The Consumerist's 2011 Valentine's Day Garden Of Discontent

The Consumerist's 2011 Valentine's Day Garden Of Discontent

On Valentine’s Day, we are expected to show loved ones how much they mean to us by giving them dead plants. For extra style points, we pay strangers to bring these dead plants to the recipient for us. However, florists are unfathomably busy on Valentine’s Day. So busy that we almost feel bad criticizing when things go wrong. Almost.

The Consumerist’s annual Valentine’s Day Garden of Discontent is a collection of flower or gift deliveries that aren’t what the recipient had in mind–and sometimes aren’t even close.

Vermont Teddy Bear Gets Guy Dumped On Valentine's

Vermont Teddy Bear Gets Guy Dumped On Valentine's

Vermont Teddy Bear are supposed to be harbingers of love and snuggling. But for reader Erik, who emailed us his story in response to our request for tales of romance, love and heartbreak centered around a specific product, sending one of those stuffed bears only served to herald his doom. Here’s his story of how a Vermont Teddy Bear got him dumped on Valentine’s. [More]

If You're Going To Send Her A Bunch Of Expensive Cookies,
Make Sure She Likes Cookies First

If You're Going To Send Her A Bunch Of Expensive Cookies, Make Sure She Likes Cookies First

And now, a more cynical selection from the mailbag of Valentine’s Day Consumerist love stories. Gus plunked down a load of dough to buy up some fancy cookie dough products to try to impress a long-distance unrequited love, but reality failed to rise to meet his hopes. [More]

Our Most Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner Was At Arby's

Our Most Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner Was At Arby's

A week ago we asked you to send in your best Consumerist love stories, tales of romance, love and heartbreak that centered around a specific product or service. While most of you took the opportunity to curbstomp the whole idea of Valentine’s Day as a made-up holiday designed to drain your money and make you sad, commenter infohound10 wrote in her touching recounting of how the best V-Day meal was the one her then boyfriend, now husband, bought her at Arby’s. [More]

Adult Store Allows Customers To Swap Guns For Sex Toys

Adult Store Allows Customers To Swap Guns For Sex Toys

Remember the adult video and toy shop in Alabama with the drive-thru window? Well, it’s once again making news with its Valentine’s Day promotion that allows customers to turn in their firearms and get sex toys in return. [More]

5 Financial Mistakes We Make When Blinded By Love

5 Financial Mistakes We Make When Blinded By Love

There are two big calendar dates in the offing for many consumers: Valentine’s Day and Tax Day. So it would only make sense to look at those stupid financial mistakes we make in the name of love. [More]

What's Your Best Consumerist Valentine's Day Story?

What's Your Best Consumerist Valentine's Day Story?

With Valentine’s around the corner, we’re looking for Consumerist love stories! Inspired by the touching tale of the husband who bought up 38 bottles of his wife’s favorite discontinued conditioner and then secretly refilled her bottle for 9 weeks, we want to hear your true tales of relationship romance, love and heartbreak that revolves around a product or service at its center. It doesn’t have to have happened around Valentine’s Day to count. Remember, what makes it good is the emotion, story and stakes, the product is just the medium or “MacGuffin” for the tale. Sound off in the comments or email ben@consumerist.com, subject line “I heart love.” [More]

A Rose Scented Conditioner By Any Other Name…

A Rose Scented Conditioner By Any Other Name…

Guys, if you’re looking for something nice and Consumeristy to do for your gal for Valentines, here’s some inspiration. Benjamin Stein blogs about how his wife was in love with, besides him, Clairol’s Herbal Essences with Rose Hips and Jojoba conditioner. Then the line was discontinued. She was crushed. So he concocted a plan. He bought up all the overstock of the conditioner he can get from eBay and stashed it away, 38 bottles worth… [More]