Bed bugs and “Store Wars”

by nobugsonme on September 27, 2010 · 6 comments

in bed bugs

THREADNY predicts cut-throat retailers may stoop to bed bug foul-play in throes of ongoing “Store Wars.”

As NBC reports:

The very words ‘bed bugs’ are enough to induce a preconditioned hysteria, as anyone who’s experienced them before knows how hard it is to rid the critters from their homes. Nowadays claiming that a store has bed bugs is practically the equivalent of calling in a bomb scare, which is perhaps, we’d venture to say, what many stores might start doing to each other.

Just as high-end designer brands have been deviously undermining one another by anonymously sending competitors’ ‘It’ bags to public figures that don’t exactly live up to the label’s image, in what Simon Doonan describes in the New York Observer as ‘a wicked new marketing strategy’ (aka the ‘Snooki Effect’), we’re willing to wager that bed bugs might be the next form of ammo in retail wars.

I would certainly hope that what amounts to biological warfare will not occur.

Anyone who thinks this is a step above sending a competing store’s “It” bag to a “celebrity” who isn’t deemed worthy of the brand seriously does not understand the damage even one bed bug can do.

And that reminds me: we never did hear any more about Des Moines’ alleged “bed bug saboteur.”

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1 Mela September 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Out of curiosity I searched Craig’s List for bed bugs and came across this which horrified me. I flagged it and encourage you all to do the same. It sickens me that people think this way.
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/com/1966458336.html

2 nobugsonme September 27, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Wow. That is horrific, Mela. I put it in a new post.

Thanks for letting us know (and yes, I flagged it).

3 Mark September 29, 2010 at 9:09 am

STORE WARS…like I noted in a comment elsewhere on this site, NIKE, ABERCROMBIE & FITCH AND AMC all got hit twice…what is the mathematical possibility of that?
This may be the new way to drive down a share price and/or blackmail…or a competitor is doing it…ought to be investigated.

4 nobugsonme September 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

Hi Mark,

It does seem like these chains are hit disproportionately, and what you describe is fully possible, but keep in mind:

Some of these chains are finding bed bugs in one store and then proactively searching the others in their chain (in most cases, with canine scent detection teams). In some cases, even the initial search (before bed bugs are found) is a proactive canine search.

If EVERY store in NYC searched proactively with canine teams (or otherwise), you might find lot of them had bed bugs. If you went to a bunch of stores or restaurants in any chain, I would not be surprised to get multiple hits.

In many cases, these stores are (as I said) being searched by dog teams. Some dog handlers visually verify alerts; others take the dog’s “word” for it. I do not recall which teams were involved, and I am not aware of or commenting on protocols or success rates of any particular firms involved in the above searches, but it is possible (in general) with dog searches that the dogs can at times give false alerts.

It is also possible that a company its moving its problem around, while sharing merchandise or employees or even materials such as files, between shops.

5 dude October 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Actually, I read that because either some banned chemical OR resistance, they are just living better these days…

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