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Old 05-24-2019, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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I'm put off by the name Dress Barn. Are they calling me a cow?
Even so, I tried to visit one once, but they were closed for inventory.
I shopped their website, but couldn't find anything I wanted, and their prices were higher than I expected.
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Old 05-24-2019, 02:18 PM
 
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I really don't know where to shop anymore. I used to like Macy's until they started resembling Wal Mart in style and quality. Other big chain department stores also sell overpriced low quality clothing. I loved Gymboree and Crazy8 when my kids were little and even saved a few cute outfits which are of great quality, and I was shocked to see them go. They were great for everything - pjs, dresses, t-shirts, shorts. I hope Carters will stay around.
Recently, my daughter and I bought some summer essentials at Kohls - the shorts are falling apart after two washes! TJMaxx and Marshalls are overflowing with polyester or paper thin items that do not hold up.
I give up. Where do we go for affordable clothing that's going to last at least two (cross it off - ONE) seasons?
Every store we go to is filled with cheaply made fast fashion items that are gone two weeks later if you come back to that same store. None of them fit right. None of them look like something we'd want to buy.
It is very frustrating.
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Old 05-24-2019, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I really don't know where to shop anymore. I used to like Macy's until they started resembling Wal Mart in style and quality. Other big chain department stores also sell overpriced low quality clothing. I loved Gymboree and Crazy8 when my kids were little and even saved a few cute outfits which are of great quality, and I was shocked to see them go. They were great for everything - pjs, dresses, t-shirts, shorts. I hope Carters will stay around.
Recently, my daughter and I bought some summer essentials at Kohls - the shorts are falling apart after two washes! TJMaxx and Marshalls are overflowing with polyester or paper thin items that do not hold up.
I give up. Where do we go for affordable clothing that's going to last at least two (cross it off - ONE) seasons?
Every store we go to is filled with cheaply made fast fashion items that are gone two weeks later if you come back to that same store. None of them fit right. None of them look like something we'd want to buy.
It is very frustrating.

That's because China is dominating the manufacturing market, and knows you'll be back for more sooner when it wears out quicker. This is by design, keeping the money flowing in.
Watch Frontlines article, China has a goal of raking in 90% of the WORLDS manufacturing.
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Old 05-24-2019, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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I think the problem especially with women's clothing is the chains have to keep up with being trendy. I am a male but I didn't see Dress Barn staying trendy and losing ground to places like Forever 21 and Torrid.
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Old 05-24-2019, 04:35 PM
 
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I think the problem especially with women's clothing is the chains have to keep up with being trendy. I am a male but I didn't see Dress Barn staying trendy and losing ground to places like Forever 21 and Torrid.
As a guy whose wife shops at Torrid, I can say, much better selection.
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:12 PM
 
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Can you say "too much debt".
All these buyouts have created huge debt service loads.
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The buyouts occur , most often, when the retailer is down and out, in need of anyone willing to buy it.

So while I detest private equity, I will not overlook how their opportunities usually surface-desperation.
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:27 PM
 
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The buyouts occur , most often, when the retailer is down and out, in need of anyone willing to buy it.

So while I detest private equity, I will not overlook how their opportunities usually surface-desperation.
Everyone loves a good fixer-upper. Businesses. Homes. And for some people, Partners!

Oftentimes, though, we don't find out until after signing on the dotted line, that what (or whom!) we intend to fix has a mind of their own! Imagine that.
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:59 PM
 
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That's because China is dominating the manufacturing market, and knows you'll be back for more sooner when it wears out quicker. This is by design, keeping the money flowing in.
Watch Frontlines article, China has a goal of raking in 90% of the WORLDS manufacturing.
All the defunct now brands were made in China, and the quality was so much better. I guess that's because the companies were American and had quality control in place. Chinese brands manufactured in China are taking over the market, and these products are horrible. Many people shop on AliExpress and Wish, but I never had and do not want to. I do not need more cheap throw away stuff. I need affordable good quality clothing and shoes.
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:27 PM
 
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my wife told me: Dress Barn is for when i do not have to "dress".
casual or maybe casual +, but never, ever more than that.
she is all about Amazon now. i am guessing that is the hammer.
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:37 PM
 
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my wife told me: Dress Barn is for when i do not have to "dress".
casual or maybe casual +, but never, ever more than that.
she is all about Amazon now. i am guessing that is the hammer.
Can't blame her.

Not having to deal with traffic, parking lots (and potential door dings), lines... none of that.

Some people I know will even order 4 pieces at once, fully intent on returning 3!
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