Store Forum Share Your Shopping Experiences at Stores both Online and Off.

Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Old 02-11-11, 03:43 PM
  #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 174
Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Report: Borders bankruptcy filing likely next week
Blu-ray-collect is offline  
Old 02-11-11, 03:49 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Sitting on a beach, earning 20%
Posts: 9,917
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week



They like Criterions.
DonnachaOne is offline  
Old 02-11-11, 05:33 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Reviewer & TOAT Winner
 
Alan Smithee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: USA
Posts: 8,211
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

That's what happens when you raise your prices and lower your selection.
Alan Smithee is offline  
Old 02-12-11, 10:37 AM
  #4  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: in da cloud
Posts: 26,196
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Damn, where am I going to pay ridiculous prices for books now?
al_bundy is offline  
Old 02-12-11, 02:21 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Troy Stiffler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Under an I-10 Overpass
Posts: 21,100
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Ya' know, I stopped going to the book store. Amazon has EVERYTHING. Back in 2000, if I wanted a book, I could go to B&N or Borders. If they didn't have it, I'd do a special order. But now it's so much easier to just find it on Amazon.

What're you gonna do?
Troy Stiffler is offline  
Old 02-12-11, 06:26 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
BuckNaked2k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Hartford, CT
Posts: 5,946
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Yea, I'll miss getting a hearty laugh at their MSRP-priced DVDs and Blu-rays. "Gee, I wonder why we don't sell more movies?"
BuckNaked2k is offline  
Old 02-12-11, 07:46 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Reviewer & TOAT Winner
 
Alan Smithee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: USA
Posts: 8,211
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Around 2000 Borders re-priced all their DVDs at about $5 under MSRP- I bought tons of discs then, since I wanted to support a 'real' store and not Wal-Mart or Target, and of course they had titles those stores would never carry- but by 2002 the prices started creeping back up. After that they drastically cut the DVD selection in a lot of their stores- what took an hour or so to browse through only took a few minutes. The times I still went in looking for particular odd titles, they weren't there.

When they first dropped the prices, I worked within walking distance of one of their stores so I made TONS of impulse buys, some I still haven't even watched yet.
Alan Smithee is offline  
Old 02-13-11, 01:07 AM
  #8  
DVD Talk Legend
 
calhoun07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 14,402
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Well, love them or hate them, they are the only book store in my area that's convenient to go to. The Barnes and Nobles around town are all really out of the way for me. So I will actually miss them quite a bit.
calhoun07 is offline  
Old 02-13-11, 01:37 AM
  #9  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
UAIOE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: LV-426
Posts: 6,598
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Borders was a fine place in the late 90's and into the early 2000's, but at some point after that they really went downhill. I can say that within the last 5 years I have been unable to spend more than 20 minutes in the place....this is down from when I could browse their stuff for a few hours.

When their prices jumped and their selection shrank I turned to Amazon to do what I did at Borders...buy/order obscure CD's and movies.
UAIOE is offline  
Old 02-13-11, 11:20 AM
  #10  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
SterlingBen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 6,874
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

I was wondering why they hadn't sent me any coupons in awhile.
SterlingBen is offline  
Old 02-13-11, 11:27 AM
  #11  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Gizmo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Formerly known as "GizmoDVD"/Southern CA
Posts: 30,363
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Use those giftcards up quickly...
Gizmo is offline  
Old 02-13-11, 04:03 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
ProfessorEcho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Middle, Nowhere
Posts: 2,016
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Borders was one of the rare b&m stores that sold Alpha brand DVDs, but they were usually priced at $12.99 even though the MSRP was $7.98. !!!

Good riddance.
ProfessorEcho is offline  
Old 02-13-11, 07:49 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Posts: 14,309
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

The 40% coupons made for some good to great prices, but I mostly bought music, and their decision to drastically cut their selection a couple of years ago really put a dent into my purchasing.
cdollaz is online now  
Old 02-13-11, 07:49 PM
  #14  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Numanoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Down in 'The Park'
Posts: 27,882
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

"Brick and mortar is dead!" *squawk*
Numanoid is offline  
Old 02-13-11, 09:42 PM
  #15  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Gizmo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Formerly known as "GizmoDVD"/Southern CA
Posts: 30,363
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Originally Posted by cdollaz View Post
The 40% coupons made for some good to great prices, but I mostly bought music, and their decision to drastically cut their selection a couple of years ago really put a dent into my purchasing.
I've walked around several times with a 40% off coupon and still went back to Amazon. Borders was MSRP crazy.
Gizmo is offline  
Old 02-13-11, 10:40 PM
  #16  
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 503
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Originally Posted by GizmoDVD View Post
I've walked around several times with a 40% off coupon and still went back to Amazon. Borders was MSRP crazy.

