5. Costco Flattens Coke
Costco confirmed Monday that it ceased carrying Coca-Cola Co. (KO) (Stock Quote: KO) products due to a pricing dispute with the beverage maker. The wholesale club operator, which operates about 560 warehouses in the U.S. and abroad, said on its Web site that it will not remove bottles of Coke and Diet Coke currently displayed on its store shelves, but does not plan to restock them "until the matter is resolved."
Coca-Cola Co. refused to comment on the squabble, other than calling Costco an important customer and saying it will work with them "in a spirit of fairness."
"Costco is committed to carrying name brand merchandise at the best possible prices. At this time, Coca-Cola has not provided Costco with competitive pricing, so that we may pass along the value our members deserve," said a message on the company's Web site, labeled "Price Alert!"
Dumb-o-meter score: 75 -- Our favorite soda? Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray Tonic! Can't beat that celery flavor.