’s a good chance it has something to do with your lack of table manners. [More]

To Sell You A Used Game, This GameStop Requires Your Phone Number

To Sell You A Used Game, This GameStop Requires Your Phone Number

Did you know that GameStop is a membership-only establishment, like a warehouse club? You’re only allowed to shop there if you have their rewards card. I didn’t know that, and neither did Jeff. He tells Consumerist that he foolishly tried to purchase a game, but refused to join the rewards program or give the cashier his phone number. The cashier, in turn, refused to sell anything to him. [More]

Dumbest Customer Quotes From Working Electronics Retail

Dumbest Customer Quotes From Working Electronics Retail

Redditor glisignoli has worked for three years in gadget retail and the only way he’s been able to cling to the last remaining shreds of sanity is to write down every crazy quote from the boneheaded customers he has to deal with. Most of them involve a customer screaming something they have no idea what they’re talking about, like the guy who walked in his first week and threw a USB cable on the counter, yelling, “THIS CABLE ISN’T WIRELESS!” [More]

Walmart Is Coming For New York

Walmart Is Coming For New York

Thought impervious to Walmart colonization, urban centers like New York and San Francisco are the big box retailer’s next expansion targets. [More]

Norton SystemWorks 2006 On Sale At Walmart For Only $59.72

Norton SystemWorks 2006 On Sale At Walmart For Only $59.72

James spotted a copy of Norton SystemWorks 2006 on sale at his local Walmart for the must-have price of $59.72. Maybe it’s a collectible. [More]

Couple Marries Inside Walmart

Couple Marries Inside Walmart

Frugal matrimony? Shelf-stocker falls for assistant manager? They met as their hands simultaneously clasped over the last of the same everyday-low-priced item? Possibilities, endless. I wonder if their marriage license got checked at the door. [More]

Your Local Mall's New Anchor Store…. Costco?

Your Local Mall's New Anchor Store…. Costco?

There are a lot of empty anchor stores in American malls these days, especially since major department store chains have continued devouring each other. What to do with these massive empty retail spaces? Well, one possible tenant that doesn’t normally occupy enclosed malls is interested….Costco. [More]

GameStop Selling Download Codes At Retail

GameStop Selling Download Codes At Retail

Sick of being left out of the party as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo sell downloads to gamers directly through their consoles, GameStop has started hocking downloadable content codes at all of its 4,400 stores, Game Informer reports. [More]

Shoplifter Blames Devil

Shoplifter Blames Devil

A woman caught shoplifting from a Walmart in Cinnaminson, NJ, assaulted the store’s loss-prevention officer and drove off, but accidentally left her pocketbook–which contained her driver’s license–in the parking lot. She called back later to ask whether they’d found it, and when the police got on the phone she admitted to the shoplifting and assault, but blamed it on the devil. [More]

Barnes & Noble Wants To Sell Itself, But Who's Gonna Buy It?

Barnes & Noble Wants To Sell Itself, But Who's Gonna Buy It?

Barnes & Noble shares are soaring after it announced that it was up for sale and may even go private, or merge with Borders. [More]

Shrink Ray Hits JCPenney Clothing Now, Too?

Shrink Ray Hits JCPenney Clothing Now, Too?

Kyle just wrote to us that the 36″ sleeve on a Large Tall sweatshirt from JCPenney has been reduced to 35″. It’s not just a manufacturing accident, because the new length is printed in the retailer’s sizing charts. But Kyle says for years he’s had no problem with JCPenney shirts, and that this all started happening within the past year or so. [More]

Save By Starting Your Shopping Trip From The Back Of Store

Save By Starting Your Shopping Trip From The Back Of Store

If you want to find the best deals and sale items, it’s wise to head directly to the back of the store and work your way up to the front. [More]

What Was The Smartest Purchase You Ever Made?

What Was The Smartest Purchase You Ever Made?

Last week, we asked you to reveal those moments when realized you’d been making a big mistake as a consumer. Today, we want to lighten it up and talk about those times that make you most proud. [More]

Walmart Defeats Chicago, Plans To Open Up To 21 Stores

Walmart Defeats Chicago, Plans To Open Up To 21 Stores

Like a big city pimp waiting to pick you up off the ground when times get tough, Walmart was able to establish its first stores in Chicago through guile, perseverance, and a few meaningless reassurances. Smaller stores! $0.50 pay raise! Union-built! These are the meager concessions that led Chicago to sell-out their local retailers. [More]

American Apparel Dress Code: Yes To Disco Pants, No To "Expressive" Makeup

American Apparel Dress Code: Yes To Disco Pants, No To "Expressive" Makeup

It’s well known that American Apparel likes the models in its ads to wear as little as possible. But what about the company’s sales staff? Turns out the dress code for AA retail workers is strict — and kind of dull. No tattoos, no piercings (well, one earring per ear for the girls), and no boots. What’s in? Sperry Topsiders, knitted sweaters and pleated shorts. Is this American Apparel 2010 — or J. Crew 1980? [More]