When Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released on LaserDisc in 1994 it was found that animators had included brief flashes of nudity from Jessica Rabbit. After Variety broke the story, many LaserDisc retailers reported that their entire inventory sold out within minutes. variety.com/1994/voices/c…
β€œRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was originally written by staff copywriter Robert L. May as a promotional Christmas poem for Montgomery Ward, one of the 20th century’s largest mail-order retailers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The Finnish Alcoholic Beverage Retailer, Alko, Mass-Produced Molotov Cocktails in the 1940s for use during the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union. They even improved the Molotov Cocktail's design, allowing it to ignite on impact without having to light it beforehand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
Police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
KFC is Indonesia's biggest CD retailer. More than half a million CDs are sold a month in the more than 650 KFCs across the country. The CDs sold are selected by Steve Lillywhite, the producer for U2. Part of the selection process is offering KFC distribution deals to up-and-coming acts. thejakartapost.com/life/2…
The term "Code Adam", a system at several American retailers put in place in the event of a missing child, is named for Adam Walsh, the murdered son of John Walsh, former host of America's Most Wanted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
About $3 billion in gift cards go unused every year. Any unspent money goes back to the retailer or bank. cnbc.com/2020/01/10/3-bil…
LL Bean (a retailer) ended its lifetime return policy due to abuse of the program. An increasing number of people purchased products from Goodwill or Salvation Army in order to return them, to get better products or gift cards. mashable.com/2018/02/09/l…
The reason glasses are so expensive is because most major brands and retailers are owned by the same company. youtu.be/voUiWOGv8ec
When in the 80s cheaper brands were lowering Intel's market share, the brand didn't know how to convince users to buy Intel-based PCs. But one retailer told them it would be enough to just tell people computers had Intel chips - and their idea, "Intel Inside" campaign, was a big sales success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The canned food Spam is a target for thieves in Hawaii, in 2017 there was rash of theft where Spam were stolen once they were shelved, and the local retailers believed it was an organised crime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Sweetwater Sound, the largest online retailer of music equipment and pro audio gear in North America, was originally started as a recording studio that was built by one man in a Volkswagen Bus in 1979. That man, Chuck Surack, still owns the company 100% and works on-site daily. cnn.com/2019/05/20/succes…
Some retailers who price match, purposely change the model numbers on some electronic items and appliances so they won't have to accept your price match inquiry, even if they item has the same model number in their product photos as another retailer. today.com/money/6-ways-re…
Toothpicks were popularized by Charles Forster who bought the patent & targeted stationers who would not buy them; hired Harvard students to go to those retailers and ask for toothpicks, who had to turn away customers. Forster would return to those stores and later sell billions. slate.com/human-interest/…
On May 11, 1995, during the first E3, Sega announced their new Saturn console would cost $400 and shockingly had been shipped to select retailers that same day. During their keynote, Sony announced the Playstation would launch at $300. Sega would exit the console business six years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seg…
On four separate occasions, British retailer B&Q has had to recall sonic mole repellers in its Northern Ireland stores after being informed there are no moles in Ireland. randall.ie/b-q-moles-irel…
Walmart is the world’s largest retail company. From 2005 to 2018 US companies dominated the ten world’s largest retailers. youtu.be/SXzZKmmldfw
A retailer was purchased for Β£340 million, and two years later, sold for Β£1 bbc.com/news/business-442…
: Christmas creep is a merchandising phenomenon in which merchants and retailers introduce Christmas-themed merchandise or decorations before the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, which in the United States is on the day after Thanksgiving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Tiffany & Co, a luxury jewelry and specialty retailer, started out as a stationery and fancy goods store truefacet.com/guide/histo…
Playstation 2 remains the best-selling video game console of all time. Sony's beloved system tops Nintendo DS, by roughly 5 million units sold. While handily outselling every other console in existence. Sony has slld 150 Million PS2s to retailers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of slotting fee: a fee charged to produce companies or manufacturers by supermarket distributors (retailers) in order to have their product placed on their shelves en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
Sega Saturn had a "surprise" N. American launch at E3 in order to get ahead of the Playstation which was about to announce their N. American release date and lower price later that day. Everyone was surprised including retailers, who began receiving systems and games that day, and developers. ign.com/articles/2008/05/…
Reese's peanut butter cups were also originally called "penny cups" since they cost just one cent each when Harry Burnett Reese first started selling them in 1928. The penny cups were so successful that Reese was able to sell them in 5-pound boxes to local retailers. businessinsider.com/the-f…
There are Target stores in Australia with the exact same logo, name, and branding that have no affiliation with the actual Minneapolis-based retailer all because Target didn't trademark their name in Australia. startribune.com/target-ha…
