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Old 11-23-2019, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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Amazon could very well suffer the same fate as Sears because I think Sears got out of the catalogue/mail order business because it was too expensive to handle returns and exchanges with their satisfaction warranty. Same for the stores.



From a much older article on Sears years before their slow fall from the top:


QUOTE: Reflecting modern trends in retailing, the company decided to stop producing the general catalog in 1993. While Sears no longer issues the Big Book Catalog, the company continues offering many specialty catalogs including the Christmas Wish Book, and catalogs for tools, auto accessories, home improvements, clothing, and even Barbie collectibles.

There was such a small window in which Sears pulled away from catalog sales to the time when online purchases became a new trend. There is no telling if Eddie Lampert had not been in the picture and Sears had rode out their catalog business just a few more years what Sears might of become.

Even a more interesting excerpt from the article I never knew that I have pasted below.

In addition to recording the changing scene in America, the catalogs represent the work and efforts of thousands of Americans. Edgar Rice Burroughs, who later wrote the Tarzan series, worked for Sears. Lauren Bacall, Susan Hayward, Gloria Swanson, Susan Dey, Cheryl Tiegs, and Stephanie Powers all appeared on the pages of Sears catalogs as models. The catalogs also featured Roy Rodgers, Ted Williams, Al Unser, and Gene Autry. Because the catalogs accurately reflect the styles and furnishings popular through the years, producers of Broadway shows and Hollywood movies frequently refer to them. Of particular interest to people studying the history of early fraternal organizations are the pages offering pins for such organizations as the freemasons and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. For sports or recreation historians the section on sporting goods provides a chronology for when items first appeared.
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Old 11-24-2019, 06:51 PM
 
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Sears was the original Amazon. Amazing to think what they could've been. Also another fun one, look up Blockbuster's connection with Enron. They had the original idea for streaming video, a la Netflix.

Being early is the same as being wrong...
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Old 11-24-2019, 07:33 PM
 
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Our local Sears had a sizeable Lands End section in it which was great. Seemed like an unlikely pairing but it brought us into the store.
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Old 11-24-2019, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Great book on this topic if you are interested. The author knows her stuff.

The Shopping Revolution: How Successful Retailers Win Customers in an Era of Endless Disruption https://www.amazon.com/dp/1613630867..._M-02DbP9GCQPD

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About the Author

Barbara E. Kahn is the Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She served two terms as the director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center. Prior to rejoining Wharton in 2011, Barbara served as the dean and Schein Professor of Marketing at the School of Business Administration, University of Miami, Miami, Florida. Before becoming dean at UM, she spent 17 years at Wharton as Silberberg Professor of Marketing. She was also vice dean of the Wharton undergraduate program.

Barbara is an internationally recognized scholar on retailing, variety seeking, brand loyalty, product assortment and design, and consumer and patient decision-making. She has published more than 75 articles in leading academic journals. She is the author of The Shopping Revolution: How Successful Retailers Win Customers in an Era of Endless Disruption and Global Brand Power: Leveraging Branding for Long-Term Growth. She is also the coauthor of Grocery Revolution: The New Focus on the Consumer.

Barbara has been elected president of the Association for Consumer Research, elected president of the Journal of Consumer Research (JCR) Policy Board, and selected as a Marketing Science Institute trustee. She was also an associate editor at JCR, Journal of Marketing, and Marketing Science. She has recently been elected as a fellow for both the Association of Consumer Research and the Society of Consumer Psychology. Barbara received her PhD, MBA, and MPhil from Columbia University, and her BA from the University of Rochester.
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Old 11-25-2019, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas & San Diego
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When Amazon starts to sell full size kit houses I’ll stand up and take notice!

Actually that would be so cool. They could actually sell the old Sears kit homes. I’d buy one.
They already do sell full size kits such as this one; https://www.amazon.com/Allwood-Eagle...s%2C220&sr=8-2
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Old 11-25-2019, 06:12 AM
 
Location: NC
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They already do sell full size kits such as this one; https://www.amazon.com/Allwood-Eagle...s%2C220&sr=8-2
Wow. Now if only they sold buildings with “style” like the really cool ones that Sears produced.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears_Catalog_Home
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Old 11-26-2019, 09:41 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Amazon could very well suffer the same fate as Sears because I think Sears got out of the catalogue/mail order business because it was too expensive to handle returns and exchanges with their satisfaction warranty. Same for the stores.
It's a completely different comparison on a number of levels - but Amazon was founded as a tech company - which is now doing retail vs. Sears (originally a retailer) which unsuccessfully expanded (causing its stores to take a hit). Their merge with Kmart was a disaster as well.

Amazon goes far beyond 'mail order' - entertainment (music, TV and movies), home security, groceries, Amazon web services and so on; and people are now willing to pay for the convenience with two-income families (and the annual membership for prime) as well.
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Old 11-29-2019, 03:54 PM
 
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When Amazon starts to sell full size kit houses I’ll stand up and take notice!

Actually that would be so cool. They could actually sell the old Sears kit homes. I’d buy one.
Pretty sure they sell (or at least did at one time) tiny house kits, so pretty darn close!
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