I love Sears.
Not words you hear too often these days. But I do, I really do. I think their good will comes from my days buying G.I. Joes with my Grandma (mentioned in my last post). Also, anything in our homes that bore a Sears logo tended to last and last through the years. Add in my obsession with their catalog coming out each winter, and you’ve got a recipe for a lifelong love.
When I was in college, I decided to fulfill one of my little ideas I’d had for awhile, to work at Sears & Roebuck. I was hired as a computer salesman, and I must say, the people there were for the most part, dynamite folks. Really nice, and the training was excellent, top notch. Good videos on how to sell, evaluate your customers and determine their needs. Of course, I was the only one who seemed to pay attention to these materials, but it made me a good salesman and I enjoyed the work. The checks were great too – even though we sold crappy Compaqs, I sold the heck out of em, and in December each check was like standing around collecting money as fast as you could. We worked on commission, and life was good.
After the holidays I quit so I could take my stash and live off it till college ended, which was a great idea I think. Since then, I try to shop there when I can. Here’s a little sample of what they’ve provided me in the past year:
With rebates, a 42″ Plasma TV from Panasonic before Thanksgiving last year – $900. Yes, 1080p.
HD Camcorder from Panasonic (price matched conveniently to Best Buy) $800 (including tax and SDHC card)
A weight bench and set with 100 lbs of vinyl weights, $80.
Two battery chargers with AA batteries, $5 each.
Then there’s the usual odds and ends. It’s really an ideal place to shop, as no one else goes there. I won’t lie, I miss the “Sears Tele-games” console from the early 80s, and Mom buying me Garanimals clothes and new clothes for school. But should Sears survive, my little TinyClaws will continue to go with me to that most American of department stores. They might not be the best, or have everything, but I know they’ll price match anything, and their service (if you get someone on commission) is still pretty top notch.
I sincerely doubt anyone else has the love for Sears I do, but there ya go. Comments? Any stores you find yourself attached to for no reason?