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JC Penney jumped the shark and got rid of staple brands like button down oxford shirts for women, classic blazers, decent jeans and went with this garish, hideous trend of tacky clothes I wouldn't be caught dead in. You used to be able to count on JCP for classic separates and one or two stand out pieces and now it's all garish, ghetto trash, rhinestones, loud patterns, garish colors, non classic styles...just very disappointing. They were always the Go To store and now we're searching elsewhere for the classic pieces.
The whole shopping mentality of the consumers have totally changed. It was like an inborn habit to get out and roam in the malls and buy whatever they found attractive. But, now everybody has changed, both the rich and poor to another habit of buying only those needs, not the wants. All the stores were dumping billions of dollars worth made in China goods, the consumer never read
the "made in" label, so we were in a dream world of total gullibility. We don't have jobs, no money and now plunging into serious economic crisis. Many department stores will be closed within
five years for ever.
Just had an awesome experience at Best Buy and the Geek Squad has never let me down. In this day of unreliable products, they have stood there offering way more than the manufacturer's warranty ever does. Quick to respond and excellent work when they get here. You can't buy someting and depend on it to work very long, it seems, and it's a good thing to find someone who offers a warranty without enough loopholes to drive a car through.
JCP has some work to do, but they have awesome value for the money. Yes, they're a bit skewed toward teens, but who ultimately buys for those teen for the most part? And their men's department is one of the best you can find at those prices. Super baby and child departments.
As you watch the post office and the problems they're having and the way their prices are skyrocketing, we'll see if the shippers don't ultimately kill off the online shopping and send us back to the physical stores... right now they're managing, but we are paying, either through the item price with free shipping or the actual shipping, which is sometimes as much as the item. eBay makes the seller pay a final value fee on the shipping and then paypal takes its cut. The seller has to add those fees (up to 13%) to the selling price. We'll see. It will be sad if the shipping issue sends us back to the stores,and then we find that they're all closed.
Shop your town, buy USA. We have power as consumers.
This economy is not better. Anyone who believes it is must have blinders on. Many of the people I have known all my life are stuggling to make ends meet. Not because they are foolish with money but because there isn't enough left at the end of the week to buy anything but necessities. i am an old farm boy and i remember when we farmed that we were pretty poor most of the time.We got out because there really was no getting ahead as a small farmer. Today suddenly many farmers are the wealthiest people in the area. Times have changed.
More and more Dollor stores are popping up . Every small town has one it seems and they are usually busy. yes they have lower quality goods but that seems like all most can afford. When i think of Pennys I think higher prices and higher quality. Same with stores like Macys and Dillards and Oster Bearmans. I rarely shop there anymore because of this mind set. I can't afford to spend $35 on a shirt when i can get one for $15 at Walmart or a Dollar store. Not as good a shirt and not what I would prefer but serves my "need" .
There will be fewer choices when shopping as our economy sinks further. There will still be Rodeo drive for the wealthy but here in the real world it will be Walmart and the dollor stores.
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