Sears was quite red after a third-party vendor called Fright Depot posted an image on the website that showed more of the model than Sears would have liked.
So Sears has now made the decision to completely get rid of the “Exotic Apparel” section of its website, Scott Stump reports TODAY.
The Exotic Apparel section lists items such as see-through briefs, leather thongs, and fishnets. None of the deals in the section were available at actual Sears stores – they were online only and from third-party sellers.
The controversy surrounding the transparent purple slip is what brought Sears to the brink, but the retailer has had issues with the images in the past, such as an incident on Valentine’s Day that the company was embarrassed about.
Sears does regular audits of images posted on its websites, but it hasn’t been able to track everything.
Here’s what Sears spokesman Tom Aiello had to say to TODAY:
“We started a discussion about whether we even needed this Exotic Apparel section of the website. We have made the decision to remove this entire section of the site. There weren’t many negative customer reviews. It was more simply about seeing the benefits of removing it outweighing the benefits of keeping it. It’s not something we have to maintain.”