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…
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…
In 1999, defunct online retailer eToys once went in a legal battle with Swiss art group Etoy, who were attempting to take their web domain because of the similarity. This then led to the group turning it into an elegant campaign called "Toywar", which ridiculed eToys and was successful. etoy.com/projects/toywar/
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…
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…
Walmart is the world’s largest retail company. From 2005 to 2018 US companies dominated the ten world’s largest retailers. youtu.be/SXzZKmmldfw
The reason glasses are so expensive is because most major brands and retailers are owned by the same company. youtu.be/voUiWOGv8ec
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…
Tiffany & Co, a luxury jewelry and specialty retailer, started out as a stationery and fancy goods store truefacet.com/guide/histo…
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…
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…
A retailer was purchased for Β£340 million, and two years later, sold for Β£1 bbc.com/news/business-442…
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…
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…
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…
: 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…
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/…
GameStation, a UK video game retailer, added a clause to their T&C's that stated that you surrender your immortal soul when you place an order through their site, to show that people don't read them. They now own 7500+ souls. cnet.com/news/online-game…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
GameStation, which is a United Kingdom video game retailer, added a clause to their Terms & Conditions that stated that you will surrender your immortal soul when you place an order through their site, to show that people don't read it through. foxnews.com/tech/7500-onl…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
Businesses in Turkey have recently begun to launch American style Black Friday sales. However, there was an unexpected backlash against using the term Black Friday, as Friday is considered a holy day in Islam. Retailers now use alternate terms, such as 'Awaited Friday' or 'Legendary Friday.' dailysabah.com/columns/ta…
Some retailers were reluctant to stock Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing because the character of Mavis Beacon was portrayed by a black woman. nytimes.com/1998/12/31/te…
[] in the UK, the 5p carrier bag charge is not required to be enforced at retailers with fewer than 250 employees. The government collects 1p in VAT from sales and encourages retailers to donate the remaining 4p to charity. In Jan-2018, the BBC reported the charge could increase to 10p and extend en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pha…
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…
Black Friday was introduced in the US on the day after the Thanksgiving holiday and was so-named because brisk business helped retailers back into profit - into the black. wonderopolis.org/wonder/w…
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…
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…
Hawaii had a 2017 surge in Spam theft that local retailers believe was perpetrated by organized crime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Sega sent 30,000 units of the Sega Saturn to certain game retailers well before announcing the launch of the console. In response, some of those retailers who didn't get the early launch removed Sega products from their stores. The Saturn was a commercial failure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seg…
In 2010 Sega removed from retailers all Sonic games that had received below average reviews from metacritic in order to improve the value of the brand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
The original title of video game "South Park: The Fractured But Whole" was "The Butthole of Time." When the creators were informed that retailers would not sell a game with a lewd title, Trey Parker spent hours at his desk figuring out how to sneak the phrase onto the game. kotaku.com/south-park-the…
France has Fixed Book Prices. Retailers can only give a maximum 5% discount off the cover price. Argentina, Austria, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, South Korea and Spain have similar laws. internationalpublishers.o…
Despite the American Academy of Pediatrics advising not to use crib bumpers because of the risk of infant death, most major retailers continue to sell them. cnn.com/2015/12/01/health…
In 1987 one of Heineken’s retailers started a rumor that urine was one of Corona’s components to stop growing sales. Corona’s parent company sued for damages and reached a settlement. atlasobscura.com/articles…
A "band-aid" for "people of color" was marketed in the late 90s and early 00s, but failed to gain traction, partly due to retailers insistence on only featuring the item in the "ethnic sections" rather than in-line with its "white" counterparts. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Some online retailers manipulate prices based on the visitor. Having a cookie history of luxury shopping could significantly raise the price. northeastern.edu/news/201…
Except WA, all states operate on a three tier system regarding alcohol, in which producers can sell their products only to wholesale distributors who then sell to retailers, and only retailers may sell to consumers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Outlets use to offer excess inventory and slightly damaged goods that retailers were unable to sell, however, some estimate upwards of 85% of the merchandise sold in outlet stores are manufactured exclusively for these stores often of lower quality than goods sold at non-outlet retail locations. medium.com/@BrassClo/the-…
When LPs were the primary medium for the commercial distribution of sound recordings, manufacturers would physically cut the corner, punch a hole, or add a notch to the spine of the jacket of unsold records returned from retailers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut…
The only reason that glasses are so expensive is because most all brands are manufactured by the same company and sold by retailers owned by that same company. Which allows them to set higher prices since they control most major sun-glass retailers. youtube.com/watch?v=gDdq2…
"The Indian government requires retailers to source 30 percent from small suppliers"; this is one of the reasons Walmart is having difficulty expanding in India. forbes.com/sites/walterlo…
Despite only operating in Australia and New Zealand, Woolworths is the 15th largest retailer in the world, followed by Wesfarmers (Coles) at 19th. deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-…
There is a consumer reporting agency that monitors your product return patterns at retailers to determine whether you lose the right to return products for a period of time at a particular store. yahoo.com/news/think-twic…
Latanya Sweeney, the then Chief Technology Officer for the FTC, explained on NPR how retailers are able to track consumers by MAC addresses in cellphones down to a few feet. Retailers can tell which displays you lingered around that may have caused you to make a purchase. npr.org/2014/06/16/322597…
