how do you guys like the quality of your purchases? i kinda found it to be disappointing, but then again, what was i really expecting right? i think the prints are going to scratch off the tumblers, plates, vases, etc. even the bobby pins were already showing signs of wear in the store...
i think a lot of people who bought things (for themselves, not to sell on e-bay) got a little too caught up in the hype. i didn't purchase any clothing- i found a lot of the stuff to be tacky! i'd rather head off to century21 to buy a real missoni dress on sale for $300 than to stock up on a bunch of target x missoni items just bc i think i'm getting a "deal".
pretty upset about missing out on the area rugs, though.
I like the long, big zigzag cardigan I bought. It's heavy and the colors are neutral, so it should pair well with my other staples. The "colore" zigzag dress is pretty nice too, though it's a bit less fitted than in the pictures. I didn't buy anything else because, as you said, some of the other clothing just looked tacky.
The shoes (flats) are pretty cheap though. I read a review online saying that the soles wore down in a day of strenuous walking. We'll see...I might end up returning them anyway because they wear a little loose (though I do have heel spacers to add friction if I want to keep them).
Beyond that stuff, I'm pleased with what I purchased. Of course, the rest of my stuff was organizing stuff like boxes. Can't go wrong with boxes.
My dresses arrived today! The blue striped dress is rather big on me, even though it's a size small. It has the silhouette of an overlarge t-shirt, so I'm gonna have to find a belt to go with it. There's a thin slip attached underneath, and it gave me some trouble the first time I tried to put the dress on. No pics until I get a belt.
The pink striped dress isn't as fitted either, but it's livable without a belt. No slip for that one. My picture, obviously.
i'm beginning to think that my online order didn't go through, so i'm kind of pissed.
just sent an email to target to see about it. i went to check my order status and it had the correct $$ total but above it it said "0 items" and it said below that it hadn't shipped (which I knew because I hadn't heard anything since I got the order acknowledgement)
on the one hand i'm glad to save the money if it didn't go through, but on the other i'm upset about how terrible the website is and that my order seems to be so completely f***ed
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this was a story in my local paper about how the site crashed. of course the tech companies dont want to reveal how or why it crashed because it could affect their tech stock. the story also doesnt touch on how people are annoyed because of the re-sellers who were allowed to buy out the entire stock themselves. which i think is a bigger annoyance than the website crashing.
Target feeling social media sting more than a week after website crash
By Michael B. Farrell, Globe Staff (boston.com)
More than a week after Target Corp.’s website crashed under the weight of shoppers eager to buy inexpensive products by designer Missoni, social media storm clouds still hover over the Minneapolis-based retailer.
Frustrated consumers are using Facebook, Twitter, and popular fashion blogs such as Racked.com to complain about lost or delayed orders, and cancelled sales. Some are even calling for an outright boycott. On one Facebook page, the Sept. 13 fiasco is dubbed the “BP oil spill of fashion.”
Shoppers nationwide were attracted by clothing and other items -- including towels and bicycles -- that were part of a much-hyped 400-piece Target collection that features the Italian fashion house’s signature zig-zag patterns. But the website, www.target.com, was overwhelmed for much of the day by a glut of traffic, leaving many people unable to complete orders or even get on the site. As of yesterday, most Missoni products online still appeared to be out of stock, but Target is not saying how many orders were delayed or cancelled because of the crash.
Big Internet retailers have had their share of gaffes, but the Missoni mess could be a transformative moment in the relatively brief history of e-commerce. Retail analysts say it shows that even though online shopping has made major strides since Victoria Secret’s website famously faltered during a 1999 webcast, companies still may not always have the technological muscle to meet consumer demand for such frenzied promotions.
“The lessons here are to plan and forecast these events very carefully, and not go for the big bang,” Brian Walker, an analyst at Forrester Research in Cambridge, said in an e-mail . “The big bang may be great to generate marketing hype and buzz, but can be a nightmare in serving customers, both online and offline.”
Up until the launch, Target’s marketing campaign for the Missoni line was a hugely successful example of how to build a relationship between a discount retailer and high-end design, according to Danica Lo, national editor for Racked.com. “Obviously, they did an amazing job,” Lo said.
Target built the buzz by releasing glimpses of the Missoni collection on Facebook and YouTube, it even concocted a doll blogger, with its own Tumblr page and Twitter account.
But trouble started soon after the wares went on sale.
Target’s new website, designed on an IBM platform and hosted by AT&T, buckled under “unprecedented demand,” the company said in a statement this week. “This demand impacted our Target.com site and affected the shipment and delivery of select guest orders.”
