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AIBU to want to shop at John Lewis for buttons, not a Brazilian?

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Quandry Mon 07-Nov-16 12:00:59

OMG. Never mind Brexit. If anything is likely to drive me out of the UK it's this:
John Lewis to swap haberdashery for bikini waxes and prosecco bars under new boss

The last bastion of Middle England is to be RUINED by some new upstart boss who thinks we care more about our minge than our muslin!

I'm warning her - there will be rioting in the streets...

Sparlklesilverglitter Mon 07-Nov-16 12:03:07

No just No! I do not want a wax in the middle of John Lewis thank you and giving me some prosecco will not make me change my mind.

I think the whole idea is quite tacky TBH

CaesiumTime Mon 07-Nov-16 12:03:30

YANBU shock

PurpleDaisies Mon 07-Nov-16 12:04:56

Nooo! I love the haberdashery in John Lewis. Not that I ever buy anything because it's too expensive but I guess that's the problem...

Crispsheets Mon 07-Nov-16 12:05:59

I'm all for prosecco bars

SwedishEdith Mon 07-Nov-16 12:06:51

Oh, no, this is a huge misjudgement. Needs an mn campaign at once.

Gatekeeper Mon 07-Nov-16 12:08:12

bloody hell angry

One the highlights of me trundling up to Newcastle for the day is fondling the wool in the haberdashery and sighing over the buttons and ribbon etc

Bloody waxes and prosecco; if I had my way we'd be walking around like extras from Miss Marple (1980's version) and being scandalized if the tea isn't hot

I am annoyed

Bluntness100 Mon 07-Nov-16 12:08:40

I'm all for it, rather have a Brazilian and a glass of prosecco than buy buttons, every day of the week, if I need buttons I'll get them off amazon.

ChinUpChestOut Mon 07-Nov-16 12:09:45

"I wouldn’t say bikini waxes are the most important thing we’re doing, but consumers do want more emotion, engagement, fun and imagination. We’re dialling that up."

We're dialling that up.

WTAF does that mean?

LineyReborn Mon 07-Nov-16 12:10:18

The reason, Ms Nickolds, you 'cant compete with Amazon' is because you've let your customer service go to rack and ruin. It doesn't matter if you're 'never knowingly undersold' if you talk to your customers like they're pieces of shit.

A warm flat glass of prosecco just about sums up JL these days.

SwedishEdith Mon 07-Nov-16 12:14:16

We're dialling that up.

Oh dear - standards. Thing is, waxes and prosecco won't be cheap either.

TheNaze73 Mon 07-Nov-16 12:15:30

I'm sure they've done their research & have to evolve to survive.

Good luck to them

FlopIsMyParentingGuru Mon 07-Nov-16 12:17:01

You are my people! I've been annoyed about this all day!

feesh Mon 07-Nov-16 12:17:41

Noooo! There isn't even a gap in the market for this stuff - other stores are already doing it. There is, however, a massive gap in the market for, well, John Lewis is it currently exists.

ChocolateBudgeCake Mon 07-Nov-16 12:24:21

People slated BHS for not 'getting with the times'. You can't blame JL for trying. I love the JL haberdashery but I never buy anything because I have no need.

Not that I'd go to a prosecco bar or have a brazilian either!

Quandry Mon 07-Nov-16 12:25:01

Sparlklesilverglitter "I do not want a wax in the middle of John Lewis thank you"

I can't unthink an image of this now... shock

CookieLady Mon 07-Nov-16 12:27:03

What a stupid idea. Nail bar - yes. Spa rooms - yes. Brazilian waxes - no. Just no. angry

2kids2dogsnosense Mon 07-Nov-16 12:27:17


I can't . . .breathe . . . (,gasp/.)

Need to . . lie . . .down . . .

If this haberdashery department goes, then where the Hell WLL we get our fabric, wool and notions?

Need to think this through and come up with a Plan.

EatTheCake Mon 07-Nov-16 12:29:06

Oh no angry what a very tacky idea indeed.

This is not "getting with the times" this will help to ruin the John Lewis label with is a shame

I went shopping with DD at the weekend and she wanted her eyebrows done (threading they call it confused ) gets your done to Mum so old me sat down and had mine done too. That was embrassing enough for me I will not be getting a Brazilian in John Lewis any time in the near future and I don't want a warm flat glass of prosecco either

Jaxhog Mon 07-Nov-16 12:29:15

Will the brazilian come with an additional JL 2 year warranty?

Seriously though, this would a travesty. You can go elsewhere for Prosecco (what is this obsession with drinking alchohol everywhere?) or a wax. JL is a unique bastion of middle englishness. Let's keep it that way.

Quandry Mon 07-Nov-16 12:31:19

Phew! Glad to see other people feel the same...

Sorry, but isn't Prosecco rather chavvy (with or without a hot tub)?

<Runs for cover...>

Katy07 Mon 07-Nov-16 12:31:28

'high touch personal service' hmm Haven't seen that from JL in a long while. Probably since they stopped focusing on what customers actually wanted to buy and started stocking 'names' at ridiculous prices instead.

SmilingButClueless Mon 07-Nov-16 12:32:47

This is just wrong.

Should concentrate more on showcasing the stuff they do well - I've lost track of the number of times I've bought random home stuff that I'd never even considered before I went in. That's the real advantage of a shop over something like Amazon.

CrotchetQuaverMinim Mon 07-Nov-16 12:32:50

I saw that too. They can have space for a salon if they want - the beauty department in ours is already massive (and recently extended)

But they can't get rid of haberdashery! Nowhere else does it. It's about the only place to find buttons and zips and hemming tape and needles and whatever other random little thing I remember I need - there just isn't anywhere else these days that sells it on the high street.

Quandry Mon 07-Nov-16 12:33:13

AND, of course, there is the feminist issue about waxing which has to be considered...

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