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12 October 2011 @ 10:05 pm
Day by Day Calendar Company  
I just remembered.....what ever happened to Day by Day Calendar after they sold it? Did they begin setup for this holiday season, did it get merged into another company and re-branded, etc....?
 
 
 
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(Anonymous) on October 13th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
It was purchased by Calendar Club/Go Games. They're opening locations in most of our old spots.
(Anonymous) on October 13th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
They plan to have ex Borders/walden employees run them for no additional money just like before the stores closed (joke)
(Anonymous) on October 13th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
It is exactly the same as when it was DBD. Set up the same, same fixtures, our old locations, our old reject applicants.
(Anonymous) on October 14th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
They have job opening advertisements up now for their upcoming stores in the Atlanta metro area. Seems like more of a mall kiosk type of thing now, rather than in a separate former store location in a mall.
(Anonymous) on October 14th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
"a separate former store location in a mall."

That was called an "inline" kiosk. In the old days (90s) those were pretty rare; most DBDs were kiosk fixtures. Now that malls are dying everywhere, there's plenty of space for cheap inline rents.

I don't know if this was common everywhere, but when my BSR started having inline DBDs early last decade, Borders wouldn't pay for running water as part of the lease agreement, so the restrooms didn't work. I think that was my very first clue that all was not well with this company.

(I said "this" as if it still existed. /sniff)
(Anonymous) on October 14th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
My BSR had a permanent bargain store* in the otherwise unleaseable space adjacent to our store (water damage, mold... lovely. Lots of bloody noses caused by breathing that air). No running water there, either, so no toilet.

Also, no phone line, so the register was permanently offline. All sales (and payment!) data had to be transferred to the base store's PC via a dedicated floppy disk every night.

As there was no phone, there was officially** no way to contact the base store to ask for a washroom break. It wasn't unheard of for a desperate bookseller to go ahead and use the non-functioning toilet anyway.

*The last time I posted anything about the bargain store, I was busted by higher ups, since it turned out we were the only one in the company or something. I guess I needn't worry about that anymore.

**Unofficially, of course we all used our smartphones for communication and entertainment.
(Anonymous) on October 14th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
"All sales (and payment!) data had to be transferred to the base store's PC via a dedicated floppy disk every night."

I remember the absolute panic in October 2008 as payment card industry regulations went into effect that mandated credit card data no longer be stored in POS systems. BSR's systems were hopelessly out of date and couldn't easily comply with these new regulations, so the company rushed out portable Verifone terminals as a stopgap. The company's unwillingness to modernize systems should have been another clue.
(Anonymous) on October 14th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
Those kiosks were a joke. They were manned by goody goody college kids content to just sit there and play games on their iphones instead of actively selling to people, or at least tidying up a bit. I even knew people who embezzled from the kiosk safes and almost got away with it because the GM and loss prevention were a bunch of lazy asses. such a fucked up system all around.
KanojoNoCarrera on October 14th, 2011 07:42 am (UTC)
One of my co workers actually did play with his Nintendo DS at the Kiosk. Managed to finish all the Pokemon games during that time (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, Diamond/Pearl/Platinum, HeartGold/SoulSilver). All the girls would finish off romance novels.
(Anonymous) on October 14th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
nothing yet
Our store was in a mall, and always operated two calendar kiosks. They were so profitable they kept our store open about 7 years longer than it should have been. Staffing ranged between excellent and horrible. I was in the mall last week. No sign of any calendar kiosk or inline. So perhaps the new owners are planning to operate for only a month or two?
(Anonymous) on October 15th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Even Ron Marshall and Mike Edwards Couldn't Kill Day by Day
At least the new company put in modern cash registers instead of the crap Borders used. Those old clunkers from BSR should have been scrapped ten years ago.

Like anything "Borders" the people running Day By Day thought they were freakin geniuses because it was one of the few divisions that made money. They never quite figured out that when you buy crap for two bucks and sell it for $13 or more, it's is virtually impossible to lose money.

Last year was the biggest joke of all when they tried to sell Borders gift cards at kiosks. That idea was a total failure. So was the fact that they got too little Justin Bieber which sold like hot cakes. They bought a gazillion Betty White and Twilight. We still had those when the liquidation sales started. Thank God it's over.
(Anonymous) on October 16th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Even Ron Marshall and Mike Edwards Couldn't Kill Day by Day
LOL. The recycled equipment was crap. The kiosk curtains couldn't be closed because of the busted zippers and tears. But it was better than working in the store.

