Ho Ho No: Santa wasn't nice to Target

  • Article by: THOMAS LEE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 6, 2012 - 12:17 AM

The retailer's December sales disappointed as clothing, housewares and electronics fared poorly. Analysts are questioning its strategy.

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orr333Jan. 5, 1210:10 AM

We personally did not shop at any box stores this year. With Amazon Prime free 2 day shipping and prices lower on games, movies and just about everything else, we have no reason to shop the box stores. It would be interesting to know if their lower sales were because of public boycotting given the change in hours around Thanksgiving that grabbed the headlines!

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mcjoe1Jan. 5, 1210:55 AM

First off, I'd really prefer to enjoy Target. I used to until they went overly political. There's something about a company that markets a progressive image, and then turns around to support regressive candidates. It's kind of like taking from the poor/middle class and supporting the rich with it. They made it pretty clear that they were non-apologetic about their campaign contributions. The only part they really apologized for was the fact that it became public.

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ldahlkeJan. 5, 1211:31 AM

We're becoming a lazy society.

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suckthisJan. 5, 1211:37 AM

so let me get this straight, you PAID $79 to get free shipping? News break, you didn't save ANYTHING by shopping Amazon! Best Buy Prices are just as low (or often lower) as Amazon on most new items. Plus, news flash, Best Buy had FREE SHIPPING! How about supporting good local paying jobs in MN and shop BBY/Target and stop supporting jobs in Seattle!

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km8100Jan. 5, 1211:41 AM

Oh my word, GET OVER IT!!! They didn't support Tom Emmer. They supported an organization because of their stance on taxes, not the candidate! They support as many liberal groups as they do conservative. So do they have to stop supporting all conservative groups and only support liberal ones? That would be unfair. I'm so sick of the political polarization in this country, and the fact that people can't move on.

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elmi0001Jan. 5, 1212:00 PM

I use Amazon's subscribe and save feature for diapers which gives me a free Amazon prime account. I don't pay anything for it. I get free shipping, diapers delivered to my door at an interval I request (the diapers are cheaper than Amazon too), and I don't pay sales tax. Why would I go to a big box store?

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dlzabzJan. 5, 1212:11 PM

Best Buy is Amazon's showroom. I found a 3d AVR for $650 on Amazon, Best Buy's price close to $1k. Best Buy did have some good prices on TVs and movies, got Kung-Fu Panda 2 3d at Best Buy for about $8. Overall though Target and Best Buy seem to have huge mark ups compared to Walmart and Amazon.

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clnorthJan. 5, 1212:27 PM

"Plus, news flash, Best Buy had FREE HIPPING! " Maybe, if your item was actually stocked. Best Buy's online processing is a joke.

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theagonybhoJan. 5, 1212:38 PM

HMMM i must have missed something, by everything i read the economy was booming, holiday shopping over the top and everyones hiring. I guess in January when the real numbers come in we see that was all smoke and mirrors.

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tigerstarJan. 5, 12 1:10 PM

Bloomingdales in Mall of America is CLOSING after 20 years. McQuillan Bros. Plumbing in St. Paul closed after 128 years in business and 4 generations of family ownership. A metal plating company in Minneapolis is bankrupt after 90 years in business. The iconic 1950s drive-in Porky's on St. Paul's University Ave. closed after being open for the past 24 years or so (Porky's opened in the 1950s, closed during the Carter administration, reopened during the Reagan administration in the 1980s, and went out of business for good during Obama). All these long-lived businesses are closing during the Obama administration. Target is doing poorly. Mom and pop businesses are struggling under Obama. There is NO RECOVERY, folks. It's all smoke and mirrors. The economy is still in rough shape as ever since Jan. 2009. Oh yeah, there are 5 MILLION homes currently in foreclosure or behind on mortgage payments.

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