Stores Offer Deals for Michigan's Unemployed

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

Stores are recognizing the recession with reduced prices.

"It's a big benefit right now because people can take advantage of it right now," said Kmart Hardlines Manager Nick Trier.

Kmart stores kicked off their Smart Assist Program -- a pilot program only in Michigan Kmart stores offering 20 percent off Kmart brands for six months for Michigan's jobless.

"They bring their state issued ID, that card they get on the website, and then also the State of Michigan unemployment confirmation, and then once they have those 3 items they can come in and get their 20 percent discount off the brand items," Trier said.

Because of the 20 percent savings, the Kmart brands are selling out quickly forcing them to bring in additional units to replenish the shelves.

"A lot of phone calls, customers asking about it, use at the registers," Trier said.

Customers like Rose DeSander say the program is perfect for her husband who recently lost his job

"I think it would really help because I love Kmart and I'm always here, I think it's a great idea," DeSander said.

Sears is also giving customers a break with its Buyer Protection Program that just began Monday on major appliances more than $399 like washing machines.

"If you were to get unemployed after 60 days of buying them, we pretty much pay on your sears card 1/12 of the price for 12 months or until you're re-employed," said Sears manger Michael Wendel.

And if you're still unemployed after 12 months the balance on your Sears card is paid off, Wendel say it's a must-have for Michigan workers.

"You never know when a GM plant might go down or one the suppliers for it that have all the full-time positions, most people will be able to buy in confidence and not worry about if they ever lose their job," Wendel said.

The Kmart Smart Assist Program Visit lasts until the end of 2009, for more information visit:

The Sears Buyer Protection Program lasts from July 6 - Aug. 1, for more information visit:

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  • by Chris Location: dug out cave in mason on Jul 11, 2009 at 04:36 AM
    "I want a break too" thinks its always been every man for himself and always will be. WRONG, this mind set is gonna change in the future. Lucky and fortunate people can't stand the thought of caring about the well being of strangers.
  • by Kim Location: Mason on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:40 PM
    i want a break too Location~ I love your post. Its sad but very true.
  • by Andrea Location: Charlotte on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    I agree with Bonnie. Where are the "DEALS" for the UAW retirees? The current union members were happy to take what the retirees busted their backs for weren't they? Retirees didn't get a say in that and never will. Most employers don't offer health benefits at a reasonable/affordable rate UNLESS the unions make them!!
  • by i want a break too Location: lansing on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    What I want to know is when will responsible people who pay their bills and taxes, and are not causing problems in their communities going to get a break? How many times have you been at meijers and watch someone with a bridge card buy nothing but junk food, and then go out to their brand new cadillacs (or whatever). How about people who are working hard to make ends meet! WHEN DO WE GET A BREAK!! I'm tired of seeing people who are scamming the system in the first place continue to get hand outs and breaks and then act like they are entitled to it.
  • by anonymous 2 on Jul 9, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    To anonymous there already is such a card it is called the Bridge card and it is money to buy food only. Go to your local DHS office and apply, it helps! I got laid off 1 month ago and as a single parent of 2 children was getting about $100 a month in food money. When I got laid off I received over $500 a month for food. As far as these deals for Kmart and Sears it is just going to make people get themselves into deeper debt. There are a lot of community resources out there to help you just have to be willing to help yourself too!
  • by JB Location: Jack on Jul 9, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    So Kris you telling me then that if was to loose your job you would run right out and buy a new stove, washer, dryer, refridgerator. Well if this is something you would do then go for it and put yourself in a even worse situation than you are already in. I know I would not do this cause yes I lost my job and I know there is no money to make payments on this stuff so I am not as stupid as you would be.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    I'm not sure about the Kmart deal nor I care, but I do care about the people of Michigan. I wonder if it would be a good idea if the state government had a program that the people who are jobless right now could get some kind of card from the state and offer 10-20% off of food and other goods. I would think there are a lot of details to work out, but look at the money the state would save it could be like a credit card but only use it for food. Plus it would keep track of these people and there spending, the state would have a lot of data and kick off the people who cheats the government and helps the ones who need it.
  • by Kris Location: Dansville on Jul 9, 2009 at 05:11 AM
    Wow, way to cut down someone who is trying to help the poor people of Michigan out. Nice to see you are only thinking of yourselves Bonnie and JB.
  • by JB Location: Jackson on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:07 PM
    Well Bonnie that is why I would not work where there is a union cause they will screw you over every time. As for the deals Sears and Kmart are offering well the one Kmart is offering is good but the one Sears is offering is a joke. It only helps you if you spend alot of money buying appliances and not the important things that are needed. Sears needs to go away they are to expensive and a waste of time. I will never do business with them ever again because they screwed me over once several years ago and that was all it took for me.
  • by Bonnie Location: Webberville on Jul 8, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    Deals for Michigans Unemployed!! Where are the deals going to start coming for the GM and Chrysler retirees who just got the worlds greatest injustice forced on them by the UAW and which ever company that they retired from and the employees that are actively still working or on layoff(those who voted for the retirees to have the rug pulled out from under them for health care)We spent most of our lives giving and giving. Would like to have someone give us "A DEAL"..of some kind!!
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