Beth Schultz

Shop Till You Drop... or the Optimized Deals Dry Up

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Re: Still waiting for my bargain
BethSchultz   11/19/2012 3:17:00 PM
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Louis, I wonder how many people are in fact motivated to change their buying strategy because of an email offer. I know I personally don't have any time to shop till after Thanksgiving, so have been deliberately ignoring emails (from just a few select retailers; I took myself off lots of email lists over the summer). First the turkey, then Santa for me.

 

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Re: Still waiting for my bargain
louisw900   11/19/2012 5:10:57 AM
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It is certainly going to be an interesting Holiday shopping this year, and retailers are blowing up email boxes throughout the land in a effort to get those hard earned dollars. 

I have not started to shop yet, and don't intend to do too much but the right email blast might just change my mind !  : )

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BethSchultz   11/15/2012 5:28:26 PM
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Maryam, maybe they're all too busy trying to figure out how to finesse their "showrooming" strategies -- keeping in-store shoppers hunting down comparative deals from leaving and buying elsewhere... You think?

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Still waiting for my bargain
impactnow   11/15/2012 10:28:07 AM
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Beth I agree the Christmas decorations and catalogs have been early but the deals have been few. The mobile side for me has been completely quiet and email is still a yawn a week before Black Friday! When the economy softened almost every retailer offered me free shipping and huge discounts before Black Friday, this year it's been almost silent. One big box store sent their flyer out with errors in functionality. I suspect the deals will start rolling in a little later this year with the extra shopping days in this holiday season.

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Re: Retailers being email shy
BethSchultz   11/13/2012 8:31:58 AM
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@Maryam, I've been surprised by a couple of things this year. One, Christmas TV ads andc circulars appearing before Halloween. This may always have been the case, but they really just struck me for some reason now. Two, Christmas TV ads for retailers that I haven't ever noticed before. Crate & Barrel is one example. And, as Deloitte predicts, I would expect to see the advertising really kicking in now, post-election. 

 

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Retailers being email shy
impactnow   11/12/2012 11:35:59 PM
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Holiday shopping has long been an interest of mine, this year the deals are just not there in my opinion I have found few great deals via email. In the past two years I started receiving great deals in early November, long before black Friday and I capitalized on them, this year nothing has been compelling. I did start shopping in the late summer early Fall and the deals were better than they are now. I am actually seeing higher prices right now.

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Re: Longing for Quality
Alexis   11/12/2012 11:00:43 AM
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It seems to me that the same companies manufacturer the same products in different factories -- creating inconsistent quality.

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Noreen Seebacher   11/12/2012 7:16:19 AM
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Quality is so variable. I still have at t shirt I wear around the house that my 27 year old daughter bought at a cheap place called mandees when she was in high school! Conversely I have discarded similar shirts I purchased at nordstrom or j. Crew after a year.

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Re: Longing for Quality
Noreen Seebacher   11/12/2012 7:13:28 AM
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That's a great price on glasses Seth. Hope they work out well.

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Re: Longing for Quality
SethBreedlove   11/11/2012 6:19:45 PM
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@ Jeff, I am with you there.  I would love to see a report on who sells the highest quality clothes.   I recently purchased a pair of paints and was dismayed to see the seems come lose in just a week.  but I bought them in a rush and didn't look at the stiching so it's my bad as well. 

However, there are stores such as Forever 21, that are disposable fashion. Affordable designs that are in fashion and not meant to last long.

Recently, I did something I thought I would never do, I purchased two pairs of eye glasses online for $127, including spring hinges,thin lenses, UV protection and water repellent.  Since I wear my contacts mostly, I really just want them for around the house.  I'll let you know what I think when I receive them. 

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