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Old 01-15-08, 10:45 PM
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When does the Borders/Amazon partnership end?

The last word, if I remember correctly, was that Borders would open up their own web store on Jan 1. Meanwhile, I still have Borders store credit that I'd like to use before it is too late. Any updates?
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I don't have any info, but I would use them up as fast as you can. I'm hoping that if you have a pre-order in place, the order will still go through even if Borders had already severed their tie with Amazon. BTW, this very question was asked last week-

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=521596 .
Old 01-16-08, 11:45 AM
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Thanks. Gold Edition members still enjoy the privilege of not having to search before posting, right?
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According to these articles it sounds like the partnership will end on Feb 3 or shortly after.

http://www.news.com/Borders-to-break...ml?tag=cd.lede

Borders to break free of Amazon

By Reuters

Published: January 16, 2008, 5:43 AM PST

Borders views the launch of its new Web site as a chance to control its own destiny and help spur a turnaround at the book retailer, executives say.

Borders has been running its site in an alliance with Amazon.com since 1991. Amazon has operated the site, while Borders got a portion of the sales from Borders.com.

But that will change in its fiscal first quarter--which starts February 3--when Borders' agreement with Amazon is no longer in effect, and it launches its new Web site on its own.



http://www.computing.co.uk/computing...es-solo-online

Borders goes solo online

Book chain ends Amazon partnership with upgraded web site launch

Angelica Mari, Computing, 21 Jan 2008

Book retailer Borders has ended its alliance with Amazon for the running of its e-commerce operations.

The agreeement between the two businesses, in place since 1991, expires in February and Borders' new site will formally launch by this spring.
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So I have three days to try to use $235 in Borders gift cards. Maybe a PS3.
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Thanks for the heads up, Perkinsun Dzees. I've got a couple of gifts cards to use as well.
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Thanks for the heads-up, PD. I wonder if they will honor pre-orders or cancel them once they split.
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Shit. That is sooner than I thought. Need to see if I still have any credit there.
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Originally Posted by Trevor
So I have three days to try to use $235 in Borders gift cards. Maybe a PS3.
You can only use 1 gift card per order. If you have a few gift cards, then you might want to stop at a Borders tomorrow and have them roll it into one big card.
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Although it sounds like Borders could end it's partnership with Amazon in a couple of days, I'd be surprised if they do so before their own website is up and running (in the Spring).
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Well, I just went to place an order at Borders/Amazon and noticed that when I placed an item in my cart from Borders.com and went to checkout, the item description no longer says "Sold by Borders.com teamed with Amazon.com" (or whatever it used to say). Now it just says "Sold by Amazon.com".

However, when I entered my Borders gift/return card as payment for the order, it accepted it.

Not sure what that means exactly, but it looks like the end is definitely near.

Or course, it could also mean that the Borders.com site will stay up for the time being and that somehow you'll still be able to place orders through it until they have their new site ready to go.

Whatever the case, we'll know in a few days.

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Originally Posted by Sweet Baby James
You can only use 1 gift card per order. If you have a few gift cards, then you might want to stop at a Borders tomorrow and have them roll it into one big card.
Have been thinking about that...thanks for the reminder. Off to find my cards now before I forget.
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Oh shit...I have $250 store credit...WTF am I going to do?!
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Buy a PS3 and send it to me!

Either that or preorder a fuckton of stuff from Amazon.
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Originally Posted by Deftones

Either that or preorder a fuckton of stuff from Amazon.

That's what I did, but I'm concerned about the pre-orders. Since Amazon doesn't charge your gift card until the order ships, I'm worried that they will cancel the order. I could see them sending out emails stating that they can no longer process Borders gift cards and that if you still want the order, you'll have to provide alternate payment. I sure hope that I'm worrying about nothing.
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Originally Posted by Sweet Baby James
That's what I did, but I'm concerned about the pre-orders. Since Amazon doesn't charge your gift card until the order ships, I'm worried that they will cancel the order. I could see them sending out emails stating that they can no longer process Borders gift cards and that if you still want the order, you'll have to provide alternate payment. I sure hope that I'm worrying about nothing.
Good catch, I'll avoid pre-orders.

I was going to buy a DS but they are oos, only have them from sellers now. I guess I could still buy one, but prefer to not use sellers.

I was also going to buy a PS3, but there is no discount or 5 free offer going on right now, and I hate to pay full price for anything.

I'll probably end up just not using most of the credit, and waiting for the regular 40% off Borders coupons.
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Anyone we can tell for sure? Maybe call Amazon and/or Borders and ask?

I just pre-ordered 3 Blu-ray/HD DVD titles, and I would hate to have to buy stuff I'm not really interested in right now just to use it up.
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Originally Posted by Sweet Baby James
That's what I did, but I'm concerned about the pre-orders. Since Amazon doesn't charge your gift card until the order ships, I'm worried that they will cancel the order. I could see them sending out emails stating that they can no longer process Borders gift cards and that if you still want the order, you'll have to provide alternate payment. I sure hope that I'm worrying about nothing.
That's actually a valid point. Nobody knows what's going to happen. I'll change my answer to order a fuckton of instock items, then!
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Arg. I guess I'll buy some things.
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD
Arg.
This is my sentiment as well. After the recent extravaganza at BMG, I hate to spend my GCs even on stuff I know I want to have, despite the fact that said GCs will imminently become more or less useless to me. I now completely understand consumption smoothing.
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I just don't know what to buy...thats the problem. Maybe a TIVO HD? Maybe a Onkyp receiver? Wish I knew for sure this was happening today.
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Amazon sells just about everything in the free world. I'm getting a set of 5.1 Harmon Kardon speakers for my bedroom, since it's dropped about 50 bucks in the past week.
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Yeah, having the Onkyo 605, I vote for that. It's a great receiver.
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The sky hasn't fallen just yet. You can still make orders through borders.com. I think tomorrow will be the day to see if they are calling it quits.
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Originally Posted by Perkinsun Dzees
Well, I just went to place an order at Borders/Amazon and noticed that when I placed an item in my cart from Borders.com and went to checkout, the item description no longer says "Sold by Borders.com teamed with Amazon.com" (or whatever it used to say). Now it just says "Sold by Amazon.com".

However, when I entered my Borders gift/return card as payment for the order, it accepted it.
This bit concerned me. However, in the order history, items purchased through Borders.com will have the familiar "Sold by Borders.com teamed with Amazon.com." I'll keep an eye on my CC charges just in case.

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