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Old 02-25-2017, 06:00 PM
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Last couple times in my local Sears store it has been pretty empty. Parking lot, isles and shelves mostly empty. I really thought I was going to miss them until today.

Went in to buy a garden trailer. No problem we have them in stock. Price rings up to $303 and change. I plunk down three benji's and a five, good to go right? Wrong!

They will not sell me the little trailer without providing them my name, address, telephone number, text number and email address. Excuse me? Picked up the cash from the counter and bid the clerk good day.

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Old 02-25-2017, 06:09 PM
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Unfortunately Sears has been circling the bowl for several years now. All the company really has left is real estate. Lots of articles on-line lately lamenting the decline.

It's not easy for me to watch Sears die - as with many red-blooded Americans too, I'm sure.

But I think the writing is on the wall. Too bad.

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When I was a kid, Its where we got our school clothes, car fixed, tires, shoes, tools, glasses....and everything else.

Where will I get my kids their "tough-skins" ??
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The irony is Sears was the leader in mail order sales for the best part of a century and the internet ran them out of business. They should be Amazon today.
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
The irony is Sears was the leader in mail order sales for the best part of a century and the internet ran them out of business. They should be Amazon today.
That's almost ironic. They should be Amazon. They have run themselves out of business though.
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Yeah the Xmas Sears catalog had everything a child wanted.
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Yeah the Xmas Sears catalog had everything a child wanted.
Definition of "Eternity" ,

Time from when the Sears Christmas Catalogue arrived in the mail until Christmas actually arrived.

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Originally Posted by Lone Ono View Post
Last couple times in my local Sears store it has been pretty empty. Parking lot, isles and shelves mostly empty. I really thought I was going to miss them until today.

Went in to buy a garden trailer. No problem we have them in stock. Price rings up to $303 and change. I plunk down three benji's and a five, good to go right? Wrong!

They will not sell me the little trailer without providing them my name, address, telephone number, text number and email address. Excuse me? Picked up the cash from the counter and bid the clerk good day.

L-O
Nice move.
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This is an example of poor leadership and lack of vision. I agree with gfretwell they should be Amazon today. So sad.
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I have not been a Sears store in years. I used to like to look at all the Sears catalogs. But things change. It's not just sears though, malls in general are in decline. Although, in my area, the few "super malls" are doing great, the other smaller malls that are left are declining in occupancy.

I think that today there are a lot more options though, and for a lot of things, Sears was far from cheap.
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I fondly remember the Sears catalogs as a kid.

When I was working my first job in an auto dealership, I had all Craftsman tools. Later on, I graduated to Matco/Snap-On and took my Craftsmans home. Used them forever. Then one day, the tools started saying Made in China or Taiwan. So, when you'd do a tool exhange, your USA made tool would get replaced with something roughly equivalent that was Chinese.

We have recently bought appliances from them. It'll be sad to see the choices reduced as more and more brick-n-mortars close down.
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
The irony is Sears was the leader in mail order sales for the best part of a century and the internet ran them out of business. They should be Amazon today.
You are so correct!

They invented and ruled catalog driven mail order sales for over 50 years, had it all and blew it.

Their demise would be great material for a Phd thesis and a subsequent book, if I was not well past my academic years I would sign up.
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Originally Posted by Lone Ono View Post
Last couple times in my local Sears store it has been pretty empty. Parking lot, isles and shelves mostly empty. I really thought I was going to miss them until today.

Went in to buy a garden trailer. No problem we have them in stock. Price rings up to $303 and change. I plunk down three benji's and a five, good to go right? Wrong!

They will not sell me the little trailer without providing them my name, address, telephone number, text number and email address. Excuse me? Picked up the cash from the counter and bid the clerk good day.

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I used to sell books with a group of students door to door for a summer job. One of my buddies got advised to "shut up and write the order." I am sorry for Sears that the clerk couldn't just shut up and take your money. Sounds like a cluster foulup.

My company is dealing with the winds of change also. I hope that I can adapt better than Sears has done so far. Things sure are different in today's world.
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Old 02-26-2017, 02:37 AM
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Yes, it is sad to see a business enterprise go through it's "death throes" due to ossified management seemingly focused on a "my way or the highway" type of decision making.

Some businesses adapt well to a rapidly changing business environment. Too often, clever political manipulation rears its head to "protect" selected company's. Want to know of a couple that are operating right under our noses?

Sugar.

We the people of the United States pay 2 to 10 times the world price for sugar since two families control (and through political influence) all sugar production within the US.

Ethanol:

Production of this destructive liquid now consumes forty percent of the US corn crop; more than the use of corn for food or food products. Every day we go to the gas pump and add ethanolized gasoline to our cars, our cars get worse gas mileage. Our boat engines which have not been designed to take the increased cylinder head temperatures caused by burning etanolized gasoline have shorter lives. When Jimmy Carter started our nation on the road to using ethanol as a fuel, he claimed the US was going to "run out of oil by the year 2000". Largely, one company, and a few foreign banks control this industry.

Did we run out of petroleum in the year 2000?

No. Today we are producing more oil than Saudi Arabia or Russia, and have larger, FAR larger oil reserves than either.

Yet we are still putting ethanol in our cars and boats.

Why? Why do we want to enrichen almost one company Archer, Daniels and Midland at the expense of taxpayer wallets? Why do we want to pay FAR higher prices for our food because we are using so much of our crop lands to produce corn for fuel? Columbia University studied ethanol and found that it takes almost 1000 gallons of water to produce that one gallon of ethanol. With the severe depletion of the Oglala Aquifer in the past ten years should we use this precious water resource to produce a liquid (ethanol) we don't need?
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Originally Posted by maitman99 View Post

They invented and ruled catalog driven mail order sales for over 50 years, had it all and blew it.
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It was a lot longer than 50 years.
They didn't blow it, competition appeared.
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Wow, sad to se the decline. When I was a "young adult" my parents would stress the importance of getting my credit up to get a Sears card. With that card you could replace almost any important accessory in the house!

I was so proud when I was approved!
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A lot of history with Sears. Sad to see the demise.
Still using a set of craftsman sockets /wrenches my mother bought for my dad in 1959.
The good old stuff.
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:22 AM
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Where will kids get there husky corduroy pants if they close.
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:29 AM
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Jeff Bezos built a better mousetrap. Amazon used to be a bookstore. Look at it now. Everything is available online at your fingertips. He is very concerned at what he has done to big box stores. What's he gonna do about it?
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Sears was horrible before the internet came along.

Malls are on the way out... just saw some financial show and they were saying same thing. Malls will be ghost towns.

JCPenny, Sears, K-Mart, Macy's... all destined to go Bye-Bye.

And as soon a person figures out how to give the Nordstrom Experience online... they'll be gone too. And if not "Gone" -- they'll be limited to major markets only. Maybe 4-8 stores total. Most of these stores sell over-priced high-priced junk. You're paying from the real estate and the lights to be on. LOL.
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