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originally posted by: Blaine91555
I've not been in a Sears for maybe 12 years. I went in to get a new TV for Christmas, the price was too high and I walked to a small local retail store down the street and saved a few hundred dollars. Not to mention the local store was an authorized repair shop for the TV. Sadly that local shop is now gone due to the Internet.
Sears for decades held it's ground by giving Sears credit cards to young people with no credit history's and then overcharging them for products they could buy anywhere else for less. Then we had those years where anyone could suddenly get a credit card and I think that played a role in this. No reason to have or use a Sears card and pay too much.
It's a sad thing. In my Fathers time if they wanted anything they ordered from the Sears Catalogue. When I was young Sears was still the place to go and the catalogue was still a valuable thing, in particular if you were in a rural area. The large Sears were always shoulder to shoulder customers.
It's like an important part of history dying off. I still remember as a kid looking at the first console color TV / VCR combo offered in the Sears store before anyone else had any kind of VCR. All of our tools were from there, all of our appliances were from there and driving two towns over to Sears was always an occasion.
originally posted by: The Great Day
Can't help but feel a little sad/nostalgic...km almost 50 now and as a kid growing up in a rural mountain town the Sears outpost was the only way to get the new fangled toys you see on tv! Couldn't wait for the Xmas Catalog to window shop all the cool toys....got a little bit older and i discovered women in under wear and spent large amounts of time shopping in the bathroom.....
So long Sears
originally posted by: neo96
Online killed brick and mortar stores.
I still like being able to walk into a store and look before buying.
originally posted by: dawnstar
I can't remember the last time I was in a sears store, probably decades. but the last time I was in a kmart I left promising myself that I'd never go back!! I decided to go there because they had something I wanted on sale, at least that's what their sales ad said. but, well, guess it wasn't when I got to the register.. by that time, I just wanted to get out of the place. I had to ask three different people where something was and after wandering around and still not finding it, well, I decided I didn't want it that bad! So I get to the cash register and there's one person ahead of me. there's a girl announcing a blue light special and totally screwing it up. the cashier who was checking out the lady in front of me is too busy laughing and talking to another coworker about the lady screwing up the announcement to finish up for the lady ahead of me.. all the while my feet, legs and back are screaming at me because I had walked in the store for far too long.
I can't say anything about the sears, but if the other kmart stores are like that one, they deserve to die!!!