It’s still unclear exactly what went wrong. Three Massachusetts companies that worked with Target on its website — Endeca Technologies Inc., SapientNitro, and Akamai Technologies — would not comment on the failure. Target would not elaborate beyond its statement.
Regardless of why the site couldn’t cope under the strain of high demand, some jilted customers appear less than understanding. And a campaign built around social media, is now feeling social media’s wrath.
“Wow Target, you really failed. Not only is your execution poor, but it just keeps getting worse. I’ve received 3 partial shipments of my orders, and all were equally screwed up,” said one customer on the Target Style Facebook page.
Another wrote: “Maybe my order is still processing ... maybe it’s cancelled ... maybe it’s “lost” ... Only sure thing is that this is the worst shopping experience I’ve had so far!”
Racked.com published an e-mail from a customer who said their credit card was charged even though Target apparently lost their order. “In one week, I’ve now spent the equivalent of an entire workday on the phone with Target,” they wrote. Target has been trying to make amends by reaching out to unsatisfied shoppers. In one response on its Facebook page, a company representative wrote: “Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Our apologies. Please do keep us updated!”
Walker does not expect Target to suffer any long-term damage as a result of the misfire. “The impact is really in lost opportunity for sales and marketing, not only online but across the entire chain,” he said. “In many ways, this was a huge success as a marketing event, but a terrible execution of merchandise planning and demand forecasting. The empty shelves at Target stores and this downtime with the site are both evidence of that.”
But at least one analyst believes the online chatter over the website collapse could ultimately be as good for Target as its campaign promoting Missoni.
“This isn’t so horrible,” said Mike Tesler, president of the Norwell consulting firm Retail Concepts.
Tesler said he is betting that as soon as fashion-driven shoppers see something that catches their eye at Target, they’ll rush back to buy, in stores or online.
“In spite of what the geeks and techies are saying” about the website problems, Tesler said, “I think it’s a good thing for Target.”
i received a huge shipment of stuff yesterday from my order... i have to say that im actually pleasantly surprised on the quality of the clothing. i got some of the cardigan sweaters, and my mom got a cardigan sweater. i had low expectations for the quality due to my experience with past designer for target collections.. but i actually love most of my purchases! the tumblers, bowls, and make-up cases i was disappointed with the quality. im definitely taking those back. my favorite item is definitely the throws! i ordered two (one color scheme for myself and one for my mom's bday gift).. but i want to keep both...
i think if i saw someone decked out like this i would laugh.
a little bit of this missoni stuff goes a LONG way.
that's hilarious! you definitely have to know how to style these items. my mom got that cardigan and she paired with dark denim skinny jeans and a solid colored cami and brown boots.. looked much more chic!
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Jessica Dickler -- In the days following the launch of the highly popular Missoni for Target collection, demand for the colorful knits, zigzag totes and retro bicycles caused prices to skyrocket on sites like eBay and Craigslist. Among the marked-up items was a Missoni for Target throw blanket listed on eBay for $200, nearly five times its retail price. Yet one woman thinks she can get an even better return on the items she nabbed. Tammy Lyn, of Tulsa, Okla., is listing a pair of the designer's rubber rain boots on eBay for $31,000. The proceeds, she claims, will cover her daughter's first year in college.
"We have lived frugally and have some savings, but like most Americans, it's just not enough to cover college, retirement, and life at this point," she explained. "Missoni mania looked like the perfect opportunity for a miracle."
The boots, which are a size 10, boast the classic Missoni multicolor zigzag pattern and retail for $34.99, but are currently out of stock in Target stores and on Target.com. Other current listings on eBay for the rain boots range from $60 to $100. Lyn says she bought the boots in a Target store near her home and is hoping to turn them into an instant college fund for her youngest daughter who is a freshman. The "Buy It Now" price, which includes shipping, is roughly the equivalent of her daughter's college tuition for one year, says Lyn. To cover the tuition in subsequent years, Lyn has set aside several Missoni for Target shower curtains, toss pillows and scarves. After last week's launch of Missoni for Target was met by unprecedented demand, Target was unable to stock enough items to appease bargain-hungry fashionistas. Target has said that more items may trickle in over the coming weeks but Target will not be restocking the entire Missoni product line, according to spokeswoman Morgan O'Murray.
Many of those who were able to place orders online experienced delayed shipments or even notifications that their orders were cancelled.
Although Lyn says she was inundated with emails slamming her tactic, she called the listing "nothing more than the free market society at work" and is confident the boots will sell at a high premium. "I've had offers for them, but I'm sticking with my listing," she said.