Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Borders Going Under?

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At one time Borders was probably one of my favorite bookstores. The music selection was better than just about every other big box retailer around. I have a taste that sometimes runs to lesser known acts and at Borders I could find most of them. And the prices were reasonable, a lot less than at other places like Barnes & Noble. The Borders here is across the lake in Metairie so it's not someplace I go to every week. I would usually hit them up at least once a month and I'd never walk out with some new books or music. At the magazine rack at Borders I would get my new copy of Backstreets whenever it came out. Their section on books on music and musicians is better than B & N, I've got quite a few books about different musicians there.

But sometime in the last year things started to change. They moved their music selection around, making it smaller. And the prices went up. I started having trouble finding a lot of what I wanted there. I started making that trip across the lake less often, at least to go to Borders.

Are they getting ready to go out of business? Go here and read about it. Even though they're not my favorite book store anymore I'd hate to see them go under.

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Bond said...

I had just read in Rolling stone how Borders would be shutting down - or greatly diminishing - their music sections. They can not compete with the targets and WalMarts.

JohnH985 said...

And the worst part is that even as places like Borders shrinks their music section so do Walmart and Target and Best Buy. Everyone is cutting back on cds, making it where you almost have to buy it online.

Travis said...

We've got a Barnes & Noble just around the corner, so that's my montly stop for books.

But I agree that even Target is starting to cut back it's music selection. And I was in Best Buy a couple weeks ago, and their music section had also shrunk quite a bit.

JohnH985 said...

Yea, it's getting harder and harder to be able to buy a cd unless its one of the top twenty. If you want anything you almost have to be willing to download it.

Starrlight said...

Yup I heard they were on their way out as well. I stopped getting coupons from them a while back. And John is right other than a select few BIG name acts Target and Walmart have rinky dink music sections.

That is why I buy from Everyday Music or Music Millennium, our two independent stores.

I admit I pay more than I would if I bought at a Big Box or even online at Amazon. I have yet to be able to buy an entire album digitally. It just feels wrong.

JohnH985 said...

There's a local place in New Orleans, Louisiana Music Factory, that I buy from, but they mainly supply the local stuff. I used to buy online from Miles of Music, but they've went under. I order from CD Baby. I held out from ordering digital for the longest time, until I just couldnt find some of the stuff I wanted except for online. I would still rather have the cd, but I've realized that some of my music will have to be just digital.

Starrlight said...

I LOVE CD Baby =) I am getting Two Hours Traffic - Little Jabs from CD Baby. Now if only I could find Cage The Elephant. I can find their album in the UK but with shipping....can you say 50 bucks?!

It's insane cause they are a Southern band!

JohnH985 said...

I love CD Baby. I'll keep an eye out for Cage the Elephant and if I get across the lake to our local indy store I'll check for it, sometimes they have other southern bands.

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