McDonald’s Invites Indie Band To Sell Out For No Pay

McDonald’s Invites Indie Band To Sell Out For No Pay

The South by Southwest Music Festival is an annual event in Austin, Texas, where you can discover relatively unknown independent bands and absorb other forms of culture. Playing the festival can be a great opportunity, and McDonald’s apparently knows this. The duo Ex Cops received an invitation to play at the “McDonald’s Showcase” at this year’s festival. How much was the global mega-corporation going to pay the band? Well, um, they would get lots of “exposure.” [More]

Sephora Introduces $10 Unlimited 2-Day Shipping Program

Sephora Introduces $10 Unlimited 2-Day Shipping Program

If you like to buy online from Sephora, but dislike waiting until you have $50 worth of items before making your purchase, great news! The gourmet supermarket of beauty has started its own free shipping subscription service in the Amazon Prime model, called Flash. It gives customers free 2-day shipping and a discount on overnight shipping. [More]

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Find Out Whether Your Flexible Spending Account Can Roll Over

A flexible spending account is a handy tool that lets you put aside pre-tax money for medical expenses that aren’t covered by insurance. It lowers your income tax bill and means that you have money set aside for dental care and contact lenses. The problem with FSAs is that money in the account disappears at the end of the year, which is not necessarily December 31. Starting in 2013, though, there has been a little-known exception to that. [More]

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Brach’s Introduces Easter Chick Shaped Candy Corn For Some Reason

Fear not, candy fans: Brach’s is now able to fill in the bleak waiting time between Valentine’s Day candy corn and Independence Day candy corn with Easter candy corn. Except they’re not “corn,” they’re candy corn chicks. We live in a world where this kind of thing is acceptable. [More]

Experimental Crocs Store In Tokyo Brings You Shoes With Drone

Experimental Crocs Store In Tokyo Brings You Shoes With Drone

If you’ve always thought that shoe stores would be improved by replacing salespeople with drones, well, you’re going to have to wait a while before you can experience your dream. The technology apparently isn’t quite here yet. As a promotion for a new shoe line, Crocs has a store in Tokyo where customers tap on a pair of shoes on an iPad, and a green Crocs-branded drone fetches the item and brings it to them. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Uncover 11-Year-Old External Hard Drive

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Uncover 11-Year-Old External Hard Drive

The Raiders of the Lost Walmart are a bold group of retail archaeologists who comb the big-box stores of the world for whatever the exact opposite of treasure is. They find obsolete technology available at prices so high that it deeply confuses savvy shoppers. While knocking $20 off the price of a 4-year-old blender and putting it in the “clearance” section is a decent strategy to move some housewares, it works less well for external hard drives. [More]

Appeals Court: Insurance Doesn’t Have To Pay For 2008 Burrito Recall

Appeals Court: Insurance Doesn’t Have To Pay For 2008 Burrito Recall

You might remember the Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak last year, which made hundreds of people sick. The company’s insurer, Lloyd’s of London refused to pay for their losses from the outbreak and following recall because the company waited a very long time before officially recalling any meat. The federal government was able to shut down poultry plants, but not recall the meat, since it wasn’t “contaminated” by any substances that you don’t normally find in chicken. [More]

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Inventor Of The Keurig Doesn’t Own One, Regrets Inventing It

Keurig’s K-Cup coffee pods are popular brewing devices that you can find in homes, offices, and waiting rooms. There are even refrigerators with a machine built right in. Do you know where you won’t find one, though? The home of the man who invented the machine back in the ’90s, John Sylvan. [More]

Uber Must End Pilot Ride-Sharing Program In Japan

Uber Must End Pilot Ride-Sharing Program In Japan

Ride-hailing app Uber does a small amount of business in Japan. Until now, their drivers have been existing drivers of taxis and private cars for hire. The company has been experimenting with a ride-sharing service in the city of Fukuoka. They thought it would get around regulations by not having passengers pay for their rides. That did not work. [More]

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Abercrombie Sells Corporate Jet, Shelves Phil Collins CD For Good

