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[Hudson's Bay] Shopping @ The Bay in 2021

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Mar 26, 2005
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St Clements, MB

[Hudson's Bay] Shopping @ The Bay in 2021

Let's talk about shopping @ The Bay in the current climate.

Today, I received my replacement black Hudson's Bay Rewards VIP card In the mail. Last year, I failed to requalify for this top shopper status. They are extending my Rewards VIP status for another 12 months. Did they extend yours'?
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Deal Fanatic
Dec 5, 2006
9215 posts
4504 upvotes
Markham
Might be the question is will you still have chance to use it? If so, how long it will be
Deal Expert
Feb 7, 2017
15465 posts
12664 upvotes
Eastern Ontario
Personally, I have no complaints about The Bay / HBC
I have been a very happy Customer / Consumer of theirs for over 60 years

They continue to deliver quality goods
And as I expect ... easy buys, easy returns etc

I don’t buy oodles from them annually
But I do shop there every few months
Be it online (a lot more now with Covid)
Or in person

I have always appreciated the fact that they carry a wide assortment of goods
Including brand names & “designer” merchandise that otherwise is harder to find in Canada

They are my go to for occasion / milestone shopping
Be it Birthdays, Weddings, New Babies, Anniversaries or Christmas
Whatever the occasion
The Bay has been there for me
And delivered great goods with top notch service
Deal Addict
Dec 20, 2018
4683 posts
3742 upvotes
What's changed in current climate other than no in person shopping?

The bay is my goto store for clothing, housewares and anything around the house. Excellent/fast shipping, free shipping for $45 or higher using HBC credit card and 90 Day returns. Great selection of cheap to higher end stuff .

They have tightened up some stuff (totally agree and wonder why they didn't do it before) like

1. Final sale for some clearance item (so no buying end of season stuff at steep discount and return 90 days later)

2. I notice today that extra 20% clearance only if you buy $50 of sale/regular priced stuff
Deal Addict
Jul 6, 2008
1434 posts
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GTA
I wish their website was easier to navigate and find stuff.
Deal Fanatic
Nov 15, 2008
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I read today they are going whole hog on 3rd party retail/marketplaces. Amazon makes 60% of their money on commissions & fees from their marketplace. HBC is not doing very well right now & laid off 600 workers permanently. Malls are failing & it is likely HBC will exit some as they are behind in their rent. Their web store functionality & fulfilment is also sub-par compared to other retailers, so I wonder how desperate they are & if they are going to be able make this work.

I like their offerings & I have bought some great stuff from them, but always on deep discount. I am really enjoying a new winter jacket I bought at 2/3 off earlier this year. At full price they are no deal & too much of an annoyance than a service.

Hudson’s Bay Puts the Call Out to Vendors to Join Its Marketplace
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/ ... arketplace
TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of its digital-first strategic evolution, Hudson’s Bay is launching an online marketplace that will deliver innovative and relevant products for Canadians to live their best style of life, and it's calling on big and small vendors to be a part of its growing seller community. Whether it's an offering that falls within Hudson’s Bay’s current assortment of apparel, home, beauty and accessories, or a new category introduction, quality vendors are encouraged to join hundreds of new merchants that will launch in the Marketplace on thebay.com in 2021. Vendors interested in joining this seamless and modern selling experience can now apply for consideration through the online application portal.
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Dec 6, 2002
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lecale wrote: I read today they are going whole hog on 3rd party retail/marketplaces. Amazon makes 60% of their money on commissions & fees from their marketplace. HBC is not doing very well right now & laid off 600 workers permanently. Malls are failing & it is likely HBC will exit some as they are behind in their rent. Their web store functionality & fulfilment is also sub-par compared to other retailers, so I wonder how desperate they are & if they are going to be able make this work.

I like their offerings & I have bought some great stuff from them, but always on deep discount. I am really enjoying a new winter jacket I bought at 2/3 off earlier this year. At full price they are no deal & too much of an annoyance than a service.

Hudson’s Bay Puts the Call Out to Vendors to Join Its Marketplace
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/ ... arketplace
Malls are failing? Not in this country.

Ron.
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Nov 15, 2008
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newfbc wrote: Malls are failing? Not in this country.

Ron.
What country do you live in?

'Never seen anything as catastrophic': Malls in Canada face massive hit as unpaid rent surges
https://financialpost.com/real-estate/p ... nt-surging

Shopping Malls Might Not Be Coming Back
https://thewalrus.ca/shopping-malls-mig ... ming-back/

Canada's biggest mall owner gambled on American Dream. Then came COVID
https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canadi ... -1.5724472

American Dream’s financial woes worsen as mega mall sits closed with no reopening date
https://www.nj.com/news/2020/06/coronav ... e-yet.html

Will the mall survive COVID? Whatever happens, these artists want to capture them before they're gone
https://www.cbc.ca/arts/will-the-mall-s ... -1.5850758

Yup, "capture them before they're gone"...
Deal Addict
Aug 25, 2015
2391 posts
1015 upvotes
Montreal, QC
the bay adding a marketplace is the final nail in the coffin for them. trying to stay afloat but really, a matter of time before they go down under. they need to rethink their whole business
Member
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Jun 26, 2019
330 posts
810 upvotes
Hudson's Boomer

Never see a person under the age of 60 in HB
Deal Expert
Feb 9, 2012
16505 posts
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Toronto
dealzhuntr wrote: Hudson's Boomer

Never see a person under the age of 60 in HB
I shop at the Bay and I'm in my 40's.
(& by "shop" I mean I look for the red sticker and pay less whenever I can, lol)
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Deal Addict
Nov 20, 2011
4055 posts
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Ontario, Canada
I love The Bay especially the clothing department. My only complaint is that some locations have poor stock and run down.
Traveling 😁
Sr. Member
Aug 21, 2010
796 posts
303 upvotes
toronto
shocked there still in business..just like canadian tire, they have overpriced prices than try to say 70 percent off...dont get fooled by there marketing garbage,,unfortunately my mom still is a loyal shopper there,,,i fell sorry for her, in getting scammed over the years from the bay,,,
as a betting man, anywhere i can bet when they will close for good
Deal Guru
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Jan 9, 2011
10118 posts
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Vancouver
dealzhuntr wrote: Hudson's Boomer

Never see a person under the age of 60 in HB
I'm in my mid 40s and bought a couple of shirts and a sweater at The Bay yesterday. Daughter is graduating high school this year. She just had her grad photos taken in a nice dress she bought at The Bay for $35. RFDer in the making!
[OP]
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Mar 26, 2005
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St Clements, MB
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