In the 80's, Canadian retailer Zellers used to wholesale pirate Atari 2600 games, only minimally changing box art and names youtu.be/SJ2hwLFMxOg?t=29…
ASOS, British online fashion and cosmetic retailer, originally stood for AsSeenOnScreen. With the tagline "Buy what you see on film and TV" because it exclusively sold imitations of clothing from those mediums. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASO…
Apple made retailers buy iMacs in "five-packs, one in each color," so that Apple wouldn't get stuck with the unpopular colors cnet.com/au/news/despite-…
There are only 29 games with an Adults Only rating. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft refuse to ever hold them on their platforms, no major retailers ever sell them, and only 3/29 of them have no sexual content. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Seafood harvested or processed by slaves was making it into the supply chains of major U.S. retailers like Walmart, Kroger, Safeway and restaurants like Red Lobster. Slavery is rampant in the fishing industry. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
When the British electronics retailer Dixons introduced the Matsui brand, they drew protests due to the brand having the same name as Iwane Matsui, the Japanese general responsible for the Nanking Massacre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dix…
A Florida retailer was arrested for selling a 2 Live Crew CD to an undercover cop, after a US District Court ruled that the album was obscene and illegal to sell en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_L…
Indie musician Paz planted 5000 copies of his own album into wrapped CD cases resembling Justin Bieber's "Believe", down to the bar code and cover, at major retailers. Paz stated retailers made it impossible to get indie music sold there and that 'the world won't really miss a Bieber record'. huffingtonpost.ca/2014/04…
The video game crash of 1983 made American retailers unwilling to sell video game products. To get onto store shelves Nintendo of America had to promise retailers they'd buy back any unsold merchandise. gamasutra.com/view/featur…
The large toy shop 'The Entertainer' is the only British retailer to not open on Sundays or sell toys the founder considers from the occult like Harry Potter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Images depicting the World Trade Centre were removed from Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and several retailers stopped stocking the game after the attacks. It included simulations of flying around New York and Washington skylines that features the possibility of crashing planes into buildings theregister.co.uk/2001/09…
Wal-Mart has a crime problem; cost cutting and employee reductions drove a rise in crime that led one community to deem the retailer a public nuisance and another to task 'Officer Walmart' to the retailer for up to 10 hours a day. Target doesn't have these issues; they invest in more security. bloomberg.com/features/20…
Over 80% of the world's eyewear manufacturer and retailer brands are owned and operated by Luxottica Group, a main reason why glasses are so expensive. forbes.com/sites/deancrut…
In Norway, you can buy alcoholic beverages containing an alcohol content higher than 4.75% only from government-owned retailer Vinmonopolet. Norwegian government policy limits the citizens' consumption of alcohol by means of high cost and limited access. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Cyber Monday was first created in 2005, and was set as the first workday after Thanksgiving. Online retailers noticed a surge in online shopping after returning to work following Thanksgiving when people were able to use their work's high speed internet as home internet was too slow. nytimes.com/2005/11/30/te…
The Term "Cyber Monday" was created and coined by Ellen Davis (Nation Retail Federation) and Scott Silverman on November 28, 2005 after a studied revealed that online retailers experienced a surge in sales the Monday after Thanksgiving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyb…
Australia's biggest online retailer implemented an "Internet Explorer 7 tax", charging 10% extra for customers visiting the website using Internet Explorer 7. The tax goes up 0.1% for every month since the antiquated browser's release. smartcompany.com.au/growt…
Spam heists in Hawaii prompt retailers to put them in locked cases. To buy a can of Spam, you have to ask a salesperson to retrieve it. munchies.vice.com/en_us/a…
Ben and Jerry's took off after winning an antitrust lawsuit against Haagen Daz, who'd threatened to stop supplying to retailers unless they stopped carrying Ben and Jerry's cnn.com/2011/12/16/opinio…
One of the World's largest retailers gives out free fruit to children in all UK stores to eat whilst their parents do the shopping, after a member of checkout staff suggested it in her store. tescoplc.com/news/news-re…
In Canada if an item scans incorrectly at some retailers you are entitled to up to a $10 discount on the product. retailcouncil.org/scanner…
Today I learned about Banner Ladies. Women who dressed up as living billboards. The women would wear items the retailer sold. messynessychic.com/2017/1…
Parents of babies that were born on May 3rd received a package of goodies from 5/3 Bank that included $1,053 (hopefully to be put towards a college fund), gift cards to online retailers, and a Fifth Third Babies Onsie with a Born on 5/3 tagline. dailyherald.com/business/…
Today I learned about dram shop laws, which hold bars and alcohol retailers liable if a person they serve harms somebody while intoxicated dui.findlaw.com/dui-laws-…
The founder of Toys R Us, Charles Lazarus, was a WW2 Cryptographer, married a pioneering sex therapist and died at the age of 94; one day before the toy retailer entered liquidation in the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…

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