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Best Buy Prankster Channels Banksy, Puts 'Useless Plasticbox' On Shelves

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business

A Los Angeles artist recently tried to pass off empty black boxes as actual Best Buy products at multiple stores in the area. The fake product, named ...

Think I'll Visit Facebook to See Which Friend I'm Being Pressured Into Buying a Gift Card for Today

James Napoli | Posted 10.05.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

I'll be checking out what's trending on Twitter, seeing what's new on Tumblr, sharing interests on Pinterest and, of course, heading on over to Facebook, where I can see which friend I'm supposed to buy a Target or Starbucks gift card for today.

Pay-Later Gift Cards Cut Waste Using App Store Logic

Greg Voakes | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Greg Voakes

At least $10 billion dollars will be wasted this year on unclaimed gift cards -- 8 to 19 percent of all prepaid gift cards are never used. A new online service called Kiind is making this waste as thing of the past while helping retailers reduce billions of dollar in outstanding financial liability.

Why We Don't Need Facebook

Matthew Kertman | Posted 09.10.2013 | Media
Matthew Kertman

We rank cities on their overall quality of life and access to natural resources to help us decide if we want to live there. Why should we not also choose the manner and method with which we manage our relationships online?

'Money Has to Serve, Not to Rule'

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

The pope points out that in ideologies that are grounded in the drive for power and for possessions a rejection of both God and others and an attitude that considers ethics as a nuisance.

Is America's 'Money Complex' Bankrupting Its Character? Interview With Psychoanalyst Tom Singer, M.D.

Pythia Peay | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Pythia Peay

"As a psychologist viewing the country as a patient, I think we've become over-identified with the accomplishments of the 'cultural ego.'"

Time for a Change of Business

Charles Gould | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Charles Gould

If we're reading the signs correctly, and if there is some legitimacy in the cyclical pattern of reaction to excesses of the past, then we might be at the beginning of a period that sees co-operatives not just as respected but as favored above other corporate forms.

Power of Social Media: New Wave of Consumer Activism Rising Out of Rana Plaza Tragedy

Sally Greenberg | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
Sally Greenberg

Today's communications between customers and companies - about reviews or complaints, customer service praises or critiques, and assessments of a company's social or environmental records - are often animated, emotional, and highly visible. Just ask Applebee's.

Earth, a Queer Issue

justin adkins | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
justin adkins

I recently made a commitment to discuss the environment at all of my LGBTQ talks because there will be no LGBTQ people (in fact, no people) if we fail on the earth. It is the most pressing issue of our time.

Biocide: A Memorial Day for Planet Earth

William Astore | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
William Astore

For our children and their children, Memorial Day weekend may become a time to reflect on another loved one lost: Mother Earth.

Where There's Dirt, There's Life

Alison Cayne | Posted 07.23.2013 | Taste
Alison Cayne

People want to connect with food again and care about making food for themselves and the people they love.

Seeking Sustainability

Ralph Nader | Posted 07.10.2013 | Green
Ralph Nader

There's little to debate about the enormous impact our commercial culture has had on our planet. But there is much to debate about how our culture of excess consumerism and materialism can be transitioned into one of more efficient restraint and responsibility.

Dying for Fashion: Can New Biz Models Stop This?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 07.10.2013 | Business
Judith Samuelson

The collapse of the clothing factories in Bangladesh has returned to the front page, as reporters and pundits consider the impact on consumer habits and the practices of global brands. Is it a game changer?

Portrait of a Walmart With You as the Subject

Max Levitte | Posted 06.30.2013 | Arts
Max Levitte

Walmart and high-priced art aren't often mentioned in the same sentence. But artist Brendan O'Connell turns the discount shopping experience into upmarket culture.

American Girl: How Radical Can a $105 Doll Be?

Molly Rosner | Posted 06.26.2013 | Women
Molly Rosner

American Girls, as spunky and courageous as they might have been in the plots of their books, were hardly radical. Their characters often came from privilege and learned about the "other" -- Native American friend, child laborer -- through some sort of friendly contact.

Reverend Billy: Is San Francisco Ready for Its 'Earthalujah' Moment? (VIDEO)

Greg Archer | Posted 06.22.2013 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

Few souls are blessed with proper amounts of spunk and Earth-justice panache as Reverend Billy. And even fewer of them have the ability to spawn a successful tour that raises the level of awareness about the link between big banks and the eroding environment.

Liberal Tablets & Conservative Chicken: The Fate of American Advertising

Troy Campbell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Troy Campbell

How about if a fried chicken chain took the opposite stance on gay marriage? Might social conservatives line up for more chicken? It sounds plausible.

Using Your Power as a Consumer

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.05.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Give thought to how the decision you make with your money could be the impetus to change that can have perhaps a much longer lasting impact.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's... an "It" Bag

Edward M. Epstein | Posted 05.27.2013 | Arts
Edward M. Epstein

I've never actually seen a Hermès Birkin bag. Most of what I know about these accessories, which I'm told go for as much as $150,000 each, is based on Mark Khaisman's colored packing tape mock-ups, now on view at Philadelphia's Pentimenti gallery.

Vietnam in Transition: When Consumers Worship at the Altar of the Shopping Mall

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.26.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

In Vietnam there's new horde of consumers with dispensable income and a penchant for luxury goods and real estates overseas. Small but growing in numb...

Why Is the Chinese Luxury Market Getting So Much Media Attention?

Minh-Ha T. Pham | Posted 05.26.2013 | Style
Minh-Ha T. Pham

Today, established and new Chinese premium brands are becoming increasingly competitive forces in the global and domestic luxury market, giving international fashion brands a run for their money -- literally.

A Rudderless One World Economy

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business
Stephen Herrington

In our new borderless world economy, multinational corporations are overseeing the destruction of the global wage base. Multinationals think that's a good thing. It is a good thing for them individually in the short term. In the long term, collectively, it's a terminal illness.

An Agenda to Make Sure Consumers are Heard

Chris Meyer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Eight of the nation's leading consumer groups are calling on President Obama and Congress to give consumers a greater voice in Washington.

Have An Airline Complaint? Tweet Away

George Hobica | Posted 05.19.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

"We're sorry for your disappointment," the American staffer tweeted quickly, before turning their attention to his case.

Sequestration, Scarcity and America's Values

Mark Moore | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Mark Moore

We have long been reminded of scarcity of oil, and more recently scarcity of water has been at the forefront of our minds. Perhaps the scariest of all scarcity issues is food, where Malthusian projections of calamity have long loomed with concerns of an overpopulated planet.