Is Macy's a "high end" department store?

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Posted: 6/18/2011 8:34:55 PM
I shop at Macy's.

I'm just about as far from "high end" as you can get without going down the white trash (or brown or yellow or gray or any other freaking color on the planet)road.

Sure, there are plenty of spendier items at Macy's, but "high end"?


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Posted: 6/18/2011 8:38:24 PM
Melissa, you just made me swoon.

I'd put Lord and Taylor, Bloomindales, and Saks above Macys.

I'm not much of a shopping fan, but I sure love me some Lord and Taylor

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Posted: 6/18/2011 8:45:13 PM
I wouldn't say it's high end I think boutique or Saks etc. High end is one particular shopping complex here and there is no Macy's. Like others said upper middle.

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Posted: 6/18/2011 8:47:54 PM
I would agree with the others. Nicer than JC Penney's but below Nordstrom's, etc. Some of them are more upscale in the brands they carry than others. Good variety and range of prices.

But in the area I grew up in, it would have been upscale. To get better brands, you would have to drive 2+ hours.

But if the lady was right that it was "dirty" that would be unacceptable.


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Posted: 6/18/2011 9:26:16 PM
Long ago Macy use to be considered "high end" but that changed a number of years ago.

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Posted: 6/18/2011 9:56:20 PM

And, speaking of missing great stores,

My MIL still laments the demise of the old original Strawbridges. And if you are from this part of PA, it is the downtown Hess's department store in Allentown that people miss.


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Posted: 6/18/2011 10:08:48 PM
Yep. I'm from one of the bigger cities and Macy's is certainly a medium to higher end department store out here.

I would compare it to Nordstrom.

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Posted: 6/18/2011 11:19:05 PM
The only thing high at Macy's is their prices for $hitty quality clothes.

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Posted: 6/18/2011 11:27:47 PM
I don't think so, not anymore. Especially since they have sales and coupons just about every week. Reminds me of a store we used to have out here called Broadway.

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Posted: 6/19/2011 12:02:21 AM
Any place that sells the same Oxo measuring cups and spoons I could get at Target or my grocery store isn't really high end, in my book. I bought a $30 pillow and a box of Keurig coffee at my last trip to Macy's.

My mom wanted to go to the Harold Square Macy's during her first trip to NYC. Before we went in, she actually asked me if we were wearing appropriate attire. I assured her that we were fine and she was so disappointed since she'd expected it to be like Miracle on 34th Street and that everyone would be wearing their finest.

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Posted: 6/19/2011 12:04:21 AM
I believe at one time it held that distinction, but not any more.


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Posted: 6/19/2011 12:28:56 AM
I'm with everyone else, more medium. Dillards is more high end to or Nordstroms if it's still around. I did find some good capris on clearance for less than $20 at Macys a few days ago but I didn't buy them because they didn't have the right size.


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Posted: 6/19/2011 9:34:01 AM
Most Macy's are not high-end. However, the Macy's in Union Square in SF is so pretty, and the Ridgedale Macy's is such a step up from any other in MN, esp. Mall of America (hate, hate, hate that store!) The Herald Square Macy's has a certain elan, just because it's THE Macy's.

I long for Dayton's, miss it almost daily (I work in downtown Mpls so I see the building every day).

Nordstrom's and Neiman are my idea of high end. The Saks that we have here is an Off 5th, so just a high end Walmart.


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Posted: 6/19/2011 9:37:08 AM
No, but I think they like to think they are. I don't like shopping at Macy's.


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Posted: 6/19/2011 9:50:15 AM
Not high end in my book either. Neiman Marcus, Lord and Taylor, and Saks are all high end department stores, but not Macy's with its regular 15% off everything passes.


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Posted: 6/19/2011 10:16:49 AM
I'm with you Peabay. Whenever we are in the city, we go into Macy's. It's just something that we have to do.

I don't think Macy's is high-end, but, the NYC store carries more of the designer names, so perhaps that's why she thought it was supposed to be high-end. I'm absolutely amused that she complained about it being crowded, and dirty. Crowded, I'll give her. I don't expect to ever walk in that store, and have it not be swarming with people. But, dirty? Maybe I am not paying attention too well, but, I don't think it's dirty at all.


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Posted: 6/19/2011 10:18:01 AM
Ours isn't. It's just a little better than JC Penney. Dillard's is our "high end" store, although Houston with Nordstrom and Saks is just 90 minutes away.

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Posted: 6/19/2011 11:24:04 AM
No, it's mid-range and I'd rank it just above Dillard's and a bit below Nordstrom (which is upper end, but not quite high end.)

High end to me is Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's.

Lower end is Kohl's, J.C. Penney's.

Low end is Target (where I mostly shop.)

Lowest is WalMart.

