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(Some Guy)   This may be the last year you could shop at Sears for the holidays   (news.lee.net) divider line
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629 clicks; posted to Business » on 30 Nov 2022 at 5:10 AM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-11-30 5:12:01 AM  
Nah. Shopping at a dead store is pointless because they have nothing left to sell that anyone actually wants
 
2022-11-30 5:33:05 AM  

Concrete Donkey: Nah. Shopping at a dead store is pointless because they have nothing left to sell that anyone actually wants


I worked at the auto center in one in 2016 and they barely had any stock of the hot Christmas items they were promoting , the shelves even then were half empty, black Friday had almost no customers were waiting to shop before opening. it was quite sad.
 
2022-11-30 5:34:30 AM  
Again?
 
2022-11-30 6:19:21 AM  

edmo: Again?


How do you kill that which does not live?
 
2022-11-30 6:46:58 AM  
 
2022-11-30 6:59:58 AM  
The one thing that I regret about the internet is all of the retail stores it's caused to close. I liked going to CompUSA, Egghead Software, Tower Records, various local bookstores, and the newsstands. Yea, I can get a lot of stuff that I want NOW, or fairly quickly. Just doing so from the comfort of the couch seems cold.

/Posted from my smartphone
 
2022-11-30 7:20:40 AM  
Eddie Lampert already sucked all of the blood from Sears through shell companies, real estate deals, and he even took the pension fund because he could.  Another free market libertarian success story.
 
2022-11-30 7:26:22 AM  
If corporations are people then sear's ceo has been poisoning him/her/they for the last 30 years.
 
2022-11-30 7:29:09 AM  
What happens to my Craftsman tool lifetime warranty?
 
2022-11-30 7:37:15 AM  

Concrete Donkey: Nah. Shopping at a dead store is pointless because they have nothing left to sell that anyone actually wants


Some people want what a dead store has, apparently.

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2022-11-30 7:47:52 AM  

Bslim: https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/4385-failing-to-plan-how-ayn-rand-destroyed-sears


Do any MBA Farkers ever review Sears as a case study in how to totally destroy a dominant business?  Will Amazon follow suit in a decade or two?
 
2022-11-30 8:07:44 AM  

Bslim: https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/4385-failing-to-plan-how-ayn-rand-destroyed-sears


And yet there are still people who call themselves libertarian. Self-delusion is a powerful force.
 
2022-11-30 8:12:09 AM  
Sears still exists?
 
2022-11-30 8:13:28 AM  
Thanks Eddie Lamprey.
 
2022-11-30 8:25:53 AM  

sleze: Bslim: https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/4385-failing-to-plan-how-ayn-rand-destroyed-sears

Do any MBA Farkers ever review Sears as a case study in how to totally destroy a dominant business?  Will Amazon follow suit in a decade or two?


Oh yeah because one day they will hire one of those people that thinks they are the smartest person in the room that will destroy it with their ineptitude and lack of knowledge of the business or they will keep hiring dinosaurs that want to keep doing it the same old way and not adapt to the market.
 
2022-11-30 8:32:00 AM  
There aren't any around me any longer.
 
2022-11-30 8:59:02 AM  

Warrior Kermit: Concrete Donkey: Nah. Shopping at a dead store is pointless because they have nothing left to sell that anyone actually wants

I worked at the auto center in one in 2016 and they barely had any stock of the hot Christmas items they were promoting , the shelves even then were half empty, black Friday had almost no customers were waiting to shop before opening. it was quite sad.


It was gutted years before that, far from the "Sears has everything" that I was raised with.  Ten years ago, I needed to replace my stove and they only had one option. Ended up buying at Lowe's.
 
2022-11-30 9:10:54 AM  

skinink: The one thing that I regret about the internet is all of the retail stores it's caused to close. I liked going to CompUSA, Egghead Software, Tower Records, various local bookstores, and the newsstands. Yea, I can get a lot of stuff that I want NOW, or fairly quickly. Just doing so from the comfort of the couch seems cold.

/Posted from my smartphone


oh, 1000%.  I miss the excitement of going to a store on the day a new album was released, unwrapping it in the car and driving home, jamming some new music.  I've had to start mandating that i won't listen to the new tracks bands release before actual album release day, because I end up wearing out 1/3rd of a new album by release.

I miss video rental stores.

I miss picking up new magazines to read.

What i really miss? friends who i could call and "hey, i'm running up to frys to pick up a new motherboard, want to hang out and tag along?"

We've got ultimate convenience now, but lost something along the way. I'm as guilty as the rest of using grocery delivery, amazon, online stores for everything.  And it has made certain parts of life more tolerable... because i sure don't want to go to the grocery store after working for 9 hours.

But yeah, things have been lost in the last 10+ years.
 
2022-11-30 9:36:32 AM  
It's why the birth rate is dropping:

When you would ask my parents where babies came from the answer was always, "Sears."

When we'd say, "That's nonsense" they would follow up with, "Why not?  Everything else in the house comes from Sears".

So, blame Eddie Lampert for the declining birth rate.
 
