Notices

Anyone else notice this trend?

Old 11-23-2008, 12:41 PM
  #1  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Raleigh, NC usa
Posts: 5,206
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
Default Anyone else notice this trend?

My microwave oven/hood combo crapped out on me for the second time this year so it was time to buy a new one yesterday (Saturday). Nothing i dread more than the dang mall, especially during the Holidays, but i figured it was still pretty early and it shouldn't too crowded - First Mistake. It was packed!!! First stop was Best Buy - Second Mistake. Place was mobbed with people, and i couldn't get a salesperson to even look at me so off to Sears. Sears was packed, but when i got to the appliance section there were about six sales guys all standing around with no one in that section but them. Got what i needed and was out of there in less than 15 minutes.

I think people are still shopping and buying, but they're not buying big expensive things nearly as much. Maybe there'll still be a lot of presents under the tree this year, just fewer luxuries and expensive things. Anyone else notice this?
Old 11-23-2008, 12:51 PM
  #2  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Central Jersey
Posts: 7,961
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

1. I dumped my microwave/hood last Summer in favor of a simple range hood and cheap counter-top microwave. The builder of my house didn't vent the microwave to the outside and every time we used the range, the smoke alarm went off.

2. Wife came back from some highway shopping today, and reported the same -- that the stores she visited were packed! OTOH, yesterday I went to Home Depot and it was empty. I'll be looking for a Samsung LN32A550 (32" LCD, 1080, with QAM tuner) in a few weeks and hope to get a good deal.
Old 11-23-2008, 01:03 PM
  #3  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Raleigh/Atlantic Beach
Posts: 2,096
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 3 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

The news media will not report this. Seems like they want to scare the shit out of everybody and paint the malls to be ghost towns.

My wife and I were at the mall on Thursday night trying to avoid the weekend crowd and still found ourselves in a mob of people. Went to dinner at Kanki and the place was packed with people. Every seat taken and a wait at the door after 8:00.

I do think that Best Buy is one of the best retailers in the country..........much better than Sears. Their marketing campaign is strong.

Old 11-23-2008, 01:42 PM
  #4  
Admirals ClubCaptains Club Member Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: anderson, sc
Posts: 19,511
Received 1,501 Likes on 870 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

It is amazing how lower gas prices affect everything, hope someone learns from this butt screwing we have endured for the last couple of years.
Old 11-23-2008, 02:16 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, US
Posts: 14,527
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

Just got back from Ross where I let my daughter run rampant (never gonna happen at the mall!). The place was packed with long lines at the check-outs.

Sure didn't look like a recession.
Old 11-23-2008, 02:23 PM
  #6  
Admirals ClubCaptains Club Member Admiral's Club Member
THT sponsor
 
John_Madison CT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Old Saybrook, CT
Posts: 14,470
Received 741 Likes on 402 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

I'm a believer that much of this economic slow down was created by a drum beat of bad news reported by the likes of our major media. After 9/11 many thought the US economic system was changed forever. It rebounded and grew at a phenominal pace. Unemployment got under 5%, stock market at 14.000 points, etc etc..

Yet somehow all I heard on TV was bad news. As the election got closer, they increased the pace and level of bad news reporting. Eventually this catches on with people. They stop spending and the death spiral begins.

I really think much of this has to do with poor reporting of the facts. You will never hear about a company hiring people. ONLY firing. Think about it.
Old 11-23-2008, 03:57 PM
  #7  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Raleigh/Atlantic Beach
Posts: 2,096
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 3 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

John_Madison CT - 11/23/2008 5:23 PM

I'm a believer that much of this economic slow down was created by a drum beat of bad news reported by the likes of our major media. After 9/11 many thought the US economic system was changed forever. It rebounded and grew at a phenominal pace. Unemployment got under 5%, stock market at 14.000 points, etc etc..

Yet somehow all I heard on TV was bad news. As the election got closer, they increased the pace and level of bad news reporting. Eventually this catches on with people. They stop spending and the death spiral begins.

