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Old 05-03-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I think the Macys here is a "z" store.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:12 AM
 
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I think the Macys here is a "z" store.
LOL!

I have been fortunate enough to go on a biz trip to Chicago. I was super excited about going to Macy's. While the experience was overall wonderful there were very few employees and at times I felt like I had the store to myself. Later on I watched the tv show where the designers "did" the Macy's windows for Christmas. While gorgeous, it came to me that Macy's seems to be more about the visual for the customer than the actual total shopping experience. Save for a wonderful, helpful sales clerk in the hats and gloves section our trip would have been very lopsided.

I have to admit that I shop Ross here locally has some nice things but they get one design and then 2 of that outfit in every size. So, you can see yourself all around town. I wish that they would spread out the outfits to other cities but totally understand why they do what they do. One of my best finds there was a purse that everyone compliments me on. It looks like a $200 purse that I paid $20 for; score!

To stand out I do a lot of plain classics with different accessories like scarves and pins.
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Old 05-05-2009, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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I've gotten a few things at Marshalls, but I have to search real hard and a lot of it is timing because the good stuff goes fast! I buy my underwear there for 1/3 of the price I used to get it for at Nordstrom. I've also found Hue tights (usually black) and some great Tahari jackets.
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Old 05-05-2009, 12:48 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Are they stealing that stuff? Ross has to be the best place to find name-brand clothes at prices so low that you wonder how they are even turning a profit. I don't work for them and I'm not trying to advertise for them, but I'm always amazed at what I find when I go in there. Granted, you have to dig through a bunch of crap that no one with vision better than 20/2000 would ever find appealing, but I rarely walk out of there without stumbling upon a hidden gem.

I am a Polo fanatic, and there is no telling how much money I've saved over the last couple years by purchasing my golf shirts exclusively at Ross. I've picked up shirts there for $9, then seen the exact same style hanging on the rack at Macy's adorned with a $49.99 price tag.

Other great options are TJMaxx, Marshall's, and SteinMart, but Ross just happens to be closest to my house.
I am told that Kohl's also is very nicely priced, especially the items on sale. Personally, I wouldn't know myself. (shamless self-promotion) I haven't purchased any clothing new for years and years and years. They idea of paying more than a dollar or two for clothes really rankles. Once you get used to the thrift shop/yard sale scene. It's hard to break the habit. LOL

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Old 05-05-2009, 12:54 PM
 
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I love Kohl's! You don't have to weed through racks and racks of hideous junk to find nice clothes in all sizes with great price tags.
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Old 05-05-2009, 04:01 PM
 
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LOL!

I have been fortunate enough to go on a biz trip to Chicago. I was super excited about going to Macy's. While the experience was overall wonderful there were very few employees and at times I felt like I had the store to myself. Later on I watched the tv show where the designers "did" the Macy's windows for Christmas. While gorgeous, it came to me that Macy's seems to be more about the visual for the customer than the actual total shopping experience. Save for a wonderful, helpful sales clerk in the hats and gloves section our trip would have been very lopsided.
If you went to Marshall Fields (Downtown State St.) in Chicago BEFORE the Macy takeover, you would have received excellent service and a visually stunning displays. As much as I do NOT shop in department stores, MF was absolutely the best.
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Collegeville PA & Towamensing Trails
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The store is junky and has limited selections of what appear to be picked over clothing in odd designs or defected. Sorry, I don't want a polo shirt with five different colors of stripes.

I will credit their personal use items such as athletic shorts and perhaps, underwear. However, I think a better selection of comparable brands can be found at traditional retailers.

If you're in the market for cheaper clothing, I find that normal decent clothing retailers offer their own brand that can be competitive against more expensive brands.
There was a lot of what you describe, but none of the shirts I bought fall into that category. These are all very appropriate for business casual dress at my Fortune 500 clients. I also bought a few Nike golf shirts, some solid colors and some subtle stripes, suitable for wear at any public or private course.
As far as the store being junky, I'll take that with these prices over glitzy dept stores with commensurate prices.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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While Ross wouldn't be my first choice had I money to burn, since that's not the case I've been a regular for years. Some locations are better than others (as far as shopping "experience" goes) depending on the demographics.

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Are they stealing that stuff? Ross has to be the best place to find name-brand clothes at prices so low that you wonder how they are even turning a profit.
It just comes to tell you what the mark-up otherwise is! IMO Ross used to be a lot better up until a few years ago. The selection now is definitely not as appealing as it used to be. I recall a scandal some years ago about designer clothes in all sizes (not just leftovers) being rerouted directly to Ross. At about the same time things started going downhill there... That being said, I'd rather go through the racks of Ross and TJ Maxx and find the occasional quality item as opposed to buying clothes and accessories from Kmart, Wal-mart, Target, even Kohl's and (RIP) Mervyn's for the most part. I personally find excitement in hunting and a good catch, too.

Last few years I find the security tags in Ross highly irritating, but that's the case almost everywhere these days (not talking boutiques, of course)... Macy's is a department store and does the same crap. I'm not about to drag a sales person with me from comforter to comforter to open the damn tag, for instance... While I may put up with it in Ross, I'm not about to put up with it while paying retail. I'll just leave and take my business some place else. I wish I liked Kohl's merchandise because they are a breath of fresh air and still treat their customers as customers and not thieves - there are no tags, no locked fitting rooms, and no counting of items, all of which drive me nuts and deprive me of having fun. People have been stealing since the beginning of time; they didn't just start stealing yesterday! It's a cost of doing business! Too bad most stores will realize that after folding.
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