2022-11-30 9:45:48 AM  

Omnivorous: It's why the birth rate is dropping:

When you would ask my parents where babies came from the answer was always, "Sears."

When we'd say, "That's nonsense" they would follow up with, "Why not?  Everything else in the house comes from Sears".

So, blame Eddie Lampert for the declining birth rate.


K-Mart also.
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2022-11-30 9:46:01 AM  
Maybe they can go back to selling mail order houses.
 
2022-11-30 9:58:06 AM  
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2022-11-30 10:07:58 AM  

Concrete Donkey: Nah. Shopping at a dead store is pointless because they have nothing left to sell that anyone actually wants


Right? For all intents and purposes, both Sears and Kmart are long gone. What is left is a shell company to simply fulfill various legal obligations.
 
2022-11-30 10:09:59 AM  

Fursecution: Omnivorous: It's why the birth rate is dropping:

When you would ask my parents where babies came from the answer was always, "Sears."

When we'd say, "That's nonsense" they would follow up with, "Why not?  Everything else in the house comes from Sears".

So, blame Eddie Lampert for the declining birth rate.

K-Mart also.
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My parents said some variation of the same thing.
 
2022-11-30 10:20:58 AM  
In the 70s the Sears wish book was the real sign that Christmas was coming, and something more exciting than you can possibly imagine.

fark every venture capitalist
 
2022-11-30 10:28:23 AM  

skinink: The one thing that I regret about the internet is all of the retail stores it's caused to close. I liked going to CompUSA, Egghead Software, Tower Records, various local bookstores, and the newsstands. Yea, I can get a lot of stuff that I want NOW, or fairly quickly. Just doing so from the comfort of the couch seems cold.

/Posted from my smartphone


Browsing on Amazon just isn't as much fun as walking around looking at stuff in person.
 
2022-11-30 10:31:29 AM  

groppet: sleze: Bslim: https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/4385-failing-to-plan-how-ayn-rand-destroyed-sears

Do any MBA Farkers ever review Sears as a case study in how to totally destroy a dominant business?  Will Amazon follow suit in a decade or two?

Oh yeah because one day they will hire one of those people that thinks they are the smartest person in the room that will destroy it with their ineptitude and lack of knowledge of the business or they will keep hiring dinosaurs that want to keep doing it the same old way and not adapt to the market.


Sears was on a downward trajectory already, Fast Eddie just sped up the processes.

Mall sales peaked in 2000 and have been trending down since.
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2022-11-30 10:52:54 AM  

HempHead: skinink: The one thing that I regret about the internet is all of the retail stores it's caused to close. I liked going to CompUSA, Egghead Software, Tower Records, various local bookstores, and the newsstands. Yea, I can get a lot of stuff that I want NOW, or fairly quickly. Just doing so from the comfort of the couch seems cold.

/Posted from my smartphone

Browsing on Amazon just isn't as much fun as walking around looking at stuff in person.


True, but at the same time, the reason that e-commerce succeeds is reviews. Walking around a store and picking up say, a stereo, you wouldn't know if it was good or not unless you went and did the research from other catalogues/magazines. Amazon allows for both user feedback and photos and how-to stuff for most items.

Retail stores way back in the day had 'experts' walking around in sections to discuss these things with customers but as costs out paced pay those people disappeared, replaced by minimum wage employees who are not expert at much of anything.

I think it's not just one thing that lead to the death of retail, but many factors.
 
2022-11-30 11:58:31 AM  
What sucks is that the original Sears & Roebuck catalog was the only way most rural black people could shop for a lot of goods - since they weren't welcomed in a lot of white-owned stores. In fact, the Roebuck of Sears & Roebuck thanked blacks for making him insanely rich by building "Roebuck Schools" for black kids to get an education.

/The more you know.
/Capitalism rocks
/Third slashy
 
2022-11-30 12:00:20 PM  

phimuskapsi: Retail stores way back in the day had 'experts' walking around in


They were sales staff with a financial interest in telling you something right in front of you was great! Great for their sales commission.

Amazon opened the world to aggregated ratings from real customers.
 
2022-11-30 12:01:16 PM  

dryknife: What happens to my Craftsman tool lifetime warranty?


Lowes, Ace Hardware, or NAPA auto parts.
 
2022-11-30 12:04:10 PM  

mrmopar5287: phimuskapsi: Retail stores way back in the day had 'experts' walking around in

They were sales staff with a financial interest in telling you something right in front of you was great! Great for their sales commission.

Amazon opened the world to aggregated ratings from real customers.many bots and sponsored reviews in exchange for free gear.

 
2022-11-30 12:26:50 PM  

phedex: skinink: The one thing that I regret about the internet is all of the retail stores it's caused to close. I liked going to CompUSA, Egghead Software, Tower Records, various local bookstores, and the newsstands. Yea, I can get a lot of stuff that I want NOW, or fairly quickly. Just doing so from the comfort of the couch seems cold.

/Posted from my smartphone

oh, 1000%.  I miss the excitement of going to a store on the day a new album was released, unwrapping it in the car and driving home, jamming some new music.  I've had to start mandating that i won't listen to the new tracks bands release before actual album release day, because I end up wearing out 1/3rd of a new album by release.

