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8 stocks that won't live to 2020

Under pressure from competitors and struggling to keep up with changing consumer demands, these companies are facing an uncertain future.

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Feb 12, 2013 9:07AM
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Worked for Sears & have been watching their decline since I worked for them in the early 2000's.  I saw the biggest problem as not keeping the items needed in stock.  They only focused on wanting the employees to sell their  "coverage" plans & credit cards.  You could get fired for not meeting their goals.  What a shame to see a great company fall.  My pop-in-law is a 35 year retieree, raised 7 kids.  Get back to real customer service & keeping the items requested in stock.  Goodbye Sears you will be missed for the company you were not the company you've become.  K-Mart helped to kill you but you were well on your way before that happened.
Feb 12, 2013 9:01AM
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Who knows what America will look like after four more years of Godless liberalism at the helm?  It is my opinion about 30 states will tell the other 20 to have a nice life.  How that will affect companies is anyone's guess.
Feb 12, 2013 8:59AM
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SEVEN years is a LOOOONG way off,,,,,,,,,,,,,A LOT can happen, just look at our past 7 years,,,,,,,,,,nothung but **** !
Feb 12, 2013 8:53AM
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Again, the real point in all the stories here on MSM are totally missed. But the Media has gone total Liberal, and all you average Americans have missed the boat.

 

  It boils down to this, and I'm just as much at fault for this as All you Americans.....

 

America is what it is today, because of what you allowed it to become....

 

Did you watch.....and pay attention to the NAFTA agreement? Did we make sure that products where still made in America? Nope we went for the easy cheap way out.....

 

Unions, for and at jobs.....back in the day....it was to keep things honest and fair.....today it's used to be greedy,,power,,,,and tied into the political MESS....

 

I feel honored to have been and remember Radio Shack and Sears for what they where.....I am sad they have changed.

 

I want to be positive...specially when I see all these kids throw their graduation caps into the air.....but really....perhaps they all should go to China....or  whatever.....nothing here in America to offer them except a  cell phone and a ticket to jail for textin'  Not to worry Mommy and Daddy on Assistance will foot the bill.....

 

America is the way YOU made it.....you can play the blame game pointin' fingers.....but in the end....it's all our doing. We have the power to change.....but........no one is willin' to make the sacrifice....

 

Ohh, and don't forget, the Ticks are growing in numbers....soon you will not have your health either. Don't expect anything to be done about that epdemic....if money can't be made first....Americans will be last....so fasten your seat belt...not to avoid the ticket, but to be ready for the ride in Hell.

 

Tick Toc......are you ready for the clock to stop?

 

 

Feb 12, 2013 8:42AM
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Oh, BS.

 

I don't know about the others, but the Sears/KMart debacle is due to a private equity company, a company like the one Mitt Romney used to run how many heritage US businesses into the ground, bought Sears.

 

The equity guy, with no retail experience ever, put himself in charge and made one bad move after another.

 

Another example that financiers are not businessmen.

Feb 12, 2013 8:25AM
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I disagree with Radio Shack having a solid business model. I have known a franchise owner since 1979. The Shack has gone from a hobbyists dream to a throw away nightmare. I currently purchase only soldering supplies there because I can get components from Mouser or Digi-Key for a fraction of what the Shack charges.
When they pulled the tube testers and started to sell pagers, I knew the company was struggling. Even back then and I am seriously surprised they have held on this long.

Want a rock solid investment? Anything that does with drinking water..

Feb 12, 2013 8:05AM
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Doesn't matter......when the stupid american cows voted in this president they voted for poverty anyways.
Feb 12, 2013 7:53AM
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I knew it was "over" for Radio Shack when they stopped carrying the thing they were unique for (electronic hobbyist supplies) - It's less than Walmart's electronic section now.  What will replace them for this niche market?
Feb 12, 2013 7:23AM
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Dan Burrows, I've heard this sort of rhetoric many a time over the course of the 30+ years I've been working with computers.  "Latest and greatest to squash everything you've ever used in computing!"

 

While I'm not saying HP isn't going to go down the tubes in the next 5-10 years or so, I'm saying THIS is hogwash: "Thanks to revolutionary mobile operating systems courtesy of Apple and Google, it's a tablet and smartphone world now. And there's no turning back."

