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2014-04-06 05:12:11 PM
I thought the sale was at Penny's?
 
2014-04-06 05:17:42 PM

fusillade762: I thought the sale was at Penny's?


And what of Leon?
 
2014-04-06 05:36:33 PM
What can we make of this?
 
2014-04-06 05:40:21 PM

WordsnCollision: What can we make of this?


Why, I can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl.
 
2014-04-06 05:41:08 PM
Surely subby is mistaken
 
2014-04-06 05:51:30 PM
I don't think I'll ever get over Monkey Wards.
 
2014-04-06 05:51:44 PM
don't call me surly
 
2014-04-06 05:58:43 PM
Not a repeat of the story soon to repeated at every remaining Sears store in the world.

You can only diss even stupid shoppers once, and the world is running out of new stupids.
 
2014-04-06 06:03:55 PM
I remember the last day of sales at the local Montgomery Ward. The merchandise remaining was garbage, the sale staff went out of their way to be surly at the customers, each other, anything that moved. It was a total drama-queen ending to a once-mighty nationwide chain.

But I'm sure the CEOs got lovely golden parachutes for their clusterfarkery and moved on to other businesses to f*ck up.
 
2014-04-06 06:13:41 PM

zamboni: fusillade762: I thought the sale was at Penny's?

And what of Leon?


Don't know about Leon, but we're a week away from the 28th anniversary of Stephen Stucker's death.

RIP

i.imgur.com

Johnny
 
2014-04-06 06:31:15 PM

netringer: Not a repeat of the story soon to repeated at every remaining Sears store in the world.

You can only diss even stupid shoppers once, and the world is running out of new stupids.


Spent around $1000 on a badass new fridge
Lost a $65 rebate (on delivery) because of how their rebate system works.

[years pass]

Buy a new washer and dryer from Lowes.
Free delivery (no rebate, no questions, no bullshiat)

[a year or two passes]

Buy a new dishwasher from Lowes
Free delivery (no rebate, no questions, no bullshiat)
 
2014-04-06 06:46:53 PM
I like these news blurbs about places going out of business. They're always sure to interview someone who's sad the store is closing, but whoever they talked to probably never shopped there for years to help keep it alive in the first place.

At least they scored some sweet, sweet deals on Kim Kardashian clothes and CD-RWs.
 
2014-04-06 06:50:22 PM
The only people who do any shopping in the Loop are tourist or suburbanites who only go to the city once or twice a year for their special outings.
 
2014-04-06 06:53:28 PM

iron de havilland: zamboni: fusillade762: I thought the sale was at Penny's?

And what of Leon?

Don't know about Leon, but we're a week away from the 28th anniversary of Stephen Stucker's death.

RIP

[i.imgur.com image 320x240]

Johnny


What a pisser. :-(
 
2014-04-06 07:19:54 PM
Wow, Eddie Lampert really drove that motherfarker into the ground.

Another notch in the bedpost for the superiority of Objectivist ideology.
 
2014-04-06 07:26:41 PM

Ishkur: Wow, Eddie Lampert really drove that motherfarker into the ground.

Another notch in the bedpost for the superiority of Objectivist ideology.


Who knew making your employees go all "Lord of the Flies" on each other wasn't a viable business model??
 
2014-04-06 07:35:40 PM

fusillade762: Ishkur: Wow, Eddie Lampert really drove that motherfarker into the ground.

Another notch in the bedpost for the superiority of Objectivist ideology.

Who knew making your employees go all "Lord of the Flies" on each other wasn't a viable business model??


I vaguely recall a strong objectivist writing a column in forbes or something about how employees were only trading their labor for the entrepreneurs wealth so they should be happy with what their overlord gives them or something.  Anyway, I hope this can serve as a lesson about employee relations.
 
2014-04-06 07:37:39 PM

TV's Vinnie: I remember the last day of sales at the local Montgomery Ward. The merchandise remaining was garbage, the sale staff went out of their way to be surly at the customers, each other, anything that moved. It was a total drama-queen ending to a once-mighty nationwide chain.


When our local Sears finally gave up a couple years ago, it was pretty damned bad.  I don't think it was regulars running the place but one of those liquidation-specialist companies.  The thing that stuck in my memory though:

"That'll be $140-whatever.  We can take an additional 20% off of that if you sign up for a Sears Mastercard."
"Umm... you know this place is closing tomorrow, and there won't be another Sears within 50 miles of here, right?"
"Please?"

Which sorta disarmed me, she was cute, I did indeed get the $28 dollars off, she got whatever performance metric boost, I've never, ever used the card again, and Sears has probably spent another $30 sending me replacement cards and begging me to use it.  CSB.
 
