Is Brick and Mortar Retail Going Away?…

if personal experience is any indication, yes.

While we wait to see what Congress is planning to do about the no-good, very bad Iran deal, let’s talk about something a bit closer to home.

I do the majority of my shopping online, and get cold chills at the thought of any kind of cyber-attack on the internet.

Today, I read several articles, all claiming that retailers are hurting in a very big way, and many major outlets will be closing their stores.  If true,  what will happen to the people who will no longer have jobs?

Several weeks ago, I stopped by Macy’s to purchase my favorite Clinque lipstick.  As I rarely go into major retail stores, I was shocked at the high prices on the merchandise.

I headed to the Clinque counter and searched around for my lipstick.  After about 10 minutes, someone finally approached to help me, only to tell me that the lipstick was probably discontinued.  She wasn’t a Clinque lady, and appeared to be trying to oversee three or four counters at once.  I saw no other sales people.  After looking it up in the computer, she said that it showed there were three lipsticks of that shade, but had no idea of where they were.  She said that they may be on the delivery truck, which was due in about three days.  Out came a tiny piece of scrap paper in which to take down my number.  I knew right then that I would not get a phone call when the truck arrived.

Understand this; I am in no way blaming her.  Retail work is endless and hard.  The store was understaffed, and for good reason.  There were almost no customers.

After checking online, I ascertained that the lipstick could be purchased directly from Clinque, who gave me, as a first time online buyer, a $10.00 off coupon, and free shipping.

I also needed some makeup from Ulta.  My last experience there was horrible.  No one to help you find anything, and the makeup was completely disorganized due to customers pawing through it.  I headed to Ulta online, picked out my products, and was also offered free shipping.

Lest you think I only buy makeup, the next example is from Walmart, where I hoped to purchase some Calms Forte, a natural sleep aid.  It was out of stock.

I found the Calms Forte at Puritan Pride online, and purchased 2 bottles of 100 each for $13.98 with, wait for it, free shipping.  The same amount of pills at Walmart would have cost about $37.00.

One of the articles I read today was Major Chain Stores Shutting Down as America Faces “Birth Pangs of Retail Apocalypse” which listed among them Macy’s, as well as other big retailers.

There’s several reasons for this, and the major reason, contrary to Obama telling us how wonderful everything is, people don’t have any money.  It’s as simple as that.

Do you really think that the over 45 million people on food stamps are buying $200.00 purses at Macy’s?

Unemployment 5.5%?  Even Bernie Sanders, the darling socialist of the libtards, says it more like 10.5%.  That should make some heads explode.

You can see a list of the 6,000 closings expected this year at Natural News.  Where are all those displaced workers going to find jobs?

Anyone who thinks that we’re not in a depression isn’t paying attention.

And anyone who is not paying attention, is not preparing.  Which are you?

 

Adrienne blogs at Adrienne’s Corner ( ya just can’t find a more captivating blog title), where she goes on periodic rants, and writes about whatever pops into her little flea brain.