Comments: Gahb'deegah...

Long time reader, first time poster:
(I've been compelled to comment many times. I'm just busy or incredibily fat and lazy.)

Sooooo: Target is not the evil empire you think it is. Well, after 5 1/2 years, yes I can say it is evil. However, the reason the Merv closed is entirely from a business standpoint: 1) It was a West-Coast chain attempting to make it in the mid-west and 2) It absolutely could not compete with Kohl's or Sears in terms of prices. They were just cheaper. Herbergers and JCPenis are competing in much the same way.
Target/WM offers the most inexpensive products for poor butt's like me (Who cannot afford, or justify buying Juut/Aveda products). And while my fiancee is fond of the Black Hole which is Wal-Mart. (Seriously, light does not escape that store. "Where is the deodorant again?" "Oh, over in aisle Eleventy-Five...with the toys" Riiiiiight.) I am still a die-hard Target loyalist. Merv was no good. And a financial drain. Period.

From a corporate stand point, living wages will perpetually be a heated topic, along with who manufactures the clothes- However the Targ was the 1st company to offer same-sex benefits. And if you came right down to it, I'm also certain that a fair amount of dirty laundry will be found in whatever chain you frequent.

So: Blame Kohls, not Target. Seriously. They've been plotting this since 1998.

Incidently, you can get Mega Huge discounts on Martha Stewart everyday living s#it at The "K" now. I'm not saying, I'm just sayin...

Posted by Postle at June 25, 2004 08:23 AM

Long time reader, first time poster:
(I've been compelled to comment many times. I'm just busy or incredibily fat and lazy.)

Well, Target is the evil empire you think it

is. (After working there for 5 1/2 years, I know

of it's evil.) However, the reason the Merv

closed is entirely from a business standpoint:

1) It was a West-Coast chain attempting to make

it in the mid-west and 2) It absolutely could not

compete with Kohl's or Sears in terms of

prices. They were just cheaper. Herbergers and

JCPenis are competing in much the same way.

Target/WM offers the most inexpensive products

for poor butt's like me (Who cannot afford, or

justify buying pricy salon products). And while

my fiancee is fond of the Black Hole which is

Wal-Mart. (Seriously, light does not escape

that store. "Where is the deodorant again?"

"Oh, over in aisle Eleventy-Five...with the

toys?" Riiiiiight.)
I am still a die-hard Target loyalist.
Merv was no good. And a financial drain. Period.

From a corporate stand point, living wages will

perpetually be a heated topic, along with who

manufactures the clothes- However the Targ was

the 1st company to offer same-sex benefits. And

if you came right down to it, I'm also certain

that a fair amount of dirty laundry will be found

in whatever chain you frequent.

So: Blame Kohls, not Target. Seriously.

They've been plotting this since 1998.

Incidently, you can get Mega Huge discounts on

Martha Stewart everyday living s#it at The "K" now.
I'm not saying, I'm just sayin...

Posted by Postle at June 25, 2004 08:28 AM

Hey Postle...
I realize that it was a dog. However, I still feel that if the Target corporation would have put as much effort into the marketing and product/brand placement at both Marshall Field's/Dayton's/Hudson's and Mervyn's as they did into Target, it would have been a whole different ball of wax. Second, Target merchandise (ie. clothing, shoes, etc.) is overpriced for the quality. Mervyn's prices were the same or cheaper for better quality merchandise. I have things from Mervyn's that are well over ten years old, in classic styles that still look great. I cannot say the same of anything I have ever purchased from Target (or K-mart, I couldn't tell you about Satan's lair, aka Wal-mart). As for same-sex benefits, they may be the first US owned chain to offer same sex benefits, but there are overseas chains that are settling here that have offered them far longer. I am glad that Target stepped up on that point, more companies should. I will admit that some of the slashes that they are making to wages and benefits are due to trying to remain competitive with Satan's Lair, however, that doesn't make it right.

As for the other competitors, I do not shop at Kohl's. Never have, never will. Their stores are cluttered, the product is mediocre, and the staff is poorly trained and/or rude. I buy hardware and such at Sears, or if it is something they do not carry, Fleet Farm (and soon, Lowe's), as I do not with to patronize Home Despot. G love's Penney's, and they have excellent sales and clearance. Otherwise, I shop thrift stores.

I am also "poor" and I would rather wait to get something I know is good quality at a deep discount, than pay more at full price for something that is inferior to start with. I'm not just talking brands, I look at how things are made, the quality of fabric (or whatever material it is made of), etc. There is nothing I need so badly it can't wait. As for other sundries, I get them on sale with a coupon when doing grocery shopping.

I do make every attempt to keep current on business practices, and there are plenty of places that keep getting slashed from my list of places to shop.

Well, I have to get my ass to work, so that is all for now.

Thanks for letting me know you're out there! Narcky welcomes discussion.

Posted by Raven at June 26, 2004 11:12 AM
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