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liv
01-13-2011, 11:17 PM
I like this news, but just would hpe they'd keep some zellers around. I always found that if I wanted stuff from the Bay( don't mean clothing), I'd go to Zellers and it would be cheaper than at the Bay. And I liked the fact no one was around to help me...I hate when they ask you if you need help!

That said, I like Target, from what I remember of the couple of times I've been there on my forays into the States. It's funny because just yesterday I was reading that some American stores were looking to come here because of how well our economy fared compared theirs and that was the one I hoped for the most...and the next day it comes true!!

AJ Skatefan
01-14-2011, 03:05 AM
Did you know about this? I'm not shopping at Target anymore.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/17/boycott-target-commercial_n_684815.html

Cyn
01-14-2011, 04:20 AM
Did you know about this? I'm not shopping at Target anymore.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/17/boycott-target-commercial_n_684815.html

:rolleyes:

If moveon.org is the voice screaming to boycott Target, I will be going out of my way to give them as much business as I can.

Southpaw
01-14-2011, 04:24 AM
Ok, fine, you get Target. Now give us Canadian Tire and we'll call it even.

AJ Skatefan
01-14-2011, 05:01 AM
:rolleyes:

If moveon.org is the voice screaming to boycott Target, I will be going out of my way to give them as much business as I can.

Whatever. Make your own choices. :rolleyes:

Norlite
01-14-2011, 05:11 AM
I'm not sure how I feel about this.

I'm not against Target or any American retailer coming in, I just wish they'd come in on their own and didn't have to erase (and I have no doubt that's what will happen) a completely Canadian retail chain to do it. (yes, yes, I know who owns HBC, but they have managed to retained their Canadian identity, imo)

Cyn
01-14-2011, 05:12 AM
Whatever. Make your own choices. :rolleyes:

Read my signature line.

I didn't condemn you for your decision - I merely voiced my own opinion about the boycott, and followed that up with my own personal decision.

The :rolleyes: was for moveon.org, which is a website that makes me physically ill.

Japanfan
01-14-2011, 10:01 AM
:confused:

Am I the only one who hates big box stores?

professordeb
01-14-2011, 04:39 PM
:confused:

Am I the only one who hates big box stores?

Nope, I don't much like them either. I often can't find anyone to help when I need it and when I DO find someone, they don't know anything about what I want. Oh yeah, and I can seldom find what I'm looking for and nothing seems to be laid out in a logical-to-me order. I'll give our local Canadian Tire this - at least they have a map at the front of the store to help me find things - or at least point me in the right direction. I am finding someone to help more often than I used to - but then I also know a couple of people who work there so if the are working, I ask them! Pays to know people hahaha.

I avoid BBS whenever I can ... not that I enjoy shopping to begin with. I'll take a small store with sales people who know their product even if it DOES cost me more.

Andora
01-14-2011, 04:52 PM
Last year I read an article that said Target was looking to move up north in about five years. (Of course it was under the headline, "Target Coming To Canada!" and sent people into a tizzy then. Stupid Toronto Star) I imagine they would have come up here without buying out Zellers in time, but this bumps it along.

I'd be upset about it, but a) I love Target, and b) I hate Zellers. Our local Loblaws often has equal or better pricing, and is more Canadian than HBC these days. It also has Joe Fresh clothing and makeup, which Americans SHOULD be jealous of. ;)

Besides, I wonder if Target will actually be able to bring all the brands up with them, even their in-house stuff. Canada's product regulating system seem to be notoriously tighter than those to the south. It's not even that certain products wouldn't make the grade, but that companies might have to shell out big bucks for extra testing just so something can be sold here.

I'm mostly just thinking about the cosmetic brands they carry (Plixi, etc.) that might not make it up here. Which would be a personal tragedy. :P


Ok, fine, you get Target. Now give us Canadian Tire and we'll call it even.

I have such a love-hate relationship with Canadian Tire. I can't figure out why Americans would want them-- do you not have something similar? Is it their own currency? The terrible service? The amazing sales that drag you back when you swore you were out? And when you do go in, you drop much more than you ever intended to? I'm due for an extra car snow brush, but I'm afraid to go get one there. Who knows how much I'll come out with?

manhn
01-14-2011, 04:54 PM
But why do you need help when you're buying toilet paper? Who are these toilet paper specialists?

Anyways, count me in as someone hates when salespeople ask if I need any help. The Bay, like Zellers, is void of staff, which is awesome. I tried on 10 different suits at The Bay without anyone talking to me. Heaven!

Artemis@BC
01-14-2011, 05:52 PM
I've never considered Target (or Zellers) to be a "big box store." They're department stores, same as The Bay or Penny's, just a little lower down the scale.

Southpaw
01-14-2011, 06:08 PM
I have such a love-hate relationship with Canadian Tire. I can't figure out why Americans would want them-- do you not have something similar? Is it their own currency? The terrible service? The amazing sales that drag you back when you swore you were out? And when you do go in, you drop much more than you ever intended to? I'm due for an extra car snow brush, but I'm afraid to go get one there. Who knows how much I'll come out with?

Oh yeah, we have one of those money eating beasts here. It's called Costco. :lol:

KikiSashaFan
01-14-2011, 06:09 PM
I like Big Box stores. I hate going into little shops where the salespeople jump all over you offering help and even if you decline it still feels awkward, especially if you walk out without buying anything. But then I love shopping and when I have a list and I'm at Costco or Walmart Supercenter I look at it as a scavenger hunt and decline help even if offered.

Skate Talker
01-14-2011, 06:10 PM
Our local newscast of course covered the Target story since Winnipegers tend to be big cross-border shoppers with Target being one of the big draws. Their "expert" opined that the US Target would still see a fair amount of traffic because even if the product were identical the prices would likely always be higher in Canada.

That's one of the things that bugs the heck out of me since we have been near parity for some time now, including a recent month long stretch where the the Canadian dollar has been higher than the US dollar.

Of course he also failed to mention how the cross-border shopping trip is for some a social exercise more than a bargain hunt.