It’s been another weird week in . will soon debut a cheese advent calendar for those who love brie more than chocolate, knockoff Halloween costumes are rising from the dead and Balenciaga is being sued by the Car Freshner Corporation for copying its pine tree design (and charging $275 for it).

This, and more, in this week’s retail .

On the 12th day of , Target gave me cheese

Cheese lovers, rejoice — Christmas just came early and it’s all thanks to your friendly neighborhood Target because unlike that judgmental kid from seventh grade, Target understands that we all like a round of cheese better than a piece of chocolate.

According to So Wrong It’s Nom, the Cheese Advent Calendar will be coming to 247 Target stores in the U.S. this year because yes, all it takes is a round of cheese to stop any day from growing mold. It does cost $20 for 24 individually-wrapped cheeses, but imagine actually looking forward to eating your advent calendar snack instead of staring blankly at a piece of milk chocolate that is destined to be mediocre at best.

“Advent calendars are for kids,” some unknowing adult with no respect for gourmet food mutters. To this naysayer we have one response: Does Jarlsberg sound like a cheese your child would eat, or better yet, appreciate? Buyers of the Cheese Advent Calendar get to taste cheeses described as “a real English treasure,” “a splash of color” and one that even has “earthy tangy notes.”

Why are we all still focusing on cranberry sauce and eggnog when we could be eating cheese and crackers instead?

Halloween brings all the knock-offs to the (grave)yard

We all like to find the cheap way out. You don’t want to pay for dinner so you heat up leftovers. Or, you don’t want to get called out for wearing an overused costume like Beetlejuice for Halloween so you go as “Juice Demon.”

Entertainment Weekly’s Dana Schwartz pointed out the proliferation of Halloween costumes trying desperately to avoid copyright infringement with a tweet about a Clueless costume called, aptly, “Notionless.” But the problem goes way deeper than that, as evidenced by the myriad replies pointing to equally-objectionable titles like the Twilight-inspired “Night Time Romeo” or — a personal favorite — “Hermany Grinder: The Top Student at Chogborts.”

The appeal for these costumes is obvious. Spend less money, get roughly the same costume and suffer the consequences of an embarrassed 11-year-old who has to explain to her friends why her Hermione Granger costume doesn’t have quite the right Hogwarts crest on it. Not to mention that her brother isn’t Where’s Waldo he’s “Where’s the Stripey Dude?

Yes, that’s Stripey Dude as a proper noun. But hey, at least buying a knockoff costume means there’s probably little chance of anyone paying $60 for an “influencer” costume that only includes leggings and a sports bra.

Balenciaga cuts down the wrong pine-scented tree

In the spirit of the holidays, Balenciaga copied the design of those pine tree air fresheners that have become synonymous with yellow taxi cabs in New York, started charging $275 for them and was promptly sued by said company.

While it might not seem like an air freshener in the shape of a pine tree is something to fight over, the Car-Freshner Corporation claims that these little scent-filled trees are “staples of American culture, familiar to millions of consumers who encounter these products and marks in a wide variety of commercial contexts,” according to the Fashion Law.

What copyright infringement? This is clearly just a pine tree disguised as a key chain car freshener.


It’s not really like Balenciaga is trying to conceal that it’s blatantly ripping off the design, either. The description for the product calls it a “tree leather key holder” and the blue version on Matches Fashion describes in straightforward terms that the item is “designed to resemble an air freshener” and contrary to this being copyright infringement, it is in fact “an example of creative director Demna Gvasalia’s penchant for elevating everyday objects.”

That was Tiffany’s argument with its Everyday Objects line as well and frankly, we still don’t think “elevating” is the same thing as “adding some zeros to the end of the price tag.”  

Smoking weed has never been more gendered

Some things just don’t make sense, like paying $300 for shipping on a pair of $600 pants or making a spicy Snickers bar just because your data tells you to.

Nevertheless, some companies just feel left out if they’re not joining in the movement to create products that nobody asked for and nobody needed. Enter: Blissiva, a line of marijuana products made specifically for women because apparently a lot changes if you’re a woman using marijuana than if you’re a man?

The fact that someone put thought into the product makes it more suitable for women.


The main product is the Blissiva Balance Pen, which appears to be trying to appeal to women by, 1. Being purple, and 2. Being flavored with cute names like “Vanilla Chilla” and “Cool as a Cucumber.” Not that there’s anything wrong with shopping for Cannabis products based on the name or color of the item, it just seems a little… unnecessary.

Why is an appealing design and a cute name synonymous with “this product is for women”?

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