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Oliver    Posted 11-17-2004 at 08:06:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
What in the world is going on here? Sears, the once great retailer that helped grow the rural areas of this nation, and Kmart the "sell cheap stuff cheap" giant, that tried to go "upscale" cheap, have just gone together to prove that one great big company can fail worse than two smaller ones.

Remember when Sears was the biggest retailer around? Then they started moving away from the business philosophy that had made them so great, and they couldn't figure out why things were going from bad to worse.

Remember when you could go to Kmart and buy the cheapest one of anything there was around. Practically everything they sold was disposable, and at a disposable price. Then they tried to add designer names to their disposable stuff and double and triple the price.

People didn't like what either company was doing and they took their business to Sam Walton.

If this new Sears Holding Company makes a go of it, it will surely be with new ideas that Sears and Kmart haven't been trying on their own. Personally I don't think that will happen.

RayP(MI)    Posted 11-17-2004 at 18:05:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
What I heard was that KMart bought out Sears. Don't quote me on this, but I think I heard a price in the $17 BILLION range. (I'll be watching the 11:00news fer sure!) The plan is that Kmart will start carrying some of the Sears stuff, and vice-versa. My problem with this is that KMart was flat on their back recently, filing bankruptsy for protection from their creditors. Closing down stores by the dozens. WHERE'D ALL THE MONEY COME FROM? Must have been one heckova BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL!

RayP(MI)    Posted 11-18-2004 at 02:52:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
The figure given last night on the news was 11 BILLION, not as I stated above, sorry!

Rickstir    Posted 11-17-2004 at 13:08:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
To me, Sears started going downhill when the closed off their catalog division.

Does this mean.....    Posted 11-17-2004 at 12:50:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
....Martha Poppin’s will be hawking products under both store titles?

screaminghollow    Posted 11-17-2004 at 08:22:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
So will the new stores be called Kears or Smart?? Other than for tools, I never had much use for Sears and K-mart, well, if I wanted some cheap POS, that was an option. The Mrs. drags me to K-mart bout twice a year. I hate the place. Smell of rancid hotdogs at the "ptomain counter" permeates everything. They once had a good bargain basement sporting goods department with licenses guns and ammo. If you wanted the best price on a Mossberg Pump, or Glenfield lever gun, that was the place to go.

A few weeks ago, I stopped at a yard sale and the seller had a shoe box full (maybe 18 of em) of those old handwarmers, that you filled with lighter fluid. I bought the whole works for $3.00. There were three or four brand new in the box pocket warmers, .....K-mart brand.

I remember using those things all winter long, hunting season, cutting firewood, skating outdoors, sledding etc. No one uses them anymore. When I explained them to my 12 yr old daughter, she asked "You'd put something in your pocket that was on fire?????" I never heard of any accidents or charred clothing.

Manitoba    Posted 11-17-2004 at 09:24:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I still use my hand warmer, it works great...
I also have the new style that burns a stick
fuel...great for ice fishen!

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