On Sunday, April 28, 2013 10:26:43 AM UTC-4, Bob wrote:
ARS DOES NOT MAKE TAPE MEASURES ANYMORE. THEY REPLACED THE CRAFTSMAN TAPE
MEASURE WITH ANOTHER BRAND BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THIS ONE BREAKS? SOUNDS L
IKE A SNEAKY WAY TO GET AROUND A "LIFETIME WARRANTY" MAYBE A "CLASS ACTION
SUIT" IS BREWING????
SEARS IS NOT WHAT THEY USED TO BE!
On 5/29/2013 4:07 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
DOES NOT MAKE TAPE MEASURES ANYMORE. THEY REPLACED THE CRAFTSMAN TAPE MEASURE
WITH ANOTHER BRAND BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THIS ONE BREAKS? SOUNDS LIKE A SNEAKY
WAY TO GET AROUND A "LIFETIME WARRANTY" MAYBE A "CLASS ACTION SUIT" IS
The vast majority of people want cheap so they now shop at China Harbor
On 5/29/2013 3:07 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Sears doesn't own Craftsman anymore. The guy who now owns Sears and
Kmart moved Craftsman and Kenmore into a separate holding company.
That's why you see those brands being sold at other stores. Clever
move on his part - once he's done stripping Sears and Kmart of their
assets and the chains go belly up, those two brands will remain in his
control, continuing to earn him money.
That's not news. Where have you been? Sears and Kmart were bought by a
hedge fund guy. He hasn't much time for retail. He doesn't put income
earned by Sears/Kmart back into the businesses, he invests it
elsewhere. Eventually the chains will no longer be profitable. When
that happens, he'll shut them down and sell off the remaining assets.
He's already planning on converting thousands of the stores into data
centers. Others will be sold for redevelopment.
eddie lampert runs sears k mart, he has milked money out of them
forever, sold off the assets.
the problem is people prefer to shop at nice stores, by not
reinvesting any money back into the stores they detoriate and sales
sears k mart will likely be sold off when eddie is done stripping the
just walk thru your local sears or k mart, cracked floors, scratched
display cases, holes in cieling tiles, worn out stores......
meanwhile eddie smiles he got his money out.......
its all very sad........ intentially killing a chain of stores
He is killing it faster, but it would die anyway. Just like J C
Penney is dying. Wal Mart, Target, Kohl's are taking what walk in
business is left and internet sales are still growing.
I'm not so sure Wal Mart will do as well in the future. They seem to
be out of a lot of product and there is a lot of negativity from some
people because of their business model.
I kept tally of my Wal Mart shopping "experience" for several months
and found that 15% (average) of the items on my shopping list were out
of stock (empty shelf). The worst section was the bakery. About 25%
of the shelf space was empty at 10:00 AM on a Sunday morning. Every
Complaints to the home office brought no improvement. WM is the only
game in our small town and they know it.
Every time I leave a WM I find myself praying for a Target super
Perhaps either the stuff is already gone by the time you get your ass
out of bed or they're not selling enough in that store to justify the
inventory, particularly the perishables (like bread). The WMs here
certainly don't have that problem. They all seem to be well stocked
(except ammunition but Janet has all of that).
They know they're losing money without inventory. They probably also
know that they would lose more with it.
I go into Target once a week to grab money from the ATM (they're in
our out-of-state CU's network = free). I may buy something there once
a year; too expensive. We shop in WM perhaps once every other week
(and Sam's once a month).
Your experience certainly isn't universal.
On Fri, 31 May 2013 12:24:44 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Seems to be happening in many areas of the country. I've read
complaints from various areas in other newsgroups too. My guess is,
some genius said "lets reduce inventory to boost cash flow" and they
made some arbitrary cuts.
For the past 20+ years I've been buying cheap Black & Decker irons
from Walmart at the rate of a couple a month I've not been able to
find them in a couple of WalMarts in the area, but K Mart had about 2
dozen of them. I picked up five.
For the curious, we use them at work for sealing plastic bags. I've
never found a better method or a better tool than a Teflon coated
iron. B & D works better than other brands too.
With the wrong inventory, yes, but with common item that move on a
regular basis, no. They have records of what moves.
Maybe not universal, but seeming getting common.
I'm not crazy about Target either.
penneys was historical profitable and paid a dividend, till Ron
crackpot Johnson was put in charge:(
is less than 2 years his reinvention of retail nearly killed the
retailer, the disaster could of easily been prevented if they had test
marketed his ideas in one select area......
penneys will be lucky to survive, they could easily join montogmery
ward and WT GRANT in the dustbin of one time great retailers who
ceased to exist.......
The only thing going for Kmart is where they don't have competition
from Walmart or similar. I have one here in NJ that's a lot closer to
than either of two Walmarts. The Kmart is not the worst I've seen,
it's older and as you say they haven't put money back into it for a
Their point of sale system is decades old. I have been in there a few
times now where they couldn't check people out because it was
either running slow or down altogether. It went down last year right
before Xmas. I was standing in line, first it was running very slow,
then it went down. To bring it back up,they have to download over
very slow link and do it one register at a time. After 10 or 15
I suggested to mgt that they just give us bags so we could leave our
stuff and come back later. That is what I and most of the other
did. But how many times do you have to go through that before you
don't go there again? And you would think having a good POS
system would be one of the things you would put money into, unless
you plan to close the store in a few months. This has been going onn
On Fri, 31 May 2013 07:17:12 -0700 (PDT), " email@example.com"
Our K Mart was made into a Sears Essentials, not back to K Mart again.
It is well kept, clean and neat. It has one big advantage over the
Wal Mart. The parking lot is empty. If I know what I need, I go past
the crowd at WM and go the 1/4 mile to KM and get in and out fast.
Funny thing is, KM and WM fought over the location for a new store
about a dozen years ago. Both wanted the same parcel. KM won, but WM
found a better location right off the highway exit, very visible
versus not visible at all.
Another Sears complaint is that they now fail to honor the lifetime
guarantee on the heat exchanger in their oil furnace because they no
longer sell or service furnaces in my area (New Hampshire). They need
to send a technician to certify that the thing is broken, but they have
none here. Also looking up the heat exchanger on their website shows
that it is no longer available.
Of course the warranty was never worth that much in the first place, as
a heat exchanger costs about $500 (covered), but the labor is about
$1000 (not covered).
So I will have to buy a new furnace before next winter, but it will be
good to get rid of the Sears junk anyway.
On Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:28 -0700, bob.effectiveleadership360 wrote:
A few years ago, I brought a Craftsman steel/aluminum
tape measure to Sears, and they replaced it with a plastic
non-Craftsman tape measure, saying that they no longer
honor the guarantee of 1:1 replacment for tape measures.
Of course, the new tape measure was *not* covered under
the guarantee, and it broke a year or two after that.
Also, about a year ago, I handed them my favorite socket
handle, and they took 8 weeks to repair it, saying they
no longer replace socket handles with new ones on the spot.
That handle had the year 1972 inscribed on the handle, so,
I must say I did get my use out of it; yet, still, I had
expected an on-the-spot replacement, based on the marketing
hype around their tool guarantee.
These two experiences with the Craftsman guarantee don't
impress me much, so, while I like their tools, I wouldn't
argue with anyone who said the guarantee isn't what it used
to be (whatever it used to be).
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