Borders was never known for having good management in the time I was there. Out at the kiosk I talked most of the people interested in buying Borders gift cards out out of it. Glad I did. I wouldn't want any of them coming after me for selling them a worthless card that no one could use.
(Anonymous) on October 20th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
I saw two DayByDay kiosks that looked like total crap. They looked like they were never recovered and product kept within categories. At one a clerk was reading a book and the other she was texting furiously.

Obviously Calendar Club has a different idea of what it takes to run these things.
(Anonymous) on October 28th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Go Calendars
I was in the Mall today and saw the new Go Calendars kiosk. The clerk there has a padded chair, with arm rests, reading a magazine. Wow. We had to stand on our feet all day and count the ceiling tiles.
(Anonymous) on November 4th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
FUCK YOU ALL! TRY STANDING IN A MALL FOR 8 HOURS, NOT ABLE TO MOVE BEYOND A 6 SQ FOOT AREA, HAND-WRITING RECEIPTS, REPLENISHING FROM THE BASEMENT WITHOUT THE USE OF AN ELEVATOR, AND DEALING WITH THE MOST IDIOTIC, MALCONTENTED,ANNOYING-ASS PEOPLE...CONSTANTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Anonymous) on November 4th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
FUCK DAY BY DAY AND THEIR SHODDY-ASS OPERATION, FUCK THE GMS WHO FORCED US INTO DOING IT WITHOUT A RAISE, FUCK THE LIQUIDATORS WHO CONDESCENDED TO US, FUCK THE SALE THAT DRAINED US OF OUR SOULS, FUCK BORDERS WHO STIFFED THEIR EMPLOYEES ANY CHANCE THEY GOT, FUCK THE CUSTOMERS WHO STOLE OUR TIME AND MERCHANDISE, AND WHO TOOK SHITS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SALES FLOOR, AND LASTLY, FUCK YOU.
(Anonymous) on November 4th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Bitter ?
Bitter, are we?

I hated the store at the end, and corporate management most of all.
Having to sell EGC's to customers was the worst (that, and the card).

But when you where at the Day By Day calendar kiosk, you were your own boss (more or less). We read. We texted. We chatted on the phone.
(Anonymous) on November 6th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
Stay tuned. There's a Plan. The Best Is Yet To Come.
Don't give up the ship. I know it's tough because we all lost. But I have a plan and although the "Borders" brand is now sold to Barnes and Noble, the Borders spirit will live on when we begin anew and rise like a Phoenix, and I don't mean a Phoenix store.

We have a plan me, Jim Fering, Art Keeney, Julio, Mary, have a plan. You'll want to be part of it. Stay tuned. From what I hear, even Ron wants in.

Mike E
(Anonymous) on November 6th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Stay tuned. There's a Plan. The Best Is Yet To Come.
LOL LOL LOL.

I bet you do.

I have a plan too.

I retired.
(Anonymous) on November 6th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Stay tuned. There's a Plan. The Best Is Yet To Come.
oh wow, you retired! which only means you're one step closer to being expired. nice going! enjoy the lazy days and have fun on your death bed! :)
(Anonymous) on November 7th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Re: Stay tuned. There's a Plan. The Best Is Yet To Come.
Maybe you can get a job mowing her lawn?
(Anonymous) on November 7th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Stay tuned. There's a Plan. The Best Is Yet To Come.
sure, I could use a few extra bucks on the side! as long as I get to watch her slowly deteriorate into a pile of goop and bones. maybe then she'd be somewhat attractive, albeit in a sculptural sense. :)
(Anonymous) on November 7th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Stay tuned. There's a Plan. The Best Is Yet To Come.
IF YOU WERE REALLY MIKE, YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO ADD THAT E. AND YOU'D KNOW HOW TO SPELL FRERING.
(Anonymous) on November 8th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
Why are young people so...
Why are young people so fixated with death? Do they think the old folks really care that much about it? Get over it. When you're dead, you don't have to work at some sweatshop like Borders.
(Anonymous) on November 8th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
Always looking on the bright side, aren't we.
(Anonymous) on November 8th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
Maybe they're fixated on it because it is the end of consciousness, the END OF LIFE, you idiot. The only people who don't care are people who have been programmed by their own lifelong failures to not care about much of anything in life. And as far as sweatshops go, Borders was Shangrila. You ever tour the factories of Brazil and Southeast Asia much? Or even the warehouses of Amazon?
(Anonymous) on November 9th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
No one will hire you, right? You've gotten a rep because of your demented psyco behavior, right? Do us all a favor and get some help PLEASE!
(Anonymous) on November 10th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
I'm actually "gainfully" employed, but your concern is touching. By the way, you forgot the "h" in psycho. Also, there is no genuine help for anyone, and you certainly can't get it from some gussied-up, slick-tongued, quote-spewing, "well-educated" twit for $50 an hour. Believe me, I've tried, about 12 times. Each time he/she backed away and disowned me as a patient because they couldn't "handle it anymore". Just like teachers, shrinks are just like glorified schoolyard aids or janitors, just fighting fire with fire or trying to take the 'trash' out of human trash, which can't be done.

