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siamesecat2965

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« Reply #5190 on: December 27, 2013, 10:58:33 AM »
Thanks siamesecat2965. I had a sneaking suspicion it was a corporate edict. Wonder if it works for more shoppers than not.

Personally, if I need help, I'll just ask and I'm quite happy as long as I don't have to mount an expedition to find a shop assistant.  :)

I can almost bet it initially came from corporate. We always say we wish some of those higher ups would come and work in our store for just a week. Some of them may have retail experience, but not recent, and a lot of what they say we must do just turns many customers off.  And while they do COME to our stores, they aren't out on the floor with customers, or seeing what the employees do, and what works, and what doesn't. I prefer to shop by myself but like it if there is someone nearby in case I need help.

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« Reply #5191 on: December 27, 2013, 10:59:30 AM »
I got a gift card for Macy's as a Christmas gift.  They are having a bra sale, which is the only article of clothing that I need now or in the near future -- except maybe a pair of jeans.  Oh well, at least it won't be my money.   ::)

I don't think Macy's is necessarily universally a bad place to shop. Like with most stores, it probably depends largely on the specific location (and the specific section you are shopping in).

I've shopped at Macy's that are perfectly fine in terms of the level of attention they give each customer, how their stock is organized, and what they have available. I just haven't ever found that to be true at the location nearest me, so I tend to avoid shopping there.

What gets me is that both Macy's and Bloomingdale's are owned by the same parent company: Federated Department Stores.  This particular mall has only two anchor department stores, and they are those two stores. The other "anchor" is the movie theater.  It's not a small mall, but it's filled with a combination of standard mall stores and high end boutiques.  It's in a rather high end area.  It's not like they're in different areas and drawing from a different population for employees.  Yet, the level of knowledge and service between the two stores is night and day. This particular mall is about 30-45 minutes from my house.  There's another Macy's in a closer mall, but it's smaller, so I went to that one figuring they'd have better selection, plus that mall has a Soma, which I also had a gift certificate for.  The next closest Macy's is another 15-20 minutes north in an even larger mall.  I will happily pay a dollar or two more per item to go to Bloomingdale's if I can avoid Macy's from here on out.

Glitter, than you so much for your post.  I really needed a laugh this morning.  The conversation didn't quite go that way, but close enough.
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« Reply #5192 on: December 27, 2013, 01:52:21 PM »
mmswm wrote:

"It's not like they're in different areas and drawing from a different population for employees.  Yet, the level of knowledge and service between the two stores is night and day."

The difference is almost certainly in management.  The store manager of your Macy's is likely not very good at the job where the Bloomingdale's manager is, and attitude reflects leadership very strongly in retail.

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« Reply #5193 on: December 27, 2013, 01:59:16 PM »
I have a fairly athletic body type and I also hate skinny jeans.  too low, too tight, just shaped oddly for actual body types.  Just because they are skinny jeans doesn't mean that I want half of my behind hanging out.  If I size for my hips, I end up with a gap at the back.  If I size my thighs, I end up looking like a stuffed sausage at the waist.

So far Old Navy are the only ones who have skinny jeans that fit...somewhat

Regarding the gap at the back, have you tried any curvy fit jeans?  Levi's apparently makes curvy fit for both skinny (boo) and bootcut (yay). I think one or two other styles too, but was really only looking for bootcut. 

I need to (1) take the time and associated frustration to shop for jeans and find something that fits comfortably and well (rather than saying "good enough" to an online purchase); and(2) see if anyone makes jeans without spandex in them these days.  If they fit to start with, they don't once I've moved about a bit...  >:(

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« Reply #5194 on: December 27, 2013, 02:14:47 PM »
I have a fairly athletic body type and I also hate skinny jeans.  too low, too tight, just shaped oddly for actual body types.  Just because they are skinny jeans doesn't mean that I want half of my behind hanging out.  If I size for my hips, I end up with a gap at the back.  If I size my thighs, I end up looking like a stuffed sausage at the waist.

So far Old Navy are the only ones who have skinny jeans that fit...somewhat

Regarding the gap at the back, have you tried any curvy fit jeans?  Levi's apparently makes curvy fit for both skinny (boo) and bootcut (yay). I think one or two other styles too, but was really only looking for bootcut. 

I need to (1) take the time and associated frustration to shop for jeans and find something that fits comfortably and well (rather than saying "good enough" to an online purchase); and(2) see if anyone makes jeans without spandex in them these days.  If they fit to start with, they don't once I've moved about a bit...  >:(

The only place that I'm willing to shop for jeans any more is Bass Pro Shops. Their line of clothes (Natural Reflections) is comfortable, fits well, and lasts nearly forever. Also, their sizes make sense. If you're a 14 in one cut, you'll probably be 14 in another cut, and a 14 in a third cut as well. If you've got one near you, check it out, it's worth it. There's a gap on one pair, but only when I'm sitting down and leaning pretty far forward, and even then it's not too big.

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« Reply #5195 on: December 27, 2013, 03:43:45 PM »
I have a fairly athletic body type and I also hate skinny jeans.  too low, too tight, just shaped oddly for actual body types.  Just because they are skinny jeans doesn't mean that I want half of my behind hanging out.  If I size for my hips, I end up with a gap at the back.  If I size my thighs, I end up looking like a stuffed sausage at the waist.

So far Old Navy are the only ones who have skinny jeans that fit...somewhat

Regarding the gap at the back, have you tried any curvy fit jeans?  Levi's apparently makes curvy fit for both skinny (boo) and bootcut (yay). I think one or two other styles too, but was really only looking for bootcut. 