(All MY opinion, and you might feel differently, and that's okay... you can find good service and products in all of these stores.)

However, if you're from somewhere all you have is a WalMart, then you might think Macy's was supposed to be high end.

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Posted: 6/19/2011 11:26:46 AM
Macy's is a nice store, but I would not call it "high end". I would consider high end to be something like Saks or Neiman Marcus.



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Posted: 6/19/2011 12:04:21 PM

- it's crazy busy and noisy and you hear 40 different languages and it just feels like a NYC department store should.
I couldn't get passed this and on to the "high end" part of your post. It made me realize I need a trip to NYC. It's been over a year! Sometimes there's just nothing like it... And I all the old worn wooden steps and such. I think about times gone by when horses went up and down 5th Ave. and all the other new immigrants were speaking their languages. I love how those old buildings make me thing about that stuff...

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Posted: 6/19/2011 12:45:28 PM
Does the Macy's in NYC still have the wooden escalators?

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Posted: 6/19/2011 1:57:46 PM

Does the Macy's in NYC still have the wooden escalators?

YES! And we were on those fabulous wooden escalators when she complained about the store and I wanted to smack her.

I won't even shop at the Macy's at my local mall (I think it's one of the lower tier Macy's - they don't have nice clothes at all); but I just love that Herald Square store. It's ginormous and loud and obnoxious and crowded. It just seems to go on forever - with 10 floors of shopping and each floor is like a square city block; 3 Starbucks and a Ben and Jerry's and an awesome salad bar in the cucina in the Cellar.

I know it's not cool to love that Macy's, but I do. Can't help it! When I was a little kid, my mom would take us there for back to school shopping and again to see Santa at Christmas (they still have the best Santaland anywhere.) It's always been the epitome of department stores to me. Not high end, of course, but special in its own right.

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Posted: 6/19/2011 2:02:23 PM
Now I want to go to NY, too!!! My son lives in Brooklyn, and I haven't been since last summer. I love the noise and hustle and bustle. So different from where I live in Colorado, where everyone is biking and hiking! NY is great - we might have to make a stop into Macy's!


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Posted: 6/19/2011 2:08:29 PM
I was disappointed by the Macy's in New York City too. Growing up, you see the Macy's Thanksgiving parade. Then there's A Miracle on 34th Street (based after Macy's, I think). I guess I was expecting more nostalgia and a cleaner, nicer store.

I remember the customer service was not great either. This was before Macy's was on the internet and they had all the other stores across the country. I was just meh about the whole place. Fun to shop, but nothing spectacular.

ETA: Classier, that's what I was expecting.

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Posted: 6/19/2011 3:24:08 PM
Well, I didn't know it wasn't cool to love Macy's. Had never been in one until they came to Houston I believe. Up until then, I just knew Macy's from the movie Miracle on 34th St. They seem on par with Dillards etc.

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Posted: 6/19/2011 3:26:44 PM
Nope! But the NYC location is nicer than one found in say a suburban mall in Boise. Just sayin'.

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Posted: 6/19/2011 3:27:27 PM

ETA: Classier, that's what I was expecting.

Yeah, it's definitely not classy. You have to go up 5th Avenue for the fancier department stores.


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Posted: 6/19/2011 3:34:59 PM
Macy's is definitely just a little above middle of the road. We love the Macy's in Bellevue for men's business wear. We've always been able to get fantastic deals for my DH for his suits, jackets, slacks and shirts there.

I would think too many people would equate Macy's in Herald Square to the Macy's in Miracle on 34th Street. Unfortunately, we just don't live in those gentler times anymore.


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Posted: 6/19/2011 4:46:57 PM
As much as I like Macy's and do shop there, mainly b/c it is the closest, i would say no. i think it is an average store with some overpriced clothes and good sales on those overpriced things. We have a small one and the kids dept is awful others are ok. I have not been to the one in NYC in ages.

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Posted: 6/20/2011 12:06:42 AM
No, a cut above Sears and J.C. Penney (which are on par with Kohls); like Belks, but lower than Lord & Taylor or Nordstrom's.

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Posted: 6/20/2011 1:09:54 AM
Not so much anymore but we never bought anything there when I was growing up. It was all jcpenny's. Now I shop at Macy's as well but I still mostly shop at Jcpenny's .I think for me high end is Nordstrom's


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Posted: 6/20/2011 1:21:43 AM
I love the Herald Square Macy's! But I wouldn't consider it high-end. There aren't many high-end department stores left but I would still consider Barney's, Neiman-Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue to be. Nordstrom is very nice, too, but not what I would consider high-end.

I really miss Bonwit Teller. I used to sneak over there a couple of times a week when I worked down the street in Philadelphia.

ETA: I forgot about Bergdorf. I love that store, too.
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