I freakin’ love that place, man – this is a sad sad day!! I just got an email from Consumer Reports giving some tips, and it makes me want to scream (not about the tips, but that they are closing!!). That just blows. And it’s the second store in my area to now shut its doors that I actually frequented. (The other was Panera Bread, but I doubt they’re going under anytime soon). Where the F am I supposed to get my coffee and just chill? Booooo…
At any rate, here are those tips from Consumer Reports – they’re good ones, so listen up:
- Use any Borders or Waldenbooks gift cards immediately or you’ll run the risk of the cards soon becoming worthless.
- Resist the urge to splurge! As we’ve found with previous chain closings, retailers can sometimes charge more at liquidation sales (meaning, a lot of the stuff they will start selling off MAY go up while they’re offloading everything.)
- Pay by credit card. If you have issues with your purchases, you may be able to dispute the charge with your credit card company. This is especially useful for CDs, DVDs, computer software, audiobooks, and e-book readers such as the Kobo Wireless eReader.
Those are good tips to keep in mine ANYTIME one of your favorite stores close (or rather, any place that you have free money to! Remember when Linens ‘N Things and Circuit City went under?). As soon as I post this, I’m literally racing to my beloved Borders and paying my respects. And when my tears clear up, I’m wiping that $20 gift card I have clean!
Or maybe I’ll buy something for the employees there — I lose my favorite place to hang out, but they lose their jobs. All 10,700 of them…what a mess.
Where do you guys do your coffee/tea and reading?
PS: For a more detailed story on their decline, check out the Detroit Free Press. Apparently they still WANT to be in business as they really care for their customers, but their last deal fell through and have run out of options :(
PPS: Is Barnes & Noble still around at least?
(Photo by John Loo)