(Thomas Hawk)

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]

Ross Catrow

Are Mobile Phone Apps To Play State Lotteries Actually Legal?

If you can make everything in your life from food delivery to rides to dates happen by tapping on your smartphone, why can’t you play legal state lotteries on your phone? There are mobile apps on the market that claim to be 100% compliant with state lottery laws, offering the equivalent of sending a friend down to the gas station to pick up a Powerball ticket for you. Are they really cool with the authorities? [More]

Oversized Box From Sears Has Enough Room To Stash Preteen Daughter

Oversized Box From Sears Has Enough Room To Stash Preteen Daughter

Amazon was once notorious for shipping items in comically oversized boxes, an e-commerce phenomenon that we blame on mysterious employees called the Stupid Shipping Gang. We don’t hear about over-packaging from Amazon that much anymore, perhaps because the Stupid Shipping Gang has all moved on to jobs packaging e-commerce orders at Sears. [More]

New York Times Will Now Deliver Ingredients For Its Recipes To Your Doorstep

New York Times Will Now Deliver Ingredients For Its Recipes To Your Doorstep

If you’ve read a recipe in the newspaper and quietly wondered where you would find some of the ingredients, the New York Times has found a new way to solve that problem. They’ve partnered up with Chef’d, an ingredient-delivery service, to create a branded meal subscription that combines the convenience of having your dinner delivered with the cachet of the New York Times brand, yet the inconvenience of having to cook the food yourself. [More]

Hamilton Beach Grill Assembles Quickly, But Not In 10 Minutes

Hamilton Beach Grill Assembles Quickly, But Not In 10 Minutes

When a product advertises that you can assemble it in 10 minutes, should you take their word for it? Our wrench-wielding colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports decided to test Hamilton Beach’s claim that a customer could assemble one of their gas grills in 10 minutes, equipped with only a screwdriver, but with the help of a friend. Their verdict? The grill doesn’t take as long to assemble as similar products, but it takes more than 10 minutes. [More]

Collectibles Seller Films FedEx Worker Flinging Packages Around

Collectibles Seller Films FedEx Worker Flinging Packages Around

When a Long Island collectibles seller heard reports from customers that items were arriving damaged, he became a one-man investigative reporting team and decided to watch workers in action at the local FedEx store. He was surprised to watch an employee picking up packages and flinging them onto a truck. Yes, even packages labeled “fragile.” [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Sten Dueland)

Here are ten 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]

Walmart Price For 11-Year-Old MobiBLU MP3 Player Falls To A Record Low $55

Walmart Price For 11-Year-Old MobiBLU MP3 Player Falls To A Record Low $55

Back in 2005, a Korean company introduced a tiny cube-shaped MP3 player that had more features than the then-dominant iPod Shuffle. The adorable MobiBLU included a voice recorder and an FM tuner, and was a Walmart exclusive item in the United States that came with free Walmart music store downloads. While those songs self-destructed back in 2008, the devices haven’t gone anywhere. You can find them on Walmart’s shelves, often at full price. [More]

George

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are seven 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]

Tsvetomir Tsonev

Bluetooth-Enabled Pregnancy Tests Are Now On The Market

Is there any everyday item that wouldn’t benefit from adding some electronic components and Bluetooth connectivity? Of course not! That’s why you can now buy, in actual stores, a pregnancy test with Bluetooth connectivity. This is apparently because Millennial women are in their peak child-having years, and are incapable of sitting for three minutes without syncing our smartphones to something. [More]

Coolest Offers Opportunity For Backers To Pay $97 And Jump The Line, Another Revolt Ensues

Coolest Offers Opportunity For Backers To Pay $97 And Jump The Line, Another Revolt Ensues

Back in 2014, the Coolest, a cooler with built-in speakers and a blender, crushed the record for the most-funded Kickstarter project along with lots of ice for frozen margaritas. The problem, though, was that the cooler’s creator charged early backers $165 for something that would eventually retail for $400, and running out of cash made some production snags even worse. Now they have a new proposal for backers: pay an extra $97 to jump the line and get their coolers next. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(John)

Here are eleven 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]

(Jason Cook)

Alamo Drafthouse CEO Explains Why Letting People Text During Movies Is Terrible

Alamo Drafthouse, a Texas-based movie theater mini-chain where can watch movies and drink beer, takes its policy against phone use during movies seriously. It’s not to be mean, or as one notorious customer alleged, so they can sell people tickets and then throw them out. That’s why the theater’s founder and CEO, Tim League, felt that he needed to respond to an interview where new AMC Theaters CEO Adam Aron said that he might be open to allowing phone use during movies. [More]

Adam Fagen

This Farm In Kansas Is The Default Address For All American Internet Users

The geographic center of the United States, as all elementary school students know, is in Kansas. When some services that map a device’s Internet Protocol address don’t know where someone using a website is located, they point to the front yard of a farm in Kansas. The octogenarian owner and her tenants had no idea until recently why they were being harassed. [More]

Noel

Very Angry Man Rams Car Into Jack In The Box Restaurant Twice

It was clear that the man who drove into a Jack In The Box restaurant in Koreatown, Los Angeles, didn’t do it by accident. He backed up and rammed into the building a second time. There were around 20 to 25 customers in the store at the time, and no one was injured. The restaurant can be repaired, and the drive-thru is open. [More]

(Eden Prairie Police Department)

We believe that it’s important to honor fallen food that ends up strewn across a highway due to truck crashes. That includes the trailer full of frozen meat that crashed into the median in Eden Prairie, MN this morning, splitting the insulated trailer and causing boxes of meat to spill out onto the highway. The cops didn’t specify what kinds or brands of meat were in the vehicle, but did confirm that is a salami on the ground in the photo that they released. [KSTP]

Gunnar Grimnes

Customer Sues AB InBev Because Leffe Beer Isn’t Brewed In A Monastery

What does “Abbey Ale” mean? To over-simplify, they’re beers brewed in the style of traditional beers made in European monasteries, which are well-respected and popular. A man in Florida has filed a class action lawsuit against brewing giant AB InBev over its Leffe beer, which he claims is marketed as a monastery-made craft brew when it’s really produced in the Stella Artois mega-brewery in Belgium. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

John Hanley

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]