I really think much of this has to do with poor reporting of the facts. You will never hear about a company hiring people. ONLY firing. Think about it.

I agree 100%.

The media really pisses me off.
Old 11-23-2008, 04:01 PM
  #8  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Norfolk, Va
Posts: 9,263
Likes: 0
Received 5 Likes on 5 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

The media wants to scare us.

I went fishing today and I havent seen so many boats out all year long!! I was happy to see it. (but they all got in my way)
Old 11-24-2008, 01:04 AM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Greensburg PA
Posts: 1,780
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 1 Post
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

The economy must not be too awful bad, considering Best Blunder just left me walk out the door on a 3+K purchase! I went to Circuit City today and brought home a new TV, Blue Ray Player, Stand, Cables, Power Conditioner etc .

Old 11-24-2008, 03:20 AM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location:
Posts: 120
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

I noticed some commentary concerning Sears in this thread. After reading the snippet below, which is verified by Snopes, they'll be getting more of my business:



Sears - Christmas shopping has already started

I know I needed this reminder since Sears isn't always my first choice. Amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and they haven't withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?

How does Sears treat its employees who are called up for military duty? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up.

Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years.

I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears, and be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement it well deserves.

Pass it on.

Decided to check this before I sent it forward. So I sent the following e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department:

I received this e-mail and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it's cheaper at that store.

This is their answer to my e-mail:

Dear Customer:

Thank you for contacting Sears.The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback.

Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time.

Bill Thorn
Sears Customer Care
webcenter@sears.com
1-800-349-4358

Please pass this on to all your friends. Sears needs to be recognized for this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as Americans, we do appreciate what they are doing for our military!!!
Old 11-24-2008, 06:06 AM
  #11  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Norfolk, Va
Posts: 9,263
Likes: 0
Received 5 Likes on 5 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

good for sears!!
Old 11-24-2008, 07:08 AM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Gulf of Mexico,Louisiana
Posts: 6,289
Likes: 0
Received 13 Likes on 7 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

Wish I knew that.Last week I had to go out and buy a new Frg.Checked Home Depot,then when to a local store.The local store wanted over $100 more then HD.I told the local store that and they matched HD price in about a heart beat.I try to buy local when I can to keep the taxes in parish.Oh,the HD store is over 35 miles away.
Old 11-24-2008, 07:44 AM
  #13  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Indian River, De
Posts: 3,111
Received 217 Likes on 105 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

wolfpack03 - 11/23/2008 6:57 PM

John_Madison CT - 11/23/2008 5:23 PM

I'm a believer that much of this economic slow down was created by a drum beat of bad news reported by the likes of our major media. After 9/11 many thought the US economic system was changed forever. It rebounded and grew at a phenominal pace. Unemployment got under 5%, stock market at 14.000 points, etc etc..

Yet somehow all I heard on TV was bad news. As the election got closer, they increased the pace and level of bad news reporting. Eventually this catches on with people. They stop spending and the death spiral begins.

I really think much of this has to do with poor reporting of the facts. You will never hear about a company hiring people. ONLY firing. Think about it.

I agree 100%.

The media really pisses me off.
I agree, too. And if you haven't seen it, here's a video that sums up what the so-called "News" media can do: http://www.howobamagotelected.com/
Old 11-24-2008, 10:38 AM
  #14  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGERPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Struggleville
Posts: 7,547
Likes: 0
Received 92 Likes on 61 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

fuel, fuel, fuel. It makes or brakes this economy.
Old 11-25-2008, 07:31 AM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pgh.
Posts: 4,506
Likes: 0
Received 174 Likes on 103 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

John_Madison CT - 11/23/2008 2:23 PM

I'm a believer that much of this economic slow down was created by a drum beat of bad news reported by the likes of our major media. After 9/11 many thought the US economic system was changed forever. It rebounded and grew at a phenominal pace. Unemployment got under 5%, stock market at 14.000 points, etc etc..

