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TwixVoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:36 PM
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Anyone been to a JC Penny recently?
Has anyone been to a JC Penny recently? I noticed just about every damn thing in the store has something on it saying SALE. It really sends the "We are desperate" message.

When I still worked at Target a few months ago we were getting desperate enough to meet our sales goals we had started to try to do the same thing (put sale on as much as possible), but damn we didn't do it to the extent JC Penny is. Literally as I walked around the store everything with out exception had some kind of "sale" going.

Makes me wonder how the retail numbers will be come Christmas.... I wish I still worked at Target. As a manager I had access to sales numbers for every store in the country. Would be nice to know what the real numbers were again....
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:40 PM
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1. Penny's has a lot of sales
but isn't it also the time of year when they really want to dump as much of the summer merchandise as possible?

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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:41 PM
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2. I was a couple of weeks ago
Couldn't find a thing I would drag home and yes, EVERYTHING was on sale.
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RandomThoughts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:45 PM
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3. Why have economic success without a system with equal justice?
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 09:52 PM by RandomThoughts
Some people think it is like some kind of a deal where economic success is a trade off for allowing a few people to make decisions.

Seriously, their are some people that want things to fail if they can't run it. Screw'em, if someone says they have to have a two tiered justice system in order for anything to work, it is better if nothing functions.

I personally don't make deals, either there is justice with compassion or nothing else really matters, a false image of 'survival' under a slavery of lack of justice is not worth it, nor is it acceptable. It does not matter what a side might say it will do, if they say the economy will go down if you do not follow a few peoples claim to rule, or if they say their will be civil strife if you do not submit to unjust rule, Screw'em.

If there is not justice with compassion and transparency then it does not matter what the world economy is, how bad they make it, or what effects happen from that.
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:46 PM
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4. They sent us a pre-approved application for a JCP credit card a few weeks back
Which shocked my wife and I considering the tight credit market.

Threw it away.

I think they are having trouble.
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Just-plain-Kathy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:17 PM
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13. If I remember correctly they have a 21% interest rate. Good thing you threw away the application.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:51 PM
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5. We joke about it around here with the newspaper inserts.
My husband: "Oh, my God, Penney's is having sale!!!"

Me: "You don't MEAN it! I'm SHOCKED."

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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:51 PM
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6. "SALE", eh? I'm going to put a big sticker on my forehead
:evilgrin:
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:54 PM
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7. I was there today and was highly disappointed
I was ready to lay out a couple hundred bucks for a suit, but they only stock things for little twerpy stick men. They did not have ONE suit jacket that came close to fitting me. I'm a bigger than average man, but I'm not huge by any stretch of the imagination.

Of course they were no different that any other retailer I visited today. Everything is on sale at all of them and none of them have a single garment that fits me.

If Pennys really wanted to sell merchandise, they might consider stocking clothes for people who can afford to buy them.
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:55 PM
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8. Looked like to me they're trying to dump summer stuff to make room for fall and winter clothing. n/t
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:04 PM
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9. During Bush's reign
The relatively nice (but small) mall close to me had just about every major store in it go out of business. JC Penney's space was bought and converted into an office for Coca-Cola (loading bay underneath stores their products). During Clinton's day, there was a Dillards there that would sell after hour tickets to various businesses who wanted to treat their workers to something special during Christmas. We were given a coupon worth $20 off anything in the store, there were roaming carolers, platters of hor d'oeuvres, a string quartet playing Christmas music, and of course pictures with Santa. Pretty fancy for a guy like me. Bush's economy hit, and they stopped that (and a lot of us were laid off anyway, and the branch of the company I worked for held on valiantly but still went under). They sold other Dillards' returns for a while, but it was just a jumbled mess, and they gave up. Alorica - some sort of inbound tech support center - took them over. Mervyn's went under, and Phoenix University put up a small branch there. I think the only "merchant" there anymore in a bowling alley.

TlalocW
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:07 PM
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10. Just about all the Sears, Macy's, Jc Penny, etc. dept stores do the same thing
Right now they are trying to clear out their summer inventory to make way for the fall stuff. When the fall stuff comes in, almost nothing will be on sale (except for the left over summer stuff). It's pretty standard fare for those types of retailers. Discount retailers like Target don't have as much margin, so they can't always put everything on sale.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:21 PM
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16. Yes, it is standard and it's what dept stores have done at the end of each season since forever.
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Sanity Claws Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:14 PM
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11. Lord & Taylor has been running sales all summer
I signed up for email notice of sales. As soon as one sale ends, another starts. Seriously. They keep sending me coupons for 20% almost anything in the store. Twice this year, they had one week sales where cosmetics were 10% off. That was totally unheard of before.
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itsrobert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:15 PM
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12. They are copying Kohl's
Kohl's has high "regular" prices, but almost everything is never at the "regular" price. It's always, 15-90 percent off Sale. It lulls the dumb shoppers into thinking they are getting a good deal.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:18 PM
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14. the good deals at kohl's are at the 90% off clearance racks.
$2 print t-shirts, and $14 cashmere sweaters.
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:02 PM
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21. Yep, and right now they are mailing out...
a promotional piece with a $10 off any $10 Kohl's purchase card stuck on it. I got
one in the mail and I checked the post office garbage can, and several people had
thrown theirs away.

Their loss, my gain!
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:20 PM
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15. Kohls' prices are reasonable. I don't know what world you live in. And I'm always happy to find
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 10:21 PM by KittyWampus
their sales.
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susanr516 Donating Member (823 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:24 PM
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17. I just went to JC Penney today
School clothes shopping for my youngest. They had some great sales items.

I've shopped there a lot for many years. Just my personal experience, but it always has some really good items on sale.
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ldf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:35 PM
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18. we FINALLY got a JCP in manhattan
when i first walked in i said to the first employee i saw, "Welcome to Manhattan. It's about damn time you opened up a store here."

otherwise, to get to the nearest store you had to make a day trip (from where i live, washington heights) to queens or jersey city.

i buy all of my dress shirts there because they have the most (effectively) wrinkle free offerings i have ever found (Staffords). i will only iron as a last act of desperation.

the store is a block from macy's (herald square), so the foot traffic is huge. it was packed. it will probably be their most lucrative store.

we can't all shop at high end stores, and don't necessarily want to shop at discount stores.

they are a decent reasonable compromise.

and yes, everything was on sale, but it was a grand opening sale.

even if things are on sale, volume still produces profits. at least for stores will high sales.

i'm glad they are here.
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:50 PM
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19. Could it be a back to school sale? Or maybe it's to get people to spend money when they aint gotajob
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:55 PM
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20. they always have sales, it's the only place I shop for clothing
Carly
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