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by laura northrup

Should a toy store sell only toys for children? Toys ‘R’ Us is our last nationwide toy retailer, and one parent was horrified to see that the chain sells toy versions of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, the antiheroes of the cable drama “Breaking...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Since it first began marketing stuffed-crust pizza, the flavor wizards oer at Pizza Hut have found some very strange things to stuff in there. Marmite? Sure. Fish eggs? Yum. Apple turnovers? Sounds great! Most of the more interesting variations have...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Monday, October 20, 2014
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In the software used in a call routing center in Englewood, Colorado, there was a programming error in a single piece of software. Sounds minor, but this error could have had horrible implications: it knocked out 911 service to 11 million people in Washington...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A surprising number of people (more than zero) don’t realize that down, a cozy insulation material used in clothes and bedding, comes from an animal. It does: down consists of the fine, cozy feathers closest to the skin of ducks and geese. The down...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Monday, October 20, 2014
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You may remember the Fitbit Force, a fitness-tracking wristband that went on the market at the end of 2013, then was eventually recalled after Consumerist brought rashes caused by the devices to the world’s attention. We’ve heard reports that the...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Way back in 2002, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began certifying food and drinks that meet the federal standards to be called “organic.” Depending on the type of food, organic certification has different requirements. While a wide variety of...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Earlier this month, we shared with you the news that a delivery-only restaurant in San Francisco added dynamic pricing to its business model: that is, instead of shutting down orders when there is high demand, they simply charge customers more. Similar...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Twenty years ago, I was impressed with technology that let me print a pixelated version of my own picture on a dot matrix printer in my middle school technology class. I also was impressed with a new Gap brand then in pilot phase, called “The Old Navy...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Here at Consumerist, we pretend to hate holiday mashups while secretly loving them. Still, we have to admit that we were a little confused when we saw that Hallmark now has Halloween ornaments. Yes, it’s a long-established fact that the gift chain...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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If Sears wants to lose slightly less money in the last quarter of 2014, maybe the company needs to check its employees’ metaphorical pockets. For example, there was the employee in a New Jersey distribution center who was recently arrested and accused...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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