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Old 01-08-2019, 11:59 AM   #46
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I totally get it. I was wondering genuinely if people cared, and yes they do.

I also used to go to Toys R Us as a kid but by the time they went out of business I hadn't stepped in one for years, so no more nostalgia. Haven't been in a Sears in over 20 years.
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:09 PM   #47
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No tears, but yeah....sentimental.
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:13 PM   #48
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Anyone remember Gemco before Walfart moved into California?

I didn't even know what Walmart was, growing up.
Gemco got replaced by Target. When the Walnut Creek store closed I bought out their stock of Garbage Pail Kids
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:20 PM   #49
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My first apprentice tool box/roller cabinet was a Craftsman.
I traded it in on a Snap-On monstrosity a few years later.
The cool part: I got to buy it back from the my Snap-On dealer a few years after that.
It sits proudly in my garage to this day.
No tears, but yeah....sentimental.

Funny, my first and still current shop box is a Craftsman from Sears too. I figured some day I would buy a fancy Kennedy but so far i have not needed to.
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:54 PM   #50
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:36 PM   #51
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For me, the saddest thing about Sears is that it SHOULD have become what Amazon is. It basically was, back in the day. Selling everything from clothes to cars, via mailing service.

I saw an amazing video about how the Sears catalog gave blacks the same retail power as whites, in an age of segregated shopping in stores.

That Lambert guy is basically more of a villain in my eye than Pharma-bro was.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:50 PM   #52
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For me, the saddest thing about Sears is that it SHOULD have become what Amazon is. It basically was, back in the day. Selling everything from clothes to cars, via mailing service.

I saw an amazing video about how the Sears catalog gave blacks the same retail power as whites, in an age of segregated shopping in stores.

That Lambert guy is basically more of a villain in my eye than Pharma-bro was.
^ Interesting perspective. I never considered the social impact of mail order or the face that Sears was the pre-amble to amazon.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:54 PM   #53
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I had me one of these Sears All-State 125cc scooters. Made by Vespa.
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Old 01-08-2019, 02:31 PM   #55
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Yeah, but itís just like the kids that try to keep grandpa alive so they can steal his pension checks, so itís not really a reprieve in the classic sense.
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The loss of choices is bad for consumers. We may think the internet will save us, but once we buy EVERYTHING from Amazon, we will be prisoners to whatever they want to charge or sell us. Online shopping will continue to consolidate, it won't be a good thing for most of us.
They already have raised prices by quite a bit. Remember not too long ago they have the fastest shipping and the best prices you can find, now most things on Amazon Prime are 20-30% more than retail or ebay.
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Oh yes, the catalog. Days when you actually had to go through all the pages and find new things; instead of what's trending/most viewed these days.

Or peruse the women's undergarment section as a teen...lol
Going through the toy section wishing for things before Christmas brings back those memories.
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:09 PM   #58
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Anyone remember Gemco before Walfart moved into California?

I didn't even know what Walmart was, growing up.
Ha yeah I think Target too...I was pissed at them for years, after they took over the Gemco in our area.

I used to shop around and buy GI Joes from Gemco, Svc Mdse, and Best

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Old 01-08-2019, 04:13 PM   #59
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They already have raised prices by quite a bit. Remember not too long ago they have the fastest shipping and the best prices you can find, now most things on Amazon Prime are 20-30% more than retail or ebay.
For me, Amazon is rarely the cheapest shopping option. I wouldn't say they're 20-30% more than retail though. I'd say it's on par with retail, but nothing that can't be found cheaper online elsewhere. I have prime, but prime really is just a membership akin to Costco, with some crappy video/audio/book? thrown in here and there, and damn if they're not making a killing just off membership fees. Some of the add-on deals can be good, and they'll often price match individual items on big box retailers, etc.

Amazon is the Sears of yore.
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:20 PM   #60
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I dunno, for the most part Amazon is pretty much in line with meatspace retail, in my experience. On occasion, they, or some sub seller, will blow stuff out and you can get some cray cray deals. Not always, but sometimes.

Often times, I'd rather just run down to the Brick & Mortar and do bidness there. However, I find too often that they are openly hostile to customers, so I say fuck it, go home and get the same (or better) shit online for the same price (or better) without the shitty attitude.

I'll gladly pay a little more for decent customer service. Shit in my Cheerios and lose me as a customer.
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