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The Fall of Sears

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CBS Sunday Morning ran a fantastic piece called "The Fall of Sears" last week. Anybody with an affinity for Sears Roebuck & Co. or a frustration at how it's been run into the ground over the past two decades will appreciate this segment:

 

 

 

They briefly tell the history of Sears and how they ended up where they are today. I thought I knew a lot about Sears but never knew they were a key part of Prodigy internet service in the early '90s. 

I just made a post about some Sears items that I received for Christmas here: 

 

Growing up, it seems like a lot of birthday and Christmas presents came from Sears. So many childhood Christmas lists came from flipping through the pages of the Sears Wish Book and marking down the toys and games I dreamed of. My first Atari came out of Sears at Lakeside Mall in suburban Detroit along with most of games. Summers I would end up there with my dad to get a garden hose and some slacks before taking the car in to the Sears Auto Center to prepare for our summer road trip with an oil change, tires and new Die Hard battery. When we got ready to sell our home we were at Sears every day "visiting Bob Vila" in the home improvement department getting paint and wallpaper. Sears was everything. Video games, socks, H&R Block to do your taxes.

Of course we know the Sears connection to Atari history and how they were very helpful in Atari's early retail success. I have an immense fondness of Sears and hate to see them go. Although I haven't shopped at Sears as often in recent years, I go out of my way to give them my business for tools, their auto center, lawn and garden, and anywhere else where they were still offering stellar service, even if it meant paying a dollar or two more than the big box stores.

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That was a very worthwhile video, thank you for posting.

I know it's simplistic, but it sure seems like the Sears catalog model would have been absolutely primed to move to the internet.  They knew how to market stuff in an appealing way, organize the ads, and take orders and ship them efficiently.  The irony here is that the Sears website has ALWAYS been an absolute mess. 

What a shame. 

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The only item I got from Sears for Christmas was back in 2001 or '02.  My grandmother got me a Sony DVD player for Christmas.  Other than that, everything else came from either Penny's or other places.  As for what I got from my Aunt on my dad's side, it most likely came from Sears but I can't say as I don't know but know that is where they shopped the most.

Over the holidays, however, we would get Lowe's ads and it was odd to see Craftsman tools in it.

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