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(Marketwatch)   Pottery Barn 4Q sales fall 4%, company now looks to downsize to Pottery Shed   ( marketwatch.com) divider line
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2017-03-17 06:31:42 AM  
Are people buying pottery through Amazon, with its well known delicate delivery setup?
 
2017-03-17 06:52:45 AM  
I own their stock. I'm getting kilned here.
 
2017-03-17 07:45:14 AM  
Are the loyal customers referred to as potheads?
 
2017-03-17 07:53:53 AM  
I suspect the recent shift to more modern-style furniture with lower profiles and cleaner lines isn't gelling with Pottery Barn's overstuffed look.  They own West Elm, which does sell that stuff, but the prices on their furniture is eye-popping when compared to CB2 which peddles a similar style for a lot less.
 
2017-03-17 07:55:58 AM  

Sin'sHero: Are people buying pottery through Amazon, with its well known delicate delivery setup?


No, this is a company failing to understand they have a limited market and refusing to believe they can't have unlimited growth year after year.

Going cheaper in niche markets is a failing strategy, every time. That's why Wal Mart went with the 'sell everything' approach.
 
2017-03-17 09:08:38 AM  
Pottery Shack?
 
2017-03-17 10:05:27 AM  
Pottery Barn is also stuck in some sort of time warp-say 1996 or so. Nothing has been up dated, the catalogues never change, and none of their merchandise is relevant to what's trending now. Everything in their stores looks like it came out of a New Delhi sweat shop-or a Mexican labor camp.
  I worked in retail. Here's one thing that's been zinging in my brain-if "the customer is always right" mantra of retail means any thing to them as a whole-then, why are so many stores in deep doo-doo or closing? Some one is not paying attention to their mantra...obviously.
 
2017-03-17 10:09:14 AM  
Oh, and when I did work for major retailers, they would demand that employees buy into their stock options or pension plans. I'd point to the fine print and say, it was not mandatory-HR did not like that. I never, ever did invest in their messes. I saw what was going on in retail, and my meager contributions were not going to be raided in the pension funds during the inevitable take overs.
 
2017-03-17 10:26:27 AM  

Artist: Pottery Barn is also stuck in some sort of time warp-say 1996 or so. Nothing has been up dated, the catalogues never change, and none of their merchandise is relevant to what's trending now. Everything in their stores looks like it came out of a New Delhi sweat shop-or a Mexican labor camp.
  I worked in retail. Here's one thing that's been zinging in my brain-if "the customer is always right" mantra of retail means any thing to them as a whole-then, why are so many stores in deep doo-doo or closing? Some one is not paying attention to their mantra...obviously.


One thing I've been noticing as I try to support physical stores: there's nothing I want. At least, when I walk in, cash in hand ready to spend, and walk glumly around finding nothing and leaving. There's an illusion of choice: we went to party city the other day looking for birthday decorations for our son. They had two options. If Pottery Barn hasn't updated in years everyone has bought whatever they need right?
 
2017-03-17 11:03:03 AM  
I think people just got tired of being disappointed every time they went there.

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2017-03-17 11:49:28 AM  
They can take over old RadioShack stores and become PotteryShack...they will only have to change part of the signs!
 
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