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(The New Yorker)   Restoration Hardware customers, UPS drivers, revolt against the recent 17-pound catalog   (newyorker.com) divider line 24
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2014-08-09 09:06:36 AM  
Sounds kinda dickish to me.

/keep your dirty mitts of my Riders Warehouse/Areostich catalog.
 
2014-08-09 10:09:32 AM  
We were mystified when we got ours. WTF? We have never bought anything from them. We never even unwrapped them -- several catalogs in a mummy-like swaddling -- because we thought it might be a scam.
 
2014-08-09 10:16:59 AM  
I got that thing. Their stuff makes Crate and Barrel look like a discount. I don't see the value.
 
2014-08-09 10:17:34 AM  
"Marketers say that people who browse catalogues buy more than those who shop only online."

Because it's a lot easier to thumb through a catalog and see all their available products, neatly arraigned by category. Try that on a website, not so much fun. I don't care how advanced their search engine is, you inevitably end up with a bunch of irrelevant crap showing up.
 
2014-08-09 10:29:20 AM  
Wasn't this a joke from an episode of Cheers, but with Sears Christmas catalogs?
 
2014-08-09 11:16:38 AM  
It's time to get rid of those damned Stuarts once and for all...
 
2014-08-09 12:29:15 PM  

ReapTheChaos: "Marketers say that people who browse catalogues buy more than those who shop only online."

Because it's a lot easier to thumb through a catalog and see all their available products, neatly arraigned by category. Try that on a website, not so much fun. I don't care how advanced their search engine is, you inevitably end up with a bunch of irrelevant crap showing up.


A website doesn't weigh 17 pounds.
 
2014-08-09 01:07:04 PM  
French Country Vampire would be a good name for a band.
 
2014-08-09 01:08:26 PM  
When this thing appeared at my doorstep I asked my wife why she would order that many catalogues. It seemed odd to me that they would send all of that without anybody asking for it. The label on the package said it was more "green" to send them all together rather than separately. It's not so green when my wife looked at one of the catalogues for about five minutes and then it all went straight into the recycling bin along with the phone books.
 
2014-08-09 01:31:40 PM  
I don't know how long that "do not mail me any advertising catalogs" ban lasts, but I haven't received any ad catalogs in the mail in years. I love it.

Link
 
2014-08-09 03:05:12 PM  
I miss the old catalog of catalogs, which in preinternet days hinted at just how many weird subinterests there are in this world.
 
2014-08-09 03:10:58 PM  
I work in the print industry. Periodically we'll get absurd requests from our customers to do outright absurd things.

One of our products is a personalized Healthcare provider directory. For one very specific plan in one very specific area, our client had a data problem. Rather than fixing it, they had us mail a bunch of elderly people directories containing every doctor in the state of California.

Each directory came in six separate boxes, each box containing several volumes, each volume as thick as we could manufacture.


I assume we were involved in this.
 
2014-08-09 05:37:35 PM  
explaining that the catalogues are useless, because they don't contain product dimensions.

What the chuck? There's absolutely no reason to buy from them then.
 
2014-08-09 05:43:56 PM  

Weng: I work in the print industry. Periodically we'll get absurd requests from our customers to do outright absurd things.

One of our products is a personalized Healthcare provider directory. For one very specific plan in one very specific area, our client had a data problem. Rather than fixing it, they had us mail a bunch of elderly people directories containing every doctor in the state of California.

Each directory came in six separate boxes, each box containing several volumes, each volume as thick as we could manufacture.


I assume we were involved in this.


Thank you for volunteering for execution. It's not often that we can get things over this quickly.

For this execution we have a lovely imitation guillotine in the style of Adolf Hitler's 1930s Germany. That's right - we're going a little different this year, not the same old French Revolution style as last year. It's $700,000 and you can get your very own hand-crafted beheading wonder. Now we don't put the sizes on these things so you never know what you're going to get. So watch out, Weng may take a few slices to completely sever his neck or he may not even fit in the thing at all! It's a bit of a $700,000 mystery until we get in there and actually measure things.
 
2014-08-09 07:20:33 PM  
How do I get whoever-it-is to stop leaving phone books on my front step? If I go to their website and leave feedback, will they figure out that I have access to Internet, which has phone directories?
 
2014-08-09 07:51:02 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: How do I get whoever-it-is to stop leaving phone books on my front step? If I go to their website and leave feedback, will they figure out that I have access to Internet, which has phone directories?


Why not try putting one on a pike - as a warning, from history...

//bonus: probably won't have too many problems with the neighbors from then on, either.
 
2014-08-09 08:55:28 PM  
I have been working for almost a year since my mom died at cutting off the mailings she (and her deceased second husband) were getting. I got a stamp made that says, "DECEASED Please remove name from mailing list." If they had a business reply envelope, I used that. If not, it was worth the stamp. Their mail is down from several pounds a week to almost nothing. Still it would surprise me not to find out she had been sent one of these monstrosities.
 
2014-08-09 10:25:16 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I got that thing. Their stuff makes Crate and Barrel look like a discount. I don't see the value.


Apparently there's a current 'rustic' design trend. Yuppies pay way too much money for 'antiquated' design elements.

Like this $500 ladder

Or this $159 piece of REPLICA coral

Or OMFG
$1495 for a framed piece of sea foliage - the kind of shiat my cousins picked out of their nets and tossed back into the ocean

I contemplated, for about 5 minutes, the feasability of driving the countryside, finding a bunch of 'unique' old shiat in barns, fixing it up a bit and selling it.
 
2014-08-09 10:49:08 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: How do I get whoever-it-is to stop leaving phone books on my front step? If I go to their website and leave feedback, will they figure out that I have access to Internet, which has phone directories?


They hire a local ne'er-do-well to drop them, undifferentiated, at every door in their coverage area. So short answer, no, because Cletus doesn't have a list of houses, just a neighborhood to cover.
 
2014-08-09 11:04:25 PM  
FTA: Then, customers rebelled. In Palo Alto, seven volunteers returned two thousand pounds of the catalogues to a Restoration Hardware store in one day, on hand trucks.

Wonder where they got that idea?

i.ytimg.com
 
2014-08-10 12:09:04 AM  
Moved into a new house and immediately received this monstrosity addressed to the previous owner. She said she didn't want it, so, after cutting through the super-thick plastic wrapping (it took a damn razor knife), I was treated to page after page of $1,000+ chairs (like the ones you'd put at a dinner table) and sofas worth more than my car. Everything looked like it had been left outside for at least a year; all seven catalogs were promptly dumped into the recycling bin.

/csb
 
2014-08-10 05:30:55 AM  
I miss the old (circa 1990) Computer Shopper.
 
2014-08-10 05:55:59 PM  
Makes the McMaster-Carr and Mouser catalog look like a Vegas strip club / call girl brochure.
 
2014-08-10 06:36:34 PM  

qlenfg: Makes the McMaster-Carr and Mouser catalog look like a Vegas strip club / call girl brochure.


Ohh jeez,

I remember when we used to keep a 'library' of data books before PDF datasheets really took off.

// Put all of the vishay books together ... some engineer will complain that he can't find 'Vishay Dale' in the D section.
// Put the vishay books alphabetically (based on the original 'brand' name) ... some enginer will complain that they should all be together under 'V'
 
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