They cling to the master plan.....
"What's your phone-number.? What's your name.? What's your address.?" I stopped shopping at places like Sears and Radio Shack long ago for their invasion of privacy.
Like 10's of millions of people who USED to shop there we have given up the ghost for places like WalMart, Longs and other places that don't ask questions. They just take our cash and say, " Hold onto your receipt."
The piss off factor. My wife goes into radio-shack 7-8 years ago and charges batteries on her credit-card. She gets mailed a catalogue.
The same catalogue I wanted 4 months before, but was told I couldn't get. Why did she gt the catalogue.? She gave my phone number and they probably saw the $8,000-$9,000 I had spent there in the past 15 years. My problem is I always pay cash. They figure if she uses a credit-card she'll mail order. They probably were impressed by the 2 $150 karaoke mikes I bought earlier in the year, along with the $325 TV, the $375 organ, The $150 antennae set I bought for my brother out in the country along with numerous other items that year. After that x-mas I never went back.
If I didn't have to buy that vacuum cleaner belt, I would have never have seen that compound-mitre-saw. Right price and features. After spending 1/2 hour reading/comparing other saws, I grabbed a box and put it on the sales counter looked the salesclerk in the eye and said, " I don't have a phone number and I don't have any name."
She looked back at me and said, " What's your phone number.?" I sais I didn't have any. Then she said, "What's your name.?" I said, as I lifted the box to put it back on display, "Thanks for reminding me why I don't shop here." Went down the street to home-depot and paid the $20 extra for the same machine. Paid my money. And the clerk said, "Save your receipt." And I said, "Thanks."
Home Depot cant even carry Whirlpool appliances .. just junky GE and the infamous built in service call Maytag .. they will never have a great brand like Kenmore or Craftsman .. We even have to do the repairs on their Junky appliances because they dont have factory trained service .. Keep on dreaming .. you are just another short trying to drive down the price of the stock of a great american retailer ..
Probby the original poster will not read this post, but I totally agree with him. I refuse to go into a Radio Shack. I TOTALLY DETEST the 3d degree about my phone number and address (one time I flat-out refused and the clerk said O. K. and still sold me the item).
There was one reply (plus mine) that supported the original poster. The rest of yins hinted that the bloke was a head case. That suggests to me that most of the SHLD poster are under the age of 30.
Of course, I could be wrong.
You need to ignore the other piss ants on this board. I competely agree with you. Years ago I worked at Radio Shack and the personal information was never used to allow you to return an item without a receipt as some idiot on this board stated. It was only used for marketing purposes.
The sports authority started the same thing years ago in florida where the corporate headquarters use to be. and it was all about marketing but their excuse was to see what part of the area the customers were from so that they may be able to open another store in that zip code area.
The reason Sears asks for your name, phone #, etc is to help keep a record of your big ticket purchases, so if the unthinkable happens and you need to return it without a receipt (as happens to the majority of customers), there is a place this information can be located. I didn't think this "back-up" plan was an invasion of privacy. Most people seem genuinely pleased when a store is able to research a past purchase. Stores are villified for being not personal enough and now for being too personal. Hmmmmmmmmmmm....seems like every one wants there cake and to eat it too. Hey, if you want to pay more money just so they don't ask your name, that is you choice. It is a silly one to me, but yours nontheless.