Borders is going out of business

@MandaLee (3738)
United States
July 20, 2011 5:06pm CST
After 40 years, Borders Books is going out of business. Please share your thoughts.
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13 responses
20 Jul 11
Adapt or die, really. It's a crying shame to see a bookseller go out of business, especially given my love of books, but it was inevitable there would be casualties with the ebook "revolution". It's a real pity they couldn't keep themselves afloat with their other ranges but music and stuff's been hit just as bad. I suspect it's all part of the constant move towards warehouse shippers with one massive store of everything in a cheap location and online-only selling to keep the costs down. Technology 1, Retail 0.
• United States
20 Jul 11
And this will continue to be the story. Just stayed tuned. Massive amounts of retailers are online anyway. It's getting ugly out there.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
4 Sep 11
Hi Mandalee, I'm sad that it is going out of business. I loved that store! The problem is that I would go in there and browse and only occasionally buy. It was one of those stores that I really could not afford but I did shop for gifts in there. I did not buy regularly. The economy is horrible and the types of things offered in Borders are not necessities. I get my books from the library and 2nd hand. I wish I could have helped them out more could not.
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
26 Aug 11
I'm glad because it means that more people will be shop at independent bookstores, which makes me happy. I never went to Border's anyway. I've always been and independent bookstore shoppers.
• United States
5 Aug 11
I am sad that people are losing their jobs, but since a lot of books are entertainment, people aren't buying them as much, and if they want to read them they go to the library and borrow them. I never want to pay full price for a book and that's why I don't go to stores like Borders.
• United States
25 Jul 11
Its sad to hear that a store this big is closing down and to know that approximately 10,000 people will be unemployeed within the next few months. But it was bound to happen, especially with technology changing now a days and the e-readers becoming so popular, most of the consumer population prefers to download books rather than buying hard copies. In the long run is more economical doing so.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
21 Jul 11
I'm going to miss them and I think it's sad. There is less and less competition all the time and that's a shame. Quality and prices are both controlled by good competition. Borders was always one of my favorites.
• United States
21 Jul 11
I'm kind of ambivalent... I mean, I hate the idea of physical, real life bookstores going by the wayside because they are my favorite hangouts/dates/places to kill a couple hours but in reality, I prefer Barnes & Noble over Borders. Here, anyway, their selection is exponentially better and its far easier to find what you are looking for...the cataloging system makes more sense. The only thing I liked better at Borders was access to the computers to help locate books without hunting down a CSR.
• United States
21 Jul 11
Yes our Borders around dwindles as of last year. Sad for us as we frequent the store frequently. We liked to go there for an afternoon and read books and drink some nice coffee too. It is a shame but technology today is making it so convenient that many business store chains are loosing in the process.
• United States
20 Jul 11
I just got a membership upgrade and I even asked the guy in El Segundo if there were going to be any more closures and he said no. *Thinks 'Where there's smoke...'. *Thought complete. Me and my bird brain. It would be nice if B&N would honor my membership though they're not my favorite. My heart is closer to Borders because they were the first bookstore/cafe/music store in my area.
• United States
20 Jul 11
It's very sad. Unfortunately everything is digital or has gone electronic now. Personally I still prefer a good book where you actually turn the pages. The only reason I hardly ever shopped at Borders was because I really couldn't afford to buy books. I usually just go to the library. Now if it's a book that I know I will read over & over again then I will buy the actual book. For my last two Anniversaries (along w/ the main gift my husband got for me)he would also take me to Borders. He knows I love to read so for the last two years of our marriage he took me to Borders & let me pick out any book that I wanted. The third year of our marriage he took me there to buy my favorite book, Gone with the Wind & then last year he took me to Borders to buy it's sequel, Scarlet. So I will be especially sad because our Borders store closed a few months ago, so I will not be going there this year. I'm very sad not only because I will miss the store itself & the memories that go along with it, but I'm especially sad about all the many employees who will lose their jobs.
@les1321 (41)
• United States
20 Jul 11
I don't go much to the bookstores now -adays so it doesn't bother me.I always frequent in the library and borrow there or go to a booksale. In that way, i get lots of books in a much cheaper price.
• United States
20 Jul 11
Yeah, I heard about this earlier. I didn't frequent them really. I was more of a BAMM customer. I guess the loss is not as great to me though. I mean with technology being what it is, it was bound to happen. I would stay tuned. There are going to be more of this going on in the very near future.
• United States
20 Jul 11
This isn't very good, especially being that now only Barnes 'n' Nobles will the big bookstore. I see higher prices on everything soon, and for people like I who read a lot, this is going to make reading a physical book much more expensive, leading more people to use the online reading things instead. But of course that's if Barnes decides to raise prices.