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Anyone feel weird about shopping at closing stores?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I'm about to go shopping at a grocery store that is closing soon, as they have everything 40% off, but I can't help but feel weird about it. I just keep thinking that yeah, great, I'm saving a lot of money, but my cashier is getting laid off next week because the president of the company robbed the company blind. Does anyone else ever feel guilty about shopping at these kinds of sales? It just makes me feel bad for the folks who are working there.
post #2 of 27
I thought I was the only one with weird feeling about this
post #3 of 27
Better that you keep them occupied while they are still working, than avoid the store all together and give them nothing to do.

Plus whatever you buy could mean that some of their wages may be able to be recovered if the company has gone broke or gone into liquidation.
post #4 of 27
A couple of local stores recently closed around here, unable or unwilling to compete with bigger stores moving in. (Wal Mart was one of the big ones that moved in.) I felt sorry for the employees, but the competitors were all actively hiring, so I figured the people wouldn't be out of work for long. Things have been slowly picking up around here since the 911 slump, and the area is much busier now. Change happens, and you have to be able to change with it when necessary.
post #5 of 27
I definitely feel weird about it, but you know me: the bleeding-heart liberal greenie lefty hippie of the board. I do research on almost every store and company I put my money into, and you can bet I keep up with them to avoid those situations.
post #6 of 27
Then of course there are those stores (why do they always seem to be furniture stores?) that advertise a closing sale, big banners and all that EVERYTHING MUST GO! And then next year not only are they still there, but they do it AGAIN. Some of them aren't closing at all, just trying to get people to come in. I swear, my husband and I went into one of the furniture stores that was "closing, everything must go" and wanted a coffee table. The guy said that they were currently out of stock but were expecting a shipment in a few weeks . . .. I'm sorry, could you repeat that? *shakes head*

There was a restaurant that went out of business here a few weeks ago. I felt really badly about it. We ate there a few times, and it was really good (japanese food), but for some reason it just didn't do very well. It was always very empty. Meanwhile "chain-r-us" restaurant next door is thriving even though their food is more expensive and not nearly as good.
post #7 of 27
I don't feel weird at all! You can get alot of great bargins that way...besides if you don't someone else will!
post #8 of 27
The stores that have closed/are closing here are big-box stores. Media Play, Mervyns, and Toys-R-Us. Considering what I've heard of severance packages offered to other closed stores' employees, well, I don't feel too bad for them. If these employees of the big-box stores got similar packages, they will be fine until they find new jobs. Considering the job market is quickly becoming an employee's market (more jobs than people to fill them), I think they'll do fine.

I did some Christmas shopping at Mervyns, but we didn't get to Media Play until the place was nearly empty. TRU isn't worth it, as we're pretty sure the collectible toys were snagged by employees before they hit the floor. I don't feel strange about it at all. There are other places that do hire retail workers - it's not like they are trained with skills that only apply to that particular store.
post #9 of 27
I do feel weird. In fact, in the last 15 years, two icons of Canadian general merchandising have closed their doors (well, actually, one Canadian and one BC), and I found I wasn't able to go to either "closing out" -- maybe I'm too sentimental, but I just felt like a vulture, picking the carcass.
post #10 of 27
I've been shopping closing sales, for years. Federated department stores (Macy's) has bought out May Company (Robinson's-May). Each corporation has a store in Tucson Mall. Right now, they are closing down the Robinson's-May and everything is 30-50% off. If I had had the $$ last weekend, I'd have been there. Federated is moving the May Company employees into it other stores.

