The Death off "off-the-shelf" items?

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    Dec 30, 2008 4:55 AM GMT
    I'm really starting to pick up on new trends surrounding retail stores. Besides the usual such as video games, cigarettes, and certain medications, many retail chains are starting to put merchandise in glass cases or keep them off the floor completely (i.e. Blu-ray dvd players). A good example is Wal-Mart. Almost everything with the exception of CDS (for now) are locked up, as well as Blu-ray players.

    I guess there are so many people who have chronic sticky fingers and they truly can't help themselves. icon_rolleyes.gif Do you think there will be a death of the idea of "off-the-shelf" items that Sam Walton invented a long time ago? This may seem like a random thread, but I wondered what the take is from other people.

    Just today, I witnessed some get caught, and then subsequently run from the scene for trying to shoplift a bellybutton ring! icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 30, 2008 8:30 AM GMT
    I would imagine that stores would need to employ more staff to serve customers if customers cannot serve themselves.
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    Dec 30, 2008 8:33 AM GMT
    HA HA HA HA HA

    you tell 'em
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    Dec 30, 2008 8:42 AM GMT
    I'm more concerned with wal-marts cd stand. I've never been to a walmart at anytime of the day where the cds weren't fucked up and all over the place. How anyone buys albums from that place is beyond me.
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    Dec 30, 2008 9:10 AM GMT
    yup it'll come to an end eventually, the idea of being served by a person is to expensive and doesn't line pockets enough, eventually automation will take over and you'll no longer shop an isle but a computer screen.

    Fun times are coming icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 30, 2008 9:44 AM GMT
    I don't know how it can still be profitable to sell CDs. I don't download my music for free but I know a lot of people do. I actually do pay for my music. However, I have no interest in owning the actual disk. If my computer some how ever got wiped out restoring my library would be a pain. I have a time capsule for my MacBook and I back up my Itunes on disc as well so I should be ok. Anyway I think video games, box sets, blue rays, Ipods... Perhaps they do need to be locked up if you can't be sure what customers are trustworthy and what customers are criminals. Buying stuff off the shelf though will never go out of style. Car parts, dishes, toiletries, clothes... There are so many thing that make it worth while to have stores like Wal-Mart.
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    Dec 30, 2008 9:53 AM GMT
    yay! my bakey bake bakeford friend is on!
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    Dec 30, 2008 10:03 AM GMT
    jrunner25 saidyay! my bakey bake bakeford friend is on!

    What's up sac wrangler icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 30, 2008 10:05 AM GMT
    oh you know, wheeeting my teeth, shopping at andy dick's garage sale and well you know... eating at the latest cosmojito bar (aka ihop)
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    Dec 30, 2008 10:10 AM GMT
    jrunner25 saidoh you know, wheeeting my teeth, shopping at andy dick's garage sale and well you know... eating at the latest cosmojito bar (aka ihop)

    Wow sounds about as sick as that after hours club last night. I'm about to go to bed. I have to be at the air port in 7 effing hours. I have friends coming to town for NYE. We're staying at Caesar's Palace. It better be a blast cuz we're dropping a lot of damn money on NYE this year.
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    Dec 30, 2008 10:13 AM GMT
    ugh, just don't end up leaving them while you go off with some cragaysian! they will be hella piassed!
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    Dec 30, 2008 10:15 AM GMT
    jrunner25 saidugh, just don't end up leaving them while you go off with some cragaysian! they will be hella piassed!

    Piassed would be that scrawny dude in the Israel thread lol. Bacon hole needs some Ihop. Don't worry about me though. I won't bail on my friends. Later piss flaps lolicon_wink.gif
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    Dec 30, 2008 10:47 AM GMT
    A highly concentrated entropy field seems to have pulled this thread and the English language into the neural eddy of youth "culture".
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    Dec 30, 2008 2:21 PM GMT
    ursamajor saidA highly concentrated entropy field seems to have pulled this thread and the English language into the neural eddy of youth "culture".


    R U ROTFL?
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    Dec 30, 2008 2:27 PM GMT
    Ah the youth of today... raised to believe that, that which you want should be had at will and need not be earned.

    Speaking of, I've been thinkin about getting a JEEP, maybe I should check availability today, when the lot is closed and after dark. icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 30, 2008 2:34 PM GMT
    ursamajor saidA highly concentrated entropy field seems to have pulled this thread and the English language into the neural eddy of youth "culture".