I need to (1) take the time and associated frustration to shop for jeans and find something that fits comfortably and well (rather than saying "good enough" to an online purchase); and(2) see if anyone makes jeans without spandex in them these days.  If they fit to start with, they don't once I've moved about a bit...  >:(

No I haven't.  I'll have to look into those. 

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« Reply #5196 on: December 28, 2013, 10:38:45 AM »
I have a fairly athletic body type and I also hate skinny jeans.  too low, too tight, just shaped oddly for actual body types.  Just because they are skinny jeans doesn't mean that I want half of my behind hanging out.  If I size for my hips, I end up with a gap at the back.  If I size my thighs, I end up looking like a stuffed sausage at the waist.

So far Old Navy are the only ones who have skinny jeans that fit...somewhat

Regarding the gap at the back, have you tried any curvy fit jeans?  Levi's apparently makes curvy fit for both skinny (boo) and bootcut (yay). I think one or two other styles too, but was really only looking for bootcut. 

I need to (1) take the time and associated frustration to shop for jeans and find something that fits comfortably and well (rather than saying "good enough" to an online purchase); and(2) see if anyone makes jeans without spandex in them these days.  If they fit to start with, they don't once I've moved about a bit...  >:(

No I haven't.  I'll have to look into those.

I've had really good luck with the Eddie Bauer curvy fit jeans. They cut the waist a size smaller than the hips, so they actually fit me really well.

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« Reply #5197 on: December 28, 2013, 12:22:01 PM »
I have a fairly athletic body type and I also hate skinny jeans.  too low, too tight, just shaped oddly for actual body types.  Just because they are skinny jeans doesn't mean that I want half of my behind hanging out.  If I size for my hips, I end up with a gap at the back.  If I size my thighs, I end up looking like a stuffed sausage at the waist.

So far Old Navy are the only ones who have skinny jeans that fit...somewhat

Regarding the gap at the back, have you tried any curvy fit jeans?  Levi's apparently makes curvy fit for both skinny (boo) and bootcut (yay). I think one or two other styles too, but was really only looking for bootcut. 

I need to (1) take the time and associated frustration to shop for jeans and find something that fits comfortably and well (rather than saying "good enough" to an online purchase); and(2) see if anyone makes jeans without spandex in them these days.  If they fit to start with, they don't once I've moved about a bit...  >:(

No I haven't.  I'll have to look into those.

I've had really good luck with the Eddie Bauer curvy fit jeans. They cut the waist a size smaller than the hips, so they actually fit me really well.

L.L. Bean curvy fit are good too.
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PastryGoddess

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« Reply #5198 on: December 28, 2013, 01:06:24 PM »
Thanks guys!!

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« Reply #5199 on: December 29, 2013, 07:59:27 AM »
Second that thanks!  I have been having that same problem for years!  I didn't know they made such things as curvy jeans.

Curvy jeans, precious, what's curvy jeans?

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« Reply #5200 on: December 29, 2013, 11:52:03 AM »
Levi's curvy jeans in the UK are a total bust.  They only had one pair in the store I went to and I couldn't get them done up despite wearing the size their sales person had just measured me as being.

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« Reply #5201 on: December 29, 2013, 12:56:13 PM »
Levi's curvy jeans in the UK are a total bust.  They only had one pair in the store I went to and I couldn't get them done up despite wearing the size their sales person had just measured me as being.

The very first time I tries curvy jeans, I had to go up about 3 sizes from normal, and still thought they were not going over my rump.  Then they were on, and beautiful.  Then I reduced stress in my life, and my digestive system stopped rebelling, and I outgrew them very quickly.  I haven't been able to find that particular style since.  (I'm willing to play with sizes, but do see how it could be off putting to have to jump so many sizes.)

I would also point out that I would NOT describe myself as curvy.  The sales person asked if I got the gap in the back, and urged the style on me.

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« Reply #5202 on: December 29, 2013, 01:06:50 PM »
I was shopping around for a gym membership a couple of months ago. It's got down to a choice of 2 - one had the opening hours I liked, the other had the group class schedule I liked. The second gym gave me a really good deal, so I joined them.

A few days later I got a call from the first gym, asking if I'd made a decision on membership. I told them I'd gone with the other place and the girl proceeded to tell me all the horror stories she'd heard about them and to make sure I checked a,b and c on their contract etc. Because, clearly, the best way to get me to join your gym is to be unprofessional enough to talk smack about the competition!

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« Reply #5203 on: December 29, 2013, 01:16:45 PM »
I was shopping around for a gym membership a couple of months ago. It's got down to a choice of 2 - one had the opening hours I liked, the other had the group class schedule I liked. The second gym gave me a really good deal, so I joined them.

A few days later I got a call from the first gym, asking if I'd made a decision on membership. I told them I'd gone with the other place and the girl proceeded to tell me all the horror stories she'd heard about them and to make sure I checked a,b and c on their contract etc. Because, clearly, the best way to get me to join your gym is to be unprofessional enough to talk smack about the competition!

Thank you!  It boggles my mind that people would do this.  If your product/shop/people are so great.  Talk about that, not smack about your competitor.  That makes me think poorly of YOU

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« Reply #5204 on: December 29, 2013, 03:13:42 PM »
Levi's curvy jeans in the UK are a total bust.  They only had one pair in the store I went to and I couldn't get them done up despite wearing the size their sales person had just measured me as being.

Evans curvy jeans are fabulous. The only trouble is that they only go down to a 14 so you might well not be big enough.