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Codename Otacon
02-16-2011, 11:46 PM
This is a nightmare for me. I love Borders and hearing whats going to happen to them:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/16/AR2011021603930.html

http://www.suntimes.com/business/3859245-420/borders-stores-closing-saddens-fans.html

I know theres Barns and Noble to buy books but I don't like that place...

EDIT: If your worring about your Borders Bookstore, check here:

http://media.bordersstores.com/pdf/Borders_Reorganization_Closure_List.pdf

Its a list of Borders Bookstore that are closing down.

Thank you Celia Rose for the link!!

CodeShogun
02-16-2011, 11:58 PM
The apocalyse has arrive now. X.X

LeekFish
02-17-2011, 12:04 AM
*sits in emo corner*

Well, at least I've mostly just been buying my manga used nowadays... But argh, I love Borders. D: The one by my house always has an awesome manga section...

spifferniffer
02-17-2011, 12:10 AM
*cries*
Barnes and Nobles just doesn't seem quite as friendly.

FunnyValentine
02-17-2011, 12:27 AM
Yeah, this great Borders I knew closed down two weeks ago. I hate Barnes N Noble because they NEVER have anything you're looking for, you basically always have to always walk in and order what you want.

Lovelychristina
02-17-2011, 12:43 AM
I much prefer Books A Million. Barnes N Nobles Doesn't Sell Ouran and I've been to one Borders. The Books were really good on sale.

Cadmium Polyphony
02-17-2011, 02:10 AM
This is petty of me, but I'm happy about this.

Mainly because of how much my ex likes the place.

I like it too, but I can adapt.

GraelynRose
02-17-2011, 02:21 AM
I was devastated when the Borders near me closed. It was the closest book store and they usually had everything I wanted.

Now, the closest is Barnes and Nobles. Personally, I don't like them. The employees at the one in the area I live are rude, pompous, and full of themselves. The merchandise is a bit more pricey. I also feel as if I can never find what I'm looking for there. There was also that one time I tried to ask for a job application. Before the woman I was talking to gave me the papers, she told me that they were a tight knit family and basically, they usually don't hire people without an inside recommendation. What the hell?

Hetalia-Chan
02-17-2011, 02:37 AM
Same here, they closed down my Borders last week.

Barnes N Nobel, their manga section sucks.

daylight
02-17-2011, 02:55 AM
NOOOOOOO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOONO NO NO NONONONONONONONNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I think im gonna cry, for reals

Crusader_8
02-17-2011, 04:57 AM
Books stores don't close down if they make enough money. This statement is for those pesky scanlation readers and ebook torrent lovers...

Lithium Flower
02-17-2011, 08:00 AM
I worked at a Barnes and Noble; they bought out Borders. Then apparently BN got bought out by some guy who wanted a bigger share of the stock than the actually owners and there was a legal thing and he won or some shit.

And that's what Corp. people told my bosses who then told us and we cried ourselves to sleep in the bagel cooler.

DireKitty
02-17-2011, 08:24 AM
Interesting. Here in Canada we had two companies, Chapters and Indigo Books... Chapters was huge, and people liked them because they had chairs and couches you could sit on and browse through books... but something happened and Indigo Books bought them out. Now Chapters doesn't have many (or any) chairs and a large section of the store sells shit (you know.. scented candles and crap that I don't care about because i'm there to buy... you know.... BOOKS). Coles Books, a smaller retailer was also bought out.

So really we only have one large company that sells books. Then there are independent sellers.

penny_dreadful
02-17-2011, 09:59 AM
First they came for the music stores. I was sorry to see them go, but I adapted. Now they're coming for my book stores, and I am devastated. I'm too old for this shit. The idea of my kids growing up in a world with no bookstores is horrible and sickening. I'm going to have to start stocking up on traditional literature so that our someday children will know the joys of curling up in a chair with something that has actual pages.

UsakoLuna
02-17-2011, 10:09 AM
:drink:First they came for the music stores. I was sorry to see them go, but I adapted. Now they're coming for my book stores, and I am devastated. I'm too old for this shit. The idea of my kids growing up in a world with no bookstores is horrible and sickening. I'm going to have to start stocking up on traditional literature so that our someday children will know the joys of curling up in a chair with something that has actual pages.

