All these are worth less than a popular messaging app.

27 Major Companies That Are Worth Less Than WhatsApp

Just how big of a deal is the $19 billion WhatsApp is getting from Facebook in the acquisition announced yesterday? It’s a pretty freaking big deal — especially when you consider that there are a whole lot of major companies –including many that produce physical goods you can reach out and touch — that have been around longer than WhatsApp and are worth a lot less. [More]

Clarifying The Clarification At The Gap

Clarifying The Clarification At The Gap

“Make up your mind, GAP!” wrote reader Synnerg when he submitted this photo using our Tipster App. Well, it’s not that they can’t make up their minds: they just keep adding clarifications and disclaimers to the existing sign. [More]

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Man Accused Of Filming Tween Girls In Gap Changing Room With His iPhone

According to police, a 24-year-old Minnesota man went on a voyeuristic rampage at a local mall in April, slipping his iPhone under the door of a Gap changing room, up a shopper’s skirt, and into a ladies’ room stall. Surveillance camera footage and information from a Gap worker who happened to have attended high school with the suspect led to his arrest. [More]

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Returning Something To The Gap Without A Receipt Is Super Inconvenient

Gift receipts are a great invention. They let you give a gift recipient the opportunity to take back what you got them without hurting your feelings, but also without learning how much you spent if they don’t need to return the item. Traci tells us that if you’re buying a gift for someone at the Gap, though, you should make sure to ask for a gift receipt. Otherwise they’re in for a long wait, two separate trips to the store, and ultimately maybe no gift at all. [More]

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The Good, The Bad & The Complicated Of Employee Discounts

Between the hours, the pay and the occasional scowling customer, working retail isn’t always the fun times it’s made out to be in film comedy. But at least there’s the employee discount, right? [More]

Should Clothes For Larger Children Be Called 'Plus-Size'?

Should Clothes For Larger Children Be Called 'Plus-Size'?

People come in different sizes. This is particularly true for children, whose bodies are constantly growing and changing. Standard sizes meant for all kids don’t fit all kids, especially with an increasing percentage of overweight children. Boys’ clothing cut larger with the designation of “Husky” have been around for a while, and some kids and parents find them embarrassing. But what about girls? Some retailers of children’s clothing have introduced larger cuts of clothing for girls as young as 3, but have designated these clothes “plus size,” just like clothes for larger adult women. [More]

One In Three Gap Stores In U.S. Will Be Closed By End Of 2013

One In Three Gap Stores In U.S. Will Be Closed By End Of 2013

Earlier today, the folks at once-mammoth clothing retailer Gap Inc. announced plans to shutter even more of its namesake Gap stores in the U.S. over the next 14.5 months, bringing the total number of stores to only 700 by the end of 2013. [More]

The 8 Largest U.S. Retailers With The Worst Sales

The 8 Largest U.S. Retailers With The Worst Sales

If we’d told you 10 years ago that Borders and Circuit City would vanish off the face of the planet and Blockbuster Video would be auctioned off to a satellite TV provider for pocket change, many people would have expressed disbelief. But those once-great stores have had their heyday in history, so now it’s time to look into the magic 8 ball to see if doom lies ahead for other major retailers. [More]

Negotiate Your Own Sale At The Gap

Negotiate Your Own Sale At The Gap

Have you ever shopped for clothes online and said to yourself, “Man, I wish this could be more like Priceline, where I could name my own price, but the selection is limited and the deals not all that great?” The Gap is here to help you achieve that dream, with their new “Gap My Price” site. It’s as if Gap and Priceline got together and spawned a largely useless but mildly entertaining deal site that generates coupons you can’t use online. [More]

Apparently, No One At The Gap Has Ever Looked At The Internet

Apparently, No One At The Gap Has Ever Looked At The Internet

Much like the makers of this “modern claddagh” ring, the person or persons responsible for naming these “New Pegged Boyfriend” jeans have apparently never whiled away the hours looking at the seedier side of the internet. [More]

The Gap: Only Some Of Our "Made In U.S.A." Bags Are Made In China

The Gap: Only Some Of Our "Made In U.S.A." Bags Are Made In China

Yesterday, we reported on some confusion at The Gap. The sign for its Feed USA campaign, which donates $5 from the sale of certain bags to a school lunch program, clearly states “Made in the U.S.A.,” while the label on the bag beneath the sign states “Made In China.” Today, the retailer has reached out to Consumerist to try to clarify the matter. [More]

The Gap: Where "Made In The U.S.A." Means "Made In China"

The Gap: Where "Made In The U.S.A." Means "Made In China"

UPDATE: The Gap has given a statement to Consumerist about the situation. [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]

Gap Scraps Crap Logo

Gap Scraps Crap Logo

This might be some kind of record. Only a few days after The Gap unleashed its spare new logo to a rousing chorus of boos, the clothing retailer has backtracked and ditched the updated branding entirely. [More]

Save Thousands; Create Your Own Crappy Gap Logo In Seconds

Save Thousands; Create Your Own Crappy Gap Logo In Seconds

As soon as The Gap’s underwhelmingly crappy new logo hit the internet, many puzzled haters commented that they could make the same logo with even the most bare-bones design software. Well, now they don’t even have to go to that minimal effort with Crap Logo Yourself. [More]

Gap Already Admitting That New Logo Sorta Sucks

Gap Already Admitting That New Logo Sorta Sucks

Earlier today, we wrote about the harsh criticism already being heaped upon the new — but not exactly improved — Gap logo. And apparently the negative feedback already has the retail chain on the lookout for something newer and improveder. [More]

Old Navy Refunds Entire Coat Purchase Price When Buttons Fall Off

Old Navy Refunds Entire Coat Purchase Price When Buttons Fall Off

Old Navy produces solid, inexpensive clothing, but isn’t a brand that one normally associates with high-end customer service. Yet Ashley had such a great experience after a catastrophic coat button loss, she just had to share. She tells Consumerist that after some decorative buttons fell off her coat, the company simply gave her a store credit for the full purchase price of the coat. [More]

VIDEO: Stores Caught Restocking Used Underwear & Lingerie

VIDEO: Stores Caught Restocking Used Underwear & Lingerie

We try not to be too paranoid about the cleanliness of things we purchase. We’ll purchase used books, buy vintage clothing, drive pre-owned cars. But the “Ick Factor,” as it’s known in the world of science, jumps off the charts when it comes to used undies. But that’s exactly what NBC claims to have discovered at several retail stores. [More]