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The Out-of-Nowhere Hot-Selling Sports Jersey Phenomenon: A Recent Timeline
Everyone understands why the jerseys of all-time greats like Peyton Manning, LeBron James, and Derek Jeter top on the best-seller list. But in our age of the insta-hero, the masses can be driven to buy jerseys due to a player’s …
Custom-Order ‘Mix-In’ Ice Cream Chains Realize They’re a Rip-off
Executives in charge of two sister ice cream chains did a funny thing: They did some price comparisons in the field, talked to consumers, and concluded their “value proposition was out of whack.”
Restaurant Deals to Hate-Celebrate Valentine’s Day
The lovey-dovey holiday that falls on February 14 strikes many as pretentious and forced, or just as a bitter minder of a relationship gone wrong. Hence the rise of anti-Valentine’s events at restaurants and bars, and “romantic” …
Now You Can Order Marijuana and Have It Delivered to Your Door
In Washington, placing an order for a pot delivery is now as easy as dialing up for a pizza. Only with marijuana orders, deliveries are made by characters named Otter, Wombat, and Possum.
The Namath Effect? Interest in Fur Heats Up
You’ve seen the fur coat Joe Namath wore at the Super Bowl. You probably Tweeted about it. And apparently, the coat that got more attention than the game has inspired some to emulate Namath’s look—one alternately called cruel, …
Tourists Give Theme Parks Good Reason to Keep Jacking Up Prices
There may come a day when theme park companies see a backlash among vacationers, who refuse to pay ever-high admissions prices. But that day hasn’t come yet.
Super Bowl Ticket Prices Could Be $1000 Cheaper Next Week
It shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the Super Bowl is being held within easy reach of Manhattan and some of America’s wealthiest communities, but asking prices for tickets to the game are at all-time highs. That could …
Why Supermarkets Are Loving the Polar Vortex
In anticipation of the life-threatening sub-zero cold blast that’s hitting much of the country, freaked-out shoppers have been emptying the shelves of grocery stores.
10 Big Consumer Trends from the 2013 Holiday Shopping Season
Spike in Patients Starting Off New Year with Plastic Surgery
It’s well known that gym membership signups spike on January 1. But there are other ways to kick off the new year with a new look. Cosmetic procedures soar at this time of year, and the “gifting” of plastic surgery is reportedly …
Boycotts, Petitions, Protests, Oh My: The Year in Consumer Outrage
In TIME’s year-end wrap-up for 2011, consumer outrage was highlighted as a hot trend. A couple years later, consumers only seem to be more outraged—and savvier about getting their voices heard.