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Author: Donna405 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 92  
Subject: Gift Cards Date: 11/13/2008 11:41 PM
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Since this Board is no longer a "dead board", I thought it would be a good idea to change the subject.

Most financial sites I have read recently, are saying to beware of a number of companies offering gift cards. Due to the financial slowdown, it is unknown if the companies will remain in business.

I would suggest Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy or any of the leading national retailers. Even Macy's is having problems. And we all know Sears is having problems.

From what stores were you planning to purchase gift cards?

Best wishes,

Donna
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Author: phantomdiver Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 79 of 92
Subject: Re: Gift Cards Date: 11/14/2008 6:34 AM
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From what stores were you planning to purchase gift cards?

I've bought Talbots gift cards. I don't think they're in trouble, though I think they are probably suffering a slowdown.

phantomdiver

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Author: Donna405 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 80 of 92
Subject: Re: Gift Cards Date: 11/14/2008 4:09 PM
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I haven't seen Talbot's on the list yet, and hopefully, I won't.

Donna (who loves Talbot's and has a store about 1/2 mile from her house.)

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Author: Allisonh2 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 81 of 92
Subject: Re: Gift Cards Date: 11/15/2008 4:16 PM
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I love Talbot's too, it's about 35 mins away from my house though, so I don't get there very often!

Back to gift cards, I'm a little skeptical about buying some due to some of the stores going bankrupt. Maybe I should just stick to the old reliables such as Sears, WalMart, etc?

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Author: Allisonh2 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 82 of 92
Subject: Re: Gift Cards Date: 11/15/2008 4:18 PM
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Speaking of Sears, I am supposed to be getting a free $5.00 gift card in the mail from them in 2-3 weeks. I joined some Sears group on Facebook and the first 10,000 to sign up would get a $5.00 gift card.
Hopefully Sears won't be bankrupt by the time my card shows up in the mail! :)

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Author: Donna405 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 83 of 92
Subject: Re: Gift Cards Date: 11/15/2008 9:01 PM
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I am a bit concerned about Sears. They are closing one store here in Columbia, SC, the K-Mart stores aren't doing very well, and the remaining Sears store is doing so-so.

Donna (who really likes Craftsman products)

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Author: Allisonh2 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 84 of 92
Subject: Re: Gift Cards Date: 11/17/2008 10:11 PM
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I got an email from a friend below about gift cards today:







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Watch those store money cards and gift cards.. and credit slips! Stores that informed the Security Exchange of closing plans between October 2008 and January 2009. PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

Circuit City stores... most recent (? how many)

Ann Taylor- 117 stores nationwide are to be shuttered

Lane Bryant,, Fashion Bug ,and Catherine's to close 150 store nationwide

Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January

Cache will close all stores

Talbots closing down all stores

J. Jill closing all stores

GAP closing 85 stores

Footlocker closing 140 stores more to close after January
Wickes Furniture closing down

Levitz closing down remaining stores

Bombay closing remaining stores

Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January.

Whitehall closing all stores

Piercing Pagoda closing all stores

Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.

Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ (New Brunswick)

Macys to close 9 stores after January

Linens and Things closing all stores

Movie Galley Closing all stores

Pacific Sunware closing stores

Pep Boys Closing 33 stores

Sprint/ Nextel closing 133 stores

JC Penney closing a number of stores after January

Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.

Wilson Leather closing down all stores

Sharper Image closing down all stores

K B Toys closing 356 stores

Loews to close down some stores

Dillard's to close some stores.

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Author: Donna405 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 85 of 92
Subject: Re: Gift Cards Date: 11/17/2008 10:19 PM
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Talbot's is NOT closing all of it's stores. See: http://money.aol.com/special/retail-stores-closing-doors

It is closing 78 of its children's and men's shops to concentrate on us women. (Thank Goodness. I love the Talbot's near my house.)

Donna

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Author: Allisonh2 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 86 of 92
Subject: Re: Gift Cards Date: 11/18/2008 3:07 PM
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Thank Goodness, hopefully the one in Coralville, IA won't close. I didn't read the link close yet (sorry, I'm at work)
I love Talbot's too! :)

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Author: Allisonh2 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 87 of 92
Subject: Re: Gift Cards Date: 11/18/2008 8:05 PM
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I am a bit concerned about Sears. They are closing one store here in Columbia, SC, the K-Mart stores aren't doing very well, and the remaining Sears store is doing so-so.

Donna (who really likes Craftsman products)



I sure hope Sears doesn't close. As long as I can remember, I've always shopped there. My mom retired from there and often lets me get a nice employee's discount! Well, not always, but if there is a big ticket item I needed, like a dishwasher, for example, been able to save $$ on the purchase from Sears

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Author: anuvaka Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 88 of 92
Subject: Re: Gift Cards Date: 11/19/2008 4:53 PM
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Most disturbing to me is the large amount of stores giving up and closing just before their busiest season of the year.

Despite several years of trouble, the loss of Sears would be a great sorrow.

jC

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Author: LLRinCO Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 89 of 92
Subject: Re: Gift Cards Date: 11/19/2008 8:49 PM
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Costco sells Starbucks cards, I believe it was 5 $20 cards for $79. Good for gifts and they shouldn't be closing ALL of their stores any time soon (although if this economy keeps sinking........)

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