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Old 02-21-17, 08:07 AM   #176
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Re: Big Lots Part 11 - List your FINDS here (NO trades)

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I believe I've mentioned this before, but if anyone still wonders what happened to Big Lots great selection of $3 dvd's (especially classic Warner):

I get the bi-weekly oldies.com emails. All the same cool titles BL used to get at $3 are now at oldies from $4-$12. This has been the case for quite awhile.

I wish I could have gotten those prices when I was a dvd retailer. I have no clue how Oldies does it.
M4, it's very simple to explain how Oldies does it....people are stupid!
I see it on ebay all the time...and I bet you did to...
I'll find some old film, say...Dames (1934) and I AM making these numbers up, but I have seen this with older WB titles...I go to completed items to see the average prices to see what might be a good starting price...I see Dames at 3.99, 2.99, 4.99...and not selling...so it's not even worth me putting it up, stick it aside to check back again in 6 months or a year. Then, scrolling down the listings, I see that the very same film, DVD release, etc. sold for $19.99! I look at who is selling it, and it's fill in the blank megastore with 100,000 + titles up at any one time...they are a real store to many folks, someone that's safe to buy from ( I mentioned years ago selling on ebay to a nurse in her 50's, and she basically thought most everything on ebay was stolen merchandise!!!!) and bookmarked said seller years ago....
I am guessing the same thing with oldies, people have bought from them for years, or find them via the web...and people feel better paying full price, or damn near it, than from someone that sells "stolen" stuff on ebay

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Old 03-08-17, 03:19 PM   #177
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I don't know if this means anything in the scheme of things.........

The city I live in has had 3 Big Lots for a decade.

Recently, the Bridgeport store closed.

The Pearl Street store is temporally closed, while they're moving into a larger location, 2 doors down (They're taking over the space of a full sized grocery store). As of a few days ago, there was no reopening date posted, though reconstruction has definitely began on the new location.

The 72nd store (basically in the ghetto) is currently the only BL open here.
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Old 03-08-17, 09:36 PM   #178
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Re: Big Lots Part 11 - List your FINDS here (NO trades)

Wow.

Read earlier that Target is having serious money woes.
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Old 03-09-17, 03:45 PM   #179
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Many Wall Street analysts believe Big Lots over expanded the past decade. Larger retail chains these days are more willing to pull the plug on a slow location because commercial real estate is relatively cheap with all the empty retail space laying around.
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Old 03-09-17, 05:49 PM   #180
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We lost at least 3 Big Lots stores in the past few years.
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Old 03-10-17, 03:06 AM   #181
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The other odd thing is I'm on very good terms with the manager at the BL they're expanding. 2 years ago, it was very close to shutting down permanently. That's a pretty major change of corporate attitude!
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Old 03-15-17, 11:53 PM   #182
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Got a new one coming near where I work- Wilson Mills Rd. in Mayfield, Ohio. A former Dick's, should be a good location for them.
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Old 04-01-17, 02:11 PM   #183
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Re: Big Lots Part 11 - List your FINDS here (NO trades)

If anyone is interested in what is happening to brick and mortar stores ,especially indoor malls you tube search 'DEAD MALLS'. It seems internet/online shopping is closing a lot of indoor malls.
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Old 04-01-17, 02:44 PM   #184
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Pretty much any brick and mortar chain that isn't food/clothes/hair salon/shoes is barely surviving these days. Millennials do all their retail shopping through the Internet.

I have no idea what malls will look like in ten years.
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Old 04-02-17, 05:29 PM   #185
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20% off sale today at Big Lots. I actually saw some new catalog WB DVDs I hadn't seen before, including TCM fourpacks.
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Old 04-03-17, 05:21 AM   #186
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At the Shenango Valley Mall in Hermitage PA, Sears, Macy's, and FYE are all closing up shop, probably more to follow. That mall will effectively be dead very soon. Used to like to drive to Hermitage, catch lunch at the KFC buffet (only one left in this entire area), visit the Hermitage Walmart (better that what we have around here), FYE (almost always found something to buy there), my wife had her little collection of places she liked to visit. But with that mall gone, there is very little reason now to make the drive to Hermitage.

I haven't seen anything worthwhile at any of our Biglots in quite awhile. It's sad what BL has become vs. what they used to be.
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Old 04-03-17, 11:57 AM   #187
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While we still have a BL here (Sears and K-Mart closed up shop in the past 6 mo.) it's gotten so bad that I now rarely look at the media racks. Where once I was going in at least once per week and almost always scoring a title or three it's now once or twice per month, usually only when I get a $5 Off $20 coupon, and the "haul" is mostly grocery/snack/paper items. With the 20% F&F sale this weekend I didn't even look at the media racks and just did a bit of pantry restock.
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Old 04-03-17, 06:52 PM   #188
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Any good TCMs, Phantom?
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Old 04-04-17, 02:33 PM   #189
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Any good TCMs, Phantom?
Wish I would have read this thread over the weekend. These days, I mostly go to BL once in a while for food (& they're more expensive than grocery stores on some things) & paper products.
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Old 04-21-17, 12:54 AM   #190
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The new Big Lots "superstore" on Pearl Street (Tacoma, WA) is open. They took over a former Albertson's Grocery Store. It looks VERY nice, but..............

They didn't seem to have much more product than any other BL; it was just more spread out & more attractive as a result.

No blu-rays & very few dvd's (I did not go to the grand opening, so their MAY have been more).

The area they're in is an upper middle class part of a very blue collar city. I THINK they're trying to take advantage of the fact that EVERY grocery store within 4-5 miles except Safeway & Grocery Outlet (a liquidator kind of like BL but 90% food) have closed in the last 3 years. Problem is in some areas (especially frozen food) they are actually more expensive than a regular grocery store!

Other than Safeway & GO , their next competition for grocerys is almost certainly more than 5 miles away (a Krooger's brand called Fred Meyer & an upscale store).

They were actually quite busy, but again I'm guessing a big piece of that is people in the neighborhood are getting sick & tired of how busy Safeway is & their high prices (I know that's how I felt when I lived in that area until about a year ago).

I do suspect if a brand new superstore was that low on media, BL is largely out of the movie industry.
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