After a jcpenney sweatshirt that said, “I’m too pretty to do my homework so my brother has to do it for me,” caused an uproar among bloggers, the retailer has removed the garment from their website and issued an apology.
If you’ve ever wanted to smell like tween spirit, now’s your chance. Justin Bieber has released a line of scents exclusively at the awesomest store in the world, Walmart. Insert five exclamation points!
Mattel’s new “beautronics” device aimed at tween girls, the Barbie Nail Printer, is a glorified inkjet printer that customizes and prints designs on your fingernails. Neat idea in theory, though a bit pricey at $180. However, Mattel has apparently overlooked an essential part of the inkjet printer business model: selling new and overpriced cartridges. The problem, reader Richard writes, is that the company refuses to take orders for new cartridges, saying that they won’t be available until next year. But I want pink leopard print fingernails now!
There’s a great post over on WiseBread by someone called the Frugal Duchess, about how her 10-year-old kid was schmoozed a little too successfully by a sales clerk at a tween clothing store in the mall.
Yesterday we told you about PrettySinful, a clothing maker on Amazon that was marketing its tween girl tights as being “sexy.” Tipster Jasmine also sent a complaint to PrettySinful. A customer service rep responded and pledged that they’ll be removing the word “sexy” from all their children’s clothes descriptions.
I don’t think it’s ever appropriate to market clothes to tween girls using the term “sexy.” Manufacturer “PrettySinful” has a different opinion, as seen in these “sexy” tights sold on Amazon, accompanied by a picture of a prepubescent girl. Perhaps the picture is in error because the rest of the clothier’s offerings are along the lines of crotchless bodystockings and various “do-me” adult party costumes. In any event, it’s gross and should be fixed.