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(The New York Times)   Online retailers discover an innovative new way to sell merchandise   (nytimes.com) divider line 18
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2012-12-19 10:11:52 AM
I believe that the "physical store as a showroom" model was discovered way back in 1888:

Bellamy's Looking Backward
 
2012-12-19 10:12:36 AM
Pretend you are going out of business?
 
2012-12-19 10:27:02 AM
Used to go to the Montgomery ward store in fort smith with my grandparents.

/onion on belt
//see that lawn get off it or I shall taunt you a second time
 
2012-12-19 10:32:02 AM
www.toledoblade.com
 
2012-12-19 10:32:08 AM
While I don't enjoy clothes shopping, its one of the few things I won't buy online because even I can appreciate the value of trying on the clothes before you I for them. I can't do that online.
 
2012-12-19 10:32:54 AM
and the cost of running the stores will run up your prices on your website. some people will not bother to order online for their size at your web site if they find it cheaper somewhere else. i can hear customers complaining you don't every farking item and sizes, colors, etc.. on your website in the store. and sales tax vs free or cheap shipping. and so on.
 
2012-12-19 10:33:24 AM
Clothing will ALWAYS need to be tried on. This isn't news. The biggest problem, honestly, is that clothing sizes aren't standardized in any meaningful way. Shoe sizes are (though shoe width is pretty variable), which is why Zappos does well.

I suppose at some point, when it becomes practical to "scan" your body, then you would be able to buy clothes online without worrying about how stuff fits.
 
2012-12-19 10:48:01 AM

cgraves67: ***snip***

trying on the clothes before you I for them. I can't do that online.


I don't think anyone can do that online or off. I would be willing to try some of the drugs you're on though.

There are just some things that people are going to want to see for themselves before they buy them. If you are selling things that are commonly available at other B&M retailers though, you have the advantage that they can test the product at other locations, then purchase with you.


Also:
 
2012-12-19 10:59:00 AM

The Bestest:


Before I saw the source if the pictures, I said to myself that I know that store. It was by a Marco's Pizza and across the street by Target. It was it my hometown

Then I saw the source was from the Toledo Blade and confirmed
 
2012-12-19 11:04:11 AM

realmolo: Clothing will ALWAYS need to be tried on. This isn't news. The biggest problem, honestly, is that clothing sizes aren't standardized in any meaningful way. Shoe sizes are (though shoe width is pretty variable), which is why Zappos does well.

I suppose at some point, when it becomes practical to "scan" your body, then you would be able to buy clothes online without worrying about how stuff fits.


That sounds like a great cover story to develop the next generation of porn technology
 
2012-12-19 11:06:50 AM
It'll never catch on.
 
2012-12-19 11:15:26 AM

Lost Thought 00: realmolo: ***snip***.

That sounds like a great cover story to develop the next generation of porn technology


If I am using interactive porn, why the hell would I scan MY body? I mean, unless I'm already a pornstar/good looking/moderately attractive person.

//I'm not.
 
2012-12-19 11:48:28 AM
If book stores and tech stores like Circuit City had done this they might have hung out a little longer. You could buy the product now, or for less, get it delivered tomorrow or the day after.
 
/I'm talking to you Sears! It's time to get back into the catalog business.
 
2012-12-19 02:37:13 PM

realmolo:

I suppose at some point, when it becomes practical to "scan" your body, then you would be able to buy clothes online without worrying about how stuff fits.


Lucky for you it already is practical.
 
2012-12-19 03:45:08 PM

The Bestest: [www.toledoblade.com image 800x482]


Dell did the same thing for a while. They had a kiosk in the local mall.

See also: Service Merchandise.
 
2012-12-19 07:49:08 PM

JonBuck: The Bestest: [www.toledoblade.com image 800x482]

Dell did the same thing for a while. They had a kiosk in the local mall.

See also: Service Merchandise.


there's a distinct difference between mall kiosks and a nationwide rollout of BnMs
 
2012-12-19 09:41:17 PM

roc6783: cgraves67: ***snip***

trying on the clothes before you I for them. I can't do that online.

*SNIP*
I would be willing to try some of the drugs you're on though.

*SNIP*

Also:


Looks like he came through. Nice.
 
2012-12-20 09:24:49 AM

Chevello: roc6783: cgraves67: ***snip***

trying on the clothes before you I for them. I can't do that online.

*SNIP*
I would be willing to try some of the drugs you're on though.

*SNIP*

Also:

Looks like he came through. Nice.


Haha, didn't realize my pic got eaten. It was supposed to be a picture of the "We Sell Your Stuff on Ebay" store from 40 Year Old Virgin.
 
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