And so it begins, the end of Sears

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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,427
    edited October 2018
    Lot's of stores went oob

    Gimbles
    Montgomery Ward
    Kinney Shoes
    Woolworth
    S Klein
    EJ Korvette
    JJ Newberry
    Tower Records
    Thom McCann
    Sterns
    Steinbeck
    Caldor
    A&P
    Grand Union
    Pathmark
    Service Merchandise
    Alexanders
    Rickels
    Bradlees
    Channel Lumber

    Sears is just the next one on the list
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,916
    OleBoot wrote: »
    OleBoot wrote: »
    I don't post much here about hifi as my stuff is garbage compared to most...
    So long as it's not Bose and Kraco… you are good. :p

    It's mostly Hello Kitty.

    Then you are welcome to hang out and talk audio. Jesse still uses a Hello Kitty microphone setup for Karaoke nights in his man cave.
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    I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” .

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 5,448
    mantis wrote: »
    falls to the waste side.
    If you don't know a phrase, it's probably a good idea not to use it. :p
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 5,137
    My twenty-somethings have likely never entered a Sears on their own, and probably never will. I used to buy a lot of their products, but haven't bought anything there in years. There was a really nice mall near me that opened in the mid-80s and slowly died in the new millennium. It has since been flattened.
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 5,137
    BTW, growing up, we only had a Sears catalog store in town through to the early 80s before the mall opened and Sears was (and still is) an anchor. Kind of like a walk-in Amazon in hard copy, and your stuff got delivered to the store.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,342
    Viking64 wrote: »
    mantis wrote: »
    falls to the waste side.
    If you don't know a phrase, it's probably a good idea not to use it. :p

    Aww, c'mon. You know what they say, Ways not, want not.

  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 5,448
    mhardy6647 wrote: »

    Aww, c'mon. You know what they say, Ways not, want not.

    Hey! Whose wayside are you on, anyway?!?!?! :p

    Hmmm....make that "who's" just for the fun of it. HAHAHA
  • OleBootOleBoot Posts: 708
    OleBoot wrote: »
    OleBoot wrote: »
    I don't post much here about hifi as my stuff is garbage compared to most...
    So long as it's not Bose and Kraco… you are good. :p

    It's mostly Hello Kitty.

    Then you are welcome to hang out and talk audio. Jesse still uses a Hello Kitty microphone setup for Karaoke nights in his man cave.

    I'll post something meaningful one day, but health problems in the past couple of years and retiring on a small fixed income have been keeping me from furthering this hobby. I have quite a few things in the closet - an MF integrated, a few pairs of assorted Kef speakers, a pair of Monitor 10's in pieces, a 1990 NAD home theater system, a little Cambridge integrated which was one of the last Stan Curtis designs, a Manticore Mantra turntable and other stuff. If somebody cures my excruciating back pain, I'll start putting things together.



  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,736
    I don't like any of you forkwits here.
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,736
    Except Cathy....
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,916
    Target has a decent shot of pulling through, though I have had some concerns over the years about them, especially after the failure of their signature stores, Dayton’s.

    I found some pics recently of my sister and I with Santa Clause on the top floor of their store in downtown St. Paul.
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    I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” .

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,736
    mdaudioguy wrote: »
    I found some pics recently of my sister
    OMG, so did I! :p

    The college pics?! Me too!
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,916
    mdaudioguy wrote: »
    I found some pics recently of my sister
    OMG, so did I! :p

    You can have all you like, my sister so ugly, she could derail a freight train by looking at it from a thousand yards out.
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    I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” .

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 5,137
    mdaudioguy wrote: »
    I found some pics recently of my sister
    OMG, so did I! :p

    You can have all you like, my sister so ugly, she could derail a freight train by looking at it from a thousand yards out.

    Oh, maybe I can resistor!
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,916
    That’s what they thought about Medusa too, until they decapitated her. Proceed with caution.
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    I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” .

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,333
    mdaudioguy wrote: »
    mdaudioguy wrote: »
    I found some pics recently of my sister
    OMG, so did I! :p

    You can have all you like, my sister so ugly, she could derail a freight train by looking at it from a thousand yards out.

    Oh, maybe I can resistor!

    Doubt it she's a man eater...
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,916
    For those thinks I am wrong to bag on my sister... what else can I do for a woman that ignored her mother for 35 years, even as she was dying, and withheld a grand daughter from her? Nothing but contempt for her...
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” .

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,736
    For those thinks I am wrong to bag on my sister... what else can I do for a woman that ignored her mother for 35 years, even as she was dying, and withheld a grand daughter from her? Nothing but contempt for her...

    I'd hit it.....
    Twice on Sunday morning.....
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,916
    I won’t ask how,.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” .

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,333
    edited October 2018
    I won’t ask how,.

    With 6.6 liters what else?
    I believe he calls it his "boom truck" whatever that is... o:)o:)
  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 6,721
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I think the retail business (businesses -- K-Mart, too) are finished.
    The parade passed them by, two decades ago (at least).

    meanwhile, a reminder of happier times.

    http://www.wishbookweb.com/the-catalogs/


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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,342
    ...
    ... with Santa Clause on the top floor of their store in downtown St. Paul.
    Did you type that just to give @Viking64 something to do?

    :|

  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,895
    Sears was great but not sure if any of you had the store Service Merchandise in your neighborhood growing up, but their electronics Dept was the Bomb!!
    Then after you ordered, you would wait at the end of the carousel rollers to get your “widget”
    Happy memories.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,342
    Service Merchandise was one of a number of weird catalog stores with (ostensibly) limited membership, big catalogs, name brands, good prices, and weird models for customers. You didn't pick up your merchandise, you picked it out, then waited - as per the description above - for it to come to you.

    In Baltimore, there was one called W. Bell & Company. There was also a similar store called "Best", with a huge catalog. There were others, too, I am pretty sure.

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,493
    Todays no different Doc. You pick out your stuff and wait for it to be delivered.....by Amazon.
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,895
    tonyb wrote: »
    Todays no different Doc. You pick out your stuff and wait for it to be delivered.....by Amazon.

    So true
    I do miss showrooms though. Nothing in the middle anymore. Either stupid high end where you almost need a ticket to enter the showroom (electronics) or big box which is the worst way to showcase that type of gear.
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  • JstasJstas Posts: 14,223
    cfrizz wrote: »
    I'm sorry, but it's JUST a store, plenty have come and gone and they should have been allowed to die a loooong time ago. That's just life, adapt or die. Just ask Woolworths, Kennedys, Zayres.

    Stop living in the past wishing for the good old days which weren't that good and focus on the future. Otherwise, you will end up just as useless and irrelevant as the above stores.

    LOL! Irrelevant...whatever.

    No, dear, I'm not living in the past wishing for the good ole days.

    I was, quite literally, in a Sears the weekend before last getting parts for my Craftsman lawn tractor and I picked up a new attachment for my Craftsman weedwhacker.

    Not having Sears is seriously going to suck.

    I can only hope that the website still survives. Kmart can go the way of the dodo for all I care. Hated that place. Sears, though, it's going to get much harder to source repair parts and product info/manuals if Sears goes completely solvent. I won't be able to easily repair my equipment without access to the Sears parts department. That's a significant cost change for me if I have to start replacing stuff that's broken because I can't get a repair part for it anymore.
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,427
    Sears didn't MAKE anything they just had their name on it ... So finding parts for your SEARS stuff won;t be hard... once you figure out who the REAL MANUFACTURER is.

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