Beaten by Amazon and Walmart, Sears faces the end after 125 years | Tech Industry

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“I don’t understand the point of , I just buy everything online,” said 23-year-old Lyft driver Shannon Dickey as we pull up to the abandoned storefront of that sits at the top of Ross Park Mall, nine miles north of downtown Pittsburgh “I think their old catalogs are cool, but I just don’t understand the point of .”

Founded in 1893, Sears was once a staple of the American lifestyle. Now after 125 in business, the quintessential American brand is expected to file for bankruptcy, an announcement that could come as early as Sunday.

In the past year, Sears has already shuttered its last three remaining marquee stores in Pittsburgh. Now, all that remains is a rundown Sears outlet warehouse store scattered along the railroad tracks in an industrial neighborhood alongside the Allegheny River in Lawrenceville.

The so-called “Scratch & Dent Sears” outlet sells slightly defective washers, dryers and other goods, appliances that can still be purchased with Sears’ trademark warranty, and on credit in monthly installments.

For generations, Sears served the middle market of working-class homeowners hoping to buy high-quality products, but who could not afford to make the purchases outright without Sears monthly installment programs.

“Nobody offers payment plans now because they don’t trust nobody,” said Bob, a 15-year employee of the Sears outlet store as he helps his friend load a La-Z-Boy chair into his truck. That said, Bob warned Sears was not to be messed with if buyers don’t meet the monthly payments. “Sears will come in your house though and take that shit back if they want to. Sears ain’t like the rest of them, they gonna come steal that shit.”

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