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]

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]

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]

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]

TheGlassPeople

American Apparel CEO Expected To Leave Company Next Monday

While clothing company American Apparel has survived bankruptcy and is considering outsourcing its manufacturing operations to a cheaper city than Los Angeles, it will have to do all of that under a different leader: the company’s current CEO is reportedly leaving in just over a week. The company’s chairman also left recently after just about six months in the job. [More]

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Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are nine of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

Deborah Amann

Americans To Spend $8.4 Billion On Halloween, Not Including Pumpkin Spice Foods

If you’ve noticed more Halloween decorations and candy on store shelves, there’s a good reason for that: Americans are expected to spend an average of $82.93 per person celebrating Halloween this year, or a total of $8.4 billion. [More]

SA_Steve

Target Ends Kiddie Cart Experiment After Children Terrorize Parents, Stores

You’ve probably been to a store that has child-size shopping carts: they’re a popular amenity that my five-year-old self would have enjoyed. Target recently decided to give mini carts a try in a few dozen stores in Minnesota and in New York, and has now removed them after only about a month. [More]

Rusty Blazenhoff

The Company Behind Miracle-Gro Wants To Help You Grow (Legal) Hydroponic Weed

In the beverage industry, large mega-beer companies have acquired craft beer companies or created their own faux-craft beer brands, to keep up with the change in consumers’ tastes and preferences. The same thing is happening in a business you might not expect: Scotts, a company that makes fertilizers and other products for home gardeners, is getting into the business of helping people with some slightly larger houseplants: hydroponically grown marijuana. [More]

Report: Hampton Creek Exaggerated Environmental Impact, Faked Sales

Report: Hampton Creek Exaggerated Environmental Impact, Faked Sales

Vegan food company Hampton Creek has survived a lot of controversy in the short time it’s been around, from the egg industry plotting to put it out of business to a dispute with a competitor and the FDA over the meaning of the word “mayo” to allegations that the company sent shoppers to buy up its inventory and inflate sales numbers. Now there’s a new accusation: that the company promoted inaccurate claims about sustainability. [More]

Authorities In Korea Order Samsung To X-Ray New Galaxy Note 7 Batteries

Authorities In Korea Order Samsung To X-Ray New Galaxy Note 7 Batteries

Samsung has now shipped out some replacement devices for recalled Galaxy Note 7 phones, with enough new phones to replace maybe half of the 1 million phones sold in the United States so far. Meanwhile, in Samsung’s home country of South Korea, the government has a relatively low-tech way to check the battery status of the high-tech phones: Samsung X-ray the batteries. [More]

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Blue Bell Recalls Ice Cream Due To Listeria Linked To Cookie Dough Supplier

You might see the words “Blue Bell,” “Recall,” and “Listeria” together in a headline, but don’t worry. Blue Bell Ice Cream isn’t headed for another long period of sanitization and pulling the ice cream from stores, as it did last year. This recall is specific to just a few flavors, and the company has linked the contamination to an ingredient from an outside supplier: cookie dough nuggets. [More]

Amazon Wants To Take Over Your Photo Printing, Too

Amazon Wants To Take Over Your Photo Printing, Too

Perhaps you store your photos using Amazon’s Prime Photos service, or you use Amazon Drive for your disk backups. Wouldn’t it be convenient if you could just have Amazon print those photos out for you, in prints or in photo books? Today, Amazon announced its new Prints service, which is exactly what it sounds like. [More]

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Jolly Green Giant Goes Shopping, Picks Up Some Spices

B&G Foods owns familiar supermarket brands like Cream of Wheat, Emeril’s, Ortega, and Polaner. Now it’s picked up a few ingredients to spice up the rest of its pantry with the purchase of the spice brands of ACH Foods for $365 million. That’s another company whose name you probably don’t recognize, but you probably know the spice brands that have been sold: Durkee, Spice Islands, and Tone’s. [More]

Black Forest Ham Sold At Sam’s Club, Costco Recalled For Possible Rubber Fragments

Black Forest Ham Sold At Sam’s Club, Costco Recalled For Possible Rubber Fragments

A customer who bought a pre-cooked ham at a warehouse club noticed something chewy that wasn’t supposed to be there, and reported “various sized pieces of what appeared to be rubber material” embedded in the ham. That’s not supposed to be a thing, and the company that packed the hams, which were sold to Costco and Sam’s Club, has announced a recall. [More]

Jonathan

Christmas Creep Season Kicks Off Nationwide

Every holiday has two seasons: its actual season, and its creep season. The latter is that time of year during which people complain that it’s too soon to be selling decorations, cards, costumes, or other items for that holiday. Even things that aren’t really holidays can creep up, like back-to-school season. Here are some Christmas Creep sightings from across the country, so you’ll know where to pick up an artificial evergreen in mid-September for future reference. [More]

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HP Pushed Firmware That Makes Printers Reject Third-Party Ink Cartridges

Consumers like to think that we can use the items we’ve legally purchased however we see fit. If we want to cover our new backpack with rhinestones or use third-party ink cartridges in the printer that we bought, who is the manufacturer to stop us? Yet while backpacks might stay Bedazzled, you can’t always use whatever ink you want in your printer. [More]

Samsung

Carriers Now Taking Orders For Non-Exploding Version Of Galaxy Note 7

If you’ve been waiting for the now-official recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone to conclude before ordering your own phone, good news: as replacement phones are about to arrive, at least one carrier has opened orders up to people who want the phone and don’t yet own one. [More]