I miss video rental stores.

I miss picking up new magazines to read.

What i really miss? friends who i could call and "hey, i'm running up to frys to pick up a new motherboard, want to hang out and tag along?"

We've got ultimate convenience now, but lost something along the way. I'm as guilty as the rest of using grocery delivery, amazon, online stores for everything.  And it has made certain parts of life more tolerable... because i sure don't want to go to the grocery store after working for 9 hours.

But yeah, things have been lost in the last 10+ years.


I don't think younger people realize what was lost when video rentals went away. Streaming is great, but good luck finding a newly released movie on a streaming site, and if it is out there, it likely on one that you don't subscribe to.
 
2022-11-30 12:37:04 PM  

skinink: The one thing that I regret about the internet is all of the retail stores it's caused to close. I liked going to CompUSA, Egghead Software, Tower Records, various local bookstores, and the newsstands. Yea, I can get a lot of stuff that I want NOW, or fairly quickly. Just doing so from the comfort of the couch seems cold.

/Posted from my smartphone


And most of those stores had people working there who actually knew about every product in their store, or at least in their department. I can remember going into record or book stores, giving a very vague description of something, and there was always someone there who knew exactly what I was referring to.
 
2022-11-30 1:34:32 PM  

mrmopar5287: phimuskapsi: Retail stores way back in the day had 'experts' walking around in

They were sales staff with a financial interest in telling you something right in front of you was great! Great for their sales commission.

Amazon opened the world to aggregated ratings from real customers.


"Real customers" if you can weed out the bots and paid-for reviews, and Amazon's terrible system of cross-pollinating reviews amid products that often don't have any relation to each other.
 
2022-11-30 1:55:30 PM  

cocozilla: In the 70s the Sears wish book was the real sign that Christmas was coming, and something more exciting than you can possibly imagine.

fark every venture capitalist


Before Puberty:  The NFL swag pages.
After Puberty:  The lingerie ads.
 
2022-11-30 2:33:11 PM  
Oblig, and still funny as hell. Also accurate.

Family Guy SEARS no girls allowed
Youtube gsGphep7YHQ
 
2022-11-30 2:56:41 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I don't think younger people realize what was lost when video rentals went away. Streaming is great, but good luck finding a newly released movie on a streaming site, and if it is out there, it likely on one that you don't subscribe to.


Adjusted for inflation, two Blockbuster rentals cost more than a month of a streaming service.
 
2022-11-30 3:53:24 PM  

Nick Nostril: There aren't any around me any longer.


There isn't a Sears within a 100 miles radius of where I live. And I live in Dallas (the one in Texas).
 
2022-11-30 5:49:06 PM  

BMFPitt: Adjusted for inflation, two Blockbuster rentals cost more than a month of a streaming service.


The late fee for returning one single movie or video game late was more than the cost of a month of streaming.

And remember how the due date was Noon? And how you could drop it off and staff would stack that stuff on the counter and purposely not check it back in until after Noon, so they could ding you for a late fee? And people wonder why they went out of business...
 
2022-11-30 5:49:50 PM  

espiaboricua: There isn't a Sears within a 100 miles radius of where I live. And I live in Dallas (the one in Texas).


A friend of mine moved to the Florida panhandle and it was a weird geographic oddity that for a while he lived within about 45 minutes of TWO of the Sears that were still open in the USA mainland.
 
2022-11-30 6:10:07 PM  

fustanella: mrmopar5287: phimuskapsi: Retail stores way back in the day had 'experts' walking around in

They were sales staff with a financial interest in telling you something right in front of you was great! Great for their sales commission.

Amazon opened the world to aggregated ratings from real customers.

"Real customers" if you can weed out the bots and paid-for reviews, and Amazon's terrible system of cross-pollinating reviews amid products that often don't have any relation to each other.


And the reviews might be for the same model, but at some point the manufacturer changed the design but kept the model the same.
 
2022-11-30 8:41:25 PM  

dryknife: Maybe they can go back to selling mail order houses.


Sears SHOULD have embraced the internet in the 90s and built a retail giant online... instead they doubled down on brick and mortar to purchase KMart (even when they should have seen the writing on the wall), got infected by Lampert, who proceeded to destroy the entire company by pitting parts against each other. by the time Sears/KMart finally started paying attention to the online business, they were already toast.

I really hope Lampert chokes on those abandoned KMart and Sears leases.

/I kind of miss KMart, which was like Walmart in terms of prices, but less crowded.
//KMart Rewards, at the end, were kind of ridiculous... they credited customers when they USED the points, it seemed like I was making money using my rewards.
 
2022-12-01 12:30:09 AM  
Says increasingly nervous man for seventh time.
 
2022-12-01 6:55:10 AM  
This is tragic!  I know that without Sears many high quality hard to find items will simply vanish.

       
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2022-12-01 10:57:43 AM  

mengelji: This is tragic!  I know that without Sears many high quality hard to find items will simply vanish.

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I have no idea how that look ever died out.
 
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