2014-04-06 08:35:06 PM

lordargent: netringer: Not a repeat of the story soon to repeated at every remaining Sears store in the world.

You can only diss even stupid shoppers once, and the world is running out of new stupids.

Spent around $1000 on a badass new fridge
Lost a $65 rebate (on delivery) because of how their rebate system works.

[years pass]

Buy a new washer and dryer from Lowes.
Free delivery (no rebate, no questions, no bullshiat)

[a year or two passes]

Buy a new dishwasher from Lowes
Free delivery (no rebate, no questions, no bullshiat)


Plus if you're a vet you get 10% off year round, even on top of sale prices.
 
2014-04-06 08:38:22 PM
Me John big tree!
 
2014-04-06 09:14:49 PM
Just went and bought 3 sets of #7 drills with 1/4-20 taps. Of the three drills, all the tips were out of center on a factory cut. One of the taps was literally burned on the grind, one was out of round and the third was actually "normal."

I'm rather pissed at them for putting out such low quality crap. Sears is dying and it's their own damn fault.
 
2014-04-06 09:56:47 PM

WordsnCollision: What can we make of this?


That giving Sears a giant tax break in return for hoping they'll totes keep jobs here isn't a smart move.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-12-12/business/chi-house-rev en ue-committee-oks-deal-to-keep-sears-cme-in-illinois-20111212_1_income- tax-tax-break-package-tax-relief
 
2014-04-06 10:49:57 PM

ajgeek: Just went and bought 3 sets of #7 drills with 1/4-20 taps. Of the three drills, all the tips were out of center on a factory cut. One of the taps was literally burned on the grind, one was out of round and the third was actually "normal."

I'm rather pissed at them for putting out such low quality crap. Sears is dying and it's their own damn fault.


They've been dying for a long time. I worked for them back in the late 90s when I was in college, and they pissed me off by stocking printers but never keeping the replacement cartridges in stock, which is a really idiotic business plan. Also, they never had the expensive, high-end (and high margin) Sony car audio head units in stock. I had customers who waited months for one of them to get in after they ordered them for in store pick up. Working there was just filled with so much bullshiat.
 
2014-04-06 11:21:17 PM
Even time honored, tried and true, businesses can't keep up with the government and the fake money presses.
 
2014-04-07 12:47:17 AM
The quick and the dead, indeed.  Anyone remember K-Mart?
 
2014-04-07 02:06:54 AM

Strongbeerrules: The quick and the dead, indeed.  Anyone remember K-Mart?


Oh yeah, this guy Lamprey or some such took control of them ten years or so ago, then he bought Sears and merged them together.

Anyway, they've been doing pretty shiatty as of late; why do you ask?
 
2014-04-07 02:22:20 AM

Lawnchair: Which sorta disarmed me, she was cute, I did indeed get the $28 dollars off, she got whatever performance metric boost, I've never, ever used the card again


You open yourself up to potential identity theft for 28 bucks and "the girl was cute"?
 
2014-04-07 02:25:32 AM
Running Sears into the ground was not inevitable, it took a lot of hard work.
 
2014-04-07 02:37:50 AM

StokeyBob: Even time honored, tried and true, businesses can't keep up with the government and the fake money presses.


Wat?
 
2014-04-07 06:10:11 AM

fusillade762: StokeyBob: Even time honored, tried and true, businesses can't keep up with the government and the fake money presses.

Wat?


Not sure, I think s/he/it means it's all B. Hussein Osama's fault that Sears is failing, because nothing is ever the fault of the guys in charge, it's either the gubmint or the Union Thugs.

Either that, or happy days will be here again if we go back to the gold standard and get rid of the Federal Reserve.  There is plenty of gold to back all the dollars outstanding, after all, and we didn't have depressions and panics before the Fed.
 
2014-04-07 06:55:31 AM

fusillade762: StokeyBob: Even time honored, tried and true, businesses can't keep up with the government and the fake money presses.

Wat?


Forget it, Jake, he's trollin
 
2014-04-07 07:52:27 AM

fusillade762: Wat?


He's a Paulite. To him, every problem in the world can be traced back to the Fed.
 
2014-04-07 08:29:09 AM

fusillade762: Ishkur: Wow, Eddie Lampert really drove that motherfarker into the ground.

Another notch in the bedpost for the superiority of Objectivist ideology.

Who knew making your employees go all "Lord of the Flies" on each other wasn't a viable business model??


A classmate and I are working on a paper regarding possible turnaround strategies for Sears. We haven't been able to come up with a polite way to say "The CEO should be taken out back and shot, then his carcass fed to rabid weasels."

It's really a shame. Sears has a long and interesting history. Back when catalog sales were all the rage, Sears was sort of the Amazon.com of its time.
 