My love seat was bought at Bargain Center Furniture's going-out-of-business sale. After 50 years, the owner got tired and sold the business. It is now Tucson Furniture Mart and when I was in there, a couple of weeks ago, a lot of the same salespersons were still there.
post #11 of 27
Sure I feel sorry for anyone who is losing their job, but me not shopping there won't change that. I'm sure those employees are shopping there too.
You know what I found though? 2 major supermarkets closed in our area recently. Both of them marked their prices waaaay up before putting the items on sale. Buyer beware!
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
Sure I feel sorry for anyone who is losing their job, but me not shopping there won't change that. I'm sure those employees are shopping there too.
Yea! If I dont get the bargains then someone else will. I like sales!!! But I do feel bad for the employees.
post #13 of 27
Yeah, I don't like shopping a big chain stores anyway- those are the employees I feel the most sorry for. I think the only necessary evil in my lfie is Target and the very-occassional PetsMart. I am fortunate enough to live in an area that is still very much dominated by ma and pa "botuiques". I like these stores because you get to know the owners and all of the employees and you get to where you're on a first-name basis and can have a conversation with these people who are, in-effect, doin' it for themselves. I shudder to think of the day when I'm forced to shop at nothing but stores like Meijer and Wal-Mart where employees are but these little pawns subject to the whims of their big conglomerate employers.
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant
Yeah, I don't like shopping a big chain stores anyway- those are the employees I feel the most sorry for. I think the only necessary evil in my lfie is Target and the very-occassional PetsMart. I am fortunate enough to live in an area that is still very much dominated by ma and pa "botuiques". I like these stores because you get to know the owners and all of the employees and you get to where you're on a first-name basis and can have a conversation with these people who are, in-effect, doin' it for themselves. I shudder to think of the day when I'm forced to shop at nothing but stores like Meijer and Wal-Mart where employees are but these little pawns subject to the whims of their big conglomerate employers.
Sorry for the hi-jack, but you just brought back a memory of a lovely little country store in Brownington, VT. I hope its still there. They sold groceries, clothing, farm supplies, etc. and had 2 gas pumps outside. You're right. When mom & pop stores close it bothers me more.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by Obi
There was a restaurant that went out of business here a few weeks ago. I felt really badly about it. We ate there a few times, and it was really good (japanese food), but for some reason it just didn't do very well. It was always very empty. Meanwhile "chain-r-us" restaurant next door is thriving even though their food is more expensive and not nearly as good.
Oh, you so said it all here...This really irks me.
People so often will go out to eat mediocre food with the same unoriginal decor as their other restaurants in every other city and then there are these great little places with excellent food and they go under in a year.....
Argh to the Applebees and Olive Gardens of the world.
post #16 of 27
Thread Starter 
Yeah, Argh to the Olive Gardens of the world (haha, ok, I work there). We used to have a really good Italian place in town, I have no idea if the OG had anything to do with it closing, but I do wonder. I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels weird about shopping there. I don't feel bad about shopping at LS Ayers (a May department store which will soon be Macy's) because all the employees are being kept on after the change. It just feels weird to shop at this Marsh because the president was a giant cad who royally screwed over the workers. Marsh is a local grocery chain. I don't think Walmart or Meijer had anything to do with them closing though, Marsh was always expensive and could never compete with another local store, Scotts, which is also a little expensive, but very high volume. I'm still going to go to the closing place soon, but it still makes me feel a little guilty.
post #17 of 27
The only store I would not shop at is a electronics store where you need a guarantee for the item, such as radios, computers, TV's and such. If something goes wrong then it would be difficult to get it fixed.
post #18 of 27
I do feel a little guilty, like I'm a vulture picking at the bargains. We had a big liquidation store close down near us and scored some big bargains form that. At the end of the day, you can't save the employee's jobs and the stuff is going to sell anyways, so why not get in there and buy something?
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by Catkiki
The only store I would not shop at is a electronics store where you need a guarantee for the item, such as radios, computers, TV's and such. If something goes wrong then it would be difficult to get it fixed.
You would still have the manufacture' warranty though. So if something did go wrong, you just save the guide that came with it and call the 800# on the back.

anyhoo, I don't feel bad for the chain stores. I.e. we just had a major one close in our area and I totally took advantage of the deals! I wound up getting these hot high heeled boots there were $70 on sale for $30!! My BF loves them too (on me)!

