Please Put Prices on Health Care

Hamilton Nolan · 11/06/14 11:07AM

There are many things wrong with the bloated, expensive American health care system. I would like to complain about one small part of it: the prices. It's not just that the prices are high. It's that... where the hell are the prices?

​Let's Boycott Amazon! Now Where Do We Buy Stuff?

Tom Scocca · 05/28/14 03:55PM

Amazon has gone too far. Now. Now that it is apparently trying to extort ebook concessions from Hachette by delaying delivery and blocking preorders of regular Hachette books—this is it.

Hamilton Nolan · 04/28/14 07:44AM

"Historians called what happened a 'fever,' while lawmakers debated what should be done to end the plushy pussy mayhem." It is not just disappointing, but disconcerting, to find that this story is about a toy giveaway at McDonald's.

Only Buy Cheap Razors

Hamilton Nolan · 01/22/14 03:04PM

Harry's, the Warby Parker of the shaving industry, aims to disrupt the Big Razor companies with technology, "value-oriented" prices, and style. One problem: no razor is really worth more than a buck.

Do You Shop Like a Jerk? (Probably)

Hamilton Nolan · 04/04/12 03:58PM

Are you the type of person who buys experiences, or the type of person who buys things? You're the type of person who buys Funyuns. Yes, we know. But what you do with those Funyuns reveals whether or not you are a huge jerk.

Watch the Great Black Friday Two-Dollar Waffle Iron Riot

Max Read · 11/25/11 12:46PM

What's the funniest thing about this video of people nearly rioting over a $2 waffle iron at Wal-Mart? Probably the bit where it embodies everything awesome about America, including a horrible economy, aggressive consumerism, mindless violence and a complete lack of concern for one's fellow human beings. And let's not forget internet rubbernecking and smug class hatred, sure to arrive soon in comments on all the finest sites on the web! Happy Black Friday, everyone! [@HurrAKAneCam19 via Short Form Blog]

Never Forget All the Tacky 9/11 Memorabilia

Brian Moylan · 09/08/11 02:26PM

In the excellent New York magazine 9/11 issue, Mark Lilla says, "The tragedy will be mourned, then trivialized, then commercialized, and then amnesia will set in." There are some tchotchkes that mourn, trivialize, and commercialize that tragedy all at once. Here is the tackiest 9/11 related crap we could find.

Your Guide to Black Friday Shopping

Max Read · 11/25/10 04:04PM

Black Friday is upon us! It's the biggest shopping day of the year, and to help you out we've put together some holiday-shopping tips and tricks to so you get the best out of your orgiastic celebration of waste:

You're Not Getting Anything Good for Christmas This Year

Richard Lawson · 10/06/10 12:07PM

As America's Second Great Depression wears on and the Christmas season approaceth, it's time to think about present budgeting, even for the nation's top 10% of wealth. They've settled on a spending figure, and it's even lower than last year.

iPhone Ordering Meltdown Seeds Pandemonium

Ryan Tate · 06/15/10 12:27PM

AT&T's pre-ordering system for the new iPhone collapsed, leading to online errors and long store waits. One glitch even exposed customers' data to strangers. The forthcoming iPhone riots will only make the incrementally improved shiny device hotter. [Gizmodo, Pic]

Click This Post One Million Times to Save a Baby Seal!

Hamilton Nolan · 10/09/09 11:18AM

Sometimes you just want to grab The American Consumer about the shoulders, and shake him, and yell: "Hey, stop being such a sucker!" Because...OMG a fuzzy wuzzy baby seal! I must buy so much Dawn® brand product, or he dies.