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Old 05-03-2013, 08:46 AM   #31
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I see from some of the posts that there are a few people who like the 'new' Penneys (but not enough). The majority of people don't (I'm one). That's the reason for their 'near' downfall. It's going to be a while before they win me back - if ever.

Someone mentioned Ross. I, too, find some good buys there occasionally, also TJMaxx, and Marshalls.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:49 AM   #32
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I seem to be the opposite here. I NEVER go to JC Penney. Hate the store with a passion. My DD needed a dress for a banquet and dance at school. We saw a friend pulling into their parking lot so we followed them inside. My DD found a dress within 5 minutes, great price and it fit. We looked around and both remarked that we saw so much that we liked in the store, and in the past we could wander around for an hour and not find one decent thing. Unlike others I saw stuff that isn't old lady looking , or totally trashy looking for my DD, plus it was easier to navigate, before it looked like people cam in and literally crammed everything they could into one store. Total mess and ugly .

I actually like the store now much better than what it was, which was total crap IMHO.
Last month, we went in with my teen girls looking for a prom dress and nicer dresses to wear to a wedding. JCP used to be our go-to place for dressy dresses. First of all, they now have about 10% of the clothing they used to have, so there's not much to choose from.

The few dresses that were there were so fugly that my kids were incredulous. Most of them looked like somebody had taken a bunch of those shower puffs made out of nylon netting and sewn them together. In hideous colors. We all had a good laugh and then left.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:06 AM   #33
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I've been buying baby clothes at JCP as I find them cheaper than Macys and Kohls. Granted its been 8 years since I've had to buy baby clothes so I'm not up on the current prices but here is an example. Same carters swimsuit size 3 to 6 months:

JCP - $20.00
Macys - $34.00 on sale right now for $16.99
Kohls - $34.00 on sale right now for $20.40
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:16 AM   #34
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What is chi chi clothing?
Ha! I'm reading the replies after mine and its like JCP has a multiple personality disorder!! Up by me there are several JCP's and even though they are all remodeled kinda the same way (cross between an IKEA and a void of emptiness) the selection of clothes seems to be different.

Chi chi clothing to me is a higher end, couture Bergdorf/Nordstrom kids please don't touch mommy kind of clothes.

Now this is the way I felt about it. Before it was middle of the road... stuff I would wear to work, wear to a PTO meeting, jazz it up for a date night, stuff to wear for everyday and didn't fall a part after a wash. It wasn't 20 something or old ladyish.. it was appropriate for a late 30 early 40 mom of two who wanted to look fab at a good price.

Now... I can't find anything... the material feels odd... depending on the store its for the older set or the 20 somethings.. it's not much for the middle... it's just chi chi.. and not me.... and i'm sad.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:31 AM   #35
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Wow, I guess I'm in the minority. I never found anything in the "old Pennys" that I liked. The Plus size area was all for more "mature" ladies. (I'm in my early 40's but like to be somewhat trendy).

I guess I'm one of the few that shopped MORE since the change. I found many clothes that I really liked and the prices were very reasonable. I'm actually disappointed to hear they are changing back.

I typically shop Macys and Kohls, and found it was a nice alternative because Pennys had clothes that I couldn't find at other department stores.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:32 AM   #36
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The only time we seem to go in JCP is when DD17 needs a prom dress. She's very tiny, so she prefers short dresses to gowns, and doesn't want anything too fancy--just not her style. She did find a dress that she liked there, and the price was fine ($45, I think). But I'll tell you, you really had to look to find something cute--some of the dresses were just weird--funny cuts, a lot of tulle, etc. And I sew--costumes, mostly. I'm not a professional seamstress or anything. Let me tell you, the quality of those dresses was pretty poor. I saw lots of unfinished seams and poor construction. It wasn't an issue in our case--DD isn't a big "prom" girl, she just wants to have fun, but if it were a BIG DEAL occasion for her, I would spend more for a higher quality dress than I saw there.

We have a Kohl's opening across the street from JCP in Sept., it'll be interesting to see how that compares.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:03 AM   #37
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Wow, I guess I'm in the minority. I never found anything in the "old Pennys" that I liked. The Plus size area was all for more "mature" ladies. (I'm in my early 40's but like to be somewhat trendy).

I guess I'm one of the few that shopped MORE since the change. I found many clothes that I really liked and the prices were very reasonable. I'm actually disappointed to hear they are changing back.

I typically shop Macys and Kohls, and found it was a nice alternative because Pennys had clothes that I couldn't find at other department stores.
Since the "new" JCP transition, our stores have all but done away with the plus size area. They carry no dresses at all and a tiny fraction of what they used to have. Any queries are met with the suggestion to just order everything online. Umm, no, is there any reason to think that people who take plus sizes are going to love everything they order, while women who take a size six are assumed to want to try their clothes on before buying?