For me, one of the most memorable things that the public learned from an age-discrimination lawsuit against a former pilot for Abercrombie & Fitch’s corporate jet was not that the attendants were male models required to wear flip-flops, boxer briefs, and A&F cologne. It was that CEO Michael Jeffries required that the jet play the song “Take Me Home” by Phil Collins whenever it was headed back to Ohio. Now the jet is for sale and the CD has been shelved for good. [More]

Prairie Farms Introduces Peeps-Branded Marshmallow Milks And Easter Egg Nog

Prairie Farms Introduces Peeps-Branded Marshmallow Milks And Easter Egg Nog

Last year, we brought you the news that Prairie Farms sells Easter-themed dairy beverages: specifically, jellybean milk and Easter egg nog. Now the company has partnered with Just Born, creators of Peeps marshmallow-shaped holiday treats, to sell Peep-flavored milk. Yes, that just means sugar, artificial flavors, and food coloring. That’s what Peeps are. [More]

Target To Cut Headquarters Jobs, Put Up Some Mannequins

Target To Cut Headquarters Jobs, Put Up Some Mannequins

Earlier this week, we shared the news that Target plans to make some changes to its food offerings to appeal to a different group of consumers, especially millennials. Changes at Target will go beyond the grocery department. The company announced a $2 billion cost-cutting effort over the next two years that will result in layoffs and a reorganization at the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis. [More]

Cute babies in ducky towels are the one universal language.

Why Is Amazon Mom Called Amazon Family Outside Of The U.S.?

Amazon does business in many different countries, and knows how to market to people all over the world. The Amazon Mom program started a few years ago, providing special discounts and fast shipping on items needed for babies. Yet why is it called “Amazon Mom?” Most primary caregivers are mothers, but there are plenty of children being raised by single fathers or two fathers: don’t they buy diapers, too? [More]

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The War On Pizza Will Be Fought With Lobbyists

Did you know that there are lobbyists for the important, quintessentially American cause of…pizza? Every part of the industry from family-owned pizzerias to companies that sell mass-produced frozen pizza sheets destined for school lunch trays has people schmoozing members of Congress on its behalf. Their greatest enemies? Nutritional labeling and Michelle Obama. [More]

There’s Another Possible Payment Data Breach At Natural Grocers

There’s Another Possible Payment Data Breach At Natural Grocers

Apparently, natural foods stores are ready to compete with the big grocery chains. No, not on price–Natural Grocers, a small chain of about 93 stores in 15 states that’s based in Colorado has decided to compete with the big chains by possibly having a payment data breach of its very own. This is not the kind of corporate milestone that a growing chain would celebrate. [More]

Ad Watchdog Says Sprint Should Stop Calling Itself ‘New’ And ‘Improved’

Ad Watchdog Says Sprint Should Stop Calling Itself ‘New’ And ‘Improved’

Is Sprint really the U.S. carrier with an all-new network infrastructure and the most improved customer service in the industry? Their ads would have you think so, but competitor T-Mobile complained to the self-regulating watchdogs over at the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council. Here’s what they found out after investigating the claims that Sprint makes in its ads. [More]

Fab.com Brand Sold For Maybe $15 Million-ish, Spinoff Still Sells Furniture

Fab.com Brand Sold For Maybe $15 Million-ish, Spinoff Still Sells Furniture

You may remember Fab.com from when people were posting affiliate links from them to your Facebook feed almost constantly. The company was massively successful as part of the recession-era flash-sale boom, combining discounts with well-curated products. That model led the company to have hundreds of employees and a $1 billion valuation. Then that business collapsed. Now the Fab.com brand has been sold for…well, the companies involved aren’t disclosing how much the final sale price is. [More]

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Target Wants To Sell More Groceries: Stocks Yogurt, Snacks, And Beer

If you want to sell more groceries, stock food that people want to buy. That’s logical enough, and it’s Target’s new strategy to draw younger customers to its stores to buy food…and pick up everything else they need along the way to the checkout. Now the company is looking for an experienced grocery executive to help them ride the Greek yogurt and granola bar train to being cool again. [More]