Current Bloomie's owner Macys is killing the classic catalog "by early 2009" to focus more on its Web site and "reduce redundancies" (corporatespeak for pinkslip panic). A Macys statement even came up with a politically correct reason to zap the catalog: "Eliminating the paper catalog is also consistent with our sustainability and environmental policies of communicating more with customers electronically and less in paper."
Macy's Shutting Down Bloomingdale's Catalogue
Guess this is what the cliche-afflicted would call a "sign of the times." Macys is killing the Bloomingdale's catalog while Amazon.com is selling copies of Bloomingdale's 1886 catalog for $12. (Can you imagine the number of out-of-stocks in that thing?)