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According to 247wallst.com, these 10 brands are likely to disappear in 2012. Which one would you miss the most?

Response Percent Votes
Sears
 
45% 441
A&W Restaurants
 
20% 200
Kellogg’s Corn Pops
 
9% 96
Sony Pictures
 
7% 68
Saab
 
4% 39
American Apparel
 
3% 38
Nokia
 
3% 35
Soap Opera Digest
 
1% 19
MySpace
 
1% 16
Sony Ericsson
 
1% 12
Total 964

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none2 2 years, 9 months ago

Sears Holding has both the Sears & Kmart brand. I would hate to think that the Kmart brand would win out. When I think of Kmart I think of junk and nothing of value. With Sears, I don't shop there because they don't have anything I need, but at least it isn't junk. I was in Kmart in north Topeka about a year ago. If they all mysteriously burnt down, there wouldn't be anything I could imagine being missed. I didn't know Craftsman tools had gone down hill. I wonder about the Kenmore brands of appliances. (They didn't make them, but would get appliance companies to build to their specs -- usually Whirlpool did it.)

I think I'll miss Sears and A&W Root-beer. It has been a long time, but who old enough doesn't remember getting a root beer float at such establishments? I feel sorry for Nokia as that Finnish company has dominated mobile phones for years. Right now I have an Android phone, I have no idea where the love of that OS comes from. I couldn't even easily add a contact's phone number. Neither could I associate the number with the person, nor add the number to the person. Being that I work in IT, I should be able to figure it out. As it stands it is totally non-intuitive.

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cletus26 2 years, 9 months ago

i really wouldn't miss any of the brands

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jonas_opines 2 years, 9 months ago

Good to see the romanticized view of American quality craftsmanship is still alive and well.

The Sears in Lawrence has the worst sales service I know of.

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whats_going_on 2 years, 9 months ago

American Apparel kind of surprised me, although their clothes are SO CHEAP and wayy way way way way overpriced. In this economy I wouldn't doubt it, although I think the only people who shopped there anyway were rich brats on daddy's dime.

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trinity 2 years, 9 months ago

they better leave my free-standing old fashioned A&W store in Iola alone!!!! that's about a half hour motorsickle ride for me&the hubby, and WELL worth it for that big ol' frosty mug root beer float&some of their fabulous burgers&etc!!! mercy! NOT my A&W!!! :(

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autie 2 years, 9 months ago

Why would Zsa Zsa be disappeareded? She does'nt even comment on this award winning site.

Interesting. Many brands of appliances are actually made in the same factory...just get different tags stuck on them. I believe whirlpool, maytag, and possibly kenmore are all first cousins of the first degree. Cain't be exact but it is close. Many products are like that. Many canned goods are like that too...it is Del Monte and Libbys off the top of the vat; best choice and always save from the bottom, with the seeds and stems.

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somedude20 2 years, 9 months ago

I think Zsa Zsa Gabor is going to disappear in 2012

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kusadgirl 2 years, 9 months ago

That list is dumb. American Apparel isn't going anywhere. Only Saab might be.

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CreatureComforts 2 years, 9 months ago

7 people will miss Soap Opera Digest? Really?

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kernal 2 years, 9 months ago

About the poll list. I would have selected "None" if it had been an option.

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kernal 2 years, 9 months ago

Five years ago, went to Sears to buy a washer and dryer. Finally found one sales clerk, but he said it was his break time. He found another one for me, but that one needed to do an insulin injection. After waiting ten minutes, I left. Went to Stonebacks, they had what I was looking for and completed my purchase within 15 minutes; delivery the next day. Never have been back to Sears.

By the way, Stonebacks price was no higher than Sears.

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Sigmund 2 years, 9 months ago

LadyJ (anonymous) replies… "Same thing happened to Mazda."

Not exactly, but Ford did begin a partnership with Mazda in 1979 with a 7% stake and today it is about 3%. From all accounts the partnership was helpful for both companies. Mazda was one of the last brands that Alan CEO Mullaly divested. In 2007, he presided over the sale of Jaguar Cars and Land Rover to Tata Motors. Ford received $2.3 billion USD. Jaguar and Land Rover sales subsequently plummeted due to high oil prices in the summer of 2008, causing Tata to request a bailout from the British government. As far as I know, neither Ford nor Mazda have received any taxpayer bailout monies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Mul...

Both Ford and Mazda make cars I seriously considered before I bought my new car in late 2010,

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Sigmund 2 years, 9 months ago

TheSychophant (anonymous) says… "Saab used to make a decent and safe car. Don't now anything about the ones they produced in the last twenty years."

In 1990 General Motors bought 51 percent of the car division Saab Automobile, and acquired the rest a decade later so I guess that explains that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab#His...

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Sigmund 2 years, 9 months ago

Where is the "None of the above" option?

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Newell_Post 2 years, 9 months ago

On the west coast, Sears has a subsidiary named Orchard Supply Hardware. The OSH stores sell Craftsman tools and other brands.

The OSH stores are always well organized, well stocked, good stores. But it you go to the Sears store nearby, it is disorganized, poorly stocked, outdated, and generally just depressing. This is the same in many different locations. I don't get it.

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swampyankee 2 years, 9 months ago

I think Wall ST. should be on the list.

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Pywacket 2 years, 9 months ago

We bought an Amana HE washer about 7-8 years ago and it runs like a dream (and we do a LOT of laundry). Best dishwasher I ever had was also Amana. Just sayin'... for those who are looking for something reliable.

