Nicholas Eckhart

Here’s How CEO Eddie Lampert Could Survive A Sears Bankruptcy Just Fine

Edward S. Lampert is the manifesto-writing chairman, CEO, and biggest shareholder of Sears Holdings. Lampert’s hedge fund keeps lending the flailing retailer money, but if the parent company of Sears and Kmart doesn’t manage to escape its death spiral, Lampert won’t lose everything. [More]

Order Beer At Home Just By Yelling At An Alexa Device

Order Beer At Home Just By Yelling At An Alexa Device

All of this connected home technology is great, but when will it do something useful and bring me a beer without me having to leave the couch? While it hasn’t quite reached the couch yet, you can restock your fridge with beer by speaking to an Alexa-enabled device. The suite of services are built around Miller Lite. [More]

Xavier J. Peg

Lloyd’s Of London Now Offers Insurance To Amazon Sellers Worried About Being Banned

Third-party sellers on Amazon often complain that the rules governing suspensions, bans, and reinstatement are vague, and that they feel at risk for losing their livelihoods at any time. Now one of the biggest names in insurance is underwriting plans that will pay out if a seller loses access to Amazon. [More]

Scott Miller

Sears Changes Its Tune: No, We’re Totally Not Doomed

After being refreshingly candid in its annual report, admitting that there is a lot of “doubt” about its ability to remain afloat in the long run, Sears Holdings is now doing an about-face, with its chief financial officer assigned to handle damage control. Get your “Sears Holdings Corporate Announcement Bingo card” ready. [More]

Avitania Satari Bronstein

Uber’s Plan To Let Drivers Ask For Tips May Be Illegal In Some States

Unlike traditional taxis, Uber passengers aren’t expected to tip; you can’t even add a tip on the app. However, Uber did recently settle a class-action lawsuit by allowing drivers to solicit and receive tips, but only in cash. One big problem: This policy appears to be illegal in multiple states. [More]

Mike Mozart

Payless Reportedly Looking To File For Bankruptcy, Possibly Next Week

There are certain givens when it comes to mall shopping: There’s always parking at Sears, and there’s a darn good chance you’ll find a Payless Shoesource store. However, the discount footwear retailer could see its roster of 4,000 locations slashed if reports of an impending bankruptcy filing are to be believed.
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Nicholas Eckhart

Sears Holdings Admits: Yep, We’re Probably Doomed

Like a chess player who realizes their only chance of not losing is a tornado that whisks the table away, Sears Holdings is now making it clear to investors that there’s a good chance the company won’t be around much longer. [More]

These RadioShack Items Were Actually Cheaper Before They Went On ‘Clearance’ Sale

These RadioShack Items Were Actually Cheaper Before They Went On ‘Clearance’ Sale

We recently heard from RadioShack staffers that the retailer raised “original” or list prices on hundreds of items shortly before the Shack’s March 8 bankruptcy filing, presumably to give the appearance that the subsequent “clearance” sale offered deeper discounts than if the base price hadn’t changed. However, we can now see that some of the items on RadioShack’s website are now selling for more than they were only weeks before the store went bankrupt. [More]

Don’t Forget Free Cone Day At Dairy Queen Today

Don’t Forget Free Cone Day At Dairy Queen Today

Looking for a cold treat and a way to celebrate the first day of spring? Today is Dairy Queen’s annual Free Cone Day fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Anyone who asks will receive a free small vanilla cone, and can make an optional donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. [More]

Kavita Kumar

Would You Want To Know Your Engagement Ring Was Bought At 70% Off?

This weekend, the Macy’s store in downtown Minneapolis closed for the last time. Yet one of the clearance items shared by a local reporter visiting the store caught our eye. A shelf of engagement rings marked 70% off made us wonder: Would most people want to know if their engagement ring had been one of the last jewelry counter dregs at a store-closing sale? [More]

Karen Chappell

Blue Buffalo & Wellness Dog Foods Recalled For Hormone That Can Make Dog Sick

When people and animals have a thyroid hormone deficiency, that’s treated with doses of the hormone. When you don’t have a deficiency, extra thyroid hormone can make you sick, which is why beef-based dog foods from popular brands Blue Buffalo and Wellness have been recalled. [More]

Kelly Sims

Albertsons In Talks To Acquire Health Food Market Sprouts

Is Albertsons looking to add a natural foods store to its grocery empire? The chain acquired Safeway in 2015 and remains hungry for expansion. Does it want free-range, organic expansion, and does it make sense to acquire a natural foods chain when “natural” and organic food is now available everywhere? [More]

Daniel Oines

Anonymous Bidder For hhgregg Backs Out Before Bankruptcy Auction

When hhgregg filed for bankruptcy, the appliance and electronics retailer said it already had one possible, unidentified buyer lined up, ready to bid in the eventual auction. Alas, that bidder has reportedly backed out, leaving behind clues to its identity. [More]

Mike Mozart

Here’s The List Of JCPenney Stores Closing This Spring

JCPenney has done the best job of all American department store chains at adapting to the new retail reality and recovering from a brief complete brand makeover under former CEO Ron Johnson, but that reality still means closing some of its stores. Today, the chain released the list of 138 store locations that it plans to close in the coming months. [More]

Mike Mozart

Breakfast Burritos Sold At Trader Joe’s Recalled For Plastic Pieces

What goes in a breakfast burrito? According to the label on the store-brand breakfast burritos sold at Trader Joe’s, the ingredients include eggs, potatoes, cheese, and turkey bacon on their labels. The label does not mention clear plastic pieces, but at least three TJ’s customers have turned up this unwanted surprise ingredient. [More]

Janet Ulliott

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are six 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]

Adam Schweigert

You Can Soon Buy Giant Picnic Basket Building In Foreclosure

Do you long to own a novelty office building in Ohio? Then your dream may soon become a reality, as the giant, basket-shaped former home of direct sales housewares company Longaberger is slated for foreclosure. [More]

eren {sea+prairie}

Nestlé, Mars Commit To Using Seafood That Avoids Overfishing And Human Trafficking

With brands like Fancy Feast, Friskies, Sheba, and Whiskas, Nestlé and Mars are two of the biggest producers of cat food. Both companies have faced criticism for importing seafood from Thailand, where the fishing industry has been accused of human trafficking and other rights abuses. Now the two packaged food giants say they are halting the use of a practice linked to these alleged human rights violations. [More]