Goodbye to San Shang 三商再見 (中)
As most people in Taitung City are aware, the San Shang Department Store on Shin Sheng Road is closing. They are in the midst of selling everything in the store, right down to the clothes hangers, the racks on which these hangers were hung, and whatever else can be carried or carted away. 大部分的台東市民應該都知道新生路上的三商百貨要封館了. 他們現在正封館清倉,包括衣架跟吊衣架和任何可以搬走的東西都一件不留.
This closure is company-wide. San Shang Deparment Stores, which could once be found all over the island, are now confined to Taiwan's east coast, counties in central and southern Taiwan, and offshore islands. In all, there are only 9 stores left. 台東分店封館是他們公司全省僅剩的九家百貨封館的一部分. 之前台灣到處都有三商百貨, 可是現在僅能在台灣南部及東部看到他們的身影.
The reasons for San Shang's falling profits should be obvious to anyone living in Taiwan. In urban areas, San Shang just can't compete with larger stores like Shin Kong Mitsukoshi or Geant, and even in rural areas there are other, more attractive options. San Shang occupies an unfortunate "middle position" in the department store market. It's not big enough, new enough, or shiny enough for those with money to burn, and not cheap enough for those looking to save money. 三商利潤下滑的原因大家應該都知道. 在大城市裡, 三商無法跟新光三越或愛買這種大賣場比, 連在比較鄉下的地方,人們購物也有比較好的選擇. 處於百貨公司和大賣場之間的尷尬位子, 有錢的顧客喜歡比較大, 比較新, 比較高級的百貨公司. 想省錢的顧客還是會去比較便宜的賣場.
All of which is very depressing for San Shang, but not so depressing for me. My family visited San Shang more often when we first moved to Taitung, but back then their only competition was RT Mart, far outside of town. Things have changed quite a bit since then. 這對三商百貨來說是個不好的消息, 可是對我來說沒什麼影響.我們剛搬來台東時比較常去三商 , 因為當時台東的三商百貨的競爭者只有市區外的大潤發, 只是現在有比較多的選擇了.
I did find one neat thing at San Shang Department Store. Because of their imminent closure, I was able to purchase a Sega Mega Drive for only 600 NT. This was marked down from the original price, which was more than 1000 NT. 可是我最近在三商找到一個好東西. 我在那邊買了一個600塊的Sega Mega Drive. 這個Mega Drive原來的價錢不只1000塊呢!
And what is a Sega Mega Drive, you ask? It's a little blue thing that plugs into your TV, and with it you can play many of the Sega Genesis games that I loved as a kid. My version (there are different versions) has Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Shadow Dancer, FOUR different Sonic the Hedgehog games, and several other less famous, unquestionably less interesting other games. 很多人應該沒聽過Sega Mega Drive這個東西. 它是一個小小藍色的電動玩具. 裡面裝了我小時候最愛的Sega Genesis遊戲. 我的這種Mega Drive (有很多種) 裝了Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Shadow Dancer, 四種Sonic the Hedgehog遊戲, 還有其他沒那麼有名的遊戲.
I've been playing the Mega Drive every weekend for a few weeks now. My younger daughter and I have already spent hours playing Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Sonic and Knuckles. It is, as my younger daughter likes to say, better than doing homework. 我已經連續幾個周末玩我的Mega Drive. 我跟我的小女兒也花了好幾個小時玩Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, 還有Sonic and Knuckles. 她說玩這些遊戲比寫功課有趣多了.
If you live near a San Shang Department Store, I would encourage you to head over there, and check out all the stuff they're trying to get rid of. At this point, they are almost giving stuff away. That Mega Drive I paid 600 NT for? As of yesterday it was marked down further to 400 NT. That's probably less than the store paid for it. 你如果住在任何一家三商百貨的附近的話, 你應該去看一下他們要清倉的商品. 他們最近的商品價錢超低的. 我以前花600元買的Mega Drive? 現在變成400元. 那個價錢應該比成本價還低.
Or perhaps, for reasons of nostalgia, you might just walk in there to say goodbye. 也許因為懷舊的原因, 你也可以進去說個再見.
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