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50YearResident 2 years, 9 months ago

Too bad, you probably could have fixed the old Maytag for the price of two belts, about $20. Then it would still outlast the new (other brand) washer by several years.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 9 months ago

My 18 year old Maytag washer bit the dust a couple of months ago. The piece o' crap I bought to replace it probably won't last 1/3 the time.

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blue73harley 2 years, 9 months ago

I would miss Sears just because of their tools. Snap is right the some stuff labeled Craftsman is now made in China but the majority of the hand tools are still USA.

It is also easy to get replacement parts AND manuals from them.

I did buy a new Zero Turn mower from them a couple of months ago and they were cheaper than anyone else for the same features. I ended up going to KC to buy it because neither Lawrence or Topuka had the biggest model. They delivered it for free and showed me how to run the dang thing. I mow about 4 acres so it has already seen a lot of use. So far, I am pleased with the deal.

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Monty Amick 2 years, 9 months ago

Craftsman... what a joke and has been for years. Still have some of my grandfathers Craftsman tools, those are the real deal. bye bye Sears

Now, A&W, that's a lot of good memories.

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50YearResident 2 years, 9 months ago

The closing that really broke my heart was "Maytag". The worlds best appliances. I bought a washer dryer 30 years ago and they are still running in my utility room today. Why did Maytag go bankrupt? It was very obvious to me. it was the advertising of the lonliest repairman in town. None of the younger generation knew what that ment so they bought other brands. I toured their factuary so I knew. It ment the Quality was so superior that a repairman was not needed. Young people couldn't figure it out so sales declined to the point of no profit. Too bad the best of the best went down for no reason other than bad advertising. The product name will never recover under Whirlpool Ownership. The reason I feel so bad, I think I could have saved them by convincing them to sell quality instead the lonely repairman adds.

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50YearResident 2 years, 9 months ago

Kellogg's Corn Pops: Have any of you tried to open a package of Kwllogs cereal lately? Try as you may you can't rip the bag apart, and I am over 60 years old. Just think of a 6 or 7 year old trying to get it open. Then after you literaly ripe the top open, you can't pour the cereal without it going everywhere. Thats why I buy only General Mills Products. Kellogg, the little things cost you dearly. The sooner you realize that the quicker you may save your business.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

Well since Kmart owns Sears maybe . . No, they closed that in Lawrence too! Damn, Topeka shopping looking better all the time!

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rockchalker52 2 years, 9 months ago

How much should we pay the future task force to decide what to do with the Sears Building? I vote Roller Derby.

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LadyJ 2 years, 9 months ago

Have only bought tools there for the last 12 yrs ever since they sold me an extended warranty for $200 and then wouldn't honor it. Hell, they wouldn't even send the product in to be looked at. Said they knew it wasn't something covered by the warranty even though the technician I spoke to said it was but Sears wouldn't authorize having him look at it. Best Buy extended warranties rock, can't believe they still sell them to me considering how much money as they have lost on me.

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50YearResident 2 years, 9 months ago

Sears went from excellant products to poor quailty. I have owned 3 sears rider mowers, None lasted over 4 years without serious repairs. The mower spindles were self lubricated, and kept seizing up at the cost of $75 each. You could not grease them. The last straw was when the tierod bearings on the steering wore out and I had to order new ones from Sears Parts. When I got them they were "nylon" a poor subsitute for Bronze or ball bearings. After that I bought John Deere and have not had any major problems for 12 years. Ant they wonder why buiseness is down. Ask me.......

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MisterBooster 2 years, 9 months ago

Mister Booster would miss root beer floats at A&W.

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bevy 2 years, 9 months ago

I will miss Sears even though I will probably be paying off their #&)(&@#& credit card until 2020.

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thebcman 2 years, 9 months ago

Sears can suck it. Went to buy a washing machine .. "Oh we only deliver to Eudora on the third Thursday of each month." Lowe's of Shawnee got our business, and we had our washer in two days.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 9 months ago

Saab used to make a decent and safe car. Don't now anything about the ones they produced in the last twenty years.

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hricane23 2 years, 9 months ago

Boycotted Sears ever since we were shopping for a dishwasher. They'd display a stainless steel model with a price of $X, but when you wanted that one, they'd tell you the price was for basic white only, and stainless was $50+ more. Bait and switch much?

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 9 months ago

Sears has gotten very little of my business since they started making many Craftsman tools in China.

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scopi_guy 2 years, 9 months ago

I haven't been in a Sears store for years. That used to be the main place for my family to shop, though (White Lakes Mall). Husky Toughskins. Juniors at the Crossroads. And the catalogs each Christmastime. I remember the year my parents drove to the catalog store (tiny little building on Iowa by Hillcrest) and had me go in to pick up that years Wishbook. Guy inside told me they weren't free anymore and had to pay for them.

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clovis_sangrail 2 years, 9 months ago

A&W and Kellogg's Corn Pops, for sure.

Sears -- Not a bit. They ruined Land's End.

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Pywacket 2 years, 9 months ago

I worked at a Sears when I was just a pup (~19) and their business policies were so disastrous that I am amazed they have staggered along into the 2000s. They've gone through bankruptcy & reorganization, cut out the iconic catalog, and they still have not figured things out.

I'll be sad to see them go for nostalgic reasons but not for any other reason. They just can't figure out how to shed their fuddy-duddy image--and that's the tip of the iceberg.

Now, A&W---that I will miss!

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rockchalker52 2 years, 9 months ago

Gimme a papa burger & a frosted mug, please. And three more mugs for my friends. I promise we'll give 'em back this time...but not the tray. I need that to complete the set. Can you throw in a babv burger? It's for the dog, so make it plain - except for the mustard. She loves the mustard.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

Guess I better stock up on Craftsman tools . . .

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