Excuse me, dahrlings, but...

RIP Sears

Good lord, Pumpkins. Sears Travel - say it ain't over! That name used to be somebody. That contract meant something. Volume was yours. Size mattered.

For decades, Sears was synonymous with moving the needle. And training tomorrow's players. And windswept conferences where the red rug was bared for all in full curtain-matching glory. They were a rite of passage many remember and some prefer to forget.

This was not just some fly-by-retail synthetic shoe dumping discount store, dahrlings. You had a card. You shopped. You bought. Travel. Fridges. Passport pictures. This was middle Canada, people! And we bowed before it.

As news began filtering last week that the fairy tale was coming to an end, did anyone weep? The TravelBrands' licensing deal was over. We all knew it was only a matter of time...

Let's face it dahrlings, department store travel shops have gone the way of their bra fitters. I should know.

When Sears is the only store for miles and your 90-year-old teta who now weighs 250 pounds has grown a pair of catalogues that require specialized instrumentation, you grab the nearest quadruple D on the tangled rack and hope for the best. The scene in the fitting room is not pretty, Pumpkins. Hoisting teta's teats into a sizing guess is not for the feeble-hearted. Snaps and hooks and flesh flying every which way. Not to mention the screaming. (Mine, not hers)

That's how l feel about this reincarnation of Sears Travel. It's being branded TravelExperts.ca -- which is a fab name, don't get me wrong, dahrlings. But going from a salary to home -based commission could lead to some flesh flying around the industry as everyone scurries to find their fit. Snap daggit, Pumpkins, I miss the old days.


Joce - October 18, 2017 @ 15:10
I worked at Sears for years..it is sad that the era of travel agencies is almost gone. The Internet can only do so much, and where it is a useful tool to free up good agents to book more complex trips (the internet trips are not worth the time as agents are not making any decent money from the time it takes to book and hold hands on that 3* Cuba property) - it seems to be the agencies replacement.
There is still a market for face to face transactions, and this needs to be addressed.

debbie marcotte - September 25, 2017 @ 11:09
I miss the ole days too....we have forgotten those days and ways we did things today is so cut rhroat with all of the techie stuff ...costs better on internet and you wasting your time looking for that price...waste of time

Michael - September 19, 2017 @ 14:09
I'm trying to imagine growing a pair of catalogues. Back in the day, that would've saved a year of waiting for that 2nd shin protection.

Harry Schneider - September 19, 2017 @ 13:09
it was good while it lasted.

MONICA MACKAY - September 19, 2017 @ 10:09
I know 3 men who sleep through the night. Shame.

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