I agree! I have a kindle and I love it, but nothing beats a really book. I love curling up with the kids I babysit and reading them a story, letting them hold the book and turn the pages. It just wouldnt be the same with an e-book. Luckily I still have all my old kids books from when I was little.

Celia Rose
02-17-2011, 11:21 AM
I'm surprised I didn't see "The end is nigh" signs around the Borders store here after the company filed for bankruptcy on Monday.

Borders was already have problems paying book distributors on time. Diamond Books cut them off not too long ago, because Borders wasn't paying on time for shipments. Diamond is the largest distributor of comics and graphic novels, if I'm not mistaken.
Plus, a year or so ago, Borders closed its chain of Waldenbooks stores because they weren't doing so well. The signs of Borders closing have been coming. :/
Though, I think this opens the way to what was inevitably coming, where book sales are made primarily online through company sites or through sites like Amazon. A lot of companies already have the option to order books from their site, rater than buying in-store.

I personally would prefer that Borders didn't close down, because that only leaves Hastings Books and Music, which is horribly stocked and dirty, and Barnes & Noble, the closest store being all the way out in the Spokane Valley (45 min. drive from where I live).

shonen_jidai
02-17-2011, 11:59 AM
It really sucks. All of the Borders near me are closing, and they had the best selection of manga around. I hope that with the great reduction on the number of retail locations to buy manga, the publishers will release more digital versions for the Nook, Kindle, iPad and other platforms.

It could just be wishful thinking though. I wrote bit more about it in my eBook blog here (http://www.learncrest.com/2011/02/borders-bankruptcy-for-the-manga-reader/).

Flora88
02-17-2011, 01:05 PM
First they came for the music stores. I was sorry to see them go, but I adapted. Now they're coming for my book stores, and I am devastated. I'm too old for this shit. The idea of my kids growing up in a world with no bookstores is horrible and sickening. I'm going to have to start stocking up on traditional literature so that our someday children will know the joys of curling up in a chair with something that has actual pages.

Call me paranoid, but I've been planning for this day. I've been stockpiling children's books for a long time now. I get old children's books for Christmas every year.

Of course, I'm also learning how to make soap, shoot guns and bows and arrows, and other shit, just in case.

When the apocalypse (zombie or otherwise) happens, I'mma be ready. With children's books.


Wow. Reading over that, I sound insane.

Does this mean that there will be huge, incredible store-wide sales?

LeekFish
02-17-2011, 01:25 PM
Plus, a year or so ago, Borders closed its chain of Waldenbooks stores because they weren't doing so well.

That's odd, there's still a Waldenbooks in the mall by my college. o-o; Small manga section, but it was something.

Ugh. My poor wallet. I loved getting coupons from Borders. Barnes and Noble barely gives crap unless you pay for a membership. And they never have what I want. Ever. =_=;

LOVEUlquiorra<3
02-17-2011, 01:32 PM
NUUUUUUUUU! They had the best manga section I've ever seen in a bookstore!

shonen_jidai
02-17-2011, 01:38 PM
I feel like I'm picking over the bones, but I just picked up a bunch of Sundome volumes for 40% off! The Borders store closing discounts usually start at 30% off then go higher as the store closing date approaches. The one near me is at the 40% level, closing 1st week of March.

Neko Minaue
02-17-2011, 01:54 PM
This saddens me a lot. But it doesn't help that a lot of Borders stores were out of my reach and far away compared to a 15 min drive to Books-a-Million (in my old area had good decent manga collection) then 30 mins drive to Borders and once that one closed down the next one was around 40 mins. I really love that they also had anime merchandise too. Augh this sucks, and now the nearest one to me is 44 mins away. If they weren't so far away I would be buying from them a lot. But now living near Barnes and Nobles well...they're okay but I don't like them as much since their manga collection is not that great. I always have to ask them to look for the new manga in the back because it's rarely on the shelve. RARELY!

Pocketfightr
02-17-2011, 01:59 PM
I'm definitely going to have to look into the stores around here. I much prefer Borders to Barnes and Noble, not sure if it was the years long ago when B&N didn't have jack for Manga while Borders kept expanding or what. I'm also more likely to randomly wander a Borders and find random books to buy that I didn't know I wanted, than a B&N.

penny_dreadful
02-17-2011, 03:24 PM
Every time I go in a Barnes and Noble, I feel like they're judging me. JUDGING ME.

Maybe this will be a boon to independent sellers, but I doubt it; I think Amazon and the e-reader craze are going to destroy traditional bookselling like iTunes and Napster destroyed record stores.

