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Forum topic by JeffP posted 08-21-2016 05:28 PM 1049 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JeffP

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08-21-2016 05:28 PM

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I have bloody well had it with criminally stupid marketing executives.

Today I walked into my local Lowes store and was accosted by Halloween Decorations!
( for those who live elsewhere, it is officially seventy-one days until freaking all hallows eve )

#boycott-lowes

For decades now we have all been complaining about how the turkey day and xmas stuff starts earlier and earlier each year. We laugh it off as though it is somehow OK for us to suffer at the hands of marketing execs who shouldn’t be allowed to operate the TV remote without supervision.

This is just beyond ridiculous.

I say we all stop going there until they fire the lot of them.

#boycott-lowes

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.


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TravisH

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#1 posted 08-21-2016 06:11 PM

You forget one important thing…..if they set it up how you (likely myself and others here) would like it they would suffer dramatically. They would be much smaller and have a lot fewer locations if they got rid of all the crap and specialized. Plus they know that you and I will likely end up buying the large home items there anyway based on price when we need the new dishwasher, carpet, etc.

For every one of us they get 20 or more others to come in and buy inflatable pumpkins and ghosts , Rubbermaid totes to put them in, a rubber mallet to drive stakes to help support them, extension cord to power them, a water proof timer…...oh heck some mums would look good and some spooky ceramic cats to put candles in also. They will be back again at Thanksgiving to buy more, then at Christmas, oh and spring to buy flowers and veggies, patio furniture, etc.. Way more than what I will buy from a big box store in an average year (screws, painters tape, tube of caulk, few 2×4s, and one or two other items).

Alternatives in regards to big box stores. Menards, Home Depot, etc… boycotting them also because they do the same? Ace Hardware…darn it boycott? So online or specialized suppliers. Simply we deal with it and walk past the seasonally holiday corner near the entrance (at most lowes) , order online or pay more to avoid it at specialized lumber, electrical, or plumbing stores.

I could do without it but then most every store I use has probably 80-90 % merchandise I could care less about.

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JeffP

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#2 posted 08-21-2016 07:06 PM

@TravisH, you are right, of course. I just really needed to vent.

I just wish they would carry that hyperdrive-fluxerizer I need to fix my spaceship…I really gotta get the heck off of this crazy planet!

#boycott-planets-with-crazy-people-on-them

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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mudflap4869

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#3 posted 08-21-2016 07:30 PM

Makes me so mad I could bite my ears off. But if they closed down, who would I give all my money to? Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Woodcrafters take almost every dime I can make. Resturants take the rest.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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JeffP

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#4 posted 08-21-2016 07:32 PM



Makes me so mad I could bite my ears off. But if they closed down, who would I give all my money to? Wal-Mart, Lowe s and Woodcrafters take almost every dime I can make. Resturants take the rest.

- mudflap4869

...I’ll take it. If they ever get that hyperdrive-fluxerizer in, I’ll need some earth credits to pay for it.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#5 posted 08-22-2016 12:14 PM

So, kinda tangentially related to the holiday madness (I just wanted to gloat on a deal):
After years of dealing with our super crummy $35 6ft Christmas tree, we decided we wanted to get a new one at the end of last year. So, of course, we waited until after the holidays to pick one up on the cheap. Found one we really liked at Lowe’s, and I had my wife watch it while I grabbed a flat cart. By the time I got back, she said another family had come up asking if we were buying that…so she sat on it. And yes, it was the last one.
I know it’s childish and immature, but I get a twisted sense of satisfaction from not only getting a good deal, but beating somebody else to it.
I think…the Christmas spirit expires for me at midnight on the 26th…

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#6 posted 08-22-2016 01:15 PM

I agree with Travis, Jeff, maybe you just need a cup of coffee. What if we didn’t have a lowes, Homedepot or any big box store for that matter? Sorry for being blunt but… Not No, but hell no, I won’t boycott Lowes, for me this is not an issue. I have far other more important things to worry about than what Lowes puts on display at their store not to mention I need Lowes, they have a lot of items I need that Homedepot doesn’t carry aside the fact I receive great customer service there. Don’t Worry Be Happy You’ll sleep better.

I often put my holiday related wood projects up for sale on ETSY way before it’s time, I see no difference between the two.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#7 posted 08-22-2016 01:24 PM

I’m not a fan of the earlier and earlier holiday marketing either, but …..

working in retail, I’m all too aware of its necessity. The reality is that consumers are driving the timing, not stores or marketing departments. If customers didn’t buy holiday merchandise until shortly before the holidays, then retailers wouldn’t put it out so early because the space would be better utilized for merchandise that is selling.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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splatman

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#8 posted 08-24-2016 07:23 AM

As long as they wait till after Oct 31 before putting out any Christmas stuff.
Back in, when was that? 2005?, stores where selling C-mas stuff in October. Seeing C-mas trees and Jack-o-lanterns side-by-side was just, I don’t know what to say. Did not see it happen again, though I probably just do not remember if I did. I usually don’t give much thought to that kind of thing. Except regarding this thread.