The bottom line is that everyone lies. Everyone who says they're healthy or "doing well" is lying. Everyone wrestles alone with their shadow selves constantly, and they lose the battle inevitably, because sanity and stability are the biggest illusions of all. They are the lies that fuel the engine of capitalism and stoke the fires of totalitarianism. What we call reality is a farce meant to be played out until death, perhaps even after death and into eternity. The truly courageous will kill themselves, the cowards do what they do best, cower, until their bitter death knells and choked screams of agony.
(Anonymous) on November 11th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
Interesting. A defensible position, for sure. Martin Amis articulated it well - better than you did, sorry to say - in his novel Night Train. If you can do a better job, please put it out there - you don't have to find an actual publisher these days.

The obvious counter-question is why you're still here and not going GGGHHHRRR in a closet. But I'm sure you have some explanation about enjoying everyone's suffering, blah blah blah, you're going to be the last one standing with one finger pointing at our pitiful bleached bones, whatever.

Probably pointless, but I'll point out that you could throw some compassion at the people you're shitting on.
(Anonymous) on November 11th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
1. I read Night Train. It was a very well written polemic I must say, and I can't argue that his wordsmithing is far superior to mine, if a tad tedious for my taste.

2. To counter your counter-question: why do you ask why I'm still here, if you're just going to type that I'll have an explanation as to why I'm still here, which we both KNOW is correct? Isn't it a waste of your time (and mine, for now responding to you?)

3. Compassion is a ship of fools, much like Borders was. There be white whales everywhere, Starbuck.
(Anonymous) on November 11th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
1. You didn't read it, did you? It's a short book, without much plot - you should be able to handle it. Quit faking.
2. Okay, so your answer is the trite bullshit I predicted.
3. So ... ship of fools, Moby-Dick, whatevs. Hang in there for a few more years and the reasons why you shouldn't shit on everything and everybody will become clear. Til then, keep annoying your roommates/neighbors/parents/whatever. Jackass.

PS: I only reply because I empathize. When I was immature and solipsistic there was no (well, not much) internet full of people to tell you to grow the fuck up.
(Anonymous) on November 12th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
Your continued 'last word' responses are irrefutable evidence of your raging solipsism, so on top of being an idiot, you're also a liar. nice. You and I are the same, cut from the same hunk of shit, so don't pretend that you're anything different, because in the end, your pretentious drivel won't make you happy. nothing will. and the sooner you realize that, the freer you'll be.
(Anonymous) on November 14th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
After reading that carefully, all I can say is "ditto." Or "backatcha." Or "I couldn't have put it much better."

You ARE talking about yourself, right? If so, congrats on the meta-troll. 10 points for style. Seriously. Don't get the why, but the how was pretty nice.

If not, I'll point this out: I haven't lied, and I've (gently) argued against solipsism, and I've called you out on your pretentiousness, and you seem very determined to have the last word. And, if you weren't joking, shame on you.
(Anonymous) on November 15th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
After reading that carefully, all I can say is "ditto." Or "backatcha." Or "I couldn't have put it much better."

You ARE talking about yourself, right? If so, congrats on the meta-troll. 10 points for style. Seriously. Don't get the why, but the how was pretty nice.

If not, I'll point this out: I haven't lied, and I've (gently) argued against solipsism, and I've called you out on your pretentiousness, and you seem very determined to have the last word. And, if you weren't joking, shame on you
(Anonymous) on November 17th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
Um, you forgot the final period when copying/pasting my reply. Don't get the joke on that one.
(Anonymous) on November 20th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
'cause you're an idiot.
(Anonymous) on November 24th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
Re: Why are young people so...
Ohh, gotcha. You're smart!
(Anonymous) on November 17th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Borders was Shangrila
Borders was Shangrila.


What have you been smoking?

Borders sucked.

It sucked hard for the people working in stores.
(Anonymous) on November 18th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
SHUT THIS DOWN! SHUT THIS DOWN!
PLEASE, STOP THIS CRAP. SHUT THIS DOWN. BORDERS IS GONE! GET OVER IT!
(Anonymous) on November 18th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Re: SHUT THIS DOWN! SHUT THIS DOWN!
Mike Edwards, please come down.

It's the holiday season, now down on your knees sir.
offpricebooks on November 22nd, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Jobs
Anyone in the Boston area from Borders looking for a job in the book business?
(Anonymous) on November 25th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Jobs
yes, why?
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