Is Brick and Mortar Retail Going Away?…

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Is Brick and Mortar Retail Going Away?...

if per­sonal expe­ri­ence is any indi­ca­tion, yes.

While we wait to see what Con­gress is plan­ning to do about the no-​good, very bad Iran deal, let’s talk about some­thing a bit closer to home.

I do the major­ity of my shop­ping online, and get cold chills at the thought of any kind of cyber-​attack on the internet.

Today, I read sev­eral arti­cles, all claim­ing that retail­ers are hurt­ing in a very big way, and many major out­lets will be clos­ing their stores. If true, what will hap­pen to the peo­ple who will no longer have jobs?

Sev­eral weeks ago, I stopped by Macy’s to pur­chase my favorite Clinque lip­stick. As I rarely go into major retail stores, I was shocked at the high prices on the merchandise.

I headed to the Clinque counter and searched around for my lip­stick. After about 10 min­utes, some­one finally approached to help me, only to tell me that the lip­stick was prob­a­bly dis­con­tin­ued. She wasn’t a Clinque lady, and appeared to be try­ing to over­see three or four coun­ters at once. I saw no other sales peo­ple. After look­ing it up in the com­puter, she said that it showed there were three lip­sticks of that shade, but had no idea of where they were. She said that they may be on the deliv­ery truck, which was due in about three days. Out came a tiny piece of scrap paper in which to take down my num­ber. I knew right then that I would not get a phone call when the truck arrived.

Under­stand this; I am in no way blam­ing her. Retail work is end­less and hard. The store was under­staffed, and for good rea­son. There were almost no customers.

After check­ing online, I ascer­tained that the lip­stick could be pur­chased directly from Clinque, who gave me, as a first time online buyer, a $10.00 off coupon, and free shipping.

I also needed some makeup from Ulta. My last expe­ri­ence there was hor­ri­ble. No one to help you find any­thing, and the makeup was com­pletely dis­or­ga­nized due to cus­tomers paw­ing through it. I headed to Ulta online, picked out my prod­ucts, and was also offered free shipping.

Lest you think I only buy makeup, the next exam­ple is from Wal­mart, where I hoped to pur­chase some Calms Forte, a nat­ural sleep aid. It was out of stock.

I found the Calms Forte at Puri­tan Pride online, and pur­chased 2 bot­tles of 100 each for $13.98 with, wait for it, free ship­ping. The same amount of pills at Wal­mart would have cost about $37.00.

One of the arti­cles I read today was Major Chain Stores Shut­ting Down as Amer­ica Faces “Birth Pangs of Retail Apoc­a­lypse” which listed among them Macy’s, as well as other big retailers.

There’s sev­eral rea­sons for this, and the major rea­son, con­trary to Obama telling us how won­der­ful every­thing is, peo­ple don’t have any money. It’s as sim­ple as that.

Do you really think that the over 45 mil­lion peo­ple on food stamps are buy­ing $200.00 purses at Macy’s?

Unem­ploy­ment 5.5%? Even Bernie Sanders, the dar­ling social­ist of the lib­tards, says it more like 10.5%. That should make some heads explode.

You can see a list of the 6,000 clos­ings expected this year at Nat­ural News. Where are all those dis­placed work­ers going to find jobs?

Any­one who thinks that we’re not in a depres­sion isn’t pay­ing attention.

And any­one who is not pay­ing atten­tion, is not prepar­ing. Which are you?

Adri­enne blogs at Adrienne’s Cor­ner ( ya just can’t find a more cap­ti­vat­ing blog title), where she goes on peri­odic rants, and writes about what­ever pops into her lit­tle flea brain.

if personal experience is any indication, yes.

While we wait to see what Congress is planning to do about the no-good, very bad Iran deal, let’s talk about something a bit closer to home.

I do the majority of my shopping online, and get cold chills at the thought of any kind of cyber-attack on the internet.

Today, I read several articles, all claiming that retailers are hurting in a very big way, and many major outlets will be closing their stores.  If true,  what will happen to the people who will no longer have jobs?

Several weeks ago, I stopped by Macy’s to purchase my favorite Clinque lipstick.  As I rarely go into major retail stores, I was shocked at the high prices on the merchandise.

I headed to the Clinque counter and searched around for my lipstick.  After about 10 minutes, someone finally approached to help me, only to tell me that the lipstick was probably discontinued.  She wasn’t a Clinque lady, and appeared to be trying to oversee three or four counters at once.  I saw no other sales people.  After looking it up in the computer, she said that it showed there were three lipsticks of that shade, but had no idea of where they were.  She said that they may be on the delivery truck, which was due in about three days.  Out came a tiny piece of scrap paper in which to take down my number.  I knew right then that I would not get a phone call when the truck arrived.

Understand this; I am in no way blaming her.  Retail work is endless and hard.  The store was understaffed, and for good reason.  There were almost no customers.

After checking online, I ascertained that the lipstick could be purchased directly from Clinque, who gave me, as a first time online buyer, a $10.00 off coupon, and free shipping.

I also needed some makeup from Ulta.  My last experience there was horrible.  No one to help you find anything, and the makeup was completely disorganized due to customers pawing through it.  I headed to Ulta online, picked out my products, and was also offered free shipping.

Lest you think I only buy makeup, the next example is from Walmart, where I hoped to purchase some Calms Forte, a natural sleep aid.  It was out of stock.

I found the Calms Forte at Puritan Pride online, and purchased 2 bottles of 100 each for $13.98 with, wait for it, free shipping.  The same amount of pills at Walmart would have cost about $37.00.

One of the articles I read today was Major Chain Stores Shutting Down as America Faces “Birth Pangs of Retail Apocalypse” which listed among them Macy’s, as well as other big retailers.

There’s several reasons for this, and the major reason, contrary to Obama telling us how wonderful everything is, people don’t have any money.  It’s as simple as that.

Do you really think that the over 45 million people on food stamps are buying $200.00 purses at Macy’s?

Unemployment 5.5%?  Even Bernie Sanders, the darling socialist of the libtards, says it more like 10.5%.  That should make some heads explode.

You can see a list of the 6,000 closings expected this year at Natural News.  Where are all those displaced workers going to find jobs?

Anyone who thinks that we’re not in a depression isn’t paying attention.

And anyone who is not paying attention, is not preparing.  Which are you?

 

Adrienne blogs at Adrienne’s Corner ( ya just can’t find a more captivating blog title), where she goes on periodic rants, and writes about whatever pops into her little flea brain.