The Consumerist is a weblog created inDecember of 2005 andpublished by Gawker Media. It documents shoddy products, poor customer support, and poor service. Conversely, the blog provides information about deals and discounts and any other article related to consumerism. It is edited by Ben Popken and Meghann Marco. Users are allowed to post comments on all articles of the site, and articles can be searched through. The blog is available at both its website andas an RSS feed. Reader suggestions and tips are encouraged by the site's proprietors.
Traffic to the website increased on December 9, 2006 when the New York Times and the New York Daily News ran articles about the blog. A posting on the blog welcomed new readers to the site.