Goodnight, Sweet Prince: SkyMall Files for Bankruptcy 

Not even the might of Paula Deen could save our most beloved and confusing of seat back pocket catalogs. SkyMall is flying off into the animatronic lawn gnome-littered Elysian fields of the defunct catalog afterlife. » 1/23/15 11:10am 1/23/15 11:10am

Wet Seal Employees Say Fuck Wet Seal With Giant Sign On Store

Amid news that Wet Seal might soon go bankrupt, one store's employees are rebelling against shitty management. According to this Reddit-posted photo of a sign from a Seattle location, workers are protesting unfair conditions, including missing paychecks. » 1/05/15 1:30pm 1/05/15 1:30pm

Barneys CEO Is Sorry for All the Racism

After a bad week, PR-wise, the CEO of embattled overpriced shit chain Barneys has apologized to the two black customers who reported being mistreated by the chain after they made the bold, offensive decision to purchase luxury goods in a non-white fashion. » 10/25/13 6:00pm 10/25/13 6:00pm

Abercrombie Declares 'Unnatural' Hairstyles Like, Totally Unacceptable

Last week, Abercrombie announced to its army of cologne-encrusted employees a new crackdown in the company's oft ridiculed appearance guidelines. Gone are the days of creative coiffage, of chunky highlights and ombres; now any and all haircuts and styles must appear "natural" or else you run the risk of getting… » 9/05/13 2:15pm 9/05/13 2:15pm

Stores May Now Know Too Much About Their Customers’ Fifty Shades

According to Uproxx, this Fifty Shades of Grey masturbating kiosk is located in a Sainsbury's, which is a chain of supermarkets in the U.K. that apparently specializes in dirty books and special vibrator batteries. Oh, and those shortbread cookies that are so maddeningly delicious. This display should remind everyone… » 8/07/12 10:25pm 8/07/12 10:25pm

Woman Arrested After Turning Wal-Mart Into Meth Lab


A woman's attempt to turn her local Wal-Mart into a makeshift meth lab ran afoul of the law after spending six hours unsuccessfully trying to concoct crystal meth in the store. This is the best store related illicit multitasking since Horne's Department Store recruited perfume counter employees for prostitution work… » 12/09/11 5:50pm 12/09/11 5:50pm

Expert Confirms That Shoppers Hate Holiday Bullshit

Nancy Puccinelli of Oxford University's Saïd Business School confirms what anybody who has been to a mall in the past ten years can tell you: excessive decorations, intrusive music, and "enforced holiday cheer" are obnoxious and grating. She says, "We know from studies of consumer behavior that moderation in festive… » 12/07/11 2:00pm 12/07/11 2:00pm

"Someone Else Will Put It Back" Explores Supermarket Psychology

We've all seem random items abandoned on store shelves (or perhaps dumped them ourselves), but only the blog Someone Else Will Put It Back examines what it is in human nature that makes people decide to swap beer for diapers. » 12/18/10 1:04pm 12/18/10 1:04pm

Dress Code: How To Shop Fast Fashion With Your Sanity Intact

There's a terrifying new Forever21 flagship in Times Square, which is intimidating to even the most seasoned shopper. And since a couple of people have asked for a Dress Code that tackles fast fashion, here we are. » 7/30/10 1:45pm 7/30/10 1:45pm

5 Ways To Keep Us From Hating Our Shopping Experience

Market research expert Paco Underhill says women want "cleanliness," "control," and "considerateness" from their shopping experience. We have a few other ideas. » 7/15/10 5:50pm 7/15/10 5:50pm

Wandering Jewels

Cintra Wilson: "I have always been mystified by Tiffany's heart-shaped silver dog tags, worn on a choke chain, with the engraved instructions, 'Please Return to Tiffany & Co.' This, I have always assumed, is precautionary." [NY Times] » 7/30/09 11:20am 7/30/09 11:20am

Closet Cases: Returning Clothes Is Traumatic

Once I was at a store during a very busy after-Christmas sale. "If I buy this dress for my baby shower in three months and then it doesn't fit, can I return it?" one shopper asked a salesman. No, he said; sales were final. The shopper looked at him like he was crazy. "But I'm pregnant » 11/14/08 3:30pm 11/14/08 3:30pm," she said, as if to a simpleton.…