    Ursa still sharp while slummin' it in the Cote D'Azur again
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    Dec 30, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    Buffyfan84 said...Do you think there will be a death of the idea of "off-the-shelf" items that Sam Walton invented a long time ago? This may seem like a random thread, but I wondered what the take is from other people.

    Just today, I witnessed some get caught, and then subsequently run from the scene for trying to shoplift a bellybutton ring! icon_eek.gif

    Sam Walton did not invent the idea of off-the shelf. Stores that shelve merchandize like the groceries in supermarket aisles already existed in the 1950s when I was a boy.

    Walton did do it more efficiently than many competitors, however, reducing operating overhead, and he also engaged in aggressive growth in non-urban areas that other retailers had bypassed as being unprofitable. Walton was as shrewd about where he placed his stores, as he was about what he placed on his shelves.

    I've read that shoplifting has increased a great deal lately, adding to retailers' woes this holiday season. Theft of all kinds always spikes during bad economic times.
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    Dec 30, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
    Theft in the retail sector is INSANE! Its off the charts

    Along with my full time career I work part time as a retail manager to help pay my student loans. Its crazy how much we lose each year from theft!

    Funny story: some people have quite a lot of nerve. Around the holidays last year 2 people actually backed their car through the Diesel front window on Walnut St in Philadelphia and stole $25,000 worth of jeans.
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    Dec 30, 2008 4:10 PM GMT
    too often it (to get caught) is just a slap on the wrist...
    maybe it's time for retailers and the law to raise the bar on the punishment.
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    Dec 30, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    My auntie in England bought my couz an X-Box game for Christmas at ASDA (Walmarts name in the UK) and did not know she had to pick up the disc at the counter, so needless to say he opened an epmty package on Christmas morning.

    I see this becoming the norm. Theift costs stores billions yearly. Sadly I think most of the theift comes from within the store its self.
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    Dec 30, 2008 5:31 PM GMT
    It's not just retail. Theft is becoming a HUGE headache in agriculture. On most farms, not only is nothing locked up, most of them weren't set up with security in mind. Thieves often load up their trucks in broad daylight, and as long as they look like they know what they're doing, nobody challenges them. Some of the wholesalers are getting hit too. Local irrigation suppliers and nurseries basically keep their stock in open yards - and it's starting to walk away on the weekends.

    Where do you install LoJack on a cow?
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    Dec 30, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    BodyWork4 saidtoo often it (to get caught) is just a slap on the wrist...
    maybe it's time for retailers and the law to raise the bar on the punishment.


    Many states have repeat offender laws that increase the punishment for repeat offenders. For example, Texas law provides that misdemeanor shoplifting, after two prior theft convictions and two prior felony convictions, may carry a sentence of 25 to life. Some may think that the bar has already been raised a little too high.
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    Dec 30, 2008 5:41 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidIt's not just retail. Theft is becoming a HUGE headache in agriculture. On most farms, not only is nothing locked up, most of them weren't set up with security in mind. Thieves often load up their trucks in broad daylight, and as long as they look like they know what they're doing, nobody challenges them. Some of the wholesalers are getting hit too. Local irrigation suppliers and nurseries basically keep their stock in open yards - and it's starting to walk away on the weekends.

    Where do you install LoJack on a cow?

    Yes! That was already a problem at the beginning of this decade, when I lived in the US Upper Midwest. Wheeled liquid fertilizer tanks, used to treat crops, were being stolen. As I understood it, these chemicals could be used to produce illegal drugs, though I don't understand the chemistry involved.

    Later, after 9/11, more security was placed on these agricultural chemicals, because some can also be used for explosive purposes. I lived among farmers & ranchers for many years, and greatly admire them. For them to have the means of their livelihood stolen is unforgivable to me.
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    Dec 30, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    There used to be a chain of stores called "Service Merchandise" where everything was locked up behind glass. You would take a ticket for that item, bring it to the cashier and moments later it would be brought out from storage.

    It was horrible and I am glad they are dead.
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    Dec 30, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    Yet more reasons to buy online and never go to a store. I never buy CDs anymore, bought my last computer online from Dell, as well as my Ipod, not to mention new and used books. The future of the retail outlet is not rosy.