Sunday, January 29, 2012

TJ Maxx in Fresh Pond will no longer have layaways(Layaway is a type of agreement which can be made between a retailer and a consumer. The consumer pays a deposit to reserve an item, which is held until the consumer pays in full. The item itself is said to be “on layaway.” Typically, the customer has a set period of time in which he or she must pay in full for the item. If the customer fails to pay, the item is returned to stock for a small fee and the consumer's money is refunded) as of January 23, 2012.    I visited the TJ Maxx in Southbay in Dorchester and they will continue to accept layaways.

This might not mean a lot to you, but I know it means a lot to a lot of people including myself, because their are somedays when you can't afford a purchase and you really want it and not having the money at that time, it would allow you purchase it at a later date. Personally I think this is really bad for business and a real mistake to the bottom line of their organization, especially in this economy.

Giant retailer Walmart announced plans to revive layaway starting on October 17, 2011. The new plan is limited to select categories of merchandise, and minimum purchase amounts apply. A 10% down payment is necessary, and a nonrefundable $5 fee added to layaway purchases means that the wise shopper will select this option only for big ticket purchases. Cancelled orders will incur an extra $10 charge, deducted from any refund for prior payments. Walmart had dropped layaway in 2006, indicating declining demand for it by consumers, as well as stockroom clutter created by storing goods on layaway. ("How Bad Is the Economy? Wal-Mart Revives Layaway," The Wall Street Journal, September 9, 2011


Let's do a campaign and call TJ Maxx to bring back layaway's to Fresh Pond.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

TJ Maxx and Jonathan Alder

Navy Louis Armchair - Jonathan Adler $1,295.00
I often visit TJ Maxx for their great bargains on furniture and I just love Jonathan Alder's website where they have an array of fabulous gifts and also things for the home and don't let me forget their beautiful designer furniture with their competitive prices.

I was looking at Jonathan Adler's website today, because I was looking for a chair as an accent piece for my living room.  I came across their Navy Louis armchair, which was priced at $1,295.00.  I took my usual trip to TJ Maxx to see if I could find a comparable accent piece, because I really didin't want to pay the $1,295.00.  As soon as I walked in the front door I came across this linen Provencial armchair below  for the excellent price of $199.00.

Linen Provencial Armchair - TJ Maxx $199.00

It is so good to bargain  shop and I am very good at it.  I love bargains, if you really thought for one iota that I was going to even consider buying a chair for $1,295 in this economy you  had temporary insanity, just like I did.   Don't get me wrong Jonathan Adler has wonderful gifts at reasonable prices and his sales items are also great, but I just thought I would share this great comparison and bargain for those of  you who like to bargain shop and who also like the finer things in life.