Retailers 'Sell' to Young Virtually

by Deepak Sharma on Sunday, August 24, 2008

Kohl's, Sears Build Brands As Children Clothe Their Avatars Online [WSJ, Registration required]

Retailer Kohl's Corp. this month launched a new line of apparel, but the plaid skirts and printed T-shirts won't be sold in its 957 stores. Instead, it's selling them on, a virtual community for teens and tweens where kids can fork over "Stardollars" -- purchased online at a nominal sum -- to buy apparel for their online characters.