At least it’s a broad-based recession

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The Sharper Image, the 31-year-old purveyor of futuristic adult gadgetry like $5,000 massage chairs and $300 robotic vacuum cleaners, has filed for bankruptcy protection after years of slipping sales, stiffening competition and image problems over its Ionic Breeze air purifiers.
Another catalog retailer, the housewares and trinkets seller Lillian Vernon, also filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, citing a decade of slumping business.


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