JUST WHEN I WAS ALMOST ABLE TO AFFORD SOME DECENT BOOKSHELVES. WHAT WILL I DO WITH ALL MY LEVENGER CATALOGS? I need a hug and a pretentious espresso-based drink in which to drown my sorrows.

Codename Otacon
02-17-2011, 03:33 PM
Does this mean that there will be huge, incredible store-wide sales?

If your Borders is closing down, then yes.


I think Amazon and the e-reader craze are going to destroy traditional bookselling like iTunes and Napster destroyed record stores.

Don't forget about the nook. When the nook came out I had a feeling there's going to be less people going to book stores...curse those things.

Minty-ChanD
02-17-2011, 05:18 PM
No, way! This is horrible, I Love Boarders! This can't be happening! TTATT

Celia Rose
02-17-2011, 05:22 PM
That's odd, there's still a Waldenbooks in the mall by my college. o-o; Small manga section, but it was something.
I heard that quite a few of them are gone. >A> The one in Spokane went down fast--it was only in the mall for about six months or so before it was closed down.

I feel like I'm picking over the bones, but I just picked up a bunch of Sundome volumes for 40% off! The Borders store closing discounts usually start at 30% off then go higher as the store closing date approaches. The one near me is at the 40% level, closing 1st week of March.
I have to see when mine is closing. I haven't been to Borders in over a month, so I'm behind on my purchasing quota. :thumbsup:

Oblivion_Kirie
02-17-2011, 05:30 PM
;_;
I loved my Boarders, it's always the first stop anytime I go to the mall. I seriously feel upset about this right now, as the closest Barnes and Noble to me is an hour away. I go through books fast and it was always so nice to just run to the book store. Siiiiiigh.

kuroki-neko
02-17-2011, 06:44 PM
yes the closest borders was far away friom but i found 3 volumes in 1 book for some magna seried at B&N but borders has a wide selection at least the one i went to.

glitter bomb
02-17-2011, 07:16 PM
I feel like I'm the only person who is like "meh, whatevs" at this. It's kinda like I felt when Circuit City closed down -- they were a sub-par store that was always dirty, with crappy service and insufficient merchandise and poor management. That's why they went under. Bad company runs its company badly, then surprise, they close down. It wasn't really a sign of economic doom and there were many other options for consumers.

This seems very similar. Borders have always been like my last resort store. The locations are inconvenient and far between (getting someone a gift certificate is like, "wow, thanks for something I can't use"); the selection is meager; it seems more than half the store is devoted to music, videos and chotchke things (all of which I could by elsewhere, for better prices and a better selection -- I'm there for books, I want books). Their service was so bad that once a friend of mine, who didn't work there, answered the customer service phone because they got so tired of hearing it ring endlessly with no employees around to pick it up.

Maybe my experience is just coincidental, but it seems like yet another case of Bad Company Run Badly -- eventually it catches up. Hopefully it will open up the market for other, better book businesses. This won't have any effect on me. I'll continue to get my books at the library, or local stores, or Amazon.com (or if I have to, at Barnes and Noble, which I've always found to be a better store).

penny_dreadful
02-17-2011, 07:22 PM
I never really met a Borders I hated; any big-box store is not going to offer you the personality and quality customer care of a small, independent venture, but at least they were all clean, bright, comfortable, and offered a good selection.

Just got major deja-vu.

Anyway, glitter bomb, your point about booksellers focusing on the bottom line is well taken: ARE YOU NOT A BOOKSELLER JUST SELL ME BOOKS DAMMIT I CAN GET MY BATH BOMBS AT THE BATH BOMB STORE.

Michi
02-17-2011, 07:42 PM
The closest big bookstore to me is a Borders. I wonder if that one is shutting down. I guess I should find out!

I'm not too worried, though. I get my books from the library, and if I like them I order them online. Borders.com will still exist (though I use Amazon!).

shonen_jidai
02-17-2011, 07:51 PM
The Borders stores in the Chicago area are actually in pretty good locations. I think that given the way people often used them anyways, maybe we should turn them all into libraries (http://www.learncrest.com/2011/02/what-about-borders-let-there-be-libraries/)!

Turning them into libraries would preserve their function as social hubs and continue to bring in the traffic nearby shops need to survive. Not to mention creating some pretty nice libraries!:D

Volnixshin
02-17-2011, 08:46 PM
Stuiff that is important, but not what's bothering me.