I do feel bad for the independent ones. There is one in the downtown area that I live in that has super cute stuff. The only downside was a tank top would cost $60-100 there. At the beginning of february I saw that they were going out of business. I may stop in to see what else they have, but who knows.
post #20 of 27
I definitely agree with you that I feel bad for the folks who are about to lose their jobs. But when the rubber hits the road, they're more employed than I am at the moment and I need to save money any way I can. So I shop anyway.
post #21 of 27
Ive never actually thought about the employess.?
post #22 of 27
I too favor the independent stores over the chains. Last summer a nice gift shop closed and I felt guilty shopping even though I got items at good prices.
I felt even worse however when in January I saw the store owner now working at Ben Franklin Craft store!!!! He is such a talented person-however he had an upscale small gift shop and I guess people would rather buy the junky stuff made in China at a Big Box store than support a small independent business owner!!
post #23 of 27
What bothers me, is that a lot of stores, even well known chain stores are closing because of Wal Mart. If any part of this country is 'THE GREAT SATAN", it's Wal Mart. They will lose money on some items, like toys, in order to lure people into their store, to spend money on other things. I do on occasion shop at Wal Mart, but not on a major or regular basis. What scares me about Wal Mart, is that because of their evil practices, every other store will end up going out of business, and then Wal Mart will not be so "reasonable" on prices anymore, because it will be the only place left to shop.
post #24 of 27
I worked at a small, privately owned store that closed, and we had a massive closing out sale to get rid of inventory. Some people said that they felt like vultures picking over remains, but we were thrilled to have them there.

The decision to close had already been made, staying away wouldn't change that. And the more people came to the sale, the more successful it would be, and the easier it was on the owner to meet all his debts. We encouraged people to tell all their friends to shop there too.

People were sort of stupid, though. They'd say things like "I'll have to think about it, what are your hours next week." Um, closed? We're closing forever... Or, we had someone ask when we were getting in new inventory. Or people with gift certificates who said they couldn't find anything they liked. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of inventory, all marked at 10% of the retail price, and still, you can't force yourself to pick something?
post #25 of 27
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People were sort of stupid, though. They'd say things like "I'll have to think about it, what are your hours next week." Um, closed? We're closing forever... Or, we had someone ask when we were getting in new inventory. Or people with gift certificates who said they couldn't find anything they liked. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of inventory, all marked at 10% of the retail price, and still, you can't force yourself to pick something?[/quote]
On the new inventory it is nt that stupid... a national chain is closing many store s and one in my area they kept getting trucks of new stuff till the whole store was 60% off
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by Sammie5
I worked at a small, privately owned store that closed, and we had a massive closing out sale to get rid of inventory. Some people said that they felt like vultures picking over remains, but we were thrilled to have them there.

The decision to close had already been made, staying away wouldn't change that. And the more people came to the sale, the more successful it would be, and the easier it was on the owner to meet all his debts. We encouraged people to tell all their friends to shop there too.

People were sort of stupid, though. They'd say things like "I'll have to think about it, what are your hours next week." Um, closed? We're closing forever... Or, we had someone ask when we were getting in new inventory. Or people with gift certificates who said they couldn't find anything they liked. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of inventory, all marked at 10% of the retail price, and still, you can't force yourself to pick something?
You know, I didn't feel the slightest bit bad about shopping at Mervyns or Media Play, but there was a small sterling silver jewelry store closing in the mall, privately owned, and I do admit I kinda felt bad about it. With our tax refund, Earl bought me a gorgeous necklace normally priced at $200 for $55. But that makes sense, that the more inventory they can liquidate means the less debt they would be in.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by HopeHacker
What bothers me, is that a lot of stores, even well known chain stores are closing because of Wal Mart. If any part of this country is 'THE GREAT SATAN", it's Wal Mart. They will lose money on some items, like toys, in order to lure people into their store, to spend money on other things. I do on occasion shop at Wal Mart, but not on a major or regular basis. What scares me about Wal Mart, is that because of their evil practices, every other store will end up going out of business, and then Wal Mart will not be so "reasonable" on prices anymore, because it will be the only place left to shop.
I agree with you here. I've never shopped in a Wal Mart, and don't plan to start. In fact, until this year, there were no Wal-Marts in Chicago, and now there's one going up on the far-south side (maybe it's even in a collar suburb), you know, where the poor people live and can be employed for beans a day. Way to go Wal-Mart.

THere was actual major, MAJOR upheaval from all different wards over letting Wal Mart in. We were almost successful in keeping them out, but in the end, the almight dollar won out
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