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Chet -- Get out of your bubble. The reality is that shoppers continue to shift their business away from department stores, choosing either discount chains, more specialized retailers, or online competitors. What is your solution please when customers don't want to shop at Sears and prefer to take their business elsewhere. Regulations? What regulations? Do you want to force customers to shop at Sears?
I just don't understand your logic. The market place drives business, whether it's department stores, malls, car dealerships, restaurants, or techie stuff. Look at the long list of defunct businesses in Wikipedia above. Some businesses thrive and others go under because of changing market conditions, technology, and mismanagement. It's always been that way. It's the way it's supposed to work.
What does the Commodities Futures Modernization Act that you cite ad infinitum on this website have to do with Sears shoppers taking their business elsewhere? Tell me please. You throw that around like it's some kind outside force controlling the entire market.
I am not defending unregulated markets. But your claiming unregulated markets are causing stores like Sears to go bankrupt is just pure bullshit. As my linked article above states, Sears is going under for decades of bad management but also customer preferences to shop elsewhere. I wander into our nearly empty Sears store in Colorado Springs and see a lot of stuff that customers don't seem interested in buying unless it's a steep discount. And those few customers seem to look a lot like me...seniors. I don't see any young millennials shopping there. They shop online.