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An open letter to the morons at Lowes

by JeffP
posted 08-21-2016 05:28 PM


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TravisH

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#1 posted 08-21-2016 06:11 PM

You forget one important thing…..if they set it up how you (likely myself and others here) would like it they would suffer dramatically. They would be much smaller and have a lot fewer locations if they got rid of all the crap and specialized. Plus they know that you and I will likely end up buying the large home items there anyway based on price when we need the new dishwasher, carpet, etc.

For every one of us they get 20 or more others to come in and buy inflatable pumpkins and ghosts , Rubbermaid totes to put them in, a rubber mallet to drive stakes to help support them, extension cord to power them, a water proof timer…...oh heck some mums would look good and some spooky ceramic cats to put candles in also. They will be back again at Thanksgiving to buy more, then at Christmas, oh and spring to buy flowers and veggies, patio furniture, etc.. Way more than what I will buy from a big box store in an average year (screws, painters tape, tube of caulk, few 2×4s, and one or two other items).

Alternatives in regards to big box stores. Menards, Home Depot, etc… boycotting them also because they do the same? Ace Hardware…darn it boycott? So online or specialized suppliers. Simply we deal with it and walk past the seasonally holiday corner near the entrance (at most lowes) , order online or pay more to avoid it at specialized lumber, electrical, or plumbing stores.

I could do without it but then most every store I use has probably 80-90 % merchandise I could care less about.

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JeffP

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#2 posted 08-21-2016 07:06 PM

@TravisH, you are right, of course. I just really needed to vent.

I just wish they would carry that hyperdrive-fluxerizer I need to fix my spaceship…I really gotta get the heck off of this crazy planet!

#boycott-planets-with-crazy-people-on-them

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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mudflap4869

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#3 posted 08-21-2016 07:30 PM

Makes me so mad I could bite my ears off. But if they closed down, who would I give all my money to? Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Woodcrafters take almost every dime I can make. Resturants take the rest.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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JeffP

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#4 posted 08-21-2016 07:32 PM



Makes me so mad I could bite my ears off. But if they closed down, who would I give all my money to? Wal-Mart, Lowe s and Woodcrafters take almost every dime I can make. Resturants take the rest.

- mudflap4869

...I’ll take it. If they ever get that hyperdrive-fluxerizer in, I’ll need some earth credits to pay for it.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#5 posted 08-22-2016 12:14 PM

So, kinda tangentially related to the holiday madness (I just wanted to gloat on a deal):
After years of dealing with our super crummy $35 6ft Christmas tree, we decided we wanted to get a new one at the end of last year. So, of course, we waited until after the holidays to pick one up on the cheap. Found one we really liked at Lowe’s, and I had my wife watch it while I grabbed a flat cart. By the time I got back, she said another family had come up asking if we were buying that…so she sat on it. And yes, it was the last one.
I know it’s childish and immature, but I get a twisted sense of satisfaction from not only getting a good deal, but beating somebody else to it.
I think…the Christmas spirit expires for me at midnight on the 26th…

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 08-22-2016 01:15 PM

I agree with Travis, Jeff, maybe you just need a cup of coffee. What if we didn’t have a lowes, Homedepot or any big box store for that matter? Sorry for being blunt but… Not No, but hell no, I won’t boycott Lowes, for me this is not an issue. I have far other more important things to worry about than what Lowes puts on display at their store not to mention I need Lowes, they have a lot of items I need that Homedepot doesn’t carry aside the fact I receive great customer service there. Don’t Worry Be Happy You’ll sleep better.

I often put my holiday related wood projects up for sale on ETSY way before it’s time, I see no difference between the two.

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JayT

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#7 posted 08-22-2016 01:24 PM

I’m not a fan of the earlier and earlier holiday marketing either, but …..

working in retail, I’m all too aware of its necessity. The reality is that consumers are driving the timing, not stores or marketing departments. If customers didn’t buy holiday merchandise until shortly before the holidays, then retailers wouldn’t put it out so early because the space would be better utilized for merchandise that is selling.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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splatman

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#8 posted 08-24-2016 07:23 AM

As long as they wait till after Oct 31 before putting out any Christmas stuff.
Back in, when was that? 2005?, stores where selling C-mas stuff in October. Seeing C-mas trees and Jack-o-lanterns side-by-side was just, I don’t know what to say. Did not see it happen again, though I probably just do not remember if I did. I usually don’t give much thought to that kind of thing. Except regarding this thread.