Okay... okay I have tried to ignore it, but Odin's Beard I can't take it anymore..



The title of this thread needs to be changed to
"Borders IS closing down"

Use proper English or eat a baby goat alive

DireKitty
02-17-2011, 09:10 PM
Okay... okay I have tried to ignore it, but Odin's Beard I can't take it anymore..



The title of this thread needs to be changed to
"Borders IS closing down"

Use proper English or eat a baby goat alive

When I read the title i thought that the borders were shutting down in whatever country they lived in.

Kildread
02-17-2011, 09:25 PM
When I read the title i thought that the borders were shutting down in whatever country they lived in.

What she said.

I've been lurking this thread for a while now and I,ve never seen a Borders anywhere in Québec, must be a US thing.

Neko Minaue
02-17-2011, 09:32 PM
Every time I go in a Barnes and Noble, I feel like they're judging me. JUDGING ME.

I feel like that sometimes too when I'm there. And that I'm always the one asking for the new manga.


Then again, the last time I went to Borders, they gave me a hard time with my manga and my Love Hina Vol. 1 has a huge cut on the cover.

Codename Otacon
02-17-2011, 11:55 PM
The title of this thread needs to be changed to
"Borders IS closing down"

Send a message to one of mods if you want, since it bugs you.

When I read the title i thought that the borders were shutting down in whatever country they lived in.

Next time I should put Borders 'The Book Store'.

I've been lurking this thread for a while now and I,ve never seen a Borders anywhere in Québec, must be a US thing.

I'm guessing there's no Borders book stores in Canada.

Hetalia-Chan
02-18-2011, 02:25 AM
I'll continue to get my books at the library, or local stores, or Amazon.com

Amazon.com is great when it comes to buying college text books. Thats the only thing I order from Amazon.

Michi
02-18-2011, 03:22 AM
Chibi Baka Zaru, you started the thread. Do you want the thread title changed?

Codename Otacon
02-18-2011, 03:31 AM
Do you want the thread title changed?

Yes, people are starting to get the wrong idea because of the title. Thanks.

Celia Rose
02-18-2011, 11:22 AM
I have to see when mine is closing. I haven't been to Borders in over a month, so I'm behind on my purchasing quota. :thumbsup:
So, I found out my store isn't closing after all. :D Hurray!

btw, you might want to check this list (http://media.bordersstores.com/pdf/Borders_Reorganization_Closure_List.pdf) to see if the Borders in your area is set to close. The chain is shutting down ~300 stores nation-wide.

LeekFish
02-18-2011, 12:42 PM
So, I found out my store isn't closing after all. :D Hurray!

btw, you might want to check this list (http://media.bordersstores.com/pdf/Borders_Reorganization_Closure_List.pdf) to see if the Borders in your area is set to close. The chain is shutting down ~300 stores nation-wide.

NOOOOOO THE ONE BY MY HOUSE IS CLOSING. ;_________________________________; *DIES*

And it looks like all of the next closest ones, too... FFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUU-

SheikLockhart
02-18-2011, 12:53 PM
Mine is fine...I feel so happy. Thanks for posting that link :D

penny_dreadful
02-18-2011, 01:25 PM
One of the centers near me is closing, which isn't really surprising, since we have two within less than ten miles of each other. The one I find more convenient is staying open for now.

Codename Otacon
02-18-2011, 01:39 PM
btw, you might want to check this list (http://media.bordersstores.com/pdf/Borders_Reorganization_Closure_List.pdf) to see if the Borders in your area is set to close. The chain is shutting down ~300 stores nation-wide.

Thanks for the Link!! Great, three Borders that are close to me is closing. Oh well...at least I have one left.

Hetalia-Chan
02-18-2011, 01:52 PM
So, I found out my store isn't closing after all. :D Hurray!

btw, you might want to check this list (http://media.bordersstores.com/pdf/Borders_Reorganization_Closure_List.pdf) to see if the Borders in your area is set to close. The chain is shutting down ~300 stores nation-wide.

Looks like Barnes N Nobel will be the only bookstore that I can go.

