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Kmart Customers Say 'Shame on You' for Early Holiday Ad
ABC News ^ | Sept. 12, 2013 | REBECCA JARVIS and SUSANNA KIM REBECCA JARVIS More From Rebecca Chief Business & Economics Corresp

Posted on 09/12/2013 12:52:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Kmart should be ashamed for airing its first holiday commercial some 100 days before Christmas when temperatures topped 90 degrees in much of the country, some shoppers say.

"I do not want to see Christmas ads when it is still SUMMER," wrote a customer on Kmart's Facebook page. "I will not be shopping at Kmart this year due to your advertising this early, I don't care what the reason."

Kmart, a unit of Sears, is defending the timing of the new ad, saying it aired early to announce the rollout of a new promotion that began Sept. 8.

In a statement to ABC News, Kmart said, "Customers can plan in advance in order to take advantage of layaway for holiday purchases."

Another Facebook user told Kmart, "There is no reason to make the holidays into a consumer nightmare. You should be ashamed."

Retailers are gearing up for the holiday selling season, when many companies ring up 20 percent of the year's sales.

"The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the shortest it can ever be on retail selling days. [Retailers] have to start earlier," said Jan Kniffen, retail analyst and CEO of J Rogers Kniffen Worldwide Enterprises.

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1 posted on 09/12/2013 12:52:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

don’t shop there anyway.’the crowd is’too dangerous.


2 posted on 09/12/2013 12:54:11 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway

GREED !


3 posted on 09/12/2013 12:57:42 PM PDT by AKinAK
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To: nickcarraway

Kmart is going after Christmas layaway sales as their “Hail Mary” pass. You need at least 90 days lead time to do layaway.


4 posted on 09/12/2013 12:58:23 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: nickcarraway

Outside the 4th, I’ve reached a point where all these holidays are nearly meaningless...

The greedy fat corps would concoct a holiday every single day of the year if they could, hoping the ocean of dummies would throw more money at them...


5 posted on 09/12/2013 12:58:32 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: AKinAK

Hills Department Stores used to set one entire store up for Christmas in late August. Trees, tinsel, snowmen, Jingle Bells on the intercom, the whole nine yards. All just so that their buyers and senior execs could come and see what their Christmas merchandising setup was going to look like.


6 posted on 09/12/2013 12:59:54 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: nickcarraway

Blame Obama. He is in perpetual campaign mode. Merchants should be in perpetual Christmas mode.


7 posted on 09/12/2013 1:00:50 PM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: nickcarraway

Favorite Dennis the Menace cartoon:

“Look Joey! Christmas Decorations!...That means Halloween is almost here!”


8 posted on 09/12/2013 1:01:00 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: nickcarraway

Trying to make people ship their pants?


9 posted on 09/12/2013 1:01:45 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: nickcarraway

K-MART???? They closed most of the Big K Marts around here. Only one or two left.


10 posted on 09/12/2013 1:01:53 PM PDT by RetiredArmy ("As in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of Man." Come Quickly LORD Jesus!)
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To: Secret Agent Man
It is disgusting here in the Hazleton PA store. For the first time I saw a Prostitute walking around. I thought I was back in Yonkers.
11 posted on 09/12/2013 1:02:22 PM PDT by angcat
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To: nickcarraway

No amount of Christmas decoration can hide the fact that the inside of my local K-Mart looks like a Soviet era commodities store. Seriously, cinder block with a thin coat of peeling grey paint. Ceiling tiles missing or covered in water stains and puke green 1970’s floor tiles.


12 posted on 09/12/2013 1:02:42 PM PDT by apillar
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To: apillar

LOL!


13 posted on 09/12/2013 1:04:49 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: angcat
here in the Hazleton PA store. For the first time I saw a Prostitute walking around.

Attention, Kmart Shoppers...for the next ten minutes in Aisle 6, we'll be having a Blue Light Special on.....


14 posted on 09/12/2013 1:08:49 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: nickcarraway

Will they be selling “holiday trees”?


15 posted on 09/12/2013 1:08:55 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: angcat
"It is disgusting here in the Hazleton PA store. For the first time I saw a Prostitute walking around."

Boy you really can get anything at K-Mart

16 posted on 09/12/2013 1:09:03 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Mr. K

Hallmark is also already advertising for Christmas. Saw it on tv the other night a couple of times. I had to look up when I heard the Christmas music. Sure enough....


17 posted on 09/12/2013 1:10:36 PM PDT by MarineMom613 (RIP Sandra Sue, my fur baby 12/31/1999 ~ 7/2/2010 - See you on the other side!)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m sorry but what Holiday are they talking about???? /sarc if needed.


18 posted on 09/12/2013 1:11:18 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Hills Department Stores used to set one entire store up for Christmas in late August.
Reminds me of the Crazy Eddie's Christmas sales in August.
19 posted on 09/12/2013 1:11:27 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Mr. K

LOL I hate going there but I had to find some school items for my child.


20 posted on 09/12/2013 1:12:18 PM PDT by angcat
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To: apillar

The owner of Sears has looted the brand and sold off the real estate.


21 posted on 09/12/2013 1:12:22 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: nickcarraway; P-Marlowe

Given they are talking about lay-away buying, then it makes sense.

They give people 10-12 weeks to pay for stuff.

The reason I like it is that they’re encouraging buying rather than going into credit card debt.

FWIW, I find that positive.

Also, I could give a rip about “commercial Christmas”. As many have pointed out, late December probably was the time of the incarnation and not the birth...when the light came into the world.


22 posted on 09/12/2013 1:12:26 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: nickcarraway

As Rainman said. Kmart sucks.