Yet somehow all I heard on TV was bad news. As the election got closer, they increased the pace and level of bad news reporting. Eventually this catches on with people. They stop spending and the death spiral begins.

I really think much of this has to do with poor reporting of the facts. You will never hear about a company hiring people. ONLY firing. Think about it.



I fired one last week. Lazy peice of crap was late 48 out of the last 111 work days. Then decided to call in sick for 3 days in a row. He was on his way out anyway. His UC claim was denied! There is justice in this country.
Old 11-25-2008, 07:54 AM
  #16  
SIM
Senior MemberVendorCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Washington Island,Wi USA
Posts: 13,904
Likes: 0
Received 12 Likes on 12 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

V1rowT8 - 11/24/2008 5:20 AM I noticed some commentary concerning Sears in this thread. After reading the snippet below, which is verified by Snopes, they'll be getting more of my business: Sears - Christmas shopping has already started I know I needed this reminder since Sears isn't always my first choice. Amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and they haven't withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year? How does Sears treat its employees who are called up for military duty? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up. Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years. I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears, and be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement it well deserves. Pass it on. Decided to check this before I sent it forward. So I sent the following e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department: I received this e-mail and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it's cheaper at that store. This is their answer to my e-mail: Dear Customer: Thank you for contacting Sears.The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback. Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time. Bill Thorn Sears Customer Care webcenter@sears.com 1-800-349-4358 Please pass this on to all your friends. Sears needs to be recognized for this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as Americans, we do appreciate what they are doing for our military!!!
I didn't know that. Thanks for that info. I usually don't go into Sears except for Craftsman tools. That is going to definitely change. [img]../images/emoticons/thumbsup.gif[/img]

Andy
Old 11-25-2008, 12:57 PM
  #17  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Southeast Florida
Posts: 12,252
Received 1,099 Likes on 658 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

A year ago the main story the media was selling was global warming and the resulting imment demise of all mankind. Now it is the ecomomy. Next year it will be something else and in none of these cases has the media got it right.
Old 11-25-2008, 01:08 PM
  #18  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Richmond Hill, GA
Posts: 128
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

I wonder how much internet sales is effecting the stores. Every year they say more and more people are using the internet to buy so I would think that it would cut down on store shoppers.
Old 11-25-2008, 01:35 PM
  #19  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Raleigh/Atlantic Beach
Posts: 2,096
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 3 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

SeaJay - 11/25/2008 3:57 PM

A year ago the main story the media was selling was global warming and the resulting imment demise of all mankind. Now it is the ecomomy. Next year it will be something else and in none of these cases has the media got it right.
Exactly. They drive me up the wall with this crap.




I wasn't bashing Sears in my earlier post. I applaud them for their actions. I was just saying that Best Buy is currently the better retailer.


Old 11-25-2008, 04:51 PM
  #20  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Raleigh, NC usa
Posts: 5,206
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
Default Re: Anyone else notice this trend?

CaptWill - 11/24/2008 10:44 AM

wolfpack03 - 11/23/2008 6:57 PM

John_Madison CT - 11/23/2008 5:23 PM

I'm a believer that much of this economic slow down was created by a drum beat of bad news reported by the likes of our major media. After 9/11 many thought the US economic system was changed forever. It rebounded and grew at a phenominal pace. Unemployment got under 5%, stock market at 14.000 points, etc etc..

Yet somehow all I heard on TV was bad news. As the election got closer, they increased the pace and level of bad news reporting. Eventually this catches on with people. They stop spending and the death spiral begins.

I really think much of this has to do with poor reporting of the facts. You will never hear about a company hiring people. ONLY firing. Think about it.

I agree 100%.

The media really pisses me off.
I agree, too. And if you haven't seen it, here's a video that sums up what the so-called "News" media can do: http://www.howobamagotelected.com/
Oh yeah, THAT'S an objective website and totally relevant to the thread. How about you keep your political BS in the Bilge where it belongs and try to comply with the rules? Is that too hard??



Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.