Manufacturers To Market To You Via Messages Hidden In UPCs

Manufacturers To Market To You Via Messages Hidden In UPCs

Stickybits is a social network that combines your phone’s camera, a web connection, and UPCs to leave virtual notes and images scattered all around you like invisible sticky notes. The important question, as always, is can it be used to sell stuff? Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Campbell’s, Frito-Lay, and Ben & Jerry are all planning to find out in social media campaigns this summer, reports Brandweek. [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]

http://consumerist.com/2009/05/18/if-you-own-a-g1/

If you own a G1 phone from T-Mobile, Google has added a special barcode scanning feature to its Product Search page just for you. Yeah, you’ve already got other barcode scanning apps, but this one integrates with Google’s search functionality so you can scan and see product search results in Google immediately. [Phandroid]

Shopper Takes Walmart To Court Over $2 And Wins $100

Shopper Takes Walmart To Court Over $2 And Wins $100

The Pennsylvania woman who makes a hobby out of taking retailers to court over pricing errors has struck again. This time Walmart was ordered to pay Mary Bach $100 for repeatedly failing to correct a $2 error.

Walmart Says You Can't Scan That 1925 Family Portrait, Because Copyright Lasts Forever

Walmart Says You Can't Scan That 1925 Family Portrait, Because Copyright Lasts Forever

If you combine a mindless and petty tyrant with Walmart’s draconian photo rights policies, you get a story like the one Boingboing reported today, where a woman in Florida was told she couldn’t scan an 80-year-old portrait of her dead grandmother, because its copyright is surely held by the studio that took it—and copyrights last forever.

Best Buy Systemically Searching Geek Squad Precincts For Porn

Best Buy Systemically Searching Geek Squad Precincts For Porn

Best Buy is scanning Geek Squad computers for signs of porn infestation, as part of their continuing witch hunt. According to reports from four different Geek Squad employees, an edict was issued from corporate requiring precincts to connect every computer in every precinct to Agent Johnny Utah.

North Carolina Kmart Fined $1,230 For Inaccurate Price Scans

North Carolina Kmart Fined $1,230 For Inaccurate Price Scans

Sure $1230 isn’t a lot of money to a store like Kmart, but it’s something.

Is Walmart Charging The Wrong Price?

Is Walmart Charging The Wrong Price?

A little bird told us that Walmart’s products don’t ring up for the same price they are listed as on the shelves, so we went and tested one of their stores.