Amazing! I went to TK Maxx and didn't buy ANYTHING

@boiboing (12525)
Northampton, England
October 24, 2015 1:40pm CST
I'm an erratic shopper. In fact it would be fair to say I don't really much like shopping in the conventional sense. I'm happier clicking a box on a screen from the comfort of my desk. But today I got to do some of my favourite shopping. We're staying in Salisbury with my parents and I always enjoy a trip round the city's market and a visit to TK Maxx. Firstly an aside - for the American readers, TK Maxx is the UK version of what you know as TJ Maxx. I used to work with a girl who'd been in HR for the company and she claimed they changed the name to TK because it was in the UK. I've always suspected that's a big fat fib and they changed the name because there's a competitor with very similar positioning called TJ Hughes. I don't think I've ever been into a TK Maxx and not bought anything - until today. I usually get tempted by the toiletries, lured into the lingerie, and hungry for household bargains. Today I lost my shopping mojo and walked out with nothing. I was tempted - seriously tempted - by a NEOM candle but at £25 (down from £45) there was absolutely no way that I could really justify such a buy. I have several friends in the UK and the US (maybe I should call it the UJ by the logic of the company) who adore TK/TJ Maxx and just can't resist their discounts. Are you one of the Maxx fans?
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@marlina (62084)
• Canada
24 Oct 15
I have never seen one of those stores where I live here in Canada.
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@boiboing (12525)
• Northampton, England
24 Oct 15
REALLY? Wow, I would have assumed they'd have gone to Canada before they went to the UK.
@MALUSE (32758)
• Denmark
26 Oct 15
You've written many more posts than I thought. Obviously we aren't notified about someone writing a post, only about comments.
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@cahaya1983 (9571)
• Malaysia
26 Oct 15
I don't like going shopping and coming out with nothing, so I try to only go when I really do have something to buy in mind. Can't really remember the last time I went all out shopping.
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• United States
24 Oct 15
i aint ne'er been in one, hon. think the closest is 'bout 100 miles from here? i dislike shoppin' myself 'n only go when absolutely necessary. i wonder't times if'n i fear the temptation to come home with schtuff that aint needed, but a mere fancy i'd gotten 't the time.
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@katsmeow1213 (28925)
• United States
25 Oct 15
I tend to shop at Marshall's which is basically the same thing. But there have been numerous times I've left with nothing. The problem is, I used to think it was a great place to find deals... but later I realized it's just generally stuff the high price stores don't want to sell... like factory rejects. Some of it is overstock or outgoing styles.. but a lot of it seriously is factory rejects. I've but a few pairs of pants there that have ripped in the seam after being worn only once. After that I haven't gone there quite as much, and I rarely buy anything at all there.
@boiboing (12525)
• Northampton, England
25 Oct 15
I stick to the toiletries and household mostly and avoid the clothes.
• United States
25 Oct 15
@boiboing That's probably a good idea. I just have so many people to buy clothes for, we're always in need of something.
@boiboing (12525)
• Northampton, England
25 Oct 15
@katsmeow1213 I think there are better places for buying inexpensive clothes than the Maxx. It's more about buying expensive clothes at better prices.
@rebelann (32279)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Oct 15
I've never been in one but I've driven by one once, I'm not big on shopping inside a store but now that you've mentioned it I'll take a look at their online site. Does the UK have Walmart stores?
@boiboing (12525)
• Northampton, England
24 Oct 15
Walmart bought ASDA, one of the big 4 UK supermarkets.
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@rebelann (32279)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Oct 15
I have so much to learn @boiboing Since I shop online a lot to save on gasoline I was going to mention shopping at Walmart.com, however it would seem you'd not be able to use that kind of information do you do online shopping for groceries and stuff?
@boiboing (12525)
• Northampton, England
24 Oct 15
@rebelann Most of our big supermarkets do home delivery - but I have a better solution; a husband who likes to do the food shop.
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@PainsOnSlate (19212)
• Canada
24 Oct 15
I know I've been in one or two of them. My problem is I'm a tightwad and don't like spending money. Unless i need it, I don't buy it.
@boiboing (12525)
• Northampton, England
24 Oct 15
That's very commendable.
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• Canada
24 Oct 15
@boiboing and boring too...
@boiboing (12525)
• Northampton, England
24 Oct 15
@PainsOnSlate not at all. Better to be careful than in debt.
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• St. Petersburg, Florida
25 Oct 15
I have to watch my money. It's not that I don't like to buy pretty things, but I simply cannot afford it and still pay my bills. Once in awhile I will get something that I could probably do without, but I have to really need it or like it so much I'm on my knees. As pennance, I eat peanut butter sandwiches for three days. Just kidding. : )
@boiboing (12525)
• Northampton, England
25 Oct 15
Oh bless, that peanut butter penance would be too much for me.
@amnabas (9927)
• Karachi, Pakistan
24 Oct 15
I dont have any know how about this brand.
@boiboing (12525)
• Northampton, England
24 Oct 15
It's a store that is famous for heavily discounted big brands.
@Rollo1 (16725)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Oct 15
I haven't been in TJ Maxx for years, although there is one near here. I think it's because of its location, it's not in one of the large malls, it's in a small group of stores that sit off a main highway . I just don't end up there very often. I think it's rather funny that they changed it to TK Maxx there. I guess that means there isnt' a real TJ Maxx. Another shopping illusion destroyed.
@sharon6345 (110487)
• United States
24 Oct 15
I went there today looking for ugg boots. I lelft after finding non and went to Marshall's and put a pair of bear pawz on hold.
@TheHorse (52801)
• Pleasant Hill, California
24 Oct 15
I'm a pretty boring shopper and don't usually get lured into things. Go to Home Depot. Grab wood filler, 150 grit sandpaper, and wood glue. Buy. Leave. Sometimes I surprise myself at Trader Joe's, though.