Van Swearington

GM Offers To Buy Out 40% Of Cadillac Dealers

If there are fewer places around where you can buy a Cadillac, will that make the brand seem more luxurious and precious? That’s not really why General Motors has offered to buy out the franchises of 400 of its dealers that sell Cadillacs, but maybe it will help make the brand seem more exclusive, like its weird brand experience café/art gallery in Manhattan. [More]

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That Was Quick: 6 Top CEOs Who Have Been Unceremoniously Kicked To The Curb Since 2013

Upon hearing the news this morning that American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider was resigning from her post, we couldn’t help but feel a twinge of deja vu. After all, she’s far from the first top executive to cause a stir with a sudden departure. [More]

Ben Balter

Digital Textbook Codes Mean No Selling Used Books, Higher Prices

While the price of course materials has fallen overall, there’s one specific course material that’s pricey and possibly unexpected. Digital content codes give students access to materials like quizzes, study materials and digital-only extra books, but much like digital music or ebooks, they can’t be exchanged or resold. That means publishers set the price, and there’s no secondary market. [More]

Be Careful When You Cancel Your Spirit “$9 Fare Club” Membership

Be Careful When You Cancel Your Spirit “$9 Fare Club” Membership

When you’ve got a subscription that automatically renews, it’s always a good idea to know when that renewal date is coming so you’ll be able to cancel in time before being re-upped for another year. However, as one Spirit Airlines traveler learned, you can cancel a subscription too early and unwittingly throw money down the drain. [More]

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Lululemon Wants 40% Of Its Business To Come From Male Shoppers Someday

It seems anti-ball crushing pants were just the start of Lululemon’s campaign to appeal to male shoppers, with the athleisure company’s CEO saying he wants 40% of the brand’s sales to come from men someday. [More]

Samsung

What’s Going Wrong With Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Exchanges — And What You Can Do

Samsung issued an official recall of the defective, flammable, potentially exploding Galaxy Note 7 phone just over a week ago. Since then, consumers who own the defective devices have been trying to get the exchanges they’re due… but it’s not always going so well. [More]

Have You Been Paying Attention? Take The Consumerist Quiz To Find Out!

Chris Blakeley

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain’d with the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest, and tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe, and all the daughters of the year shall take the Consumerist Quiz!

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Marketer Of Pills Claiming To “Prevent & Reverse” Graying Hair Ordered To Refund $391K

Marketer Of Pills Claiming To “Prevent & Reverse” Graying Hair Ordered To Refund $391K

Sporting an ashen ‘do can make a person look distinguished — or fashion forward — but there will always be people who want to stave off the gray as long as possible. But why shell out big bucks for dye jobs, when dietary supplements promise to actually reverse the presence of gray hair? Maybe because there’s no proof that those pills will actually do anything to get rid of the grays? [More]

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California Police Catch Driver In The Carpool Lane With Mannequin Passenger

Listen: if you want to hang out with a mannequin or a wooden dummy instead of a real person, no one is going to stop you from being your best Lars and the Real Girl self. Just don’t expect the police to count your inanimate friend as a passenger when you’re in the carpool lane. [More]

Taber Andrew Bain

Senators To Wells Fargo CEO: Don’t Strip Wronged Customers Of Their Day In Court

Now that Wells Fargo is in the hot seat for allegedly pushing its employees to meet sales goals and quotas by opening millions of bogus accounts in customers’ names, will the bank use the anti-consumer terms of its customer contracts to get out of the inevitable class action lawsuits? A coalition of U.S. senators have written the bank’s CEO asking him to please not strip customers’ of their day in court. [More]

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Uber Implementing New “Selfie” Security Requirement For Drivers

In an effort to prevent drivers’ accounts from being compromised, Uber has announced a new security measure called Real-Time ID Check that will require drivers to periodically take a photo of themselves before they can sign onto the platform and accept rides. [More]

Facebook

Facebook Really Sorry It Spent 2 Years Overestimating How Long We Watch Videos

Video has been really important to Facebook in recent years, with the social media company pushing its live broadcasts and inserting videos in our feeds. The thing is, though, how long does the average user spend actually watching videos that pop up in our feeds, whether they’re an ad or just a clip of a friend’s kitten? Not as long as Facebook tells advertisers that we have. [More]

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McDonald’s Is Testing A Breakfast Happy Meal

McDonald’s just can’t stop riding the breakfast wave that has boosted the company’s sales and brought customers back through its doors, it seems: after scoring with all-day breakfast, the fast food chain is now toying with the idea of offering Happy Meals in the morning hours. [More]

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Credit Repair Service Accused Of Misleading Customers, Charging Illegal Fees

It can take years, decades even, to repair one’s credit. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix, despite promises of relief from companies offering their services for a price. Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued one such company, Prime Marketing Holdings, for allegedly misleading consumers and charging illegal fees.  [More]

Trump Hotel Group Settles With NY Attorney General Over Credit Card Data Breaches

Trump Hotel Group Settles With NY Attorney General Over Credit Card Data Breaches

In the wake of two data breaches at hotels operating under the Trump Hotel Collection umbrella, the attorney general for the state of New York has reached a settlement with the company that involves a small financial penalty and promises of improved data security. [More]

Phillip Bradshaw

Parents Of Kids With Allergies Now Question Their Advocacy Of EpiPen Programs

Requiring epinephrine auto-injectors to be available in schools in case a child has a life-threatening allergic reaction isn’t necessarily a bad idea. Under some circumstances, it’s a life-saving one. However, EpiPen maker Mylan recruited mothers of children with food allergies as ambassadors for its own interests a few years ago while continuing to hike the price of EpiPens, hurting the very same community of families. Now the bloggers question their participation in Mylan’s “summits” and their blogging for the cause. [More]

Using Uber Outside The U.S.? Make Sure You Don’t Pay $146 For An $11 Ride

Using Uber Outside The U.S.? Make Sure You Don’t Pay $146 For An $11 Ride

One of the conveniences of Uber is that, rather than trying to figure out to flag down a taxi in every possible language and culture, you can use the same service to hail a ride in dozens of countries on every non-Antarctica continent. However, if you’re using Uber abroad, be sure to check your bank statement afterward to make sure that you’re not getting taken for a ride financially. [More]

Tom Raftery

Report: Twitter Looking To Sell Itself — Maybe To Google

Twitter might be a hugely popular social media platform, but for all its influence and reach, the company is not exactly minting money.  So it may not come as a surprise that Twitter is once again the subject of merger rumors. [More]