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Old 06-15-05, 07:39 AM
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I hate to tell ya...its even worse than that. A few years back I had a friend who worked at B&N, and she said employees can take books out! They just have to sign for them, and they can take them home and bring them back!
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I once picked up a nice, illustrated paperback and didn't realize until I got home that it had a huge coffee stain on some of the middle pages ... annoying.

I live in a college town as well, and I know a lot of people who just go BN to study. It's a little to hectic of a place for me to work well at, but hey, different strokes ....

Quite frankly, I've pretty much given up on buying books from the large bookstores because the prices are horrible. This is definitely an area where better prices can be had online.
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Originally Posted by BackStJoe
I hate to tell ya...its even worse than that. A few years back I had a friend who worked at B&N, and she said employees can take books out! They just have to sign for them, and they can take them home and bring them back!
Borders does that too....only for hardcovers though.
Old 06-16-05, 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by BackStJoe
I hate to tell ya...its even worse than that. A few years back I had a friend who worked at B&N, and she said employees can take books out! They just have to sign for them, and they can take them home and bring them back!
That doesn't surprise me, especially because their return policy is so liberal. It doesn't say in their return policy that you can't read the book. All they say is that it has to be in resalable condition and within 30 days. I have on many occasions bought a book and made sure I didn't crease the pages, then returned the book and got another. I try not to make it a habit, but why not, it's not like they said I couldn't read it.
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Where I go to school there is a B&N across the street and they have a little section setup with tables specifically for students to use to study and write papers. They even have book shelves kinda encasing it for privacy. I sometimes wonder how many books get stolen because of that. Its funny seeing people in there with all these brand new books spread out as they write a paper.
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That doesn't surprise me, especially because their return policy is so liberal. It doesn't say in their return policy that you can't read the book. All they say is that it has to be in resalable condition and within 30 days. I have on many occasions bought a book and made sure I didn't crease the pages, then returned the book and got another. I try not to make it a habit, but why not, it's not like they said I couldn't read it.
I'd like to see them enforce a "you can't return this if you've read it" policy.
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Uhhhh ... This is all intentional.
Old 06-18-05, 01:58 AM
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Originally Posted by BackStJoe
I hate to tell ya...its even worse than that. A few years back I had a friend who worked at B&N, and she said employees can take books out! They just have to sign for them, and they can take them home and bring them back!
I'd think they would encourage this because it would help employees assist customers with their selections.
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Originally Posted by dvde
That doesn't surprise me, especially because their return policy is so liberal. It doesn't say in their return policy that you can't read the book. All they say is that it has to be in resalable condition and within 30 days. I have on many occasions bought a book and made sure I didn't crease the pages, then returned the book and got another. I try not to make it a habit, but why not, it's not like they said I couldn't read it.
Imagine the strange looks if you tried to return this selection.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...79682656&itm=5
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Originally Posted by BackStJoe
I hate to tell ya...its even worse than that. A few years back I had a friend who worked at B&N, and she said employees can take books out! They just have to sign for them, and they can take them home and bring them back!
A girl I work with used to work at Waldenbooks and they have the same policy. I'd assume the same thing goes for Borders (Walden's parent store).
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This thread confirms that you may as well buy them used online at a fraction of the cost. You're buying used at a Borders, B&N anyway.
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Originally Posted by Big Worms
Except that books and magazines don't have sensors on them. They are only their for cds and dvds.
Actually, lots of books have sensors in them.
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Originally Posted by madara
Anyone notice that alot folks at B&N grab a book and just read it in chairs there. Or worse yet take them to cafe area and eat as they read. Whats B&N policy on this? Instead buying the book I can just come everyday and read it? Maybe gunk it all up with a danish? lol
Ever see a Wal*Mart magazine aisle? Same scenario......
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I was at B&N chatting with a friend one day at one of the tables clear back in the corner of the store. There were kids running around, people browsing and discussing SciFi books(which were right there), and my friend and I were drinking coffee, talking about whatever. A little old lady came and sat down, flopped a newspaper down on the table between us, and started reading. Well, we continued what we were doing, and finally after about 10 minutes, she chewed us out, stating that this was a quiet area, and people weren't allowed to talk. We felt bad for about 2.5 seconds until she basically told us that people come to B&N to read in peace and quiet, and if we wanted to chat, we could go to the cafe(which was full), or go somewhere else. She then said that because we were so noisy(we weren't, really), she couldn't concentrate, so she had to move, and she took the chair, and her paper, and moved like 5 isles away, right next to some other lady who was sitting there in the middle of the isle. It was strange. I really do think that she thought she'd intimidate us into leaving.

I'm sorry. You want quiet, don't go to a place where you have no reasonable expectation of quiet. Just because they put chairs out doesn't mean they demand quiet. Heck. I see people sleeping in those chairs. You can't tell me that was intented.
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Originally Posted by Easy
I sometimes wonder if anyone has had the stones to take one into the bathroom. Just knowing they might be -ahem- used, seriously makes me hesitate to buy books there.
The B&N in my town doesn't even have a bathroom.
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I was at B&N last night around 10pm. I had to laugh after thinking about this thread, because the place was packed with people reading magazines and drinking iced coffee. I think I was the only one there actually buying something.
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Just a fun little story about bathroom books at B&N. I used to work there a couple of years back and throughout the day we were supposed to roam around the store and gather stray books and reshelve them. I found stray books in the men's bathroom on more than one occassion. This kind of grossed me out, but eh what are you gonna do. The only time that I was horrified was when I found a book from the Sexuality section (which contained books of a very sexually graphic nature) stuffed behind the toilet paper roll. I just have to keep telling myself that the book was being read for research and not recreation. But seriously, who jacks off at B&N? Come on! *shudder*
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My Borders has a rack for their sales papers and other free papers just past the sensor things going into the restroom. I guess thats the reading material you are supposed to use in there.
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Originally Posted by charles1028
But seriously, who jacks off at B&N? Come on! *shudder*

You'd be surprised. When I worked at Borders, we often found the gay porn mags in the men's bathroom, and people would paw through the sex manuals and such constantly. I handed (chortle) that section, and always found the nudie mags stuffed amidst the sex books.

People abuse the return policy all the time; we had people who would buy the expensive computer books, use them for their certification class or whatever, and return them. I know Borders instituted a system whereby someone who returned too much stuff would be flagged as an abuser and refused, but I left before I got to see how/if it worked.
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Originally Posted by Chad
The same also occurs at Books-A-Million.
Yep.

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