Notes of a shopaholic
Saturday, December 21, 2002:
On the busiest shopping day of the year, I hoped to avoid malls. Didn't entirely succeed, although I only went as an apres-contemporary art desert. Purchased a wool zip cardigan I'd been eyeing (how do you spell that?) at Banana for 30$ (official price 98$). Note to self: never purchase anything there that hasn't been marked down at least twice. My informant at a Federated department store tells me the season's been lousy.
Time to go take advantage of the open-til-11 hours at a local mall...
Steven Sherman // 5:33 PM
My beloved Bluefly has twice e-mailed me this week to tell me that the clothes I ordered are out of stock. Come on! Let's get it together people!
Steven Sherman // 7:03 AM
An article in the New York Times today says there are great bargains to be had this year, that "Women's wool dress pants at Banana Republic dropped to $98 from $116 for a similar pair last year". Anyone who pays $98 for a pair of pants at BR deserves to. I guarantee you, this year, just like last, you will be able to get those pants for no more than $50 in January. BTW, the argument is that suppliers are in intense price competition and dropping their prices--lord help the workers in the sweatshops...
Steven Sherman // 7:00 AM
Wednesday, December 18, 2002:
E-luxury has announced their 'pre-holiday' sale. Yet their inventory of male clothing is looking more pathetic than ever. Are they following Saks-online in phasing out mens-wear?
Steven Sherman // 9:39 AM
Reports today that Calvin Klein has sold his company to Philips Van Heusen. Calvin Klein has been something of a washout lately for the budget consumer. The underwear line has deteriorated in the wake of his bizarre legal battle with Warnaco, the jeans line is so-so at best, and the CK line, always overpriced, is no longer being produced (and forget the exorbitantly priced collection). Given the paucity of decent moderately priced lines for men, one can only welcome news that Philips Van Heusen "plans to introduce a new Calvin Klein men's sportswear line, to compete with the more moderately priced Lauren line by Ralph Lauren, and with the Jones New York labels", although hopefully they will make an effort to be a little more fashionable than those lines.
In response to a query as to why Bluefly doesn't send me their discount offers, they have sent me two (drumroll please) reminders of their christmas delivery policies!
Steven Sherman // 6:35 AM
Tuesday, December 17, 2002:
I'm an unemployed academic, currently working at home trying to build up my publications record.. However, the plain truth is that I spend a good deal of time shopping. So much so that my friends suggest I share my insights with the rest of the world.
Today I am debating whether to use a 30% off your purchase offer from Bluefly.com. The problem is that I have just used a 20% off coupon over the weekend. However, I haven't purchased any bedding in a while...
Ut-Oh. Some Etro pants have shown up in clearance on Bluefly for 63.99-- -30% with the discount. Not every day you see wavy striped pants....
Okay, so I've purchased the Etro pants--50.70 is the total order. These pants may well supercede the D & G pants I ordered a couple of days ago, which actually cost more. In which case I would save 20$.
Steven Sherman // 10:21 AM