Current Worst Company In America Standings:

Will #5 Best Buy really not make the elite 8? Can Capital One hold its lead on eBay? With $4 gas a reality… can Exxon be stopped?


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  1. Bladefist says:

    This Diebold stuff still irritates me. Best Buy should be in the finals. The political debate is going to ruin that.

  2. sburnap42 says:

    Best Buy in the finals? You mean, bothering people for crappy extended warranties and downloading amateur porn from customer computers is worse than stealing elections, letting people die for profit or wrecking the US economy?

  3. DrJimmy says:

    I’m predicting a Diebold-Exxon final, with Diebold winning it.

    I hate Ticketbastard, but I don’t think it’s ever actually killed someone. Diebold has the most blood on its hands.

  4. DrJimmy says:

    Except possibly DeBeers…

  5. Angryrider says:

    I’m predicting that if Comcast goes against a health care company, it will win. Apparently people care about Cable TV and Internet more than living beings. So our health may be second to our files.

  6. Bladefist says:

    @DrJimmy: If Diebold wins it means this site is really a politics site, not a consumer site. Which is okay with me. Just hope everyone knows.

  7. hi says:

    @Bladefist: Now you know how we feel about Diebold.. even if you don’t shop with them you are still affected by them.

    Diebold effects the entire country and everyone in it, while Best Buy effects the people who shop at Best Buy (with some exceptions). And that fact they are ruining your ‘Best Buy’ vote should make you not like them even more!

  8. TheFlamingoKing says:

    I love how people, apparently including Meg here, believe that Exxon has something to do with the current price of gasoline, like they’re just hoarding $3 a gallon or something.

    Rampant speculation and the mortgage crisis (people moving money from real-estate somewhere else) are the main contributing factors to the high price in gas – not Exxon’s “greed” or whatever.

    I’m with sburnap42 – tampering with the election process has got to be a million times worse than even the accumulation of all the stupid things Best Buy does. I think the difference is most people shop, while most don’t vote.

  9. boxjockey68 says:

    Best Buy should be in the finals, but walmart should win.

  10. svandals says:

    Does anyone have any evidence of election tampering by Diebold? If so, why haven’t you filed a lawsuit?

  11. Bladefist says:

    @svandals: evidence, facts, aren’t a factor. Bush got elected. They need someone to blame. Next thing you know our beloved ‘worst company in America’ is ruined.

  12. reflection717 says:

    Here’s what I’m seeing in these results; people don’t like companies when they don’t give them a choice about using them (or a company exactly like them)

    Comcast is beating Ticketmaster because Comcast customers don’t usually have a choice but to use Comcast. (I don’t use Comcast but in my area Cablevision is the only choice for cable) I HATE ticketmaster but I understand why they aren’t “winning” – more people are screwed by Comcast than TM.

    Exxon is thumping DeBeers because of the gas prices – we’re all frustrated about that obviously.

    Diebold is destroying Best Buy – This is a no-brainer, when you can go to another store or buy online there is no reason to really hate Best Buy. Vote with your dollar… diebold can’t mess with THAT vote!

    Capital One is edging out eBay/Paypal – This one I’m surprised about. I see ebay/paypal as an unfair business, while Capital One is just doing what banks do.

  13. Meg Marco says:

    @Bladefist: I see what you’re saying, but WCIA contest ≠ editorial content.

  14. drjayphd says:

    @Bladefist: What, because people voting for Diebold are leftist commie pinkos and not, oh, believers in the democratic process?

    Seriously, while I’m not a big fan of Bush, I wouldn’t be happy to hear that my chosen candidate benefited from the manufacturers of voting machines — quite possibly the ONLY way to register a vote, mind you — taking a proactive role in campaigning. When Diebold’s CEO goes on record saying he’ll help deliver votes to a candidate, that’s a wee bit evil, no matter who he’s supporting.

  15. Bladefist says:

    @Meg Marco: I know. I wasn’t blaming consumerist. If you would have disqualified them, you would have had a lot of pissed off members.

  16. Meg Marco says:

    @Bladefist: Indeed.

  17. Pithlit says:

    @Bladefist: Why on earth should they have disqualified them? They’re a corporation are they not? One who’s actions may have potentially affected millions of Americans. Seems like a reasonable inclusion to me.

