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To think shops are not helping themselves?

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Changebagsandgladrags Wed 17-Jul-13 18:27:58

Went shopping today for holiday clothes for me. These were bin high street shops and department stores.

Spotted some nice shorts, longish rather than bum cheek skimming. Four racks of size 6 and one size 8. Although bum cheek ones available up to size 20.

Then spotted a nice dress, there were six of themin size 20 and 22.

Would it not be sensible to stock a range of sizes? So now my money will go to Asos or similar online 'shop'.

Changebagsandgladrags Wed 17-Jul-13 18:28:26

Big not bin

BoysAreLikeDogs Wed 17-Jul-13 18:32:15

Well tbf it is tres late in the saison to be wanting a full range innit.

livinginwonderland Wed 17-Jul-13 18:33:07

they've just sold out.

NinaHeart Wed 17-Jul-13 18:37:31

I went shopping yesterday and found all sorts of lovely stuff in size 8. which I am not.
Though to be fair, most things look nicer in size 8.

Apart from shoes (in which I am an 8) and they have lovely size 5s and the 8s are all solid black with velcro straps and not suitable for normal humans.

minibmw2010 Wed 17-Jul-13 18:38:25

Summer clothes have been on sale for about 3 months or so, Autumn will come in next after the sales. It happens every year this way, it's not a surprise smile

chocoluvva Wed 17-Jul-13 18:44:05

I know what you mean OP - the 10s seem to sell out before the other sizes.

Changebagsandgladrags Wed 17-Jul-13 18:51:10

I don't want to shop three months before I need stuff. Especially since I have dropped two sizes in three months.

Lj8893 Wed 17-Jul-13 18:52:39


Summer season clothes have been on sale for months now, I work in retail and the majority of our summer clothes are now in the sale and we are beginning to get our autumn range in.

Also, there is a ridiculous heat wave going on so I expect many stores are selling out of summer clothes extremely quickly.

HorryIsUpduffed Wed 17-Jul-13 18:55:06

They don't get a long range forecast, and they would rather sell out than have lots of unsold/unsellable stock. They already stock more 10-14 than other sizes.

Lead times for most shops are quite long - they are ordering next spring/summer's collections at the moment.

DownstairsMixUp Wed 17-Jul-13 18:55:07

I guess I agree. This weekend we went looking for carpet, went into carpet right and found a remnant, it was quite dear anyway but asked for a measly 20 quid off it, they couldn't budge on it apparentely. Not at all. They'd already taken a whole TEN PERCENT off and couldn't possibly do anymore. Was surprised as carpet right have hit the press more than once for being in trouble.

LynetteScavo Wed 17-Jul-13 18:55:38

Shops don't want to be left with loads of clothes they can't sell.

I desperately need some teenage boys shorts, due to growth spurt. Do you think I can find any? Oh, no.

AmberLeaf Wed 17-Jul-13 18:56:25


It is always the same sizes that go first, even with shoes, my size is always gone first.

This has been happening for years-they don't plan.

ClaraOswald Wed 17-Jul-13 18:56:42


You don't expect shops to keep stock back until the warm weather actually arrives do you? They'd be left with shitlaods of stock.

I had someone moan at me today about why we had sold out in size six sandals. I was polite, but did explain that we do have lots of other customers who do buy sandals in a size six. I offered to order for her, but "I wanted them today"

Chivetalking Wed 17-Jul-13 18:57:45

They'll have flogged the most popular sizes.


Iseeall Wed 17-Jul-13 19:03:39

Our local asda is full of 'back to school' stuff. Kids winter coats, school uniform the lot!
No summer ladies wear in sight. All autumn stuff. I was looking for a cotton sundress, silly me.

Parmarella Wed 17-Jul-13 19:07:13

How could the shops have foreseen summer weather? Last year it rained solidly fr 6 weeks! And we all wanted macs.

Get yourself to ebay

AmberLeaf Wed 17-Jul-13 19:07:52

we do have lots of other customers who do buy sandals in a size six

Which is precisely why the buyers need to take note of what sells and buy in adequate stock accordingly.

AmberLeaf Wed 17-Jul-13 19:08:52

Shops lose sales because of this, the buying depts need to do better!

Smugfearnleyshittingstool Wed 17-Jul-13 19:10:30

I went in to four shops today for soft jersey type toddler size shorts..... Nothing! Even supermarkets are empty, and next seem to have a late summer range, that's new so not in sale but no shorts there either. Boden again for me.

GameSetAndMatch Wed 17-Jul-13 19:11:53

its the 'back to school' stuff that gets me on sale in july.

by the end of summer the kids have grown so youd need bigger sizes anyway, so why display the school stuff now and not, say, mid august??

and i saw winter coats 'new' being hung in local M & S today!!

Lj8893 Wed 17-Jul-13 19:12:28

Many shops don't have the room to hold excess stock, like the extra size 6 sandals etc. but they usually are avaliable to order.

Changebagsandgladrags Wed 17-Jul-13 19:14:50

But four racks of size 6? Not just four pairs, four bloody racks. Are they really going to sell all those?

ClaraOswald Wed 17-Jul-13 19:14:51

Amber- there is no way to predict which styles will be the most popular as people's tastes can differ enormously from the buyer of 12 months previous. We did have at least three other designs in the size needed.

AmberLeaf Wed 17-Jul-13 19:31:40

Clara-talking shoes only, my size always sells out long before any other size.

They are not getting enough of my size. This has been the same from right back when I was a high spending teen/20 something, to now when Im nearly 40 and reasonably skint.

I also used to work in retail and it was the same then we'd even tell the buyers to get more of size [whatever] an they did not listen.

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