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Old 07-09-2017, 05:04 PM   #1
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Why is it that whenever I go to a department store like Macy's, they try to convince me that a basic set of bed sheets should cost $200, and that's a steal because the retail price is $400. Same for a simple comforter cover - easily $200-$300 on sale.

I got tired of paying these ridiculous prices and began ordering sheets and covers from Amazon. I bought a dozen pillowcases for $24.00, and a queen sheet set for $22.00. They are just as comfortable as the Macy's stuff for literally 10% of the price.

Who are these people that still go to Macy's and buy $200 bed sheets and why?

DH is still convinced that there must be something wrong with the Amazon sheets because they are so inexpensive, but we've had some sets for years now and they have held up great. Now I just don't tell him what they cost any more and he doesn't notice the difference.
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:34 PM   #2
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I have a nephew that sticks everything in a Bloomingdale's Big Brown Bag.
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Who are these people that still go to Macy's and buy $200 bed sheets and why?
They have to do it while they still can. Macy's isn't likely to be around for much longer IMHO.
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They have to do it while they still can. Macy's isn't likely to be around for much longer IMHO.
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I have a nephew that sticks everything in a Bloomingdale's Big Brown Bag.
Is he planning to retire early?
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Is he planning to retire early?
He works for my sister(her son)and brother in law(the ones I like). I believe if it was up to him , he would retire yesterday and let my brother in law work till the day he died. Hahaha, I love that kid. He is the one, that heard me cry about maybe one day getting maple syrup, he sent over 3 types a few days later,(along with Belgium waffles flown in from Belgium..
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Why is it that whenever I go to a department store like Macy's, they try to convince me that a basic set of bed sheets should cost $200, and that's a steal because the retail price is $400. Same for a simple comforter cover - easily $200-$300 on sale.

I got tired of paying these ridiculous prices ... .
Everyone who sells a product tries to convince you to buy theirs. Is this something you only just became aware of?

No one really 'needs' a high end watch, or designer shoes, or a car that goes 0-60 in a handful of seconds. Some people/companies make their money selling high end goods. Some make their money by trying to give you the best value, or the cheapest (which sometimes is a poor value).

The choice is yours. At any rate, I like choices, I don't buy high end bed sheets, but I'm glad someone does in case some day I want some. Maybe I could tell the difference?

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Reference for those Amazon sheets? Time to replace the ones from Target's clearance shelves....
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If you buy sheets on Amazon for less than $50 or so read extra careful....they are not cotton even when the name says cotton.
That said, their microfiber sheets aren't bad, but your not going to think you're sleeping on good cotton sheets.
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My complaint about brick and mortar is that they don't know what they have in inventory. With grocery store, DW wanted some type of pretzel product. I searched that aisle. Could not find it. Asked a cashier who had no idea. She called an employee who got a manager. The manager had to search the aisle also. He did not know, nor could he look it up. Similar situation with finding an item in my local auto parts store and in my local home store. In those last two, the parts were found but only with wandering the aisles with an employee. Could have found it all from my home PC. And had it delivered in 2 days!
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My wife has been buying a brand of sheets at Target that have a very deep pockets in the fitted sheets, and she says they're very well priced. Luxury sheets for Target prices. She bought a couple of sets the other day online.
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If you buy sheets on Amazon for less than $50 or so read extra careful....they are not cotton even when the name says cotton.
That said, their microfiber sheets aren't bad, but your not going to think you're sleeping on good cotton sheets.
My Mother always told me growing up that refined homes only use cotton sheets on the bed. She wouldn't be caught dead sleeping on "polyester". So I dutifully bought cotton sheets throughout adulthood. When Costco began selling the 600 thread count sheets for around $60 I was very pleased, as that was far cheaper than any department store options.

It was only after we got an adjustable bed and I needed "Split CA King" sheets that I had to go to Amazon to find them. They had a microfiber set, which sounded like polyester to me, but I needed something so I ordered them. To my surprise, they were softer and more luxurious feeling than the cotton ones I'd been sleeping on all these years. And, they don't wrinkle nearly as much.

I'd go back to work full time before I spent my day ironing cotton sheets, so I just accepted that I was always going to have a wrinkled looking bed. So when the microfiber sheets showed up and came out wrinkle free from the dryer I was pleasantly surprised.

Now several years later, I will only sleep on microfiber. I just piled up all the 600 thread count sheets in the house and bagged them for goodwill. Microfiber sheets today are awesome, and nothing like the polyester stuff my Mother warned me about 30 years ago.

Which is really what prompted me to start this thread. If you put the microfiber and cotton side by side and didn't tell me what each cost, I would have assumed the microfiber would cost more because they are softer and nicer to touch. So why do people keep buying the old cotton sheets and paying 10X the price?

I think it's likely that they have the same memories of the cheap polyester stuff from decades ago and just haven't gotten around to trying the stuff on Amazon.
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Reference for those Amazon sheets? Time to replace the ones from Target's clearance shelves....
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

$23.00, and far nicer than my 600 thread count cotton sheets.
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Ironing cotton sheets? Who would do that? My husband just washes them and fold them.
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Ironing cotton sheets? Who would do that? My husband just washes them and fold them.


Since I've retired I've ironed one shirt.
I never iron sheets. Who sees them? My grandmother used to iron hers, but her day job was running the steam press in a dry cleaners. Professional Pride I guess.

My new summer sheets are nice microfiber but I prefer cotton, but couldn't find a reasonable priced set at TJMax or Marshalls. JC Penny closed at the local mall
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Bed linens and other department store ripoffs

I've had good luck finding quality/comfy sheets at stores like TJ Max and Ross. Although I never looked on Amazon for sheets. I will check out what they have next time I need a new set.

If I ever iron my sheets, call my doctor. There must be something terribly wrong with me.
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One of my jobs as a kid was holding the sheets on the ironing board so they wouldnt hit the floor as mom ironed them. I also remember mom putting military creases in my work shirts with spray starch(6 pleats). The bride solved that issue by taking them to the dry cleaner and they sewed them in hahahaha.
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Microfiber is polyester. No thanks! Guess it's back to the clearance end caps at Target.
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My husband takes his shirts in for dry cleaning. I think they iron his shirts there. I haven't iron anything for years. I buy stuff that I can wash, dry, and hang up. Simplicity is my vice.
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My husband takes his shirts in for dry cleaning. I think they iron his shirts there. I haven't iron anything for years. I buy stuff that I can wash, dry, and hang up. Simplicity is my vice.
I knew a guy at work who would roll up his shirt as soon as he took it out of the dryer, not in a ball, but like a loaf of Italian bread. It never had any wrinkles. Mine were pressed, starched, sewn in pleats and would have a wrinkle before I stood roll call.
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