Lowe’s in Port Orchard, Wa was also doing the H thing with the usual creepy stuff, though I thought the inflatable Stay-puft Marshmallow Man was funny.

This is still officially Back To Jail, oops I mean School, season. Usually H stuff does not reach the shelves till afterwards. Maybe Lowe’s is hoping a kid will talk his/her parents into buying him/her a Stay-puft Marshmallow Man to take to school for show-n-tell.

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#9 posted 08-24-2016 01:10 PM

Eventually a majority of these holiday seasonal items will be sold year round, with only the bigger ticket items showing up around the actual holiday.

What if we didn t have a lowes, Homedepot or any big box store for that matter?

- Blackie_

We would have more Von Tobles, Builders Square, Vans Builders, etc. etc…
More mom and pop companies that could give us special care!
It’s because of Lowes and Home Depots that these companies are now gone…
Just sayin :)

-- My “MO” involves Judging others, playing God, acting as LJs law enforcement, and never admitting any of my ideas could possibly be wrong or anyone else's idea could possibly be correct -- (A1Jim)

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CM_2016

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#10 posted 08-26-2016 02:35 AM

I agree with jbay on there would be more small “mom and pop shops” to some degree. Eventually someone would get the good idea to franchise their store and expand their ideals to new areas, and the cycle would repeat.

As specialists we need to keep in mind the importance of being specialists and purchasing from specialists.

Keep buying local ladies and gentlemen!

-- Greatness is a lot of small things done well everyday- Ray Lewis http://towncofurniture.com/

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CM_2016

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#11 posted 08-26-2016 02:36 AM

I agree with jbay on there would be more small “mom and pop shops” to some degree. Eventually someone would get the good idea to franchise their store and expand their ideals to new areas, and the cycle would repeat.

As specialists we need to keep in mind the importance of being specialists and purchasing from specialists.

Keep buying local ladies and gentlemen!

-- Greatness is a lot of small things done well everyday- Ray Lewis http://towncofurniture.com/

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ArtMann

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#12 posted 08-27-2016 01:37 AM

I believe JayT nailed it exactly. Retailers know what they are doing.

There used to be (and maybe still is) a store in Helen, Georgia that sells exclusively Christmas stuff all year long. When I was there in June a few years ago, they were doing a very brisk business. Should this store only open for one month a year?

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#13 posted 08-27-2016 03:23 PM

Problem with small stores is simply they do not do the volume to offer competitive prices. I guess if you don’t wan’t competitive pricing then great but they are much more expensive. Even box stores like ACE are ridiculously non competitive on most items.

I use Ace frequently purely as a matter of convenience as ~ 1 mile from the house. But really try to make it Menard’s, Lowe’s, or order online as they are just not even close to pricing. Von Tobels was worse on pricing but not for sure if that is still the case as I haven’t been in our store in probably a few years.

I try to buy local but it comes at too great of price to my pocket book.

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#14 posted 08-27-2016 05:00 PM

I shop at Lowes, but I hate those bastards! To hell with boycotts lets get a picket line started. Its the only store of that type in Aberdeen and they don’t even carry a 1/4 inch chisel, they carry one set of calipers digital junk. They got us by the gonads and they know it, Their not smiling at us when we walk in, their laughing at us.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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splatman

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#15 posted 08-27-2016 08:53 PM



I believe JayT nailed it exactly. Retailers know what they are doing.

There used to be (and maybe still is) a store in Helen, Georgia that sells exclusively Christmas stuff all year long. When I was there in June a few years ago, they were doing a very brisk business. Should this store only open for one month a year?

- ArtMann

Not the only one of its type.

In Detroit, there is the Always Christmas store. I’ve seen it featured in the TV series Life After People.
I would not doubt there many stores like it across the nation, and maybe even all around the word. There’s a C-mas shop in Leavenworth, Wa (a Bavarian-themed town in the Cascades), and one (may be gone now; did not come up in my search) in Gig Harbor, a short drive from my place.

I have no issue with stores that specialize in C-mas (or any holiday/season) stuff year round. I just expect not to find out-of-season stuff (save for post-season clearance sales) at any retailer that does not specialize in any one season. However, when I do see seasonal stuff ahead-of-season, I’ll glace at it, maybe look at a few things, then go back to minding why I’m shopping there in the first place.

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