Dh also takes tall sizes. I used to buy nearly all his clothes at JCP, but again, they've stopped carrying most of them in the store.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:11 AM   #38
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I saw that commercial last night during Americal Idol. I thought it was hilarious. "OMG please come back!"

We used to like Penney's. My aunt had the coupons down to a science. Now, I can't find anything I like-I'm 45, I don't want to wear florescent skinny jeans, especially since I'm a plus size. Speaking of plus sizes, all they had were either dressy clothes or Godawful tops with butterflies or kittens on them. What, if you're a bigger gal you have no taste? This happens in a lot of places, not just Penney's, but they became one of the worst offenders, when they had + clothing at all.

I'll probably give them one more shot since they sounded so desperate on the ad.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:28 AM   #39
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I'm in the minority, I guess - I LOVE the new JCP and hate the old one. I never used to shop there but I love the Mango, Joe Fresh, JCP, L'Amour, etc. sections and whole dollar pricing. REALLY hope that they don't lose those brands and go back to the ugly, old lady clothes from before...

Everything at my JCP is organized, looks modern and sleek, and checkout is easy. Maybe it's just a difference in stores?
Exactly. Sound like you and I must have the same JCP. Clothes were hideous before, now they are cute and much more age appropriate in all age groups.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:33 AM   #40
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Last month, we went in with my teen girls looking for a prom dress and nicer dresses to wear to a wedding. JCP used to be our go-to place for dressy dresses. First of all, they now have about 10% of the clothing they used to have, so there's not much to choose from.

The few dresses that were there were so fugly that my kids were incredulous. Most of them looked like somebody had taken a bunch of those shower puffs made out of nylon netting and sewn them together. In hideous colors. We all had a good laugh and then left.
Well as I said, we have had the exact opposite, and I can't tell you haw many compliments my DD had on her dress last night. Now, this wasn't a prom dress, it was a dress to wear to a banquet and 8th grade formal. some glitz but not too much, everyone raved about her dress. Oh not not one bit of "netting" on her dress at all.


I would never have purchased a dress there before, I tried, looked like a bomb went off with nothing but trashy looking clothes left behind. Who knows, but I can tell you that ours is MUCH nicer now, and without all that street walker looking teen stuff.

Like another poster said, hers had ugly old lady clothes ours did too, and trampy teen stuff. Maybe some of the buyers are different. I know that I can go into some of the the stores up in SC where I have relatives, and they have totally different stuff than we do down here.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:54 AM   #41
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Count me in as one who dislikes the new JCP.

Went there last year with a GC and couldn't find anything I wanted for me. I thought I would use it to by my son some underwear. I found the underwear, it had a sign that stated lowest price, the pkg was marked $16-18; Wal Mart has the same underwear for $11, not the lowest price.

Two months ago I went in looking for a pair of jeans, I kid you not, they had about 10 pairs total in the section that carries my size garments.

I'm not a big shopper but I do like to find something I at least might consider buying when I go into a store.

I refuse to pay shipping to get an item I should be able to purchase in the store.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:00 AM   #42
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I am in the minority too but I like the look of the brand new JCP store that opened near my office.

I recently bought two of the blue gourd lamps from JCP (they are very nice!) and I think I must have hit the store right before they jacked up their everyday low prices but I was also able to use two coupons. The same gourd lamps that were marked $50 each then ( I purchased both lamps for $80 total by using the coupons they emailed me) are now $70 each on the website. Even with the $20 off a $100 purchase coupons they are now running, those same lamps would be $120 for the pair instead of the $80 I paid.

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Old 05-03-2013, 11:08 AM   #43
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I just saw the weirdest commercial!!
Basically Penney's is apologizing for something and asking people to come back.
Being honest, I never shop there and rarely pay attention to their commercials...I guess I should have!
What did I miss?? What did they do??
They're apologizing for taking steps that resulted in a nearly 30% drop in sales last Christmas. If only they'd actually show me they are sorry by bringing their quality and selection back, I might be tempted to accept their apology and buy something.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:13 PM   #44
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The biggest group that walked is middle-aged men, and judging from the comments on the WSJ article re: the commercial, men don't seem initially impressed by that misty commercial with all those feminine faces.

From my father to my husband to my son, my guys used to like Penneys. They always had a nice selection of good-qualify mid-priced casual clothing basics, like polo shirts in 24 color choices. DH used to routinely go in every two years and buy 10 polo shirts, six prs of khakis and a dozen each of undershorts, undershirts and socks. Other men we knew did exactly the same thing/, and I did it once a year for DS for his school uniforms.

My dad was in the building trades, and he wore Penneys clothes pretty much every day but Sunday, when he would wear a suit for church. (I've still got a couple of Dad's old JCPenney bowling shirts that I wear to paint; he bought them back in the Kennedy administration, and but for the paint stains, they are still in excellent condition.)
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:33 PM   #45
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Is that why lately there has been a rash of thick shiny glossy ad stuffers from them in my newspaper? I haven't shopped there in 2 decades so I don't look at their ads.
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