Author Topic: Is This The End Of Retail?  (Read 20678 times)

Jaded

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #325 on: October 31, 2019, 12:03:14 am »
Mrs. road-runner has a three day half-term and so today we went shopping together:
- cream wall tiles: out of stock
- matching decorative wall tiles: out of stock
- a sink: out of stock
- taps
- mirror
- triple light: out of stock
- single bed sheets (which were out of stock the last time we went): out of stock

On our way home with just taps and a mirror I did say we might be more successful if we ordered online.

And yet, apparently there are 28k different varieties of taps*

No entity anywhere, bricks and mortar or otherwise, is likely to have the tap you desire in stock.

It’s not about what’s available, it’s about creating a dream in which you think that what you want is available. The internet does this.

In reality, you choose, then you wait. Bricks and mortar and the internet are no different in this regard.

*some advert I saw on the back page of a printed magazine
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #326 on: November 04, 2019, 08:55:12 am »
Another high street stalwart bites the dust.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50287153

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #327 on: November 04, 2019, 09:03:57 am »
https://twitter.com/skynewsbreak/status/1191269134279024642?s=21  Mothercare are going into administration.


A lot of comments screaming it’s nothing to do with Brexit, before anyone’s mentioned it. Defensive much?
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #328 on: November 05, 2019, 12:47:07 pm »
Mothercare's international arm is doing just fine, though.  It's certainly a metaphor for Brexit, but then so is everything these days.
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #329 on: November 05, 2019, 10:07:06 pm »
ELC also went a while back.  Given that people are still squeezing out rugrats, where are they buying stuff for them?
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #330 on: November 05, 2019, 10:09:25 pm »
Can't you buy almost everything for offspring at a giant supermarket these days?
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Kim

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #331 on: November 05, 2019, 10:10:04 pm »
Some combination of Poundland, Tescos and the Mega-Global Sounds-Like-A-River Corporation of Washington, USAnia?

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #332 on: November 05, 2019, 10:50:12 pm »
Home delivery was a godsend when my girls were small (though with twins, the amount of nappies we were getting through triggered some kind of alert with sounds-like-a-river-corp and they refused to sell us any more that month; they must have thought we were reselling them or something...)

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #333 on: November 06, 2019, 07:08:56 am »
The local Facebook group does a thriving trade in parents selling their stuff on when it's no longer required.
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ian

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #334 on: November 06, 2019, 09:17:08 am »
Can't you buy almost everything for offspring at a giant supermarket these days?

It seems fairly common for parents to just chuck their baby/child-stuff out on the pavement (or throw into a bush) once their offspring no longer needs it. Which always struck me as a bit bizarre, surely it has some resale value? Or do child seats and pushchairs become unfashionable?
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #335 on: November 06, 2019, 10:04:35 am »
I think with child seats there's an element of safety panic: "But how do we know it isn't damaged and unsafe for poor little Tesla?" as well as objection from parents to other sprogs' wee and vomit. But they are or used to be a commonly stolen item from cars. Though that doesn't indicate they got sold on, just that they were objects in parked cars. It might even be the thieves who are dumping them in the bushes.
The unwilling rider and the one who leaves each control in turn without reluctance, with no desire to come back, obviously cannot be making the same journey, even though their brevets are identical.

Wowbagger

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #336 on: November 06, 2019, 10:07:56 am »
The seat that my grandchildren sat in as very smalls was secondhand when we bought it for then, and was exceedingly threadbare when it was no longer needed.
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #337 on: November 06, 2019, 12:21:07 pm »
Selling on children's things is very much a middle class thing apparently.When we had children, we obtained clothes, etc secondhand on a frequent basis.  However if you were on benefits or low wage you bought new.  A pride thing and for those on benefits I think there was a grant as well

Kim

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #338 on: November 06, 2019, 12:51:06 pm »
But they are or used to be a commonly stolen item from cars. Though that doesn't indicate they got sold on, just that they were objects in parked cars. It might even be the thieves who are dumping them in the bushes.

A friend's mum once had her car window broken.  All that was stolen was a roll of dog poo bags.  People will steal anything.
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ian

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #339 on: November 06, 2019, 12:58:32 pm »
It's rarely just a car seat, there's often a pile of toys etc. like their parents have declared an end to childhood right there and then. That's it, you're six now, go get a job in a call centre.
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #340 on: November 06, 2019, 01:06:22 pm »
But they are or used to be a commonly stolen item from cars. Though that doesn't indicate they got sold on, just that they were objects in parked cars. It might even be the thieves who are dumping them in the bushes.

A friend's mum once had her car window broken.  All that was stolen was a roll of dog poo bags.  People will steal anything.
If they'd been full bags, that would have been niche.
Never tell me the odds.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #341 on: November 06, 2019, 01:16:28 pm »
It's rarely just a car seat, there's often a pile of toys etc. like their parents have declared an end to childhood right there and then. That's it, you're six now, go get a job in a call centre.
Eee, when I were a lad we had to call our own centre.

(I'll get my flat cap.)
The unwilling rider and the one who leaves each control in turn without reluctance, with no desire to come back, obviously cannot be making the same journey, even though their brevets are identical.

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #342 on: November 06, 2019, 06:16:49 pm »
But they are or used to be a commonly stolen item from cars. Though that doesn't indicate they got sold on, just that they were objects in parked cars. It might even be the thieves who are dumping them in the bushes.

A friend's mum once had her car window broken.  All that was stolen was a roll of dog poo bags.  People will steal anything.
If they'd been full bags, that would have been niche.

Scaryduck, fotp, told the story of being held up at knifepoint (or more likely twigpoint) and being relieved of a small plastic bag from a jewellers shop.  Containing not, as he told the villains, Mrs Scaryduck's Christmas present, but rather a freshly-laid dog egg ;D
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #343 on: November 06, 2019, 07:15:01 pm »
ELC also went a while back.  Given that people are still squeezing out rugrats, where are they buying stuff for them?

Still available as a brand front The Entertainer stores, plus online.
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #344 on: November 08, 2019, 12:14:31 pm »
Chris is spot on. We can afford to buy new kids stuff but rarely do. Except the cloth nappies but some of these lasted two kids and got passed on. A family we know on universal credit want everything new.

Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #345 on: November 08, 2019, 12:26:56 pm »

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #346 on: November 08, 2019, 07:07:18 pm »
Mamas & papas too it seems
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