Lowe’s in Port Orchard, Wa was also doing the H thing with the usual creepy stuff, though I thought the inflatable Stay-puft Marshmallow Man was funny.

This is still officially Back To Jail, oops I mean School, season. Usually H stuff does not reach the shelves till afterwards. Maybe Lowe’s is hoping a kid will talk his/her parents into buying him/her a Stay-puft Marshmallow Man to take to school for show-n-tell.

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000

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#9 posted 08-24-2016 01:10 PM

Eventually a majority of these holiday seasonal items will be sold year round, with only the bigger ticket items showing up around the actual holiday.

What if we didn t have a lowes, Homedepot or any big box store for that matter?

- Blackie_

We would have more Von Tobles, Builders Square, Vans Builders, etc. etc…
More mom and pop companies that could give us special care!
It’s because of Lowes and Home Depots that these companies are now gone…
Just sayin :)

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CM_2016

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#10 posted 08-26-2016 02:35 AM

I agree with jbay on there would be more small “mom and pop shops” to some degree. Eventually someone would get the good idea to franchise their store and expand their ideals to new areas, and the cycle would repeat.

As specialists we need to keep in mind the importance of being specialists and purchasing from specialists.

Keep buying local ladies and gentlemen!

-- Greatness is a lot of small things done well everyday- Ray Lewis http://towncofurniture.com/

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CM_2016

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#11 posted 08-26-2016 02:36 AM

I agree with jbay on there would be more small “mom and pop shops” to some degree. Eventually someone would get the good idea to franchise their store and expand their ideals to new areas, and the cycle would repeat.

As specialists we need to keep in mind the importance of being specialists and purchasing from specialists.

Keep buying local ladies and gentlemen!

-- Greatness is a lot of small things done well everyday- Ray Lewis http://towncofurniture.com/

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#12 posted 08-27-2016 01:37 AM

I believe JayT nailed it exactly. Retailers know what they are doing.

There used to be (and maybe still is) a store in Helen, Georgia that sells exclusively Christmas stuff all year long. When I was there in June a few years ago, they were doing a very brisk business. Should this store only open for one month a year?

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TravisH

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#13 posted 08-27-2016 03:23 PM

Problem with small stores is simply they do not do the volume to offer competitive prices. I guess if you don’t wan’t competitive pricing then great but they are much more expensive. Even box stores like ACE are ridiculously non competitive on most items.

I use Ace frequently purely as a matter of convenience as ~ 1 mile from the house. But really try to make it Menard’s, Lowe’s, or order online as they are just not even close to pricing. Von Tobels was worse on pricing but not for sure if that is still the case as I haven’t been in our store in probably a few years.

I try to buy local but it comes at too great of price to my pocket book.

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jwmalone

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#14 posted 08-27-2016 05:00 PM

I shop at Lowes, but I hate those bastards! To hell with boycotts lets get a picket line started. Its the only store of that type in Aberdeen and they don’t even carry a 1/4 inch chisel, they carry one set of calipers digital junk. They got us by the gonads and they know it, Their not smiling at us when we walk in, their laughing at us.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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splatman

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#15 posted 08-27-2016 08:53 PM



I believe JayT nailed it exactly. Retailers know what they are doing.

There used to be (and maybe still is) a store in Helen, Georgia that sells exclusively Christmas stuff all year long. When I was there in June a few years ago, they were doing a very brisk business. Should this store only open for one month a year?

- ArtMann

Not the only one of its type.

In Detroit, there is the Always Christmas store. I’ve seen it featured in the TV series Life After People.
I would not doubt there many stores like it across the nation, and maybe even all around the word. There’s a C-mas shop in Leavenworth, Wa (a Bavarian-themed town in the Cascades), and one (may be gone now; did not come up in my search) in Gig Harbor, a short drive from my place.

