25 thoughts on “August 13, 2017

  1. Weird. I always thought of Grumbels as a lower-end store like Target or the old KMart. $800 is custom-tailoring territory.

    • @Ethan

      I always thought more JCPenney/Sears to be honest. Mainly because it is at a mall and they have elevators when we do see the layout of the store.

      • @the guy – I was thinking about price but, yes, I forgot that Target and KMart are standalone and not in malls.

        @Carlos – I think you’re right. I took it too literally.

        • At a former mall around here, Walmart was one of the anchor stores. The idiot store owners let them seal themselves off from the rest of the mall. It killed the mall.

          Now the mall has been redesigned into a strip mall (yes, they actually removed the vast majority of the physical mall to turn it into a strip mall layout)

          • I fear that one of the major malls in eastern Ottawa, Canada is in the process of similarly mutilating themselves.

          • Closed malls are being redone, because most shoppers are “Destination Shoppers”. The malls get filled with teens, etc (both naughty and nice) that aren’t spending money, but discourage other shoppers. Stores see the decline in branches in malls, close those stores. Malls get to be ghost towns. Happened to a couple of them here.
            The downside, is the cookie-cutter centers (I am hitting all the branches of a fave store, for sale racks) I came out of a store, and had to really think about which center I’m in.

          • Sounds like Argyle Mall in London, ON. The passageway between the former mall and Walmart has been sealed off or demolished, leaving only the odd-looking entrance to the Winners store as the only remnant of it.

    • Well, I mean, our Aussie Targets used to stock a fake leather jacket that was around $360 (it’s now $299 😐), but nothing close to $800. Probably a designer’s collection?

      • If I remember correctly the Australian Target and TargetCorp are not the same entity. Also Target is not low end, Kmart and ShopKo are low end and dying, and least in the Great Lakes area they are.

  2. Usually discontinued items are marked down. I can’t imagine Grumble’s having a $800 pair of pants, much less anything marked down to that price.

  3. stores in the mall certainly do have higher priced clothing. I would expect higher priced jackets in Jos.A.Banks but not in Penny’s.

    I was in there recently and saw a blazer from a company I thought was long extinct…Hart-Schaffner and Marks (sic). The price tag was 800 USD. I nearly had a coronary. AS I said, I did not expect that from JC Penny’s.

  4. I do agree with the customer – whenever I find something I like, it’s immediately discontinued. I once asked the manager why I couldn’t find something, and he told me they stopped carrying it.
    “It’s one of your most popular products!”
    “Yeah. I know. We couldn’t keep it in stock, so we dropped it.”
    That’s what passes for logic around here.

    • This happens to me All. The. Time. Especially at grocery stores and restaurants. It’s like the minute I decide I like something they have to discontinue it. In one case the girl behind the counter said “Just order something else!” I was so ticked I walked out. Things that are different are not the same. I haven’t darkened their door since.

  5. I get this struggle. You find something that doesn’t make you look like Sasquatch, and either it’s too expensive or it is not going to be carried by anyone , anywhere ever again. I found a jeans line like that, and if I run across them, I get a pair, whatever the cost. This strip is being sarcastic but truthful.

    • Part of the problem is the way the women’s fashion industry works. They assume that women want something new and different every season, so even popular styles are discontinued. It doesn’t matter if it’s something as basic as jeans and t-shirts, after about 3 months you cannot find the same style again ANYWHERE and the new stuff is just different enough that it won’t fit or look quite the same.

    • I find that if I try something on and it looks good, fits well and is something I can wear often (matches easily with other stuff I own, etc.), it’s worth buying it at virtually whatever the cost. A skirt that costs $100 but I can happily wear to work twice a week for the next five years is worth way more than one for $50 that I only put on if it’s an absolute last resort, or that only goes with one of my tops.

  6. I’ve seen both a K-Mart and a Target that anchored malls in two different states. In the case of the Target, they had taken over the location of a defunct higher-end chain, although they only used two of the three floors that had made up that older store. I remember an escalator that included a cart carrier so that you could get your cart transfered while you rode the regular escalator.

  7. No, discontinued only happens when there’s a product *I* like. And usually within two months of my discovering it.

    That, or they ‘improve’ it until it no longer functions the way I need it to.

    If I find something that I really like and can use effectively, it’s doomed, even if it’s setting sales records when I find it.

    Yup. That’s me. I’m the retail Grim Reaper.

  8. Many clothing (and furniture) retailers want to be on the cutting edge of fashion, whatever/however they choose to define it. Once a style becomes popular with enough people, it becomes “mainstream” and therefore “too common.” SO….. clearance it out as outdated and bring in the new styles.

    It’s also a survival tactic… as long as they can convince enough shoppers that they need to “keep up with fashion” they’ll sell stuff, and selling means being able to pay bills & keep Corporate and The Stockholders happy.

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