Kraft Scoops .5 Ounces Out Of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Bins

Kraft Scoops .5 Ounces Out Of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Bins

If you’re expecting guests for the holidays, you might pick up some bagels and tubs of flavored cream cheese to feed them. An 8-ounce tub of Philadelphia cream cheese soon won’t go as far as it used to: tubs that have been hit with the Grocery Shrink Ray and downsized to 7.5 ounces have been spotted in stores. [More]

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Zombie Circuit City Pushes Back Relaunch Again

For those in our audience who don’t remember, Circuit City was once a large and thriving chain of electronics stores. It filed for bankruptcy and liquidated in 2009, then returned as an online-only brand just a few months later. When the new owner liquidated in turn, the new owners made a shocking announcement: they planned to revive the brand as a retail chain of brick and mortar stores. Now the opening of those stores has been pushed back again. [More]

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‘Don’t Wash Your Turkey’ & 4 Other USDA Tips To Avoid Making Your Family Sick This Thanksgiving

If you’re preparing a holiday feast for this Thursday, maybe you’ve already began some preparatory work beyond starting to defrost the turkey. If you want to keep your guests more safe from foodborne illnesses, here are some useful tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on everything from cleaning the exterior of your turkey to keeping your dinner safe from wild animals. If you don’t want to keep your guests safe, they can’t help you. [More]

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Apple Kills Off Its Router Division, Reassigns Employees To Stuff That Sells

Once upon a time, at the dawn of the WiFi age, Apple’s AirPort Base Station was a not-ugly plug-and-play option for computer users looking to untether from ethernet cables. In spite of having got off to such a great start, Apple’s router business has sagged since — and now it’s being put out to pasture. [More]

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The Limited Starts To Explore Options, Maybe A Sale

Since all of its buddies in the mall are filing for bankruptcy, maybe it’s time for The Limited to do it, too. The mall clothing chain is currently exploring its options, including sale to a competitor, to a new large investor, or restructuring. [More]

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Man With Guide Dog Kicked Out Of Popeyes, Told ‘No Pets Allowed’

Guide dogs and other service dogs are not pets, and federal law protects their right to go anywhere that their owners are allowed to be. Yet the owner of a Popeyes restaurant in Brooklyn wasn’t clear on that concept, and used the “no pets” policy to kick a blind man and aspiring chicken-orderer out of the establishment. [More]

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Ice Cream Plant Linked To Listeria Contamination Coincidentally Shuts Down

Does the shutdown of a gourmet ice cream company, Dr. Bob’s Handcrafted Ice Cream, have anything to do with the recall of ice cream produced in its facility for possible Listeria contamination? The company’s owner told a local news outlet that it closed because of “business complications.” [More]

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Walmart Plans To Track Fresh Produce Like Bitcoin

Blockchain is a type of secure database that serves as an unchangeable ledger of information about an object. It was invented to track the movements of the cryptocurrency bitcoin, creating records that are anonymous but can’t be tampered with. Blockchain has applications outside of electronic currency, though, like tracking where your pork and vegetables have been. Wait, what? [More]

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Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are thirteen 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]

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USPS Takes In More Revenue, Needs To Spend More On Workers And Vehicles

Here’s the problem that the U.S. Postal Service has with making money: it’s delivering more packages to quench our thirst for online shopping, but carrying more packages means that the service needs more and upgraded vehicles, and to pay more people to deliver those packages. If the USPS simply reported its profit and loss, it would have had a $200 million profit for fiscal year 2016, but things are not that simple when you’re a quasi-governmental agency. [More]

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Mazda Recalls RX-8 Sports Cars Over Risk Of Fuel Leaks

If you have a Mazda RX-8 parked outside that’s around a decade old, you’ll need to go to your nearest dealership soon: cars from model years 2004 through 2008, about 70,000 of which are still on the road, have been recalled because their fuel pump sealing rings may weaken over time and cause leaks, which in turn is a fire hazard. [More]

Customer Sues Krispy Kreme Over Lack Of Real Blueberries And Raspberries In Donuts

Customer Sues Krispy Kreme Over Lack Of Real Blueberries And Raspberries In Donuts

It’s difficult to grow up and learn how the world really works. For example, learning that Honey Nut Cheerios don’t actually contain nuts is a shock to many people. So is learning that the “blueberries” in many blueberry-flavored baked goods are really globs of flavoring and food coloring, and are not genuine blueberries. One Krispy Kreme customer was so upset to learn this that he sued the company over a lack of fruit. [More]

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Shazam For Mac Is Always Listening For Tunes, Which Means Your Microphone Is Always On

Are you comfortable having your computer’s microphone on constantly? Shazam, a program that identifies the sound in songs, commercials, and TV shows for you, is always listening through your computer’s microphone in the program’s version for Mac computers. Is that a good or bad thing? It doesn’t necessarily mean that the app is listening in on you 24/7, but the idea may make you kind of uneasy. [More]

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Bed Bath & Beyond Banishes Welspun Products From Stores

Back in August, Target was the first retailer to end its relationship with the textile company Welspun after discovering that the company’s “Egyptian” cotton sheets, um, weren’t. Now Bed Bath & Beyond, another retailer that carries Welspun products, will stop selling them after an audit showed that the company can’t prove the origin of its products. [More]

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Amazon Switching Out Wrapping Paper For Reusable Cloth Bags

When you hear that your online purchase will be “gift wrapped,” what do you picture? Most people would picture a package wrapped up in paper, maybe with a bow, right? That’s not what Amazon customers are getting in their boxes this holiday season: for the same price, shoppers are getting velvet gift bags of various sizes. [More]

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Only Three Stores Opening On Thanksgiving At Mall of America

The Mall of America, tourist destination and temple of commerce, announced last month that it would not be officially opening on Thanksgiving Day, though it gave individual stores the option to open if they wanted. The only retailers to take the mall up on that offer were Sears, Macy’s, and The Crayola Experience, and Crayola is the only store staying open that lacks its own entrance. [More]

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McDonald’s Launches iOS App To Find McRib, Immediately Invite Your Friends

Have you ever wanted to invite a friend out for a McRib, but aren’t sure where they’re available? This is probably an extremely rare problem, but McDonald’s has solved it nevertheless with a new app. The bad news: it’s only available for iPhone so far, and it’s not especially useful. [More]

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Young Grocery Shoppers Have No Idea Who This ‘Paul Newman’ Guy Is

Paul Newman was a very famous movie star. This will seem obvious to readers above a certain age and fans of classic films, but it is apparently not that obvious to all grocery shoppers. While you’d think that the late star’s Newman’s Own line of organic food that turns over profits to charity would be a hit with civic-minded foodies, that guy on the label may as well be Duncan Hines or Chef Boyardee to younger shoppers. [More]