Sunday, February 5, 2012
Jason Wu whizzes out of stores
Well, dear readers, I'm afraid we have another Missoni debacle on our hands. After my first post this morning, I raced to the Mountain View, CA Target store, where I counted approx. 50 people already in line at 10 minutes to 8. Not wanting to bet those odds (as I'm sure those in line would pick clean whatever Wu was in stock) I quickly made it over to the Sunnyvale store... only to find that at 8:02am, all the Wu was gone :-(
I commiserated with several frustrated shoppers who came in after me about how Target had again let them down. One woman said she had tried to order online in the wee hours, only to have items "disappear" from her cart, much like what happened to many online shoppers with Missoni. Another shopper - who was lucky enough to nab herself the striped t-shirt dress - said she got there right as they opened the store, but found very little Wu on the racks in the firstplace. A Target clerk confirmed to me that their store had received VERY little stock, so she wasn't surprised that what they had was gone in two minutes.
After "stalking" some shoppers coming out of the dressing room, I was able to grab the gray lace t-shirt and this lovely scarf when someone returned it to the rack. I have to say that from the picture online, I would have passed on this scarf, but in person it's much more beautiful and intricate. I briefly considered trying a third Target store, but then realized it would be fruitless, and headed home instead.
Some of you have already written in to report similar incidents at your own Target stores: very limited stock, and greedy shoppers (probably eBay vultures) nabbing most of what was on the racks. A quick check online shows over 5,800 eBay listings under "Jason Wu Target" already, which is just plain disgusting. Target should really limit the amount of designer items one can buy at checkout. They've done this in the past on "bulk items" (like cases of Coke) so why not for other items as well?
I am thankful that I was able to place my early morning online order without any hiccups, otherwise I would be even more upset over my lack of luck in store. It looks as if most items are now soldout online. How about the rest of you out there? Did you score any Wu, or were you left emptyhanded?