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Wal-Mart falters wtih "Skinny Jeans" [Nov. 3rd, 2006|10:19 am]
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News flash, Wal-Mart sales are down significantly after flirting with being hip and fashionable. "Company officials said the apparel was more suited to...stores...on the coasts and that shoppers in America's heartland were reluctant to embrace trends such as skinny jeans" says the Washington Post.



Ah, thanks Wal-Mart for restoring my faith in corporate ability to f-up a perfectly good thing!

"Having tried its hand at being hip...Wal-Mart...is reverting to a more familiar approach: slashing prices."

Well, duh. I mean, first of all, skinny jeans. Hell-Lo! Clearly the executives who made this decision haven't been in their stores lately. I mean, have they measured the thighs of their heartland customers?

Dudes, your business is based on cheap, basic stuff. No one goes to Wal-Mart to be stylish. They go to be cheap. Stick to what you're good at. If you want to get into fashion, open a different store, with different branding! Aaaagh. Holy crap, they covered this in your sophomore year of B-school, kids...did you all sleep in? Or has your corporation finally reached the size and age where you've alienated all of your execs brave enough to raise their hand in a meeting and say "Wait, that's just stupid."

(Maybe that's how I should re-arrange my resume -- promote myself as the person who will speak up and not let you embark on really asinine strategies.)

I have to admit that for the first time in years, I'm sorry that I'm not working for the grocery industry. Wal-Mart used to make everyone else feel inadequate and powerless since they seemed to do everything right, plus they were a bunch of arrogant b-tards...hah! It's practically a schaudenfreude-fest in retail-land right now.
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[User Picture]From: mistressfetch
2006-11-03 02:30 pm (UTC)
I use to go to Walmart to feel good about myself..how sad is that? Seriously, Skinny jeans in a Walmart? Especially back home where the corn fed farm girls roam...geez...They could market them to the Crack Ho's in the big cities but I've yet to drive in Washington or New York and see a Walmart anywhere :-)

Oh and my new favorite was they were in the news this week about how they are giving "demerits" for constant late arrivals. The employees were having a fit as they didn't think they should be punished for constantly being late. ummmmm it's called work ethic... aarghhghghghgg
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[User Picture]From: acroyear70
2006-11-03 02:44 pm (UTC)
it was inevitable. fashion cycles back and forth between skinny and baggy (with the late 90s being an odd time where tops were tight to the point of running up and exposing bellies all the while pants remained baggy beyond sanity). the 80s were "tight jeans" (remember having *zippers* on the ankles?) plus "leg warmers" and those are finally making their cycle back. by the mid to late 2010s, "baggy" will be back again.

It's akin to skirts going up and down every 20 years...

Wal-Mart isn't getting that stuff to be fashionable, it's getting that stuff because that's what the wholesale people are putting out there at a cheap enough price for Wal-Mart to decide to pick it up.
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[User Picture]From: skivee
2006-11-03 02:48 pm (UTC)

schaudenfreude

"...hah! It's practically a schaudenfreude-fest in retail-land right now."
Okay, everybody has to stop using this word now...right now.
It has been morosely floating about for tens, even hundreds of years without causing any trouble. Then PyrateLady and Luscious Mango brought that damned circular chunk of the Autobahn to our camp.
Suddenly it seems that everyone on the planet is going around muttering that word. I have seen or heard it at least 25 times in the last month.
Did I miss the meeting where it was declared the new "IN" word???
It's enough to give a person ennui.
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2006-11-03 03:05 pm (UTC)

Re: schaudenfreude

You just need to change your weltanschaung.
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[User Picture]From: skivee
2006-11-03 03:09 pm (UTC)

Re: schaudenfreude

My world view is just fine , dammit. It's all these clouds of floating schaudenfreude what's causing this angst.
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[User Picture]From: pyratelady
2006-11-03 07:27 pm (UTC)

Re: schaudenfreude

Would you like some PIE?

schaudenfreude
schaudenfreude
schaudenfreude
schaudenfreude
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[User Picture]From: skivee
2006-11-03 07:43 pm (UTC)

Re: schaudenfreude

Gutt Gott ein Heimal
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[User Picture]From: piratekalia
2006-11-03 03:41 pm (UTC)

Attention Walmart Shoppers!

Take a clue from Italy. If you buy the jeans...you can't strut the "catwalk"!

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=2432339

...idiots...
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[User Picture]From: pyratelady
2006-11-03 10:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Attention Walmart Shoppers!

When I clicked on that link, the layout was wonky so the headline appeared like this:

Fear in Milan Over Skinny Model
Ban

I thought, "Yeah, I fear skinny models too. They're so... pointy."
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[User Picture]From: piratekalia
2006-11-04 02:04 am (UTC)

Re: Attention Walmart Shoppers!

You're Awesome!
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