2014-04-07 08:52:41 AM

Ishkur: fusillade762: Wat?


He's a Paulite. To him, every problem in the world can be traced back to the Fed.



Name one that isn't.
 
2014-04-07 08:56:50 AM

fusillade762: StokeyBob: Even time honored, tried and true, businesses can't keep up with the government and the fake money presses.


Wat?



photos.imageevent.com
 
2014-04-07 09:09:21 AM

Mad_Radhu: ajgeek: Just went and bought 3 sets of #7 drills with 1/4-20 taps. Of the three drills, all the tips were out of center on a factory cut. One of the taps was literally burned on the grind, one was out of round and the third was actually "normal."

I'm rather pissed at them for putting out such low quality crap. Sears is dying and it's their own damn fault.

They've been dying for a long time. I worked for them back in the late 90s when I was in college, and they pissed me off by stocking printers but never keeping the replacement cartridges in stock, which is a really idiotic business plan. Also, they never had the expensive, high-end (and high margin) Sony car audio head units in stock. I had customers who waited months for one of them to get in after they ordered them for in store pick up. Working there was just filled with so much bullshiat.


My experience as well. I worked there when the economy was extra shiatty (2003-04) and knew they wouldn't last when they stopped stocking snowthrowers in January, in Minnesota. Your business is selling stuff like snow throwers... and you think you aren't going to sell any after January. In Goddamn Minnesota.

Good riddance Sears stupidity.
 
2014-04-07 09:11:44 AM

StokeyBob: Even time honored, tried and true, businesses can't keep up with the government and the fake money presses.


I'm pregnant Everyone knows Sears is a joke now, try again with an organization that hasn't lost so much public credibility
 
2014-04-07 09:21:10 AM

StokeyBob: fusillade762: StokeyBob: Even time honored, tried and true, businesses can't keep up with the government and the fake money presses.


Wat?


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Wow that's a whole lotta derp. whole lotta derp. whole lotta derp.
/that design put my mind back into my old undergrad days
 
2014-04-07 09:49:31 AM

Crotchrocket Slim: StokeyBob: Even time honored, tried and true, businesses can't keep up with the government and the fake money presses.

I'm pregnant Everyone knows Sears is a joke now, try again with an organization that hasn't lost so much public credibility


Congratulations!
 
2014-04-07 11:12:01 AM

StokeyBob: fusillade762: StokeyBob: Even time honored, tried and true, businesses can't keep up with the government and the fake money presses.


Wat?


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Every time I try to read the circles start moving. I have no idea what it said, but I think i'm tripping balls now.
 
2014-04-07 01:31:30 PM

StokeyBob: Name one that isn't.


Inequitable distribution of affluence.

Now you go: Name one that is, and I will be happy to explain to you why it's not.
 
2014-04-07 01:37:47 PM
Sears/Kmart will be gone soon enough. They are slowly closing stores one by one as leases are up.
 
2014-04-07 03:53:01 PM

Ishkur: StokeyBob: Name one that isn't.


Inequitable distribution of affluence.


Now you go: Name one that is, and I will be happy to explain to you why it's not.


I said name a problem that isn't.

"Inequitable distribution of affluence" would be more of a result of allowing some to counterfeit for what ever they want and requiring others to work.
 
2014-04-07 04:22:46 PM

StokeyBob: I said name a problem that isn't.


It is a problem. It's a very serious problem and it's part and parcel of everything that's breaking down today. It is not caused by the Fed. It predates the Fed.

StokeyBob: "Inequitable distribution of affluence" would be more of a result of allowing some to counterfeit for what ever they want and requiring others to work.


What the hell does this even mean?

Look, it has nothing to do with the Fed. That was the conditions of the argument. Don't move the goalposts.

Now you go: Name a problem caused by the Fed.
 
2014-04-07 09:42:47 PM

Ishkur: StokeyBob: I said name a problem that isn't.

It is a problem. It's a very serious problem and it's part and parcel of everything that's breaking down today. It is not caused by the Fed. It predates the Fed.

StokeyBob: "Inequitable distribution of affluence" would be more of a result of allowing some to counterfeit for what ever they want and requiring others to work.

What the hell does this even mean?

Look, it has nothing to do with the Fed. That was the conditions of the argument. Don't move the goalposts.

Now you go: Name a problem caused by the Fed.


Inflation
 
2014-04-07 10:43:50 PM

StokeyBob: Inflation


That's not a problem. It's a feature. Steady, controlled inflation is the best thing for lending and spending, the two most important metrics in every economy. Inflation is supposed to happen. It's a good thing.

Besides, it existed before the Fed.

Try again.
 
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