I have no issue with stores that specialize in C-mas (or any holiday/season) stuff year round. I just expect not to find out-of-season stuff (save for post-season clearance sales) at any retailer that does not specialize in any one season. However, when I do see seasonal stuff ahead-of-season, I’ll glace at it, maybe look at a few things, then go back to minding why I’m shopping there in the first place.

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JeffP

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#16 posted 08-27-2016 09:06 PM

As the original poster on this topic, the replies have served to remind me of something:

The only real mystery here is “why do I occasionally expect humans to recover from their collective insanity?”

On this planet, a kid’s holiday that celebrates all things wicked and evil makes perfect sense. On a planet such as that, it makes perfect sense for the greedy bastards at Lowes to start selling “inflatable things that are probably supposed to look like a ‘ghost’” to the members of the insane asylum as early as possible.

Why would ANYONE, least of all ME ever expect the inhabitants of such a planet to suddenly come to their senses?

Idunno; clearly I’m almost as messed up as the rest of you people. ;)

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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Ron Restorff

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#17 posted 08-31-2016 12:11 PM

I think that it is not so much “collective insanity” as the corporate fear of not putting a foot wrong. The creep of the holiday merchandising is more of the competition is starting now we have to start before them. It is the same as the “Black Friday” madness steadily taking over Thanksgiving Day. You are now seeing some pushback on that and some companies are using the fact that they are staying closed on Thanksgiving as a marketing campaign. At some point the Halloween frenzy will dissipate and retailers will not tie up their floor space so early. At least one can hope.

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#18 posted 10-02-2016 07:40 PM

AW HECK, THEY ALL DO IT. AS LONG AS I CAN FIND WHAT I WANT WHEN I GO IN THOSE STORES, I DON’T CARE IF THEY HAD THE EASTER BUNNY ON THE TOP OF ALL THE AISLES AND IN THE WINDOW!!!!!!!!!!!

JIM

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#19 posted 10-06-2016 10:45 PM

Please don’t yell. We can read your comments just fine.
ALL CAPS = yelling.

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muleskinner

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#20 posted 10-07-2016 05:04 AM

Don’t have a local Lowes but do have a Home Depot. Same marketing strategy. It’s not like it’s a new phenomenon, and on the plus side it does save us from four solid months of Christmas merchandising.

What got my curmudgeonly juices flowing was the placement of all that inflatable Chinese vinyl and plastic yard decor. Right down the middle of the main concourse of the checkout stands. I was tempted to load up a cart with 16 foot 2×6’s and take a couple trips across the front of the store just as an excuse to wreck havoc.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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MinnesotaHack

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#21 posted 10-07-2016 11:59 PM

Some retailers put the Halloween stuff out early because they have limited local stockroom space and “an impossible to store it all” flood of imported crap on the way for Christmas. In my past life I did 24 years in purgatory (discount retail) and routinely saw Xmas stuff arrive in September and one year in July! Many retail stores have “seasonal” shelves that exist only for holding seasonal items and if sold out they convert them to clearance shelves till the next season arrives.

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Jim Jakosh

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#22 posted 10-14-2016 11:26 PM

Splatman. I had a splint on my finger and could not capitalize the right letter so I made them all caps. Not yelling…just coping. Splint is off and back to normal!!
Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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splatman

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#23 posted 10-15-2016 07:18 AM

Jim,
If that was my predicament, I would either hit Caps Lock, hit the letter that needs to be capped, hit Caps Lock again to back to lowercase, or type in all lowercase, followed with a note e.g. all lowercase because splint won’t let me capitalize.

Actually, the first option is out, because I turned my Caps Lock key into a Backspace key, because I got tired of slippy fingers hitting it and I not notice until a sentence or 2 later. There are programs available that let you change the functions of keys. If only such programs will let me switch ; and : , because I use : far more than ; .

As long as I have at least 2 fingers free, you would never know unless I said something. One finger on Shift and the other finger on the letter to be capped/punctuation mark. I’ve learned to type single-handed, as sometimes I already have 1 hand busy.

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