Note to Sears and Mr Lampert
If I had a billion bucks, here is what I would do with Sears.
1. I would put all of America on notice: in two years, Sears stores will sell only American manufactured goods (we will define that as goods finished in America, for the sake of this argument).
2. I would begin converting every department as soon as possible, but if, in two years nobody in America is making televisions, you can visit our Kmart stores.
America still manufactures many useful things, and there is a small movement already to open "USA" stores (Nassau, New York; population 4,789 currently has one where you can buy blue jeans, boots, and socks). I bet that with 1200 locations worldwide, Sears would move a few of whatever widget I could make.
3. Sears continues to lose relevancy with every passing day. Why shop there? Well, I'd find this a compelling reason to start. It doesn't mean I'm willing to pay double for everything, but you can find American made socks now that are no more expensive than foreign made socks (and sure, you can find really cheap foreign socks...if that's what you want, go to Kmart).
The best thing at Sears is the Craftsman tool line...already made in America. Just because an item can be made cheaply overseas doesn't mean it is (or can be) sold cheaply here.
4. There you are, Mr Lampert...make me happy to shop at Sears and proud to own SHLD.