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Old 07-16-2014, 06:04 PM   #41
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As a kid I trailed my Mom and Dad at what he called, "Monkey Wards". But, far more than retail has changed.....look at automotive.

When I was little a Packard was the top luxury car, Desoto had a plant a mile from my 1st kiddy home, my 1st company car was a studebaker and my 1st personal car was a Corvair.

And, change will go on.......I wonder if it is time for me to buy a tesla! Probably not because we like to take trips.....not as easy in an all electric car so I do drive a Volt.

I know that Sears and Kmart are still around.....but they are kept up so poorly I don't enjoy shopping at either of them I don't know how they do it but Macy's is the store of choice.....my DW always hears about sales and has a coupon or two that saves us some extra money. yep, it's a different world from when I was a kid.....better I think,
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:30 PM   #42
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All my personal tools are Craftsman brand.
I like tools that are good quality. That used to mean Sears until the '80s. They still have that replacement guarantee but they just give you another crappy tool that breaks -- if they have it in stock! I no longer go to Sears for anything. They gave us our first credit card. It had a $200.00 limit but we had to buy something for at least $20.00 to get it. 18% interest rate! We bought a sewing machine in 1977 that we still have today. And paid off that credit card immediately! We now have well over $100K in credit card limits. And spend not a dime on interest. Why just last year we got over $1,000.00 from out Navy card!

I now rarely buy any new tools (as I no longer am capable of working on anything and mostly already have all the tools I need) but when I do buy tools, it's Snap-On!

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I like tools that are good quality. That used to mean Sears until the '80s. They still have that replacement guarantee but they just give you another crappy tool that breaks -- if they have it in stock! I no longer go to Sears for anything. They gave us our first credit card. It had a $200.00 limit but we had to buy something for at least $20.00 to get it. 18% interest rate! We bought a sewing machine in 1977 that we still have today. And paid off that credit card immediately! We now have well over $100K in credit card limits. And spend not a dime on interest. Why just last year we got over $1,000.00 from out Navy card!

I now rarely buy any new tools (as I no longer am capable of working on anything and mostly already have all the tools I need) but when I do buy tools, it's Snap-On!

Mike D.
Agree with Mike above. I have Craftsman tools from the 70's and still are great. I did give a recent socket tool set (special sale) to a relative for a gift and the 1/2 drive ratchet wouldn't work out of the box. He took it to Sears and they gave him another one and threw the defective one in a 5 gallon pail with all the other defective ones. Not the same Craftsman anymore.

My 1976 Craftsman 4 hp air compressor is still purring along putting out almost 9 CFM @ 40 PSI, however. It's a 220 volt 15 amp machine. I can still buy some parts for it if need be (off a third party site).
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