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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: January 09, 2019 03:07PM

I saw an article where in Japan there is a pilot store where you can go in and try cloths on for size and fit. Check other items they have in inventory... but you can't take anything home. You buy there, or, basically on-line and the items are them shipped to your home or office. I believe they said returns could be made at these stores, but not exchanges.

Perhaps that's a look into the future!

Corventure Dave

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 09, 2019 03:51PM

What's sad is Sears printed it's last Catalogue June 1993...

Amazon started in 1994...

Sears could've helped Amazon become LARGE instantly...





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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: MtnVairMike ()
Date: January 10, 2019 06:32AM

A couple of good points raised. Sears had the mail order i.e. "online" business secured before the internet got going around 1995. Whizzed it all away.

Also Sears went after clothing and pushed the tools to the back upper floors of the store. Guess what is front and center at Lowe's who I think bought Craftsman? You guessed it tools.

The third straw and Sears wasn't unique as I worked for Kmart in the late 70's. They scuttled a lot of their full time, full service workers and put in a bunch of well meaning but ill informed part timers.

We see the results. sad smiley

Just wait until enough shifts over to online only and watch the "free" shipping disappear.

Mike

1966 Monza Convertible, 140HP-4 speed, Ermine White

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: Cfred ()
Date: January 10, 2019 08:18AM

My wife was a Sears Catalog store Manager for 28 good years. Our Brother-in-Law was a Sears NW Area Manager, and when the New Sears CEO came in and decided in just a few months to Close the Catalog Division, my Brother-in Law and some other Area Mgrs went to Chicago and tried to buy the Catalog Division, because they knew what it needed to be very competetive.

The new CEO wouldn't even talk to them.

So Sad, all of my tools are Craftsman, and I troll the yard sales and Estate sales and Ebay to fill in or duplicate the my most used.

Eddie Lambert, the Sears CEO has been filling his pockets for years, selling off Craftsman, Kenmore etc to further his Holding Group bottom line.

RIP, Sears, Roebuck & Co.

Fred
Palm Desert, CA

61 Lakewood SOLD to Club Member
62 Monza Wagon, still in progress
62 Monza Wagon, 4 spd, w/ rust
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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: January 10, 2019 08:40AM

corventure Dave Wrote:
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> I saw an article where in Japan there is a pilot
> store where you can go in and try cloths on for
> size and fit. Check other items they have in
> inventory... but you can't take anything home. You
> buy there, or, basically on-line and the items are
> them shipped to your home or office. I believe
> they said returns could be made at these stores,
> but not exchanges.
>
> Perhaps that's a look into the future!
>
> Corventure Dave

Furniture and appliance stores have been operating this way for years.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: January 10, 2019 08:49AM

How many Sears tool departments have you visited over the years?

Growing up in LA there were lots of Sears stores...my count is 10-12.

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: January 10, 2019 08:58AM

My first recollection is the North Hollywood store when Ted Williams was their pitch man.

The Dally family used to eat at the cafeteria (cant remember the name) joint around the corner.

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 10, 2019 11:06AM

Cliftons??





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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: January 10, 2019 11:17AM

You got it Matt!!!

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 10, 2019 11:32AM

Very popular in the 50's... Father was a postman...belonged to Fedco?

We would travel once a month to LA to the nearest one.... and eat at a Clifton's..





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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: January 10, 2019 02:41PM

I remember the Fedco too.

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: January 10, 2019 02:46PM

Richmond had GEM store, Government Employees Merchandise, like GEICO was Government Employees Insurance Company. My grandfather was a member of both.

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: Mark Pietz ()
Date: January 10, 2019 03:17PM

MattNall Wrote:
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> Very popular in the 50's... Father was a
> postman...belonged to Fedco?
>
> We would travel once a month to LA to the nearest
> one.... and eat at a Clifton's..

You mention "Clifton's", so that places it at the mall in West Covina. I lived a few miles away "over the hill" in Pomona (hit the I-10 eastbound). Wallach's Music City was another large store in that mall, but close to the interstate. Sold records, another obsolete technology swept away by progress.

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: January 11, 2019 04:04AM

Dug a little more and you get to be right Mark.

The cafeteria I'm referring to was called Schabers.

Located at 12141 Victory Boulevard North Hollywood.

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: Allan Lacki ()
Date: January 11, 2019 12:15PM

Back in the 1960s, the parents of my buddies Bob & Bill used to shop at Sears and had a Sears catalog around the house. I distinctly remember it having a Corvair section - like the J.C. Whitney catalogs of old - except a bit smaller. If I remember, the parts included aftermarket dual exhaust for Corvairs and some other accessories. Anybody remember this? smiling smiley

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: 2ragtops ()
Date: January 13, 2019 07:55AM

Their parts section is still operating...…….I just ordered two parts for my lawn tractor.

Bob Bauer

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 13, 2019 08:12AM

Local Sears Franchise Stores will remain open...at least our says it is..





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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: January 13, 2019 08:12AM

I've used Die Hard black oxford work shoes for a million years...probably should buy a pair now.

[www.sears.com]

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Re: OT: Looks like Sears is finally done. sad smiley
Posted by: Setterz54 ()
Date: January 13, 2019 08:51AM

Im very sorry to see Sears go away. I loved the tools.Being able to take a ratchet back that was giving you trouble and get a new one was great. I also use to buy the work shoes.I cant understand why the management sat back and let it go.I too have been going to Sears since I was a kid with my father for tools and my mom for clohes sometimes.Montgomery Wards was ok but I always thought Sears was better for tools.

Setterz54
Fulton,MD.

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