Lyft Is Too Successful In New York City, No Cars Available

Lyft Is Too Successful In New York City, No Cars Available

In New York City, early adopters of the car-summoning smartphone app Lyft got a special gift: fifty free rides with a fare of up to $25 each in the first fifteen days that the service is open for business. It’s an impressive promotion…or it would be if there were any drivers available. [More]

The Cheesepocalypse Is Nigh: Velveeta Warns Of Coming Shortage

The Cheesepocalypse Is Nigh: Velveeta Warns Of Coming Shortage

Grab your buttered bread and favorite grilled cheese pan close, folks, because we could be in for a doozy: Velveeta has announced it’s facing a shortage and so of course, everyone is panicking adorably over the idea of a (dun dun dun [dramatic noise]) CHEESEPOCALYPSE. Because it’s not like there aren’t any other cheese options out there…. oh, wait. [More]

East Coast Suffers Horrific Ice Cream Bar Shortage

East Coast Suffers Horrific Ice Cream Bar Shortage

Much of the Northeastern United States is currently dealing with a heat wave that has household pets plastered to cold tile floors and local news outlets hauling tired puns out of winter storage. But the real crisis is occurring out where fleets of white trucks prowl the mean streets of suburbia in search of customers. The combination of an exceptionally warm spring and a Good Humor plant shutdown in Maryland mean that vendors are struggling to get hold of some popular Good Humor products. Who is suffering? The children. [More]

Thailand Flooding May Cause Hard Drive Shortages, Price Increases

Thailand Flooding May Cause Hard Drive Shortages, Price Increases

If a butterfly on the other side of the world can cause a hurricane, a flood in Thailand can wreak havoc on hard drive customers. Devastating floods in the country are expected to soften manufacturers’ abilities to crank out hard drives, and analysts say private customers will have to deal with the resulting price increases more than computer manufacturers. Affected companies include Toshiba and Western Digital, which have temporarily shut down Thailand plants. [More]

Wii Fit Plus Shortage May Be Rocking The Nation

Wii Fit Plus Shortage May Be Rocking The Nation

Marcus wants a Wii Fit Plus game that includes the balance board and retails for $100. Problem is, he can’t find it anywhere. Third-party sellers are charging $150 and more on Amazon for the exercise game, which was the second-best seller in December, and everywhere he checks seems to be out of stock. [More]

Beauty.com Facebook Revolt Quelled Within Minutes With Free Stuff

Beauty.com Facebook Revolt Quelled Within Minutes With Free Stuff

Kim’s Beauty.com order was eligible for a pretty neat “free gift with purchase” deal, but the free item ran out before her order went through. She, and other customers, took to the company’s Facebook page to complain about the situation. A company representative reached out on Facebook, offering to send a new free item out to the dissatisfied customers. This representative turned out to be the company president. [More]

Christmas Light Shortage Sweeps The Nation

Christmas Light Shortage Sweeps The Nation

Maybe there is no such thing as Christmas retreat. Maybe there’s just a light shortage. News outlets across the country have reported on a shortage of strings of lights. Somewhere, Clark Griswold weeps. [More]

Whew: Coke Products Return To Costco On Monday

Whew: Coke Products Return To Costco On Monday

The nightmare is over for Americans who use warehouse club Costco to fuel their copious Coke habits. The retailer and Coca-Cola have settled their price differences, and Coca-Cola beverages will return to Costco stores on Monday. [More]

Potential Canned Pumpkin Shortage Threatens Thanksgiving

Potential Canned Pumpkin Shortage Threatens Thanksgiving

It might be hard to make pumpkin pie this year. “Soggy fields” and “fungus,” the perennial banes of the pumpkin farmer, have left tons of pumpkins rotting in the field and created the very real possibility that there may be a shortage of canned pumpkin this season.

Kellogg's Finally Explains Eggo Waffle Shortage

Kellogg's Finally Explains Eggo Waffle Shortage

Consumerist’s quest to find out on behalf of you, our readers, where all of the Eggo waffles have gone has come to an end. The culprit isn’t aliens or unemployed Americans munching on waffles at home while watching Judge Judy. It was a flood at the factory in Atlanta where the waffles are made.

Poll: What Caused The Great Eggo Waffle Shortage Of '09?

Poll: What Caused The Great Eggo Waffle Shortage Of '09?

Clearly, our post about the Eggo waffle shortages struck some kind of nerve. We contacted Kellogg’s about the real reason for the nationwide shortage, and they haven’t gotten back to us yet. So we let our imaginations run wild.

You Can Make Your Own Liquid Tamiflu At Home

You Can Make Your Own Liquid Tamiflu At Home

G.’s young son was recently ill with H1N1, but no pharmacy in the city where he lives had liquid Tamiflu in stock. (Even the federal government released its stockpile not long ago.) He writes that nearly every pharmacy he called turned him down. Then he learned that the liquid can be made from Tamiflu capsules by pharmacists, or even by parents at home. Why didn’t the pharmacy staff, or his doctor, tell him this?

An Explanation For Why Long Islanders Have Bad Breath

An Explanation For Why Long Islanders Have Bad Breath

Brian notified us of a grave problem affecting Long Island that’s nearly as depressing as the Islanders’ suckage — the dearth of cinnamon Tic Tacs. He writes:

Experts Predict Widespread Robotic Hamster Shortages

Experts Predict Widespread Robotic Hamster Shortages

When you were a child, did you own a hamster? Did you say to yourself, “this pet is okay, but I wish it didn’t poop, bite, or sleep, and that it could skateboard and surf?” Well, envy the children of today.

Car Rental Firms Create Artificial Shortage, Boost Prices

Car Rental Firms Create Artificial Shortage, Boost Prices

Car rental firms have cut their fleets by almost 15% in the last year, creating an artificial shortage that has helped to raise prices. Inside, a few tips that can help lower the cost of your next car rental…

85% Of Gas Stations In Nashville, TN Are Without Gas Right Now

85% Of Gas Stations In Nashville, TN Are Without Gas Right Now

East Tennessee and Middle Tennessee both primarily receive fuel supplies through spurs of the Colonial pipeline, which carries refined gasoline from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Northeast. [Hurricane] Ike damaged and knocked out power to many of those refineries, cutting the amount of gasoline fed into the pipeline.

Limited New iPhones At ATT Stores, Latecomers Pay Extra To Have Phones Shipped

Limited New iPhones At ATT Stores, Latecomers Pay Extra To Have Phones Shipped

Only the first lucky clutch of people in line today at AT&T stores will walk out with a new iPhone 3G in-hand. There were only 30 phones available in total at the the biggest AT&T store in Waterbury CT, at the Brass Mill Center, according to a store employee. Reporting from the line, reader Kevin says that everyone else was given an option to buy a slip of paper for $226.79 (see a scan of it posted inside), have the phone shipped from the warehouse to you, then you come back to the store to activate the phone. Customers will have to pay for the shipping charges for this favor.

http://consumerist.com/2008/05/16/atts-one-iphone-per-customer-rule-lasted-only/

AT&T’s one-iPhone-per-customer rule lasted only one day before the company went back to its three-per-customer policy. Apparently they found some more iPhones in the back. [Information Week]