In 2009, several lenders were caught raising interest rates, lowering credit limits, and even damaging the overall credit scores of customers who shopped at thrift and low cost retailers, based on the assumption that they were struggling financially. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
When dangerous side effects are reported to pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary company is hired to execute a 'phantom recall' sweeping every retailer selling the tainted medicine before the FDA has a chance to order an official product recall which would make headlines and cut into future profits. mnat.com/files/206.pdf
Sears didn't have a physical store location for its first 19 years as a retailer. Its first general catalog was published in 1906, and its first store was established in 1925. searsarchives.com/history…
After a factory collapsed in Bangladesh killing over 1,000 people, a coalition of retailers signed a new Accord on Factory and Building Safety. Wal-Mart refused to sign, rejecting reforms that would have improved safety standards for factory workers in Bangladesh. nytimes.com/2012/12/06/wo…
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by retailer Montgomery Ward for a coloring book they gave away during the holiday season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rud…
Retailers lose more than $800 million annually due to shopping cart theft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
UK game retailer GameStation inserted an β€˜Immortal Soul Clause’ into their EULA stating that customers agreed to transfer their souls to the company. Over 7000 users neglected to untick the box. geek.com/articles/games/g…
India is the only country to allow manufacturers to set a Maximum retail price(MRP) for their products. Therefore, retailers are not allowed to charge customers over MRP throughout the country. It is illegal and enforceable by law. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…
In 2010 a game retailer added a 'mortal soul clause" to every online purchase that gives the company the rights to the buyers soul-- resulting in the legal transfer of 7,500 souls to the company. foxnews.com/tech/2010/04/…
In the US, The FDA requires chain restaurants and retailers to identify nutrition information on all food - Movie Theaters are exempt, claiming "[their] primary purpose is not to sell food." slate.com/articles/health…
Many retailers donate food in bulk to food banks that cannot be retailed due to manufacturing errors or damage during shipping, handling, and storage, or because the products are perishable and no longer of retail quality sciencedirect.com/science…
From 2005 to 2011, $41B worth of gift cards have likely gone unredeemed. The unredeemed values are swallowed up by the retailer or state. In 2008, New York State collected $9.6M in unused gift cards. A survey found 1 in 4 adults haven’t used at least 1 gift card from the previous holiday season. business.time.com/2012/01…
The day after Thanksgiving isn't referred to as "Black Friday" because of the profits seen by retailers, but was originally coined by traffic cops in Philadelphia to describe the disastrous traffic conditions visualthesaurus.com/cm/wo…
Nintendo created the 90day return policy concept, and electronic point of sales systems... which they gave to retailers to stop customers from returning months/years old NES’s for full refunds when the SNES was released. ign.com/articles/2014/06/…
Some retailers won't sell energy drinks to kids younger than 15 in Finland. (Found out today when I saw two 16 year olds getting "carded" when buying their generic energy drinks.) helsinkitimes.fi/news/ind…
7500 people sold their souls by accepting terms and conditions of the online video game retailer GameStation out-law.com/page-10929
Sonic the Hedgehog was de-listed from retailers in 2010, following Sega's decision to remove all Sonic titles with sub-average Metacritic scores to increase the value of the brand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
The Sex Pistols managed to get a #1 hit with a single that the BBC refused to play and several major retailers refused to sell en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
You can "buy" your way onto the NY Times Best Sellers List. To combat this, the Times samples sales from a wide range of retailers, a measure specifically intended to weed out books whose sales surge is a product of artificial demand. The CEO of Zappos bought his way onto the Best Sellers List. forbes.com/sites/jeffberc…
Luxottica, the world's largest eyewear company, owns big brands like Oakley and Ray-Ban. On top of that they also own some of the most popular eyewear retailers such as: Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision Center, Oliver Peoples, and EyeMed Vision Care. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
Walmart is the world's largest company by revenue, the biggest private employer in the world with over two million employees, and the largest retailer in the world. All still family owned by Sam Walton's descendants who have over $174.6 billion between them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
It is illegal for retailers to ask for your zip code. papers.ssrn.com/sol3/pape…
In California and other states it's illegal for a retailer to ask for a phone number when a credit card transaction is involved. m.bakermckenzie.com/rrope…
The American Family Association maintains a list of retailers who are "Christmas-friendly" or part of the "War Against Christmas" action.afa.net/item.aspx?…
After a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, UK-based online retailer Celeb Boutique tweeted out, "#Aurora is trending, clearly about our Kim K inspired #Aurora dress ;)" with a link to the dress. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
Woolworths USA, Woolworths Australia, and Woolworths UK are all totally unrelated retailers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Casinos and retailers pump pheromones into the air to boost profits prnewswire.com/news-relea…
An Australian retailer started to charge Customers Still Using Internet Explorer 7 a 6.8% surcharge. webmonkey.com/2012/06/ret…
Orvis is the oldest mail-order retailer in the United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orv…
Luxottica controls not only 80% of the world's major eyewear brands including Ray-Ban and Oakley, but also retailers like LensCrafters, and the optical departments at Target and Sears. Also, by owning the vision insurance company EyeMed, it controls a portion of the buyers side of the market too en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
Costco employs a team of 17 wine buyers, and sells over one billion dollars in wine per year - more than almost any retailer in the world. eater.com/archives/2012/0…
The "NOT FOR RESALE" warning that Sega put on their games, had nothing to do with game being resold used, or in second-hand shops. It was Sega's attempt to prevent large retailers from taking the game out from the console bundle and reselling it separately for more profit youfoundasecret.wordpress…
Retailers in Canada can legally refuse over $0.25 in pennies in a single transaction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
The largest Chinese online retailer is bigger than both eBay and Amazon, combined. economist.com/news/leader…
Some Australians (mainly retailers) celebrate a "Christmas in July" because the real Christmas occurs in the Australian summer. theholidayspot.com/christ…
Last year, retailers lost $3.53 billion in Tide detergent sales because people were stealing it to pay for their drugs, by request of their dealers. nydailynews.com/news/crim…

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