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Local home town sears store.
« on: January 24, 2017, 05:55:46 pm »
Went to it this morning to pick up a couple craftsman tools on sale, Had a long talk with the owner about what will happen if sears goes under. He said The 2000 plus home town stores are a separate company not effected by sears! Said 95% of the stuff the sell is already been sold to other companys from sears. So we will still see the Home town stores!!!
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Re: Local home town sears store.
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2017, 06:19:37 pm »
Our local hardware store has a lot of Craftsman tools.

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Re: Local home town sears store.
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2017, 06:21:12 pm »
Sears in Augusta is in the process of closing right now, so I am not too sure that is the case. But we can go to Kmart and get a few craftsman tools...

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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2017, 06:23:25 pm »
Sears in Augusta is in the process of closing right now, so I am not too sure that is the case. But we can go to Kmart and get a few craftsman tools...
Sears and the small home town sears stores are two different companys. There is one in Newport, Farmington,belfast, and other places in maine. They are not closing.
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Re: Local home town sears store.
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2017, 06:59:49 pm »
Sears just sold the craftsman line to someone. Can't remember who. That was about all the had left. I always liked craftsman wrenches.
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Re: Local home town sears store.
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2017, 07:11:02 pm »
Sears just sold the craftsman line to someone. Can't remember who. That was about all the had left. I always liked craftsman wrenches.

I think it was Stanley.
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2017, 07:38:14 pm »
GAB, for what it's worth I just heard the same thing the other day.

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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2017, 07:42:39 pm »
Here, the ACE Hardware store in Canton carries Craftsman tools!
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Re: Local home town sears store.
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2017, 07:47:58 pm »
GAB, for what it's worth I just heard the same thing the other day.
Yes , Stanley/ Black and decker is buying them.
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2017, 08:01:16 pm »
I was told around 150 Sears stores in my area is going to close...
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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2017, 09:32:57 pm »
Newer Craftsmen hand tools are made in China.  They have been for a while :(
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« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2017, 09:35:52 pm »
A big company that is seeing the times a changing.
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2017, 05:35:52 am »
I guess another Montgomery Ward. Showing my age
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Re: Local home town sears store.
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2017, 06:27:25 am »
I have an old Monkey Ward welding machine my dad bought when I was somewhere around 10 years old. Pretty sure it's a miller rebranded and MW. Still works but no so well any more.
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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2017, 07:08:03 am »
If you do a google search you will see that Montgomery Ward is coming back...
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« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2017, 09:55:22 am »
I've always liked Craftsman hand tools, and I realize that Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a part of Americana. But Sears is one of my least favorite companies. I believe it is the only one I vowed I would never do business with again. Their customer service just plain stinks. 
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« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2017, 12:04:09 pm »
Yes, sadly that was my experience with them back in 1978.  I'd purchased a Kenmore washing machine, and one week past the two year warranty, it broke down. I phoned for a repairman to take a look at it (cost $60.00) and he told me the drum was rusted, and it couldn't be repaired "for less than a new washer would cost."  As I handed him the check for the "service" call, I told him, "I really do want Sears to enjoy the money I paid for that washer, and this "repair" cost, because it is the very last penny I'll ever spend on your company." 

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« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2017, 12:28:03 pm »
Well, it is a shame a company that went from the catalog to a brick and mortar store couldn't find the transition to become an internet store.  The old way of thinking that allowed it to morph into brick and mortar stores isn't around I guess.  That went with the quality care of customers. 
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« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2017, 02:40:22 pm »
They have had it coming.

Amazon is now doing to Sears,

What Sears did to the general store/mercantile 100 years ago.

Catalog then, internet now.

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« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2017, 03:45:11 pm »
This isn't about Sears but it's about customer service and the modern merchandise world. We buy a lot of stuff from McMaster-Carr. They have almost everything under the sun, their prices are good, delivery comes the next day for us but best of all, their website is so intuitive you never find yourself lost. Now I occasionally need something from Grainger. Everything about McMaster is true about Grainger except their website. I always buy small items on-line. At Grainger, I'm always getting screwed up. They now have a helpful live person join in when they see somebody lost. Last time I ordered from Grainger, I ended telling the person that they should order something from McMaster and see how a website is supposed to work. He/she said "yes, I have heard that."  :D

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« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2017, 07:36:08 pm »
I had to exchange a broken socket at Sears today. I asked what would be changing now that Craftsman had been sold. The clerk said there wouldn't be any changes at least for now. There were two clerks there and they both said they expect the Craftsman part to improve. Stanley is planning on building at least two factories here in the USA. For now Sears will be the only place to exchange tools under warranty. They also said they expect more tools to be available under the Craftsmen name. I hope that's true.

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« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2017, 07:59:10 pm »
I hope they keep on taking craftsman tools back.
I really don't like sears washing machine and things like that. But the wife stopped into a small town sears store and they had a chest freezer with a dent in it. Real cheap. Had i about 8 years and still going,so far.
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« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2017, 12:58:56 am »
Our Sears location has closed down too! A lot more will be closing nationwide. Unfortunate!
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« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2017, 01:18:34 am »
At one time I thought they had one of the best garden tractors.
Today I would not even take the time to look one over.

 

 
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« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2017, 08:33:06 am »
At one time I thought they had one of the best garden tractors.
Today I would not even take the time to look one over.

 

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« Reply #25 on: March 08, 2017, 04:31:06 pm »
Mary's folks lived in a 3 story house that was bought from Sears.
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« Reply #26 on: March 10, 2017, 06:54:26 pm »
At one time I thought they had one of the best garden tractors.
Today I would not even take the time to look one over.

 

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Do you know who made them for Sears? Wheel Horse maybe.
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« Reply #27 on: March 10, 2017, 06:59:40 pm »
Or roper

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« Reply #28 on: March 10, 2017, 10:06:52 pm »
Yep Roper made them. David Bradly made the first Sears tractors. I have
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« Reply #29 on: March 11, 2017, 07:14:15 am »
dose anyone remember the GE electric lawn tractor? from the mid 70's. an idea that may have been way before its time

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« Reply #30 on: March 11, 2017, 08:33:55 am »
Jacobsen made many Sears/Craftsman mowers in the 70's.  Of course they also made many other brands.  Just changed the paint color and logos.
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« Reply #31 on: March 11, 2017, 08:48:28 am »
dose anyone remember the GE electric lawn tractor? from the mid 70's. an idea that may have been way before its time

I had a few of the electrics. They really had some power for electric.
But when it came time to change the battery's I gave them up.
I still have parts of them laying around. General Electric made them.
Wheel Horse also painted them red and sold them.

 

  
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