You're so right Giz! I hated Borders from the friggin beginning. Their prices were such a joke. Borders can take their 40% coupons n wipe off their d*ck with it. FYE, BLOCKBUSTER and now BORDERS filing for bankruptcy. Fantastic!
pbishop69 is offline  
Old 02-13-11, 11:01 PM
  #17  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
BuckNaked2k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Hartford, CT
Posts: 5,946
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Be careful what you wish for. The day may come when Amazon is the only player left standing. We'll see how low their prices are then.
BuckNaked2k is offline  
Old 02-13-11, 11:06 PM
  #18  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 25,062
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post
"Brick and mortar is dead!" *squawk*
Smaller specialty stores are doing okay. I think that's how this kind of retail is going to survive. The days of 10,000 square foot bookstores are over.
Tracer Bullet is offline  
Old 02-13-11, 11:42 PM
  #19  
Moderator
 
Giles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 33,477
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Originally Posted by ProfessorEcho View Post
Borders was one of the rare b&m stores that sold Alpha brand DVDs, but they were usually priced at $12.99 even though the MSRP was $7.98. !!!

Good riddance.
they even had the audacity to raise the price over the MSRP of Criterion DVD/blurays, so the occasional 30-40% coupon was sort of pointless. The Friendship Heights Borders selection really has taken a turn for the worse - I frequent (and purchase) Barnes and Nobles merchandise alot more than them.
Giles is offline  
Old 02-14-11, 12:04 AM
  #20  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
fumanstan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 55,343
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

I still buy books from Borders when I have a 30 or 40 percent off coupon, which come every couple of days. I find myself bored on occasion and decide to pick up something rather then wait a couple days for Amazon, and for the most part after coupon the difference is only a buck or two so I don't feel that bad. Just yesterday I went and decided to buy Freakonomics on a whim.

I'd be bummed out if Borders went under, since the coupons make them more appealing to me then Barnes and Noble.
fumanstan is offline  
Old 02-14-11, 12:48 AM
  #21  
DVD Talk Hero
 
davidh777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Home of 2013 NFL champion Seahawks
Posts: 40,795
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

When Borders hit our downtown a few years back, I found them more appealing than Barnes & Noble, but I haven't had a reason to shop there in years. I don't like to see longstanding stores in trouble, though.
davidh777 is offline  
Old 02-14-11, 01:32 AM
  #22  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Josh-da-man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: The Bible Belt
Posts: 30,343
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Originally Posted by UAIOE View Post
Borders was a fine place in the late 90's and into the early 2000's, but at some point after that they really went downhill. I can say that within the last 5 years I have been unable to spend more than 20 minutes in the place....this is down from when I could browse their stuff for a few hours.
That's been my experience as well; in the last few years the store selection has really gone downhill. I think I first noticed it when they started cutting back their CD/DVD selection a couple of years ago and rearranged the floor layout of the store. Seems like they started devoting less space to books as well, and there's a now a lot of empty floor space in the store and tons of junk where books used to be.
Josh-da-man is offline  
Old 02-14-11, 04:58 AM
  #23  
DVD Talk Legend
 
EdTheRipper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 14,425
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Borders was great years ago. If I couldn't find a more obscure cd or dvd at my regular stops, the odds are good that Borders would have it. At the time, I didn't mind paying the extra money because I was just happy to have found what I was looking for. Their usefulness to me died when they removed 95% of their cd and dvd selections. Honestly, I'm just not phased by this news.
EdTheRipper is offline  
Old 02-14-11, 05:46 AM
  #24  
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 50
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

In my local BORDER store the ONLY employee who seemed to be doing their job, was the physically challenged young woman, who could WHIP OFF those security cases for dvds and cds, quicker than ANY of the store employees.

LONG LINES. LONG LINES. LONG LINES.

We are talking on the average of 30 deep at the checkout line, with a compliment of 5 checker outers, AND OTHER EMPLOYEES JUST WALKING AROUND AIMLESSLY !
musicfann is offline  
Old 02-14-11, 08:48 AM
  #25  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Sweet Baby James's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 11,587
Re: Border's bankruptcy filing possible next week

Originally Posted by BuckNaked2k View Post
Be careful what you wish for. The day may come when Amazon is the only player left standing. We'll see how low their prices are then.


Indeed. The more competition, the better.

I have never understood the glee that some take when a company goes under. If you don't like a store, then don't give them your business. Pretty simple.
Sweet Baby James is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.