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TIME Magazine, March 3, 1947, p. 90:

RETAIL TRADE: Hub of the Hub
    No lantern was needed in the Old North Church to signal the news. This week, as the first of 50 trucks from Texas pulled into Boston, housewives were as eager as so many Paul Reveres to gallop down to the "Automatic Bargain Basement" of Wm. Filene's Sons Co.
    Filene's, which could sniff a bargain halfway across the continent, had bought $1,400,000 worth of merchandise damaged in a fire at Dallas' Neiman-Marcus Co. three months ago. In beating out about six other bidders, Filene's had pulled off one of the biggest "fire sale" coups in U.S. merchandising history.
    The goods, for which Filene's paid about $400,000, went on sale in the bargain basement this month at about 40% off of Neiman-Marcus' price.

    Little for Charity. By such deals Filene's basement has managed to operate profitably for 38 years, and has become something of a Boston institution. Its success is based on its automatic price-cutting policy. Any article not sold within twelve days is marked down 25%; at the end of 18 days it is cut another 25%; after 24 days, another 25%. If the article is not sold in 30 days, Filene's gives it away-- to a charitable organization. But charity gets little: the bargain basement sells 90% of its merchandise the first day. Only one-tenth of 1% lasts long enough to be given away. Instead of creating a "wait-for-a-lower-price" policy, the system fans a "get-it-before-its-gone" fever.
    ...Filene's basement...has sold $4,250 mink coats for $1,950... Its corset department does its fittings in the aisles, but it sells some 260,000 corsets a year.

    The basement, where the fast and furious selling brings in upwards of $12,000,000 a year, scours the world's top stores for discontinued stock. Some 90% of its bargains are "seconds" of famous brands which it plugs by name in its ads.
    ...Filene customers serve themselves, pay cash, carry their own packages. Frequently, the basement sells the same item as its upstairs store-- but at half the price.
    Other stores have tried the automatic system, but none has been as successful...
 


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