Because I find their Christmas advertising so loathsome—"don't just give a gift, grant a wish" is meant to make you ashamed of anything short of extravagance—I was sorta glad to read that Sears earnings are in the toilet. Store traffic is dismal: "'comparable-store' sales -- sales at outlets open at least one year -- tumbled 4.2 percent. At the company's lower-end Kmart chain, those comparable-store sales dropped by an even more deeper 5 percent." And the online business evidently has problems.
Honestly, I really, really just want Sears to be a better store. As fun as schadenfreude always is, I don't want Eddie "Anyone Can Do Retail" Lampert to fail. I don't want to see Craftsman Tools being sold off the back of mall kiosks. I don't want to see Extreme Home Makeover taken off the air. Oh wait. Yes, I do want that. But I don't want Restoration Hardware to be the new Land's End. Wait. I don't care about them either.
I guess I just want Sears around so that there's still some choice for their shoppers. There's not a lot of options when you live in a small town. Where else are all those people going to go to be ritualistically ignored or mistreated?