From upthread

I don't think predatory is quite the right word for their new sales tactic. Maybe reactionary.
to say it, but the seem to be losing their cache but undercutting. By
price matching they seem to be showing that they really don't have truly
unique fashions. Even their house lines have become progressively

Last time I was in Nordstrom other than the shoe dept, quite unimaginative. This is Garden State Plaza Paramus, tons of stores there and tons of malls in the area. Only thing is perhaps they know their customer and that is what she wants.

I really do not understand the opposition to price matching - personally I'm not loyal when it comes to where I shop, and if I can get something identical elsewhere for the exact same price, I'm going to do it.

Gotta love when capitalism works like it's supposed to...

I'm not opposed to price matching, but I guess I am accustomed to things going on sale and staying on sale until they are sold out. I hate this on-and-off sale game. It feels so arbitrary. I like being loyal to Nordstrom because I like racking up some Nordstrom notes to help offset future purchases. I am not a big comparison shopper, but maybe this nudge me towards being one in the future. It's all just as well, I'm stepping back on the shopping and spending anyway.

ETA: I'm also in a really grumpy mood today, so I'm not particularly receptive to change.

Thanks for bringing this up, Janet. It helps me be an informed shopper. Lots of retailers are changing their tactics. Kohl's sales strategy has just become even more confusing than before. Many retailers are basically marking up to mark down. Kohls' price on Levis is higher than JCP --- but their sales much more frequent.

Janet, thanks for bringing up this topic. You put your finger on what I find annoying, too, the "on and off sale game." I wasn't sure why I was bothered, until this discussion. You're right, it's different than the old model of putting things on sale to clear them out at the end of the season. I've always made my buying decisions on in-season items by weighing how much I want the item, how much I want it right now, and whether I am willing to wait for a lower price and risk that the item isn't there at end of season. I usually don't stalk items, so I feel a little bit like I've been had if I buy something early in the season and then see it go on sale a few weeks later, but not yet at the end of the season clearance time. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has always been a fun change to this whole deal, with the chance to get in- or pre-season items at a sale price. But in the last year or two, it has lost its luster for me, as I've seen Nordstrom put the NAS items on sale again quite soon after NAS, and often for a lower price.
Laurinda, I appreciate your comments, too--I had no idea that Nordstrom was involved in that lobbying, and those labor issues do interest me.

Firecracker, you hit the nail on the head for me. I've had the same experience with NAS, and last year, for the first time, I had a SA balk at giving me the "new" sale price on an item that I bought during NAS that not very much later went on a better sale. I pointed out that I could simply return the item (I still had the tags on) and buy the new one at the new sale price, but she was still reluctant. Another SA stepped in and took care of it. But the experience soured me just a smidge.

Actually it is not transparent capitalism.
Bloomies, Saks, Shopbop, etc announce most of their sales (Friends & Family), either through email or other online ads. I subscribe to Shopstyle and they give me the heads up on a lot a retailers sales.
Nordies, it appears when price matching doesn't really advertise or announce the lower price, you have to hunt for it. Even in the store they have these rinky-dink signs saying it. One I saw was on the floor, under the clothes.