Kmart http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2007/all en-US What's To Love About Kmart http://www.wisebread.com/whats-to-love-about-kmart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/whats-to-love-about-kmart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kmart.jpg" alt="man getting ready to place number on sign next to large 0% off today sign" title="0% off sign, getting ready to be fixed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Kmart isn't&nbsp;perfect. Compared to its mass-merchant counterparts, its merchandise selections are generally slimmer and prices higher. And, its retail execution can be&nbsp;sloppy (apparently coupons need to be presented with correlated products, like in the olden days, rather than matched with products by the point-of-sale system based on barcode technology; see <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/double-coupons-%E2%80%93-they-could-cost-you">Linsey's post</a>, a shopper's recommendation on how to <a href="http://bargainbriana.com/2008/11/kmart-super-doubles-1130-to-126/">present coupons at Kmart</a>,&nbsp;and an <a href="http://www.salespromo.co.uk/article/814">industry article </a>mention that most large retailers in the U.S. adopted coupon-product matching technology in the 1990s). But, with a Kmart store close to me and congested drive to Target or Wal-Mart, I have discovered what to love about Kmart. Here are the bargains I've found.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Joe Boxer socks</b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">These are incredibly comfortable and durable socks. While other socks wear thin, Joe Boxer&rsquo;s retain their thick, soft fabric. Other socks get holes; Joe Boxer remains hole-less. My son, who is generally oblivious to brand names (he once asked who the heck&nbsp; <a href="http://usa.tommy.com/#/home_page">Tommy Hilfiger</a> was, after seeing the name emblazoned on his classmates&rsquo; clothing), asks for this store brand.&nbsp;The underwear is made nicely as well.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Basic Editions shorts and pants </b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">I&rsquo;ve been buying these shorts and pants for years now. They are reasonably well-made and though I don&rsquo;t think they would last forever, the clothing has lasted for the wear-time of my kids. I can often find these items on sale before the season ends, and recently bought a few pairs of pants for 40% off ($5.99 per pair); while I can sometimes find better bargains at <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-cents-an-item-for-high-end-childrens-clothes">children&rsquo;s clothing consignment sales</a>, being able to find inexpensive clothing in my children&rsquo;s sizes <em>nearly anytime </em>is helpful. At the end of each season, I have picked up shorts for just a couple of dollars and, if needed, saved them for the next year; the loose fit and consistent sizing make the shorts easy to buy ahead and use later. (See <a href="http://parentingsquad.com/childrens-consignment-sale-clears-closet-yields-cash">this post on holding a&nbsp;children's clothing consignment sale</a>, a great community fundraiser)</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">I have also bought ladies&rsquo; clothing made under the Basic Editions label for myself.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Route 66 jeans </b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">These are well-constructed jeans; the shirts are also well-made and durable. &nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Licensed t-shirts and sweatshirts</b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Affinity wear is something I can live without but it is nice to have a t-shirt and sweatshirt emblazoned with the names of my favorite teams, especially during basketball season. Having shopped at campus stores and frequented websites dedicated to team sports, I have found that Kmart&rsquo;s tees, especially in the men&rsquo;s department, are a pretty good deal. A nice t-shirt there will often run 50% less than similar ones at specialty shops. And, though my kids typically don&rsquo;t like getting clothes for Christmas, they love getting clothes with the <a href="http://www.unc.edu/">UNC Tar Heels logo</a>.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Shoes </b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">There&rsquo;s nearly always a shoe sale at Kmart, usually a buy one, get one 50% off. If you have children or are generally need 2 pairs of shoes at one time, rather than just one pair, this arrangement is a good deal. When my kids were younger and changing shoe sizes fairly often (it seems like every 3 to 6 months), shoes for Kmart were perfect: they wore out about the time I needed to replace them. Since then, I&rsquo;ve had mixed results: some shoes have lasted a year or so; one pair, though, seemed to fall apart within a few days. I should mention though that I&rsquo;ve had the same problem with name-brand, pricier shoes.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">I&rsquo;ve also bought shoes at Kmart for myself. My <a href="http://www.meldisco.com/md_cuddlers.html">Cobbie Cuddlers</a>&nbsp;have been reliable and comfortable shoes for a few years now. I&rsquo;ve also noticed that Kmart carries shoes by <a href="http://www.meldisco.com/thommcan.html">Thom McAn</a>, a brand that I remember considered trustworthy&nbsp;from&nbsp;my childhood.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">While I&rsquo;d rather <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-stuff-that-lasts-forever">buy things that last forever</a>, I&rsquo;ve also paid a premium, even at sale prices, for clothing and shoes that I thought would last forever but didn&rsquo;t.&nbsp;Getting a decent&nbsp;life on some everyday basics is nice.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><em>Are there any great items that you buy at Kmart?</em></div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/whats-to-love-about-kmart">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-stuff-that-lasts-forever">How To Buy Stuff That Lasts Forever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kmart-settles-refunds-gift-card-fees">Kmart settles: refunds gift-card fees</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-is-gasoline-so-cheap-a-cost-comparison-of-40-common-household-liquids">Why is Gasoline So Cheap? A Cost Comparison of 40 Common Household Liquids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-why-i-don-t-clip-coupons">5 Reasons Why I Don’t Clip Coupons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-probably-overpaid-at-the-store">10 Reasons You Probably Overpaid at the Store</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Basic Editions college apparel Joe Boxer Kmart private label brands Route 66 Sat, 06 Dec 2008 17:06:16 +0000 Julie Rains 2630 at http://www.wisebread.com Kmart settles: refunds gift-card fees http://www.wisebread.com/kmart-settles-refunds-gift-card-fees <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/1140061743022-01.jpg" alt="kmart card" title="kmart card" width="200" height="200" /></p> <p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/2007/03/15/news/companies/kmart_ftc_giftcards/?postversion=2007031513">CNNMoney.com</a> has announced that Kmart has finally reached a settlement in the gift-card lawsuit. And that could be very good news for you if you had a gift-card issued between May 1st 2004 and the present day.</p> <p>Why the refund? Well, since 2003 Kmart failed to disclose sufficiently the $2.10 per month dormancy fee that would be charged RETROACTIVELY after 24 months. Basically, your entire gift card could be wiped out if you tried to use it for the first time after 24 months and it was worth about $50 or less.</p> <p>If you believe you qualify for a refund, you will need to provide the gift card number(s) in question, along with contact information. Kmart will be putting up info about the refund program on its main website soon.</p> <p>If you have any questions or concerns about the refund program, you can contact the FTC&#39;s Consumer Hotline (202-326-3569).</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kmart-settles-refunds-gift-card-fees">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-apps-that-actually-pay-you-to-shop">7 Apps That Actually Pay You to Shop</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping consumer rights dormancy FTC gift cards Kmart lawsuit unfair fees. Thu, 15 Mar 2007 19:44:21 +0000 Paul Michael 354 at http://www.wisebread.com