5 Things NOT to Miss About Going to Borders
In general, Art Attack is pretty bummed about the closing of Borders. Their selection was always superb, their staff was very friendly, and we liked their rewards program miles better than that of Barnes and Noble. Visiting the bookstore was one of our regular weekend routines, and it is really sad to see them go.
This was made even worse after a visit to the Galleria location this weekend. We picked up a few comic trades at a discount, something we usually put off buying because it's hard to justify spending $20 on something we can read in an hour. Checking out, we expressed our sympathies to the employees, and offered our condolences on finding a job in the current environment.
"But you're probably tired of hearing that by now," we said.
Actually, no. The clerks told us that a pretty significant amount of customers had come in to gloat about the liquidation prices, scold the clerks for bad business practices, harp about how Borders got just what was coming to it, and finally, openly mock the soon to be un-employees.
You'd think people who read a lot would behave better. Then again, Glenn Beck and Bristol Palin sell a lot of books...
Still, even though we spent our time full-on Team Borders, there are a few things that we won't miss about the chain.
One thing we'll give Barnes and Noble credit for is they tend to keep a nice leash on this behavior. There's nothing wrong with reading in a bookstore. They have chairs, benches and even a whole coffee shop section just for that reason. There is something wrong with staking out a claim in the middle of a walkway like some kind of hipster prospector mining for angst.
It wouldn't bother us so much except that offenders of this kind obviously plan on doing it. They have their iPod out, their giant bag regardless of gender, and they sit with their legs sticking straight out. They want to be a stumbling block in your way so they can glare at you for interrupting their pursuit of fine literature when you almost trip over them. Borders seemed to attract these people the most.
2. DVDs Locked Up Like Gold
Yes, people steal DVDs, but do they really steal DVDs out of proportion to books? Maybe, but for high priced books, like comic trades of technical journals, Borders always seemed comfortable just throwing a magnetic alarm strip somewhere in the middle of the book. Not for DVDs, though. No these must be secured in a metal case and only one chosen person may have the key.
That person, by the way, never, ever works in the DVD section. You always had to find the person to unlock the case, and then they had to take it down to the counter themselves. We're sure that the loss of an Ally McBeal complete series box set was a worry, but can the same honestly be said for the $19.99 single disc of Black Adder Series 2 we wanted?
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