  18. Bladefist says:

    @Pithlit: potentially. Best Buy hasn’t potentially ripped people off, they definitely have. Diebold hasn’t been proved guilty of anything. It’s a political thing.

  19. johnva says:

    @Bladefist: Actually, they are guilty of selling insecure, crappy voting machines to governments all over the United States. The only thing that’s not proven is that the insecure machines were intentionally used to steal an election or two.

  20. Bladefist says:

    @johnva: They are still more accurate then the old fashion ways of voting. People throwing out other peoples votes. There is a ton of history of voting fraud. Technology will reduce that.

    If the democrats would have won the election, there would be no mention of any potential errors in the diebold machine. And if there was, the media would have black balled it faster then you can shake a stick at it.

  21. mac-phisto says:

    @TheFlamingoKing: until the investigation by the CFTC is complete, we won’t really know if companies (including exxon) are responsible for the high price of gas. it’s certainly possible that gas companies are manipulating the market.

    @Bladefist: have you considered that diebold is throwing this election b/c they really, really, really want a golden shit trophy? XD

    i’m not voting for diebold, but you have to admit, a company that manufactures tens of thousands of atm machines a year which produce paper receipts claiming it can’t produce a voting machine which produces paper receipts…pretty asinine, no?

  22. robocop is bleeding says:

    There needs to be a split in the definition of ‘Worst Company.’ On one hand, we have companies like DeBeers, Diebold, and Haliburton that are flat out corrupt, evil corporations with nothing but malice for any and all who get in the way of their agenda. Then on the other, we have companies like Best Buy, Sears, and CompUSA that are just plain inept at providing for their customers. They are not good at what they do.

    So there should be a split. Rather than a huge lasting-way-past-March madness seed, there should be two contests in the Worst Company Bowl: Most Evil Company and Most Inept Company. All those corporations that hope to steal elections and make some predatory loans should be in the Evil bracket. Those companies that can’t figure out how to install cable or deliver a dryer, even though that’s what they’re supposed to do, should be in the Inept contest.

    That way, we don’t get contests like Best Buy vs Diebold. Best Buy is rife with folks who don’t know what the hell they’re doing. They’re just not very good at providing quality service, from executive “ignore customer complaints” mandates to tin-pot assistant managers. Diebold people are just fine at their jobs, it’s just their job to inflict their will on the democratic process. Of course we are worse for Diebold existing, but this is a consumer-based site, so we should make sure there are consumer-relevant companies up there in the finals.

    So the process could go:
    1) People nominate companies with their reasons, picking Evil or Inept.
    2) Consumerist staff sets nominated companies to either the Evil or Inept contests based on nomination. 32 per bracket.
    3) Contests begin concurrently. 3 times per week, a match up for each contest is posted. That’s 6 votes per week for 10 weeks (30 matchups for each bracket from round one to finals).
    4) Winners are announced, noprizes awarded.

  23. mac-phisto says:

    @robocop_is_bleeding: maybe, but i think that would dilute the purpose of the entire contest. like it or not, “worst company in america” is what it is. & while we may not be direct consumers of products from some of these companies, we consume their goods/services by conducting business with their partners.

    nevertheless, worst company in america shouldn’t need to be constrained or divided into categories. whether a company is evil or inept, they are still bad. the question is, are they the worst?

    personally, i’d rather the editorial staff focus their efforts on grand delivery of the prize – what are the chances that we could get a singing telegram delivery of the poo trophy at a shareholders’ meeting?

  24. robocop is bleeding says:

    @mac-phisto: the question is, are they the worst?

    True, that. It’s just that I think there should be a split between “Worst at Providing Goods and Services” and “Worst for America”. The former is more in line with the subject matter of this site, but the latter is in itself important.

    So we can split’em into leagues and have a big Superbowl at the end, Inept vs Evil, to crown one winner the Worst Company In America.

  25. coren says:

    @reflection717: I don’t follow. Some people have Time Warner. Or Direct TV. For Cable, there are options.

    Go try to see Coldplay without Ticketmaster or a scalper who used it (as the first example I could think of)

    Also, I disagree with Diebold being in here at all. Ok, so they sell tamperable voting machines and may have cost an election or two.

    So, how do I use that information to make a more informed choice as a consumer? What good is that doing me if I want to buy a DVD or computer or get health insurance?