Your home printer might be truly awesome, but unless you’re trying to trick cashiers who have no concept of what real money looks like, you’re probably not going to fool anyone into thinking that the $20 bills produced in your home office are the real deal. [More]
While one might think that there cannot possibly still be anyone out there who would use incredibly easy-to-guess passwords like, for example, “123456,” one would be wrong: according to a new study, that’s still the most popular password in the world. Sigh. [More]
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]
Colorado DOT Installing Fake Arcade Racing Game At Pot Shops To Warn Players Against Driving While High
Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado, state officials want to make sure that drivers know it’s not just alcohol that shouldn’t be with you behind the wheel, but pot as well. The state’s Department of Transportation is publicizing that message ahead of the April 20 (4/20) celebrations in the state by way of a fake driving game installed at various dispensaries.
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Consumerist will be tagging along with Consumer Reports to the Consumer Electronics Show. How shall you follow our adventure? On Twitter, naturally. Follow @Consumerist. This account will be staffed by the inimitable Chris Morran, who will be continuing the fine tradition of making Best Buy uneasy with his presence. Be sure to say hello if you spot us on the floor.
Dear Consumerist.com readers,
This was my last week writing for you. Keeping up with the word on Main Street has been incredibly rewarding and kept me in touch with the rest of America while perched inside my Brooklyn blog castle. Because even though it’s my byline on my posts, it’s you, the readers, who drive what I write. It’s your stories and comments that make Consumerist great. Thank you for letting me spend 6 years with you. I just hope these monitor-induced double-bags and dark circles under my eyes aren’t permanent.
UPDATE: Today we announced a partnership with the advice service JustAnswer and, as you’ll see below, immediately got lots of push back from loyal readers. We hear you, and your cautions are taken to heart.
Time Magazine has just posted its list of the 25 Best Financial Blogs and listed among such luminaries as Paul Krugman of the New York Times, NPR’s Planet Money, Freakonomics and The Atlantic’s Megan McArdle is a little site you may have heard of. You might even be reading it right now.
Make a picture illustrating “The Dangers of Being in Debt” and you could win $1,000 in our publisher Consumers Union’s new contest. Simply submit your Photoshop, drawing of a spider, collage or what have you on this Facebook page. Get people to vote for you and the image with the most votes wins. Then you can use your cash prize to pay down your credit card debit. See, it all circles back…
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There has been some discussion here about the possibility of starting a weekly guide to newly released movies. Given the billions spent each year at the theater, and the buyer’s remorse many consumers feel after plunking down $12 for an unpleasant experience, it only makes sense that we figure out a way to let readers know what’s out there and whether or not it’s worth the money in your wallet. Question is: How?
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