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Edsel and Quikster and New Coke, Oh My! (Or Olestra...)

17 Great Failures in New Products and Branding (from established companies that SHOULD have known better). via Consumerist, the Consumer Reports-affiliated blog (and one of their better ideas)
posted by oneswellfoop on Jun 30, 2016 - 75 comments

The evolution of credit card skimmers, and how to protect yourself

Credit card skimming was something of a myth in the early 2000s, until someone was caught skimming in 2002 in San Mateo, California. The next year, a skimmer was found on an ATM in a New York deli, and skimmers have been improving every year, following additional protective measures on a range of credit card reading devices, as detailed in Gizmodo's article on the evolution of skimmers. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 2, 2014 - 43 comments

It's Madness, I Tell Yah! Madness!

Bored with basketball but want some Tournament action in your March-to-Early April? MentalFloss.com has collected* a list of (More Than) 11 OTHER March Madness Tournaments, covering books, music, TV, webcomics, various flavors of sci-fi and fantasy, plus bunny slippers, hot dog toppings, the (previously here) WORST Company in America and MORE! [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Mar 19, 2014 - 35 comments

Worst Company in America 2012

Just beating Bank of America, Consumerist readers have voted Electronic Arts the worst company in America
posted by Artw on Apr 4, 2012 - 96 comments

Davids can take down Goliaths

Philly Homeowner Declares He's 'Foreclosed' on Wells Fargo, and how he has their full attention. [more inside]
posted by bwg on Feb 20, 2011 - 34 comments

Congrats, you're a millionaire! April Fools! That'll be $819.99

Who are the Fools here? "Many customers of Zecco Trading logged into their brokerage account yesterday to be greeted with a slightly higher buying power than beforeā€¦ on the order of 6 to 13 million dollars!" So what'd these customers do? They bought stocks. Oops. SEC may be getting involved. [more inside]
posted by waraw on Apr 5, 2009 - 41 comments

Poor people drive our economy, okay? Poor people ... with checks.

"America's most valuable resource is poor people." The award-winning Internets Celebrities (Dallas Penn, Rafi Kam and director Casimir Nozkowski) take on check cashing joints with a short documentary called Checkmate. Don't know the IC? Educate yourself with Bodega, Cereal Is Dope and the incredibly informative Urine Nation. (via Hip-Hop is Read)
posted by grabbingsand on May 22, 2008 - 23 comments

It ain't gonna work.

Randy Taylor is not happy about Jimmy Dean's change from 16 oz to 12 oz of sausage in a package.
posted by Pope Guilty on Nov 18, 2007 - 146 comments

Geek Squad Steals Porn?

Using a computer set to auto-screencast, The Consumerist catches a Geek Squad technician copying porn from a client's computer to a thumbdrive, and they've got video and logfiles (CSV) to prove it. Also, the Geek Squad CEO responds, and an anonymous Geek Squad tech confesses that this is not an uncommon practice: "stealing customers' nudie pics was an easter egg hunt." Consumerist users suggest that this practice might not be limited to Geek Squad. Via.
posted by charmston on Jul 6, 2007 - 73 comments

Electric Counterpoint

For months IDT Energy has been accused by Con Edison customers of fraudulant "sales" tactics. The Consumerist decided to hire a journalist to investigate how the company conducts business by getting hired by Midtown Promotions, the company IDT uses to canvas and bully ConEd customers into switching to IDT Energy. Today is Day One in a multi-part series investigating the underhanded practices of an unregulated utility company.
posted by basicchannel on May 30, 2007 - 11 comments

Only in Brooklyn.

No rest stop? Try latex. From consumerist.com, a tale of... what can i say? Just a funny story. With pictures.
posted by paulinsanjuan on May 16, 2007 - 24 comments

You might be a Walmart shopper...

Proported [Leaked] Walmart Internal-Marketing Presentation. Hate Walmart? Well, you're now a Conscientuous Objector (14% of their market). Read up on the Price-Value Shopper, the Brand Aspirationals, and the Price Sensitive Affluents, and see if you can figure out where you are in the Walmart Universe.
posted by rzklkng on Mar 6, 2007 - 46 comments

Bitch-Slapping with the Invisible Hand

Zombied-out customer-service reps beware: the Consumerist, the newest edition to Nick Denton's Gawker "nanopublishing" empire, is watching you. Gizmodo's Joel Johnson (who recently spent a month in New Orleans) serves up sassy shopping tips and customer-service-tests-from-Hell. More hip-product-pr0n-with-an-attitude, just in time for Christmas the happy holidaysTM.
posted by digaman on Dec 7, 2005 - 18 comments

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