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#1 aztransplant

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:59 AM

For those of you who haven't yet heard, after 85 years or so in business nationwide and 20 or so here in Folsom, Family Christian Stores annunced liquidation in late February of this year. The online store of the organization shut down shortly thereafter, and physical stores have been closing in waves (Chico closed along with many others in late March).

Today is Taps for the Folsom location on East Bidwell -- between Blue Ravine and Creekside near Peet's. Rumor has it that everything remaining in the store today (not much, and mostly cr@p at this stage of the liquidation) is 90% off retail. All fixtures must go as well (shelving, display cases and tables, hooks, hangers, etc.). Whatever is left when the doors close at 9pm tonight will be hauled away tomorrow by a cleanup crew contracted by the liquidator.

So, stop by today if you are interested.

Not sure, but I think I heard that Roseville might stay open a little longer. Don't bother calling either store to inquire -- they haven't been answering their phones for weeks now.

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 04:54 PM

Retail is really hurting these days. Sad to see. 


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Posted 28 April 2017 - 07:22 AM

it actually surprises me how long retail has been hanging on. There are so many transactions that can occur on Amazon. 



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Posted 28 April 2017 - 10:23 AM

it actually surprises me how long retail has been hanging on. There are so many transactions that can occur on Amazon. 

 

John, you are so right on.

 

I purchase things from Amazon that I would usually go to Lowes to get, even if it takes 2 days to get it.  It comes right to my house

and I don't even have to go get it.  I love Amazon.


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Posted 28 April 2017 - 03:12 PM

It's amazing to me now much cheaper so much of the stuff online is, and how quickly you can get it. 

 

A friend of mine was out of town, and knew he had to fix a sprinkler gizmo when he returned. He knew they carried it at Lowe's, for about $20, but decided to to check Amazon. He got it for $8 and free delivery before he got home. 

 

How can a brick and mortar store compete with that?

 

I don't know if y'all recall this, but back in the late 90's, Warner Brothers and Blockbuster announced they were making a deal that would change the way music was sold. Instead of record stores buying crates of Janet Jackson's latest CD, shipping, stocking and hoping they would sell, in the future, stores would carry only 1 copy, and then make copies for consumers when they came into the stores. It was not only going to save space and cut shipping costs, but they could carry more artists, and if one wasn't selling, they wouldn't lose anything. It was a great idea. 

 

About a year or so later, iTunes came out and screwed that pooch.


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 08:09 AM

I'm in the "buy it online cheaper and easier" crowd.  And I stress the "easier" part. I'd very much like to find, and be loyal to, a local business, but they always end up disappointing me. 

 

Focusing on hardware stores... I would happily patronize a small hardware store staffed with helpful experts.  But they lost out to HD/Lowe's.  Even our local OSH (a nice compromise... a medium-box store with fairly helpful experts) lost out.  I cringe going to HD/Lowe's, so now I will buy online.    The retail food chain?

 

Now, since, I can't find and talk to a smart and helpful hardware store employee, which would make the higher price totally worth it, I'll buy online and search for a Youtube video or on-line forum discussion to educate me.

 

One of the few areas where HD/Lowe's actually have an edge,  large appliances, they still manage to mess it up. My recent Lowe's appliance purchase experience was a classic comedy of big business -- nice individuals, but all part of a poorly coordinated corporate machine.  (You can schedule a delivery date, but you don't actually have to deliver on that date, and don't call to notify me that you can't?!)  Next time I'll find it on-line and take a different risk, but to save more money.  At least I can track delivery on-line.



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Posted 04 May 2017 - 09:12 AM

Not everything bought online is equal value to a local store.

I recently bought a wooden hand held scrub brush at amazon because I could not find one locally, nearby. Target only sells cheap plastic crap from China. So....I bought what appeared to be an old-fashioned scrub brush. Welp, it's a cheap china wooden scrub brush. Impossible to tell by the pictures. Sometimes you just need to examine an item in person. Guess I will be going to Emigh Hardware in Sacramento in the future of that kind a thing.



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Posted 04 May 2017 - 06:15 PM

Not everything bought online is equal value to a local store.

I recently bought a wooden hand held scrub brush at amazon because I could not find one locally, nearby. Target only sells cheap plastic crap from China. So....I bought what appeared to be an old-fashioned scrub brush. Welp, it's a cheap china wooden scrub brush. Impossible to tell by the pictures. Sometimes you just need to examine an item in person. Guess I will be going to Emigh Hardware in Sacramento in the future of that kind a thing.

 

True. Make sure you are buying the same exact item you would buy in the store, or you could end up with a cheap knockoff. 


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 03:17 PM

I miss OSH and spend less time in HD and Lowe's now.  

 

One good way I've found to shop in the comforts of home and still support these local stores is to order online and then choose Store Pickup if the item is in-stock locally.  Usually just takes an hour after my order is placed to have it available for pickup.  Then I can just go to the online pickup desk at the front of the store and retrieve my order.  Much easier than hunting around the store to find what I need, and if it turns out the item is not what I need, I can exchange and return it right there without having to repack and ship.  

 

 

I'm in the "buy it online cheaper and easier" crowd.  And I stress the "easier" part. I'd very much like to find, and be loyal to, a local business, but they always end up disappointing me. 

 

Focusing on hardware stores... I would happily patronize a small hardware store staffed with helpful experts.  But they lost out to HD/Lowe's.  Even our local OSH (a nice compromise... a medium-box store with fairly helpful experts) lost out.  I cringe going to HD/Lowe's, so now I will buy online.    The retail food chain?

 

Now, since, I can't find and talk to a smart and helpful hardware store employee, which would make the higher price totally worth it, I'll buy online and search for a Youtube video or on-line forum discussion to educate me.

 

One of the few areas where HD/Lowe's actually have an edge,  large appliances, they still manage to mess it up. My recent Lowe's appliance purchase experience was a classic comedy of big business -- nice individuals, but all part of a poorly coordinated corporate machine.  (You can schedule a delivery date, but you don't actually have to deliver on that date, and don't call to notify me that you can't?!)  Next time I'll find it on-line and take a different risk, but to save more money.  At least I can track delivery on-line.


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