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Total Sales for Independent Retail?

What is the total gross dollar sales for the Independent Retail Market in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Jun 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Why are there so many Full Screen copies of Full Metal Jacket?

IdleCuriosityFilter. I know that Full Metal Jacket is available on DVD in Widescreen. But how come every copy I see at my local retailers' is Full Screen? [more inside]
posted by The Deej on May 12, 2007 - 15 answers

Ow. My face.

Let me preface this question by saying that I work in retail. More specifically, I work in a slightly smaller than K-Mart national chain big-box store specializing in low quality clothing and home crap. Anywayz: I fell at work. Actually what happens was that the entire back wall of the checkout lane I was using fell as I was leaning against it and took me with it. Yes. Best day ever. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu on May 5, 2007 - 19 answers

What can a commissioned retail salesperson deduct?

My mom is a commissioned retail salesperson for Gucci. Because she gets $13k/yr. in alimony, she always owes when she does her taxes. If she itemizes this year, what could she deduct? [more inside]
posted by camfys on Apr 4, 2007 - 10 answers

Where do I find mexican oilcloth on the cheap in San Francisco?

San FranciscoFilter: Where in San Francisco can I find Mexican Oilcloth like this? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Feb 2, 2007 - 6 answers

Need a cheap retail POS system.

What is the best POS / inventory software for a music (instruments and accessories) store? [more inside]
posted by tucsongal on Feb 2, 2007 - 1 answer

Faux Finishing retailers in Boston?

Where can I find a faux finishing retailer in Boston? [more inside]
posted by genefinder on Dec 13, 2006 - 2 answers

Urban vs. suburban customer experience

When I go to a Wal-Mart or a Home Depot in an urban location (aka, lots of black customers) and then I go to suburban locations of these stores, I've notice that in the urban areas, the lines are longer, there are fewer staff to help, the store is generally a bit shabbier, and the employess seem to be less-well trained and held to lower standards regarding how they treat their customers. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Nov 22, 2006 - 48 answers

Save me from Job Hell.

How do I get relevant/fulfilling work experience while in grad school for my dream job? [more inside]
posted by mynameismandab on Oct 28, 2006 - 14 answers

Need POS system to integrate with web store

I'm opening a retail store that will sell CDs, books, photographs and other music-related collectibles. We hope to open a web store concurrently and have found a web designer. I'm looking for advice about point-of-sale systems for our store, and in addition we are interested in linking the inventory in our retail store to our inventory for our web store. Our webstore is being developed using x-cart. Any recommened POS systems or vendors? Anyone set up a system like this recently?
posted by mfherman on Oct 26, 2006 - 2 answers

Sociopaths and their retail victims

HumanBehaviorFilter: Why are some customers so nasty to the people serving them? [more inside]
posted by LightStruk on Oct 5, 2006 - 72 answers

What stores are ranked directly below Wal-Mart?

In this NYT article, it says "...Wal-Mart's $312 billion in sales last year exceeded the sales of the next five biggest retailers combined." How can I find out who those five big retailers are and how much they made? Are these rankings based on U.S. sales, or worldwide + U.S.? Googling gives me data for 2004, but I can't find anything for 2005.
posted by invisible ink on Oct 2, 2006 - 6 answers

Is buying a product before it hits shelves unfair?

Should employees of stores be allowed to take (potentially rare) merchandise and buy it themselves before it hits the store shelves? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Sep 21, 2006 - 40 answers

What is Multivarable Testing?

What is Multivariable Testing, really? It was mentioned in this NYTimes article, but the term is only ever used in relation to QualPro, Inc.. What is the real mathematical/statistical technique they're using? Is this related to the Taguchi Method? Can someone explain it to me?
posted by joshwa on Sep 19, 2006 - 5 answers

Higher education for a busy single mom?

MBA or alternative for a busy single mother executive? [more inside]
posted by shoesfullofdust on Sep 7, 2006 - 13 answers

Thinking of opening a game store...

Thinking of opening a Gaming store...help...So me and the wife are seriously considering opening a gaming store, (roughly half board/casual type games and half "hobby" type games). I've read a bunch of stuff on opening a retail store in general, including some threads on here, but not much on anything gaming specific. [more inside]
posted by teishu on Jul 31, 2006 - 27 answers

My kingdom for a Large!

Why do clothing stores end up with so many extras of the smallest and largest sizes? [more inside]
posted by brain_drain on Jul 28, 2006 - 23 answers

Background Music: free/cheap

Background music for a store... free, unencumbered, appropriate, and available through the net? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Jul 4, 2006 - 18 answers

Changing how I make change: why is how I did it offensive?

Why is not placing change in a customer's hands offensive? [more inside]
posted by anjamu on Jun 24, 2006 - 67 answers

The Island of Misfit Toys

Where do electronic items returned to places like Best Buy go? [more inside]
posted by landtuna on Jun 5, 2006 - 19 answers

Anybody ever work for Amazon?

What can you tell me about your experiences, past or present, working for Amazon.com? [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Jun 2, 2006 - 9 answers

Will they catch me if I lie and say I have my degree?

I am applying for a job at a large computer/electronics retail chain. It's an entry level job, but some experience is required, which I genuinely have, but I am thinking of lying on my resume about having my degree. What are the odds that they will check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2006 - 27 answers

Why are retail prices of electronics cheaper than wholesale prices?

Why are retail prices of electronics cheaper than wholesale prices? How can anyone make money here? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky on Mar 30, 2006 - 26 answers

Retail tricks of the trade

I would like to learn more retail secrets like this. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Feb 21, 2006 - 42 answers

How have you previously resolved disputes with retailers?