 

Really?  Ever try to do real 3D design work on a tablet?  Or worse yet, a smartphone?  Got your SolidWorks or AutoCAD part to fire up on your iPhone, then convert it and print it out on your Dimensionsal 3D printer?  No?  Why?  That's because YOU CAN'T, because OS ports don't exist yet, and aren't likely to exist any time soon.  Why?  Because there isn't any economic incentive to do so.  So while you tote the extinction of the PC in favor of the tablet and smartphone, the reality is (at least in the industrial, commercial and just about every other enterprise sector) the plain old PC desktop isn't going to go away any time soon.  So that means HP and Dell are likely to survive longer than you are predicting.

 

Tablets and Smartphone will compliment the current infrastructure, but they won't replace it any time soon.

 

Scoff

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HP, Google and Game Stop should form Poogle Stop - and sell retro software and dial up pc cards - and while your at the drive thru getting your chicken, pick up a pair of plyers to work on your spaceship.  Pretty sure we will  all be driving around in our space-mobiles by then....might want to throw GM to that list too...wait nevermind sure the Gov will just bailem all out anyway...

 

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How about 8 stocks that WILL COME BACK by 2020!  Hostess will be #1!!!

Feb 12, 2013 6:10AM
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Feb 12, 2013 6:00AM
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I used to go to the Shack for electronic parts. The prices are overall absurd, the sales duds are rude. I can buy a combo at Dunkin Donuts, for what 2 packs of Chinese made fuses cost, lol. I do remember having fun on the phone...calling  and asking one of the duds to check stock on a 100 ohm resistor, LOLOL. CLICK!
Feb 12, 2013 5:44AM
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The Bush messed up the economy.  All we blame about him because of spending $$$ on the war with trillion dollars.
Feb 12, 2013 5:24AM
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Everyone,wake up.This is propaganda at its finest.First,create the rumor that a company isn't doing well.Second,cut wages,benifits,hours for employees.Third,ceo's get a raise.Fourth,merge and become to big to fail.Does anyone realize that the banking system carefully crafted a similiar model to inherit tons of our taxpayer money.They competed with each other until it was time to make the kill.Have everyone believe,"the world is gonna end if we don't make this deal".If we keep allowing these unjust practices to continue,we have had it.
Feb 12, 2013 5:20AM
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Rita Aid is not on the list?...They have more 6 billion in debt and they have to pay more 550 million interest alone annually...

Feb 12, 2013 5:11AM
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I like Radio shack because it has products, cheaper and accessories that the other stores don't have.  It's amazing how we have been reduced  to buying all accessories  through apple or ATT at a phenomenal price.  And forced to buy updated materials every two  years even if my own product  is still working, because I lost or some accessories aren't mde anymore by these larger companies where I'm  forced to buy an expensive upgrade where nothing  before is compatible.  Radio shack fits that niche.  If it falls away,  the larger companies will be happy

Feb 12, 2013 4:58AM
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The number one company that is the worst of the worst is "SEARS".  They used to sell good tools but now all their tools have been contracted out to "RED CHINA".  The poor quality shows.  The former vendor of Craftsman handtools was a company called Daneher.  Danerher had an excellent quality control section.  It was rare to have a craftsman tool break. If it did Sears would replace it, but a few years ago sears began to replace broken "rachets for 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch with "used" rachets and only new internal parts.  The result is they give you a beat up tool for the decent one you have to turn in.  Now that everything is chinese, the quality is garbage.  You may as well shop at the nearest "Harbor Freight" tool store if you don;t mind buying tools made in red china.  Harbor Freight has some tools made in Taiwan.  The tools made in Taiwan are a notch above the tools made in red china. Harbor Freight also will replace the tool for free.  The Harbor Freight tools cost far less than the crummy red chinese tools sold at Sears. Even the tools sold by Lowes are a notch above the Sears tools.  Sears policy has been to charge you for the same tool "twice" or even "thrice".  They figure they are going to have a lot of people bring tools in to get new ones so they charge you two or three times what the tools are worth.
Feb 11, 2013 3:10AM
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I think sears, if in distress will either go back to its early roots in catalog sales or  position itself in today's e-commerce market. Sears could re-corner the market focusing on reducing their overall overhead and downsizing to only warehouse holding. This will save money not only on paid wages and daily operational costs but this will also prevent breakage or other damages done to floor models that could have otherwise been sold. Technology today is advanced enough where three dimensional walk through's of display items are possible, while these are expensive to create the price is nothing compared to the current weight of operational costs of brick and motor stores. As an incentive to draw traffic to online environment E-stores, Sears can offer free lay-a-way via-online where cash out is due in 90 days. Of course where lay-a-ways are canceled they might do well to instate a small 10% fee for cancels as reverse charging can cost money.
Feb 10, 2013 5:19PM
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and just exactly what am i going to do when i need something i can only get at sears or radio shack ???

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