Emiko87
02-18-2011, 02:10 PM
the one by me (in Troy, MI) looks like it's still open, isn't one of the 4 MI ones that are shutting down =D The one by where I used to live shut down a couple years ago, I was very sad about that

LeekFish
02-18-2011, 02:12 PM
Wait, there's still hope. The one in Pleasant Hill (the one close to my friend's house) is safe. She's in Walnut Creek and thus a roughly 40 minute drive, but who the hell cares. D: </does not have problems and is not in denial>

Michi
02-18-2011, 06:41 PM
Yay! My local store isn't closing! Hahaha.

daylight
02-18-2011, 08:14 PM
oh, I just found out today that some of the stores will stay open. I was under the assumption that they were going out of business XD
im so relieved

my local borders is closing. I went in today to use my gift card.
they will be gone in a week...
so many good memories there. its where I got my Thesaurus :waaaah:

now the closest one to my house is an hour away:miffed:

Volnixshin
02-18-2011, 11:09 PM
Last I checked, only thirty stores will be closing.

Michi
02-19-2011, 12:14 AM
Last I checked, only thirty stores will be closing.

You might be thinking of the article that said 30% of stores. It's 200 stores.

http://media.bordersstores.com/pdf/Borders_Reorganization_Closure_List.pdf

Rose of Battle
02-19-2011, 02:15 AM
Yeah. I'm insanely bummed by this news considering I'm a Borders employee. Dx

Cosplay_Kitten
02-19-2011, 02:24 AM
*bangs head on wall* Mine is closing...damn, I love my Borders. I sit in there for hours upon hours and read >_> Fantastic...theres still Barnes and Noble of course but I've always preferred Borders to B&N any day.

HidingintheMist
02-19-2011, 03:09 AM
My local Borders closed about a year ago, and got replaced by Crown Books. Lets just say, not a great store. Sure, I got three Wheel of Time books there, but that was just plain luck.

I miss our Borders. The employees were great and would hold things for you if you asked. :C

Ichigo Knight
02-19-2011, 03:24 AM
Thankfully it's only in the USA *dances*

HEYOashley
02-19-2011, 12:41 PM
Pfft :( Mine is closing. Which is insanely shocking because it's the biggest Borders I have seen so far. It will literally make a huge gaping hole in that outdoor shopping district.

krys-chan
02-20-2011, 10:18 AM
There used to be a 2 story Borders near me...now there is only the one in the mall. At least there is still one left! :D

namida009
02-20-2011, 04:52 PM
WHAAAAT!?! NO, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NOT BORDERS! D:

Okay, it's official. The world is ending.

Sdae
02-20-2011, 05:32 PM
Phew, I heard about this awhile ago.
I didn't know how to go about and check to see if mine was closing.
There were no signs or anything or the sorts.

I checked that link though.
Thankfully, none of them are closing around me. <3

makotohanabi
02-20-2011, 07:09 PM
Really annoyed that the K Street (DC) Borders is closing, they always had the best author appearances. Hoping more authors appear at the Borders that's walking distance from my house.

Before I moved I lived a mile or so (walking not an option due to lack of sidewalks) from a Barnes & Noble and always drove out of my way to go to Borders instead.

SakuraxTsubasa
02-20-2011, 10:29 PM
I actually like Barnes & Noble better because I feel like they're cheaper, but I'm not sure.
Anyway, I'm kind of happy they're closing because then all the manga's on sale. XD
One of the Borders Expresses nearby closed last year and I bought 12 volumes of manga. :D

Celia Rose
02-20-2011, 10:50 PM
Glad I could help out with the link. :)

I'm glad the Borders near me isn't closing, because I've spent many afternoons there with my bff reading until closing time. We'd go around the store, pick up books that looked interesting, and then sit in the big armchairs back-to-back to read our stacks~ We've had employees tell us before to stop reading and buy something, too. :rolleyes:

lyraparry11
02-21-2011, 01:09 AM
I went to a borders that was closing today in Boston. Luckily the one in my town isn't closing and the other one I go to in Boston isn't closing. I really don't like barnes and noble.

HEYOashley
02-21-2011, 03:19 AM
Mine is already releasing tons of discounts, up to 80%. I am very tempted...

cupofjasmine
02-22-2011, 02:56 PM
I thought that this was happening to the Borders in my area, but now I know the reason. I don't like the Manga section in Barnes and Nobles and I would have to drive to the next city (20-25 minutes away, but still!) to go to Books A Million.