Today, I attempted to exchange gift without a receipt or a credit card at a Best Buy store. It did not go well. Please help me resolve the dispute that resulted from my experience. [more inside]
posted by sequential on Feb 4, 2006 - 36 answers

How can I find out Urban Outfitters CD playlist?

Does anyone know how to find out Urban Outfitter's CD playlist? [more inside]
posted by empath on Feb 3, 2006 - 9 answers

a very chilly walk to work

Retailhelp: I've decided to buy a new winter coat, online, today. Problem is, most everything out there is on clearance or in limited sizes. I'm looking for some collective hunting help. [more inside]
posted by cior on Dec 30, 2005 - 9 answers

Unused checkouts

If retail space is really lorded over by bean counters, why do big boxes build so many checkouts that sit unused? On the morning after Thanksgiving, the north Dallas Super Target I went in briefly only had 9 out of 24 registers open. Why do they build them this way? Has anyone ever seen 90%+ of them open?
posted by hodyoaten on Dec 5, 2005 - 23 answers

how to open a store?

I've been thinking of opening a store in my town but need some advice on getting started [more inside]
posted by apdato on Nov 14, 2005 - 6 answers

Know a retail recruiter in ATL area?

Friend is hoping to move. How can I help him by finding him a good retail management recruiter in ATL area? [more inside]
posted by thinds66 on Nov 1, 2005 - 2 answers

Store catalogues

Old store catalogues? [more inside]
posted by Mossy on Oct 13, 2005 - 1 answer

Computer Hardware Retailers

Any suggestions for the best hardcore computer (and related) hardware retailer with online ordering and US-based? [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh on Sep 25, 2005 - 20 answers

Is there any acceptable way to ask retail staff for a date?

AttractiveRetailWorkerFilter: If someone would like a date with someone they only see at retail/checkout, is there any acceptable way to communicate this, that doesn't impose on the worker or make their job harder/unpleasant if they're not interested? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Aug 26, 2005 - 26 answers

Should I open a bookstore?

Let's say I wanted to open my own business. Specifically a children's bookstore in a small college town in the northeast. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by dhacker on Aug 4, 2005 - 28 answers

How can I sell?

How does an introverted, nervous, none-too-attractive register-jockey actually make sales? Any advice or books one can read? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 on Jul 20, 2005 - 17 answers

PCMCIA storage card in Tucson AZ

I need to purchase a PCMCIA storage card (ATA format) from a store located in or very near Tucson AZ. Any ideas?
posted by jruckman on Jun 14, 2005 - 5 answers

Removing security tags

So I bought a shirt today, and they forgot to remove the security tag. Had I known that it wasn't going to beep, I'd never have thrown down the Visa. Why buy what you can steal? Anyway, short of returning to the store, how can I remove the tag at home. I have all the basic tools a homeowner needs. It is not the kind of tag that sprays inks should the procedure go bad. Anyone larcenous members, or those that have retail experience care to detail a procedure.
posted by Keith Talent on May 14, 2005 - 26 answers

Tax cheats?

A number of restaurants in my neighborhood have under-rung my purchases (each) more than once. [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar on Apr 25, 2005 - 11 answers

Future Shop Warranty Woes

In March 2004, I purchased a 20 gigabyte iPod at Future Shop (major Canadian electronics chain, owned, I think, by Best Buy). I added on the extended warranty, after the salesperson told me that it was a replacement warranty and if anything went wrong I could bring my iPod in and they'd give me a new one. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 21, 2005 - 17 answers

Folksonomied Better Business Bureau

The better business bureau seems to be kinda worthless. Is there a generic website where I can go to rate local businesses that isn't awash with tons of ads or filler? I'm thinking something craigs-list-ish, but searchable, with Amazonian filtering (the website, not the large women, although that would be cool too). I think I just got ripped off by a tire store, and I'm tired of going through life a victim. Lazyweb, take me away! [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Apr 19, 2005 - 12 answers

alternative to stamps.com

Is there any online postage-printing site that doesn't require a monthly fee? I mail books periodically and I'm at least 15 miles from the post office. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Apr 18, 2005 - 9 answers

Airport retail and security clearance

This summer, I plan to work at a retail store in an international airport (in the US). What is the procedure to get security clearance for a job like this? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine on Apr 6, 2005 - 2 answers

Background music

Retail-or-bar-or-restaurant-mananger-filter: who is the best background music provider (DMX, Muzak, PlayNetwork, etc.) and why?
posted by MattD on Apr 5, 2005 - 11 answers

Socially responsible places to buy clothes?

So I maybe could have posted this here or here, but this seemed like a sufficiently different question. Where is a good place to buy clothes that's both sweatshop-free and doesn't support horrible causes? [more inside]
posted by TheRoach on Feb 5, 2005 - 15 answers

Tracking AdSense Visitors

Website question. I'm helping a friend with a sports memorabilia site that sells merchandise. Currently he is using google adsense pay per click. Is there a simple way to track visitors who click from the ad to see if they are the ones who make a purchase? (MI) [more inside]
posted by keithl on Jan 25, 2005 - 6 answers

Anyone Online or Off Offering XBOX Freebies That Aren't Football/Top Spin?

Are any retailers (online or otherwise) offering any freebies with the purchase of a new Xbox system other than (or in addition to) NCAA Football 2005 and Top Spin?
posted by jjg on Dec 8, 2004 - 4 answers

Tiny Barcodes

Production folks: How small can a barcode be and still scan?
posted by dame on Oct 11, 2004 - 10 answers

Retail Search Engines

Are there any location based retail search engines out there? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by MsVader on Mar 8, 2004 - 5 answers

Shopkeeping

Has anyone had experience opening a small shop as a business? What are the pros/cons of such an undertaking? If you have, please share a bit of the highlights and lowlights of the endeavor! (more inside) [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree on Jan 5, 2004 - 11 answers

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