Here’s your midweek funny — Save negative 20% at Sears! Thanks to Mary for sending this one over. 🙂
Here’s another in our series of big name store closings 🙁 — Sears will be closing its State Street store in Chicago by early April.
… does anyone else want to add: “Surprising no one?” Except, perhaps, Pat Quinn, who just signed them over a whole bunch of tax breaks to try to keep their HQ in IL. Um.
Sears Holdings Corp. tumbled the most in 8 1/2 years after saying it will close as many as 120 stores, with a deeper-than-expected sales decline casting doubt on Chairman Edward Lampert’s efforts to turn around the chain. Lampert has tried several strategies since merging Sears with Kmart in 2005, none of which have reversed falling sales.
Same-store sales at the largest U.S. department store chain fell 5.2 percent in the eight weeks ended Dec. 25, Sears said today. By contrast, such sales in the department-store sector as a whole will climb an estimated 4 percent in November and December, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York-based trade group.
Here’s some free strategy for you, Sears/Kmart: Decide what you want to be. If you’re going to be a discount store, then drop your prices. If you’re going to be high quality, then clean up your dingy, dirty stores and improve the merchandise. You can’t sell low-quality products at high prices; people are smarter than that. Oh. And fix your horrible websites.
Boom, now give me millions in tumbling stock options. 🙂
I think I’m going to start hanging out my shingle as a high priced social media consultant to corporations. Here’s my gratis advice to Sears/Kmart for the day:
- Perhaps streaming movie rentals are not precisely the best fit for your business model.
- Maybe it’s a good idea to look at the complaints people have about you online.
- People share coupons on the Internet.
- Please fix your website.
- The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
OK, not to pick on them in particular. But it’s amazing to me how often large corporations, who I’m assuming do have galleries of high priced consultants at their beck and call, make very basic missteps. So what advice would you have for them? 🙂
This post has been sponsored by Sears. All opinions here, however, are my own.
I just realized I hadn’t updated you all on what happened with my crazy online shopping experience at Sears. Sears customer service called me last week and just placed my order over the phone. One thing I will say: Everyone I have dealt with at Sears, whether in the store or on the phone, has been super nice. So thumbs up for customer service.
All but one item has now arrived, so I’m going to be running some giveaways here. (Do not try to enter on this post — I’ll be running separate giveaway posts!) So here’s what I ended up buying (not pictured, one pair of earrings that hasn’t shown up yet). In addition to the giveaways, I’ll be donating some items — the Disney CD player is going to Toys for Tots tomorrow, and the mom PJs/boy pants are going to Salvation Army.
One Nintendo Wii (with Wii Sports and Sport Resort) and extra Wiimote for family gift
Land’s end lunchbox, hat and mittens set, PJs for pretend preschool girl
Disney sing along boom box for pretend preschool girl
Earrings and 2 pairs of PJs for pretend mom and fleece PJ pants for pretend preteen boy
Nintendo DSi for pretend preteen boy
4 LED flashlights and batteries for stocking stuffers
There’s something like $8-9 left on the Sears gift card, so I’ll probably just give that away, too.
Well… this was interesting! One thing I did learn was that I should have listened to my intuition from the beginning that confining all of your holiday shopping to one store is not necessarily the best choice. It would have been a lot more fun to have $600 to just chase the deals. 🙂 But, that’s probably more of a reflection of my own shopping habits and personality than anything else.
Sears store? Nicer than I remembered, and I will probably head back if I’m looking for tools or appliances, given their selection and the customer service. Sears website? Well, we’re not friends.
Sears Countdown deals
They also just sent me some countdown to Christmas deals to share, so here goes!
Sears Countdown Now! Deals 12/22- 12/24
- Keurig B40 Single Serve Coffeemaker Sale $109.99, Reg. $119.99
- 50-60% off coats, fleece, sweaters & sleepwear for the family!
- $69.99 Kodak C143 12mp Digital Camera – Reg. $89.99
- 50% Off DieHard PlUS All Other Workboots On Sale.
- Save On All Tires PLUS $70 mail-in rebate when you buy 4 Michelin tires (rebate offer good thru 1/2/11)
- Your Choice Craftsman Nextec lithium ion Multitool or Hammerhead Auto hammer $79.99. Lowest Price Ever
- Your choice $99 1 ctw. diamond hearts reg. $299.99 plus up to 60% off all other Fine Jewelry