14 September 2011

I Scored Some Missoni But...

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Every Tuesday morning, Brandon and I go out for our weekly grocery shopping trip.  Yesterday, I wanted to stop by Target first to check out the hyped up Missoni for Target collection that was scheduled to hit stores that day.  I envisioned us gliding up the escalator (for some reason you enter our Maryland Target via an escalator), stopping by Starbucks for my tall Pumpkin Spice Latte, and casually browsing through the hundreds of items I'd been so looking forward to seeing from this designer collaboration collection.  But, as soon as we got to the top of the escalator, I spotted the Missoni women's clothing section, totally turned upside down!  It was only 10 AM, but everything was gone... well, almost everything.  People were literally fighting over what was left.

We walked around the store to check out some other stuff, and when we circled back by women's clothing, I was able to snag a few shirts and took them to the fitting room to try them on.  The fitting room was filled with lurking vultures, fighting over every item that people returned to the rack.  A couple women had their carts overflowing. (Thousands of dollars of merchandise!)  I guess I'm pretty naive, because I kept wondering why they'd buy that much stuff that wasn't even in their size.  It took a while before the word "eBay" came to my mind. If this situation sounds familiar, you might remember Lanvin for H&M last year. My husband managed to find me a dress while I was trying on the shirts. (Isn't he the greatest?) So I chose the dress and my favorite one of the shirts and got out of there. I literally was afraid someone would steal the items right out of my hands!

Basically, what a gross, disillusioning display of greed, and a creepy way to ruin something that was supposed to simply be a fun celebration of fashion made accessible to Target customers. I had absolutely no intention of buying more than I did, but I really was looking forward to just seeing the collection in person! Apparently, the scene I experienced at our local Target repeated itself all across the country.  The disappointing launch garnered national attention. The mass retail store was lambasted by disappointed customers on their Facebook page.

Stuff like this really gets me thinking.  Has the depressing state of our national economy caused people to stoop to new lows?  Has consumerism taken the average person, once uninterested in fashion, to an obsession with logos and novelty?  As I type this, there are currently over 25,000 *edit, 35,000* Missoni for Target items listed on eBay, many items being purchased for higher prices than Missoni Collection at Bergdorf's. Honestly, I wish people would boycott Missoni for Target items on eBay. 


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On the upside, I love my new dress and shirt, and look forward to wearing them once all this craziness dies down! I promise I'll post pictures when I wear them in the next few weeks! :)

*UPDATE: Pictures of me wearing my Missoni for Target finds!

13 comments:

  1. I completely agree- I think people should boycott Missoni on ebay. It almost makes me wish Target would have put a purchasing limit on the Missoni itmes (ala Black Friday electronics). I love your dress though!! Glad were able to snatch up some items :)

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  2. I realized I was going to pass by a Target on my way in to work yesterday and figured I'd stop in to check out the line. It was around 9 or 10 am and I really just wanted to see the stuff, like you did! But it was already ALL gone. Maybe a few XXL sweaters still hanging. I couldn't believe it! Glad you got a dress you love though - I'm disappointed in the vultures that bought stuff up to resell on Ebay!

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  3. It is disgusting. Sadly it the Ebay sales don't seem to lagging one bit. I can't believe people would pay those insane prices.

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  4. They had a busier day yesterday than a typical Black Friday!!! Crazy!! Recently found your blog and it's so cute! New follower!!! Check out my jewelry giveaway :)

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  5. I'm completely shocked that it was as crazy as it was. It's just so sad that people are going so crazy over it!

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  6. I also completely agree about the Missoni stuff going on ebay. I'm glad you were able to get that dress though, it looks SUPER cute on you. I was able to snag the hand towels I wanted on the website :)

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  7. Eeeek! True true. I knew this would happen as soon as those Target commercials began airing. Totally takes the fun out of it all. Hooray for snagging a cute dress!:-) xoxo

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  8. Hi there!

    I just stumbled across your blog today...and I'm kind of having a CUTENESS overload ;) Seriously...you, your blog, your outfits...all cute.

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  9. Well... no signs of an eBay boycott. Wouldn't it be cool if I had enough influence to inspire boycotts and stuff?

    Kari: Thanks! That is so sweet! :)

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  10. I totally know how you feel about this! I moseyed in to Target in the afternoon on Tuesday to see if anything was left and the place was pretty much empty...other than an older lady pushing a huge cart full of stuff that she'd probably just taken. There was one pair of flats left though, and they happened to be in my size, so that was good!

    But yeah, people really shouldn't have been allowed to buy that stuff. It just takes the fun out of the experience for those of us who just wanted to see the line and try things on...buy a few pieces...NORMAL stuff you know? Ugh.

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  11. Is it bad that I don't even know what Missoni is? To top it off, I'm not crazy about the zig zags either. I guess I missed the Missoni boat, but It's all good! Cute dress though! Looks great on you!

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  12. Katie: Totally agreed. I'm glad to hear you got the flats though! They're super cute! :)

    Cassie: It's not bad at all. There are a lot of things people mention that I am totally unaware of. Fashion just happens to be something I enjoy. FYI Missoni is a high-end Italian fashion house, famous for its colorful, often zig-zag printed, knitwear. And the collection for Target is yet another one of the many designer collaborations they've had over the years. This one just got super hyped up due to being Target's largest collection yet, plus TV commercials and multiple ads in the September issues of major fashion magazines. If you don't care for Missoni, then you didn't miss much! :)

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  13. I think it's pretty disgusting to look at ebay and see what people are selling that stuff for. Funny, the black pumps i am seeing all over ebay, for upwards of $150, they still have a TONS of them in all sizes at my local San Diego target. Are people THAT naive? haha wow.... cute dress though!

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