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15 September 2011 @ 02:12 pm
The End  

Borders Books - R.I.P.

It's Over.  Just lock the doors. 
The landlord wants the lights left on.

LATE UPDATE:   Barnes and Noble appears to have acquired Borders.com internet business and other intellectual property.  Click here for report.

 
 
 
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(Anonymous) on September 15th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
When will the murder investigation begin?
/in mourning
(Anonymous) on September 15th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
A New Day Dawns
You can be a glass half full or a glass half empty type of person. Your attitude is important, not only for getting another job but simply getting through the many ups and downs of life. Borders, like thousands of other businesses, didn't make it. Don't let that fact drag you down too. We're all, always, much more than our jobs - no matter how much we enjoyed them. Don't look back, look forward now. There are other opportunities out there, in spite of the difficult job market. Just don't box yourself in.
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(Anonymous) on September 15th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
"The Death and life of a great American bookstore"
This is a great article regarding the halcyon days of Borders before the retail rogues took over: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-09-12/us/first.borders.bookstore.closing_1_borders-rewards-bookstore-woolworth?_s=PM:US
KanojoNoCarrera on September 16th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)
Re: "The Death and life of a great American bookstore"
Goodbye Halcyon Days......

(10 points to the person that can ID where this quote came from.)
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(Anonymous) on September 15th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
No matter if you were a part time bookseller or a District Manager Your experience at Borders is valuable on a resume for a similar position at other retail stores. As much as its fun to glorify being a “book store employee” the behaviors you do (suggestive selling, Customer service strandeds) and Tasks you do (Receive product, put out new product, return old product) is VERY similar from retail store to retail store.


Use your experiences at Borders to help you get your next job…. YOU CAN DO IT!


PS. Now is a good time to get in touch with your GM and DMs from past years. With Borders being closed your experiences will be allot more impactful if you have SEVERAL “REAL RETAIL PROFESSIONALS” who were above you as a reference. Don’t list that unemployed café worker as your DM. If they can call your DM at their new job its allot better.
(Anonymous) on September 16th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
Loser.
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20thlvl_rogue on September 16th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)


Welcome to the new world, where books have been replaced with iPhones.
(Anonymous) on September 16th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
Good riddance. We need to start making ecologically sound decisions when it comes to cultural institutions. Books are no exception, and are a good place to start. Imagine how much more forest habitat (and breathable oxygen) will be salvaged with the market swinging toward digital books!
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(Anonymous) on September 17th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
I am sure that clay tablet salesmen in Akkadia were equally bummed out when papyrus became the medium of choice. Likewise, the music industry didn¹t end when BMG phased out 8-tracks in 1982.

The storage media may change, but that doesn’t mean literature is dying.
(Anonymous) on September 17th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Nice jpeg
It should be about 30 times larger.
(Anonymous) on September 16th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Facebook site??
Does anyone remember the Facebook page set up for former Borders employees? I know it was referred to several times on this site, but I never made a note of it because I didn't think I'd ever want to check it. (My store has its own page.) But now I sorta do. So if anyone knows it, I'd appreciate the help. Thanks, and all the best to all of us.

What a sad, unnecessary ending to what was a great experiment and experience. As I left a Borders yesterday for the last time, I stood outside looking at the name ``BORDERS'' and said a silent thanks to the Borders brothers for their vision. It has changed my life.

And thanks, too, to all the posters on this blog over the years. You've helped me maintain my sanity! Overall, it's been a really good community.
(Anonymous) on September 16th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
Re: Facebook site??
https://www.facebook.com/groups/229620883744332/
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(Anonymous) on September 16th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Re: Facebook site??
Umm, the Borders brothers were money-grubbing shysters who were only out to sell their vision to the highest bidder. I don't know...i'd call it a happy, necessary end to a long and pitiful saga of lies, betrayal, and douchebaggery. I'm smiling broadly.
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(Anonymous) on September 17th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
B&N buys Borders.com
Awesome move B&N! Way more business skills/sense than Borders could ever have dreamed of having.
(Anonymous) on September 17th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Re: B&N buys Borders.com
I still give the green shirts only three years before they fall down the same chute we did.
KanojoNoCarrera on September 17th, 2011 10:50 am (UTC)
"B&N’s victory assures the retailer that no competitor will emerge in the bookselling space using any of the Borders brand."
(Anonymous) on September 17th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thank You from a Borders Customer
As a longtime customer, I wanted to thank all of the Borders employees who made it my favorite bookstore chain. The store in Jacksonville, Fla., was my family's favorite place to buy books and music for 15 years. It had the best selection of computer books and always had the books I wrote in stock.

I'm sorry the idiots in your management let you down. To those of you who were working one of your first jobs, this won't be the last time that happens. Always prepare for the eventuality that your place of employment is taken over by imbeciles.
(Anonymous) on September 17th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank You from a Borders Customer
Sure, you're a bleeding heart now that we're gone, but you were probably one of those spoiled, self-righteous, know-it-all customers who complained any chance you got, who made our lives unbearably miserable! DIE!!!!!
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(Anonymous) on September 17th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
To the employee's who stayed to the end
I was a supervisor who got my walking papers during the death march of Ron Marshall. I remember handing over my keys and (honestly) looking jealously at my coworkers. They got to stay and I was asked to leave. They were talking about the new tables and the next schedule and I was cleaning out my desk. I think I cried for two months.
I have to say what you guys are going through and went through is truly amazing. To watch your employment slowly get torn down by hungry vultures is something I can't imagine. I think the hardest part is the first week. You wake up and realize you job is gone and the friendly (not all though) faces of your coworkers who you won't see anymore. Of course empty promises are made, to keep in contact, but slowly life get's in the way.
I would like to say I found a job just like I had with Borders but I would be lying. There is no job like it. A job where it was filled with laughter and curses (all rolled up in a joint to inhale after work)I miss talking with the author's and the different coworkers that littered our store.
But you did it, and stayed to the end. It must have been hard but at least when times are rough just remember those days at Borders. I do. I still hold out hope that I will have a job like Borders but somehow I grew to mock even myself.

Good luck and RIP Borders.
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
Re: To the employee's who stayed to the end
I also am a RM casuality. I went to my former store and shock hands with the employees remaining there. There heart was in that store but I guess all good things come to an end. I use to think getting laid off was the end of the world but man what a joy. I actually hated it at the end.

Don't worry this dark ending will go away. Just don't dwell on it too long. Make sure to learn from it and then carry on.

Good luck
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(Anonymous) on September 17th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's time...
...to take down this board. I mean, what's the point now?
(Anonymous) on September 17th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Maybe it's time...
To leave a statement that we were here and that we rode this thing out.
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(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
Re: A WORD FROM KING TROLL
I'm so sorry that Borders has closed and you no longer have a place to sit and read the collected works of Chuck Palahniuk. Have you tried buying them used on Amazon? I know it's not the same, but if you redecorate your apartment to look like a cafe and then make yourself a cup of coffee and put on some light muzak, you could probably come close to re-creating the experience.
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