|Macy's welcome sign - now it's gone|
The third anchor store, Bon-Ton (a department store) has been having its going out of business sale the last few (or so it seems) months. I understand it will close for good on August 31. Macy's and Sears closed last year. Nearby, Toys R Us closed its doors recently. Across town, K-Mart had already closed.
While walking, I passed two other going out of business sales.
If the last anchor store, J.C. Penney, closes, we don't know if the mall will follow it soon after.
So what did I do after walking? I went home ,watered my hanging baskets, and turned on my computer. I wanted to head towards Amazon Prime's July Prime Day sale. I've gotten some great buys in previous years.
Except a funny thing happened to me. The home page loaded fine, but nothing after that. "Sorry..." "sorry...." said page after page, each showing me one of the dogs of Amazon.
Barney, Rufus, Frank, Shadow, and more, were their names.
|When you left Macy's they said this - but Macy's left us in 2017|
After several tries, I got to the shoes I wanted. They cost $13 more than they did on Prime Day in 2016. I didn't buy them.
I looked at several other pages, once they loaded. Another pair of shoes looked promising, but, gee, I couldn't try them on. It was a brand I wasn't familiar with. I wish I could have reached through the computer screen to touch them.
Yes, I will continue to shop at Amazon. I suspect many of you will, too. We don't have that much choice, do we? But then again, I started shopping with them so many years ago I can't remember when I started. Not often, but out of convenience. I know people who won't shop with them, out of principle. But I'm not that strong.
I helped destroy retail commerce.
What a day yesterday was, for Amazon's fail and for other reasons. It's the world we have created for ourselves. Like it or not.