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Old 11-07-2018, 05:22 AM   #121
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Sears stock is wallpaper. And J.C. Penny stock is going to also be wallpaper, unfortunately.

Availability to great delivery services are not being kind to sticks and bricks retail centers.
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Sears stock is wallpaper. And J.C. Penny stock is going to also be wallpaper, unfortunately.

Availability to great delivery services are not being kind to sticks and bricks retail centers.
But these were both great catalog houses! Same with Montgomery Wards.
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I’ve been reminiscing the Glory Days of Sears. I’d forgotten about Allstate Insurance. The brand was also used for many auto related products including a Kaiser automobile sold by Sears.

Allstate: 1926-1995 (Sears' divestment)
When I was in High school, two of our neighbors had "Allstates" the Sears brand of the Henry J. Good deal @about $1700, and the "IN" design. I remember selling parts from my Sears Catalog store in Chelsea Mass. It was my first management job. circa 1958.

Also, for another interesting trip through ancient history, do a an image search for Sears Homes... Our next door neighbor, in Pawtucket, had the newest house on the block... designed like a mansion, and costing less than $2,000.
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When I was in High school, two of our neighbors had "Allstates" the Sears brand of the Henry J. Good deal @about $1700, and the "IN" design. ..........
As a kid, I lusted over the bicycles and motorcycles / scooters that Sears and Wards sold. In retrospect, the motorized ones were probably Italian imports. No idea who make the bicycles.
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As a kid, I lusted over the bicycles and motorcycles / scooters that Sears and Wards sold. In retrospect, the motorized ones were probably Italian imports. No idea who make the bicycles.
I got a Marshall Fields (the other guys in Chicago) bike in the mid 70s.

It was made in Korea. Even though I wanted a Schwinn, it turned out OK for that age.
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Bad management.

Old management.

Really dumb management.

A terrible shame, but predicable.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:45 PM   #127
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Sears stock is wallpaper. And J.C. Penny stock is going to also be wallpaper, unfortunately.
I hope GE doesn't follow them. If they do, I'm going to have a lot of wallpaper.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:57 PM   #128
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Sears sold cars too! Very early on (early 1900s) they sold cars and did so until about 1952 when they were selling the Allstate which was a Kaiser Henry J.

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https://auto.howstuffworks.com/1952-1953-allstate.htm
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As a kid, I lusted over the bicycles and motorcycles / scooters that Sears and Wards sold. In retrospect, the motorized ones were probably Italian imports. No idea who make the bicycles.
I did not grow up in the US, and we still had a couple of Sears catalogs somehow. Of course we could not order anything from them, but just to look at all the wonderful things shown.

PS. Later, also had Allied catalogs of electronic stuff.
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Just announced that our local Sears store is on the latest closing list. Will be gone as of Feb 2019. I hate to see them go but have to admit......I rarely ever go there. I can count on one hand the number of times I have been in the store over the last 10 years.
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......I rarely ever go there. I can count on one hand the number of times I have been in the store over the last 10 years.
On a recent RV trip we went to a mall on a rainy day to walk for a while. Out of curiosity I walked into the large Sears store anchoring one end of the mall and was immediately struck by the fact there was absolutely no one there - Twilight Zone moment. I had to walk half way round the store and into the tool section before I saw another human being. I counted a total of 4 people in the huge store, including me, and two of those were employees.
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Just announced that our local Sears store is on the latest closing list. Will be gone as of Feb 2019. I hate to see them go but have to admit......I rarely ever go there. I can count on one hand the number of times I have been in the store over the last 10 years.

Ditto.

Our local mall will lose Sears, one of its four "anchor" stores, opened 1975, in the February 2019 closure.
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On a recent RV trip we went to a mall on a rainy day to walk for a while. Out of curiosity I walked into the large Sears store anchoring one end of the mall and was immediately struck by the fact there was absolutely no one there - Twilight Zone moment. I had to walk half way round the store and into the tool section before I saw another human being. I counted a total of 4 people in the huge store, including me, and two of those were employees.
It's a shame. When I was a kid it was the store my parents shopped. My dad for tools, car batteries and lawn equipment. My mother for clothes, bedding, etc etc. Too many options via the internet and stores like Home Depot/Lowes. Perhaps they should become a little more specialized along the way instead of trying to sell a little of everything.
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I hope GE doesn't follow them. If they do, I'm going to have a lot of wallpaper.


GE is a whole different story. They went down pretty fast. They are still a powerhouse in gas turbines and medical devices. If they get bought out by private capital, lookout!
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GE is a whole different story. They went down pretty fast. They are still a powerhouse in gas turbines and medical devices. If they get bought out by private capital, lookout!
GE is suffering under $263 Billion in liabilities;

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It now is buckling under $263 billion in liabilities, not counting any off-balance-sheet liabilities. Its accounting is being scrutinized by federal authorities, GE disclosed. And there are fears that some unknown unknowns might emerge. GE has been shedding divisions and assets to shrink itself to health, and as it is dismantling itself, there are fewer business units available to generate cashflow to pay for this debt.
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I hope GE doesn't follow them. If they do, I'm going to have a lot of wallpaper.

might make an interesting decor for your home office ... would it add value to the house at sale time

i had one of these certificates framed ( i inherited them ) and hung in my office to reming me not to be excessively greedy

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Well, we bought a nice washer and dryer (not Kemore) from them in 2011 I think. They delivered, installed. It was a good deal. But I guess that was it!
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