Do Gooders Get Together

Ben Popken, editor of The Consumerist has a new boss and a new (and improved) salary to go along with it. According to The New York Times, Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine is buying the site from Gawker Media. Consumers Union is seeking to attract younger readers, with the hope of […]


Thinking about Wal-Mart and its predilection for Chinese-made stuff made me wonder if we still make anything in America anymore. Turns out, we do. And you can find lots of stuff on I won’t lecture, because lord knows I don’t always practice what I preach. But if you have a holiday shopping list that […]

A Cheap High And New Lows

Last week’s stampede at Wal-Mart on Black Friday was the latest sign that our country is addicted to the pursuit of the lowest price. And that has serious implications for the advertising industry. It’s the subject of my new column on Talent Zoo. You can also read it in its entirety after the jump.

Buy Buy

People backed their not new cars away from their houses with upside down mortgages over the holiday weekend and went shopping. Let’s hear it for America! The National Retail Federation’s 2008 Black Friday Weekend survey–which measured Friday and Saturday, and used estimates for Sunday–indicates that some 172 million Americans shopped in stores and Web sites […]

Long Tail Gets Caught In Lawnmower

Lee Gomes of The Wall Street Journal explores a Harvard Business School professor’s challenge to Chris Anderson’s 2006 book The Long Tail. The Long Tail theory holds that society is “increasingly shifting away from a focus on a relatively small number of ‘hits’ (mainstream products and markets) at the head of the demand curve and […]