23 posted on 09/12/2013 1:13:11 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: nickcarraway

And yet no retailer would dare have a Martin Luther King day sale. That would be SHTF time. The NAACP, SPLC the racial racketeers would be wielding their wrath and the DoJ would be investigating.


24 posted on 09/12/2013 1:13:48 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: angcat

She was just the Blue-Light Special walking around.


25 posted on 09/12/2013 1:14:18 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: nickcarraway

I found their back to school tv ads showing little kids doing hip hop a lot more discusting.


26 posted on 09/12/2013 1:15:29 PM PDT by willk
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To: SkyDancer

Arbor Day


27 posted on 09/12/2013 1:17:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: xzins

It makes some business sense for the following reasons:

-Kmart offers layaway chain wide. Walmart allows individual store managers to decide whether they want the hassle (which most of them do not). So there is some competitive advantage.

-Good way to sell to people short on money in a tough economy (it boomed back in the 70’s).

-Kmart captures their cash in the layaway payments. So they get to invest that money for a time even if the customer ultimately cancels. Plus that’s less they can spend at the competition.

-As many here have pointed out, Kmart has become decidedly downscale, and layaway is a proven winner with this crowd.


28 posted on 09/12/2013 1:18:40 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

K-Mart made a huge mistake back in the early 80’s when they still were competitive with Wal-Mart. They backed off of a pure grocery section, and they went a cheap stuff-a-store plan.

Grocery was burdened by a union, so I forgive them that, but they should have re-entered after ditching the union.

Wal-Mart became a destination store and K-Mart became an afterthought.

At this point, the best thing they could do would be to rebrand all their boxes as Sears Retail, bring back food, and turn the K-Mart name into a competitor in small towns to Family Dollar.


29 posted on 09/12/2013 1:34:47 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh, an Amish holiday. How quaint.


30 posted on 09/12/2013 1:40:24 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: xzins

Were any Kmarts unionized? I had never heard of that.
Only unionized discount chain I was aware of was Meijers up in Michigan.


31 posted on 09/12/2013 1:41:23 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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turn the K-Mart name into a competitor in small towns to Family Dollar.

They could call it Kresge's Five and Ten...


32 posted on 09/12/2013 1:43:06 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

While in college, just out of the army, I worked at a K-Mart food section. Union rules allowed the others to claim my hours each week. After having about 25 whittled down to half a shift at graveyard time for a few weeks in a row, I said to self, “Self, this is stupid.” and went to find non-union gainful employment at P&G.


33 posted on 09/12/2013 1:43:55 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: SkyDancer

kwanzaa?


34 posted on 09/12/2013 1:44:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Kresge’s 5&10 — That would be an absolutely awesome relaunch. Great idea.


35 posted on 09/12/2013 1:44:49 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: nickcarraway

I spend less and less at Christmas time.


36 posted on 09/12/2013 1:47:19 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: nickcarraway

Isn’t that an off-shoot religious sect of KawaBonga?


37 posted on 09/12/2013 1:49:30 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: SkyDancer

Secretary’s Day?


38 posted on 09/12/2013 1:51:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

No different than starting your Presidential Election Campaign 2 years in advance....


39 posted on 09/12/2013 1:52:16 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: nickcarraway

Sexist!


40 posted on 09/12/2013 1:58:33 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: SkyDancer

Newspaper Carrier Day (September 4th)


41 posted on 09/12/2013 2:02:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Oh, okay. it’s the great creator-god, Tangaroa foot bath and towel snap Holidays.


42 posted on 09/12/2013 2:14:01 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: dragnet2

I just really don’t do holidays anymore. We have a huge open house on Christmas Eve for friends and family, food & drinks, and we have 3 grandchildren that we give gift cards to.
That’s it. It is stress free and everyone has a great time Christmas Eve.


43 posted on 09/12/2013 2:41:05 PM PDT by sheana
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To: SkyDancer
"Oh, an Amish holiday. How quaint."

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They could really bank on 'Sadie Hawkins' Day!

44 posted on 09/12/2013 4:02:52 PM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"They could call it Kresge's Five and Ten..."

----------------------------------> I miss Kresge's and any five and dime stores.

'Five and Dime' - good times - good times"

45 posted on 09/12/2013 4:07:57 PM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: sheana
"I just really don’t do holidays anymore. We have a huge open house on Christmas Eve for friends and family, food & drinks, and we have 3 grandchildren that we give gift cards to. That’s it. It is stress free and everyone has a great time Christmas Eve."

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Sounds like a nice, stress less day. Stressing on the holiday - I try to plan ahead-like getting Christmas cards ready by Thanksgiving but I don't mail them until first week of December. I don't have to find everyone's addresses or updates to addresses, etc. because doing that drives me crazy.

46 posted on 09/12/2013 4:22:35 PM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: AKinAK
GREED !

Or desperation.

Due to the Obama depression, I've had to start my own business, to find any kind of employment. I have an on-line business. One thing that I've learned is that Black Friday really is get-in-the-black Friday. You just break even for most of the year. Christmas literally is, do or die.

So I'm much more sympathetic to retailers than I used to be. There's no excuse for the "Happy Season" crap, though.

47 posted on 09/12/2013 4:29:35 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: MarineMom613

I was in Sam’s Club the other day, and they had Christmas ornaments and wreaths for sale.


48 posted on 09/12/2013 4:55:40 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: angcat

What office was he campaigning for ?


49 posted on 09/12/2013 5:17:30 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Probably working for Spitzer.
50 posted on 09/12/2013 5:44:38 PM PDT by angcat
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