Purfect*Rave
02-27-2011, 09:34 PM
Mine isn't showing any signs of closing. (Just went for the first time the other day; LOVE IT.)
Phew~.

SakuraxTsubasa
02-27-2011, 09:39 PM
Mine is already releasing tons of discounts, up to 80%. I am very tempted...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! *running in circles* I NEED to go NOW! >.< My dad's back's been bothering him (really badly) lately so I couldn't go this weekend like I wanted...I need to come up with an excuse to go while I'm at my mom's now. >.>

spifferniffer
02-28-2011, 12:22 AM
The one in my area's closing D:

But I went and snagged all the good manga for cheap. XD

sam vimes
02-28-2011, 04:33 PM
I want everyone who sees the decreased availability of manga as the main reason to be sad that Borders is closing to know that I resent your viewpoint in the deepest depths of my little black heart. I know that this cosplay community is anime-focused and all, but come on.

BOOKS > MANGA.

Thank you for your time.

Yukikittie
02-28-2011, 08:11 PM
I've always used the internet and Barnes and Noble to do my shopping of books, so no loss for me there.

cami_chan
02-28-2011, 08:23 PM
I used to love Borders when I was younger, but now I'm indifferent. I usually go to B&N's or buy books on amazon. Went in to the one closing in Austin with my boyfriend yesterday and it was a zoo. I thought I'd pic up some of Claymore for my collection, but it was only discounted to about $6, which just wasn't worth it to me. My local bookstore at home when they have a good sale I have gotten manga under $3-4. I see why they are closing if everything is so expensive. Other books I looked at were just being charged for way to much to me.

ScarletRhapsody
02-28-2011, 11:46 PM
The one close to my parent's house is not closing. Phew. I have plenty of memories with that Borders since that's where I went to study for my SAT's. I just went to the Borders right by my house (Yorba Linda) last weekend to spend all of my giftcards on the 3-in-1 volume sets of "Fushigi Yuugi."

Grinning Maniac
03-01-2011, 10:42 AM
Yeah, I'm sad about this. I used to go to Borders on the regular. Good graphic novel section. Cute girls walking around. Nice little coffee shop. It was a great place to hang out after lecture hall at U of M. Now it's gone. Bummer.

Barnes and Noble is alright...but Borders was my favorite. RIP.

xXimmaeatjooXx
03-01-2011, 03:54 PM
I have a Barnes N Noble right accross the street from my Borders and their manga section is actually bigger oO but yes, more pricey. Especially cause membership there costs money :I

What really threw me off though is that last night i went to borders to get OtakuUSA (which they didn't have since it sold out OTL) and all the stuff was still pricey even though there were big signs everywhere that said "EVERYTHING MUST GO. STORE CLOSING." XD the magizines are 40% off, the bags and pens and stuff are 30% off and then the DVDs, Books, and CDs are only 20% off. So manga there is still like...11 bucks XD

I'm actually sort of happy that Borders is closing because i'm HOPING they will have everything 50% off (or more) in the near future. It prolly just doesnt bother me as much cause I usually buy off of RightStuf or Half Price Books or Half.com now a days, ya know? everything's cheaper there, most times even with the shipping included XD

/end long rant XD;

Ion
03-01-2011, 04:36 PM
I am rather indifferent to their plight. Borders started out as a wonderful place to work when I was in college and grad school, but it progressively got worse to the point where I knew the ship was sinking even back in 08'. I was glad it was only a part-time gig around my regular job. The decline was becoming more obvious when my store sold off a lot of the stock, removed 2 aisles of music and replaced it with vertical displays, and did not replenish anything (even new stuff that people were anxious to buy). We were constantly trying to convince customers that we could order it and have it shipped to our store for free.

Home office really screwed things over by having a choke-hold on what individual stores could do. For example, they frequently shipped books and stationary junk that would never sold in this area given the population and its general interests. Had they allowed our store GM more control, she could have easily reordered more of the new products and "proven sellers" for the customer base so that they could leave the store happy with item(s) in hand.

They also cut a lot of positions at my store to the extent that the inventory manager (second in command at our store) and several other employees of various ranks including myself were just told not to come into work the next day (in the middle of the week and work schedule), no explanations were given. Obviously positions had to be cut to save money, but the management chose a terrible way of doing it. My store is not closing because it is the only bookstore in an 80 mile radius but I rarely shop there anyway.

izuosve
03-01-2011, 05:00 PM
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