UPDATED! I don’t know how much one has to do with the other…

…but still, when I read this:

 Report: Borders’ future in doubt

I thought of our trip to Borders last week when we were out and about. I didn’t check out the books that much, but suffice it to say the store’s music section was quite lacking. The pickings were so slim I thought of how even Best Buy — a chain which stocks cds as merely loss leaders to get people into the store to buy the more profitable items — had a better selection of music than Borders. I don’t know just how bad it is when Best Buy is beating you, but it has to be pretty bad. Granted, I know Barnes & Noble isn’t doing so hot either, but I can tell you their music selection, at least, was better than Borders. And I know that both of those stores, of course, only have music as a small part of their business — but if you’re going to be outdone by Best Buy, what’s the point?

UPDATE! Sabra adds her perspective in the comments:

“I seriously was going to make a blog post out of that trip, but I got distracted. Their damned magazine section…first off, they only carry two crochet magazines–B&N carries five or six. To make it worse, they weren’t even in the fucking needlework section, they were down below it, with general crafts.Quilting magazines were in the needlework section, but not crochet magazines.

“Then, the books. Gah. They continuously rearrange at that store so that it’s nigh impossible to find anything. They don’t have a “new releases” section for their sci-fi/fantasy–and they just don’t have a huge number of books from best-selling authors in that genre. Their kids’ section was a good 75% overpriced toys. Their crochet books were in the Knitting section…along with a huge number of sewing books. (Sewing & Quilting generally get their own section.) Again, several newer books were totally missing, and the overall selection was pathetic.

“The bathrooms at that store are disgusting. Three stalls, and one of them was out of order. The whole room smelled like an outhouse. The bathroom at B&N always smells nice and is in good repair.

“Oh, and the discount card they used to have that was less than half the cost of the one at B&N…gone. Replaced by a free card that only makes it easier to market to you. And I’ve never once gotten one of their damned coupons, either. Also, they bug you about the fucking card every time you go there. And they killed Waldenbooks, so fuck ‘em.

“THIS is why Borders is failing. Not because of Amazon.”

Wow. I seriously never would’ve thought it was that bad on the book & magazine side of the business. Of course, if they’re not going to pay attention to the basic things like the condition of the bathrooms, it only follows that they’d let the rest of it go to pot, too.

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6 Responses to “UPDATED! I don’t know how much one has to do with the other…”

  1. peter Says:

    Personally I never cared for Borders. Don’t think I ever bought a cd there or at B&N either, for that matter. Why spend $18 at either store when Best Buy and Wal-Mart are 3 or 4 bucks cheaper?

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      I feel the same way, though B&N will special-order stuff so they have that going for them too. (Pretty sure Borders does as well; I’d sure as shit hope so considering how their selection sucks!) And Walmart only carries the censored versions of certain albums. Best Buy doesn’t, though. I remember scoring a copy of Guns’n’Roses’ Use Your Illusion II for ten bucks on one of my trips over here before I moved.

  2. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    I seriously was going to make a blog post out of that trip, but I got distracted. Their damned magazine section…first off, they only carry two crochet magazines–B&N carries five or six. To make it worse, they weren’t even in the fucking needlework section, they were down below it, with general crafts. Quilting magazines were in the needlework section, but not crochet magazines.

    Then, the books. Gah. They continuously rearrange at that store so that it’s nigh impossible to find anything. They don’t have a “new releases” section for their sci-fi/fantasy–and they just don’t have a huge number of books from best-selling authors in that genre. Their kids’ section was a good 75% overpriced toys. Their crochet books were in the Knitting section…along with a huge number of sewing books. (Sewing & Quilting generally get their own section.) Again, several newer books were totally missing, and the overall selection was pathetic.

    The bathrooms at that store are disgusting. Three stalls, and one of them was out of order. The whole room smelled like an outhouse. The bathroom at B&N always smells nice and is in good repair.

    Oh, and the discount card they used to have that was less than half the cost of the one at B&N…gone. Replaced by a free card that only makes it easier to market to you. And I’ve never once gotten one of their damned coupons, either. Also, they bug you about the fucking card every time you go there. And they killed Waldenbooks, so fuck ’em.

    THIS is why Borders is failing. Not because of Amazon.

    • Les Says:

      LOL. Sounds like my spouse. “Knitting and crochet being mixed up is like mixing up shooting and archery”. The rest hit a similar chord.

  3. peter Says:

    Well, around here the Wally world has crappy cd selections. Generally you have to go to Jackson. Here in the Delta, most of what you find is black music, not much white music.

  4. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Yeah, same for the Walmarts here. But that’s okay, because God knows there are a ton of other places here to go for music. You can find some real gems in the secondhand stores. I found Rush’s Moving Pictures at Half Price Books for $5.98.

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