6 retailers stuck in a slump

Don't waste your money hoping for turnarounds at these struggling stores.

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Jun 4, 2014 4:49PM
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Abercrombie has shut out a large portion of their previous customer base by making their sizes a lot smaller. I used to fit in their Large & XL size clothes, but now can't even fit in their XXL or XXXL - and no, I haven't increased in size! I have no sympathy for them, as they've brought this upon themselves. How long until they realize that they can't survive with only the narrow niche market they're trying to court?
Jun 4, 2014 5:08PM
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I'm not surprised Abercrombie is on here. Maybe people are noticing how expensive it is. And then there's the fact that I'm sure their sizes are bizarrely small. The only time I ever stepped in there I saw a shirt marked 'small' that measured probably 6 inches across on the waist. Maybe a slim 4 year old could fit into that but who knows. Plus they've had issue in the past with gender and ethnic discrimination with both their employees and whom they choose to depict in their advertisements. I've never been a fan of them.
Jun 4, 2014 5:32PM
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The word schadenfreude comes to mind when I read about A&F. Couldn't have happened to a more elitist and obnoxious company. Because of all their bad press and their negativity toward 2/3s of the population they have succeeded in making it uncool to shop there. My 17 year old daughter and her friends wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything from A&F.

Jun 4, 2014 5:09PM
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I've never shopped at Abercrombie or Hollister. I don't do business with companies run by pompous, arrogant azzwipes and I also don't do business with corporate bullies such as Apple, Google and Intel.
Jun 4, 2014 8:43PM
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Have you also noticed all the restaurants going under?  The country is paying gas prices

that leaves nothing to spend on anything else.  You have to get to work and church on

Sunday. At $4.30 a gallon there is your answer. Then add in taxes on everything and it is

pretty obvious why there is nothing left.  Feeding three kids and going to the movies can

bankrupt a family in short order. 

Jun 4, 2014 5:54PM
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Oh no!  What will all the beautiful thin people wear?
Jun 4, 2014 6:23PM
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Big suprise,they, are all over priced
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Stores like Abercrombie and American Eagle need to stop making every shirt with their name in huge letters across it. Because when trends in high-school (who I am guessing is the only people who wear this stuff) change...they change. If they sold clothing that was less "flashy of their brand" they would have a bigger volume of customers. Instead they want to be annoying. AMERICAN EAGLE across the front of your shirt will never be cool again, it's almost as bad as AEROPOSTALE!
Jun 4, 2014 10:58PM
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Maybe the fact that Abercrombie & Fitch sort of resembles a porn shop with low lights and pictures of half naked guys with their hand in their pants, or unzipped has had something to do with their decline.  
Jun 4, 2014 6:35PM
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STAPLES has nobody to blame but itself.  I've  been a long-time customer for years noting their increasing high prices coupled with  'foggy' wording and offers on their internet sites.  Too many lead ons with 'bait and switch' at the counter with excuses about this and that really being "on .com"--whatever that means.  So sad, too bad.  I just wish other big companies like KROGER, WALMART etc. here could step in with decent pricing to give STAPLES a much needed jolt.  Yet, I still wish them well.  Their young employees here far better than the company deserves.  Let's see the top salaries of their execs cut along with bonuses.   
Jun 4, 2014 6:33PM
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ANF lie about their size standards.  All they did was replace the size tags on their clothes.  For example, their men's medium shirt is now a large!  They did not make any effort to actually produce an large size because the use of more fabric and woven to actually make the correct size would cost them more
Jun 4, 2014 10:47PM
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I'm not surprised and slightly delighted to A&F loosing business. by insulting people and taking the snob approach they doomed themselves. He took a gamble that others were like him and clearly they weren't. people were disgusted enough to affect his sales.

 

Jun 4, 2014 10:16PM
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Well that because all these stores are way too high for their merchandise and people will shop elsewhere for bargains. Even when these stores have sales it NO sale. Good Ridden I say,they will not be missed.
Jun 4, 2014 4:59PM
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The last time I walked into a Banana Republic I practically walked back out---why no cloths for Women, only kids and young adults!
Jun 4, 2014 9:51PM
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again focusing on teens that rather pay for an Iphone than clothes.....parents are finally saying one or the other.....that is why teens dress like they are homeless.....so they can talk or TEXT ....bad decisions
Jun 4, 2014 9:49PM
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not surprised, they focus on the young 20-30 year olds....guess what they do not have jobs....I never bought one thing in last 10 years....so not the style of people that have money....they had stuff that I bought 11 years ago.
Jun 4, 2014 9:30PM
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These retailers are getting greedy, they get their stock at a cheaper  price than us consumers. Maybe they should try lowering their markup some. Just a thought.
Jun 4, 2014 8:44PM
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Rember NAFTA , Communist China, Pensions stole, my pay alone was cut 15 per cent.
Jun 5, 2014 2:28AM
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Abercrombie sexualized young teenagers and even pre-teens and people on this thread are talking about clothes sizes. Abercrombie made their store a store of perverts by selling sex to underage teenagers and children. This is the main reason for Abercrombie's fall. You see American parents still have a sense of morality for their children and they don't want a store sexualizing their underage children.

Score one for the good guys, I hope that Abercrombie goes bankrupt.

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