Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Effective 08/01/2012

Privacy Policy

This web site or mobile application (“Site”) is owned and operated by Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (“SHO”). At SHO, we want to ensure that you understand what information we gather about you, how we use it, and the safeguards we have in place in order to protect it. If you have additional questions or would like further information on this topic, please feel free to write to our Webmaster at webmaster@ This Privacy Policy applies to information collected through this Site.

SHO may update this policy from time to time. Please check our policy periodically for changes. If we make any material changes we will notify you by email (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this Site prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices

Your use of this Site, and any disputes arising from it, is subject to this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Service and all of its dispute resolution provisions including arbitration, limitation on damages and choice of law.

Most of our web sites are general audience sites and does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13 years of age. However, from time to time, we may collect personally identifiable information on certain micro sites or pages directly from Children under the age of the 13. In these instances, we endeavor to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).

What Type of Information Do We Collect?
We may collect personally identifiable information (“PII” – for example, your full name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, or mobile phone number) from you when you voluntarily submit the information to us or register with our Site. We need this information in order to register you as a user of this Site, provide you with mobile alerts when you opt-in to receive them, process your application or to provide you with other services. We may also collect PII from you if you choose to subscribe to our email program, participate in surveys, or in connection with content or suggestions you post on this Site. Please note that applicable message and data fees may apply if you register for mobile alerts.

We use single sign-on services that allow you to sign into our Site using your third-party social networking login credentials for accounts such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Google or Twitter. This allows you to link your existing social network profile to your account. Once connected, you may be able to post content on the third-party web site from our Site and interact with your friends from the third-party site(s). Our Site may also access available information from your third-party social network profile such as your name, email address, work history and other information when you authorize us to do so.

Non-PII may also be collected from you by means of Cookies and Pixel Tags. Cookies are small bits of information that this Site places on your computer. We and our 3rd party service providers use cookies and Pixel Tags to identify your IP address, browser type, domain name, and specific web pages through which you click. This data is collected automatically and utilized to help us look for trends to improve our Site and your interactive experience. The cookies allow us to recognize you when you return to the Site and to provide you with a customized experience that we feel will be of value to you. The cookies that are configured by this Site do not contain any sensitive personally identifying information, such as your driver’s license number, credit card number or social security number. Additional information regarding browser cookies and how to disable them is described below.

What Information Do We Share and with Whom?
We do not rent or sell your information to outside marketers. We may share your information (as described above) with members of the SHO family of businesses to provide you with products or services that you have requested or to provide you with promotional offers that we believe will be of interest to you. The SHO family of businesses includes all SHO affiliates, as well as other selected businesses with which SHO or its affiliates have a relationship and which have agreed to adhere to our strict standards for providing quality products and services, responding to your needs, and protecting customer information.

In certain circumstances, we may share your information with service providers that need access to your information to provide operational or other support services such as credit card processors or shipping agents. To ensure the confidentiality and security of your information, service providers must agree to safeguard your information in strict compliance with this policy. Unless otherwise disclosed to you, our Service Providers are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for their own marketing purposes.

We also may provide information to regulatory authorities and law enforcement officials in accordance with applicable law or when we otherwise believe in good faith that the law requires it. There may be instances when we may access or disclose your information in order to protect or defend the legal rights or property of SHO and its affiliated companies or their employees and agents, to protect the safety and security of users and members, and to protect against fraud.

SHO may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its assets in connection with a merger, reorganization or sale of assets, or in the event of bankruptcy. In such an event, personal information may be one of the assets transferred. You will be notified via email or a notice on our web site of any such change in ownership or control of our personal information.

Can I Disable Cookies?
Most web browsers allow you to exercise control over cookie files on your computer by erasing them, blocking them, or notifying you when such a file is stored. Please take a look at your particular browser for instructions on this function. If you do elect to disable cookies, please note that you may not be able to take full advantage of a personalized experience on this Web site and on other SHO family of business web sites.

What About Links to Other Sites?
This Site may contain links to other web sites outside the SHO family of web sites. SHO is not responsible for the privacy practices of other non-affiliated web sites. You should read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information.

What About Online Advertisements?
Our Sites
This Site may carry advertisements from other companies. Some of these advertisements may be personalized, meaning that they are intended to be relevant to you based, for example, on commercial interests you have expressed in your online activities. You may opt-out of receiving this type of targeted advertising by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative’s (NAI) opt-out page You may also visit to learn about online behavioral advertising and how to opt-out from online behavioral ads served by some or all participating companies. Please note that if you delete your cookies, use another computer, or change browsers, you will need to repeat this process. In addition, opting out of relevant advertising will not opt you out of all advertising, but rather only those advertisements that are personalized to your interests.

Other Web Sites
We partner with third-party service providers to serve ads on our behalf across the Internet. Some of these advertisements are also personalized for you based on what we know about you. Please note that we do not share any information that identifies you personally with the third party service providers who serve ads on our behalf . If you do not wish to receive personalized advertising from us on other web sites, please visit the Network Advertising Initiative Opt-Out page.

The Network Advertising Initiative offers useful information about Internet advertising companies, including information about how to opt-out of personalized advertising by their members. See for the list of NAI members and for the opt-out page. You may also visit to learn about online behavioral advertising and how to opt-out from online behavioral ads served by some or all participating companies.

Is My Information Secure?
We maintain reasonable and appropriate physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your information. Your information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter PII, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (“SSL”). While we do work very hard to protect your privacy, no method of security is 100% effective and we cannot be responsible for the actions of those who may gain unauthorized access to your personal information. SHO makes no warranties, express, implied or otherwise as to the ultimate effectiveness of these reasonable and appropriate safeguards.

How Can I Access My Information?
You can access your information by contacting us at (800) 259-2616. You may also contact us via mail at the following address:

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.
5500 Trillium Blvd, Suite 501
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

Can I “Opt-Out” of Receiving Promotional E-mails?
From time to time, we may send you e-mails with promotional offers if you opt-in to receiving such emails. If you would no longer like to receive e-mailed special event information, sales notifications or other promotional messages from this Site, you can unsubscribe from this Site’s e-mail marketing list by following the unsubscribe link located at the bottom of each promotional e-mail. Your e-mail address will be removed from this Site’s email marketing list within 10 days.

Will I Receive Notice of Changes to the Privacy Policy?

As mentioned above, from time to time we may modify this Privacy Policy to reflect industry initiatives or changes in the law, changes in our collection or use practices, or changes in our web site’s features or technology, and such modifications shall be effective upon posting on this web site. Your continued use of this web site after we post a revised Privacy Policy signifies your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy. It is therefore important that you review this Privacy Policy regularly to ensure you are updated as to any changes.