Let the ads begin

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Sorry but November 8th is too late!

November starts the “Christmas” ads that start filling up your daily paper…you can put your weights away and just lift the Sunday paper. I had to laugh yesterday though…I’m not sure I would buy a mattress from Ortho. They actually advertised that they were “extending” their Halloween sale and they had pics of jack o lanterns in the ad. I assumed that their entire advertising department was all laid off so this was their desperate attempt at “creativity”. I mean c’mon…do these Ortho people not know that Veteran’s day is this Wednesday. Do they have something against veterans or will that sale be the next weekend?

I started to look at the catchy phrases that stores are using to lure us in this holiday season-

Sears – Life. Well Spent

Home Depot – More saving. More doing

Walmart – Save Money. Live Better

Target – Expect More. Pay Less

 If I was a company this is what my slogan would be – Spend what you can afford. I think that’s awesome! Remember Miracle on 34th Street when Santa would send the customers of Macy’s to Gimbel’s (the competitor) and people then loved Macy’s because it showed “they cared”. Well my slogan says I care.

One more note on Sunday’s ads…can you believe at Toys R Us that you can buy Candy Land for $3.99 with a $2.00 rebate. I think Ortho should have had kids playing Candy Land on one of their beds, saying something like – Candy Land, $1.99. New Mattress, $499. Kids being happy…priceless. Oh wait, that’s been done. But it’s still better than an after Halloween sale…LAME.

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Don’t mess with my mall

I have admitted in the past that I am a shopaholic. Shopping; not necessarily buying, brings me much pleasure. I was not very happy yesterday while reading that malls are now going in a different direction due to many empty stores. They say malls will become “community centers”. Uh…I don’t need community…I need my stores! The malls are now inviting businesses like grocery stores, dry cleaners, indoor skate parks and gyms. YUK…this is not a mall, this is what I find on almost every street corner around…a strip mall. I shop my many, many malls for a different kind of experience other than a strip mall. They are two totally different places and I don’t want to see the two mixed together.

Damn this recession…it’s ruining everything! If I go to one of my malls and start walking towards my favorite store Macy’s and pass a Home Depot on the way…I may lose it. I don’t see Home Depot putting in a shoe department in their store. (fyi – there is a Home Depot in Palisades Center in N.Y).

Brown thumb policy

I stopped at Home Depot the other day due to some house plants dying and the need to replenish. I don’t have the greenest thumb; I think my problem is overwatering. I’m a worry wart in life so I think that overwatering makes sense…I’m always worried that that they are thirsty.

So, I’m in the plant department and a worker asked me if I needed any help. I asked which plants were “hardy” since mine are dying. He told me to bring back the dying ones since their policy is a year guarantee on all plants. I told him I’m not that kind of customer and I couldn’t do it. He told me “just return them”. I told him again that I’m not like that and I don’t even have the receipts… he told me I don’t need the receipts. I then told him it may be my fault that the plants are dying…he told me it doesn’t matter whose fault it is. I then asked him how they know if I bought them at Home Depot…he told me again it doesn’t matter. Then I asked what if I threw away the container the plant came in…he told me to bring it back in a paper or plastic bag. And you know flowers like mums that are known only to last for a short time…you can even bring them back.

Talk about customer service…a store actually insisting you bring something back after you tell them you don’t want to bring it back. He told me that Home Depot is banking on you spending more than the money you get back (they do give back store credit).  Well today I am going to bring back two plants that are dying. I still feel kind of stupid doing it but “Steve” insisted and he‘s going to personally assist me in my return. Way to go Home Depot!

Am I weird feeling weird about bringing back a dead plant that I’ve had for a couple of months-