My beloved Asics GT-2150 running shoes have been discontinued! What to do, what to do?
About a week ago, I decided I would drive around my town and buy up all the size nine 2150’s I could find. My first stop was Kohl’s. I really love Kohl’s because if you have one of their credit cards, they send you coupons all the time. I had a 30% off coupon. I walked directly to the shoe department—and there they were! My 2150’s! They had one size nine—on clearance! With my coupon, I paid forty two bucks for them! Score!!!
My next stop was our local running store. I walked in and was immediately greeted by a nice sales woman. I told her I was looking for Asics GT-2150. She told me they had been discontinued and to try the 2160’s. I explained to her I was not interested in the new ones and asked if she had any 2150’s in stock still. She went to look and came back with a pair! She opened the box and there they were—the exact same shoes I just bought at Kohl’s—accept the prices. These shoes were 80 dollars. I told her I just got a pair at Kohl’s for half that and ask if she could give me a better price. The sales woman then told me that the shoes I got at Kohl’s might look the same and have the same name as the ones she was holding, but there are not the same shoes. She explained that shoe companies make different models of shoes for different stores, even though the shoes look the same and have the same name. I questioned her as to the specifics, but she would not tell me anymore. I decided against paying full price for the shoes, thanked the sales lady, and left the store.
This has been bothering me all week. Is it true what she told me? Do big shoe companies make different shoes for different stores that carry the same name and same look? If so, what are the differences? What has been your experience with this?
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