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Borders holders willing to fund Barnes & Noble bid | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 15 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Dec 6, 2010, titled Borders holders willing to fund Barnes & Noble bid | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Key shareholders of Borders Group Inc. say they are willing to finance a takeover bid for rival bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc.

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hamburger pimp

Columbus, OH

#1 Dec 6, 2010
The handwriting's been on the wall for Borders for quite some time, although they are (were?) a marginally better bookstore than B&N.
JRW

Columbus, OH

#2 Dec 6, 2010
I miss Media Play.
Bill Carty

Reynoldsburg, OH

#3 Dec 6, 2010
JRW wrote:
I miss Media Play.
Amen! Especially since I dion't have to drive across town to browse the shelves when they had one here on the west side!
Dirk

Columbus, OH

#4 Dec 6, 2010
borders wants to buy B&N? wow. always thought BN was better.. guess Borders getting desperate while getting trounced....odd to see smaller guy buy up larger guy.
early warning right here

Nashport, OH

#5 Dec 6, 2010
Its rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic while the band plays on.
Blue Eyed Chicky

Columbus, OH

#6 Dec 6, 2010
Borders is just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. I buy my books and music almost completely online these days, and so do nearly all of my family and friends. It's so much cheaper than retail. I hate to say it, because we're talking about people's livelihoods here, but I think retailers like these are on the endangered species list.
reader

Cincinnati, OH

#7 Dec 6, 2010
It's been my experience when one bookstore buys out another one neither of them gain. We had that experience in Dayton and now the store is terrible that overtook them. I have always preferred Barnes and Nobles to Borders. Borders has nothing as far as i'm concerned.
dude

Columbus, OH

#8 Dec 6, 2010
To save money on books I just go to the book store and re-write everything in the book. The time spent is money saved. I do spend a lot more on pens however.
Enzyte Bob

Powell, OH

#9 Dec 6, 2010
Dirk wrote:
borders wants to buy B&N? wow. always thought BN was better.. guess Borders getting desperate while getting trounced....odd to see smaller guy buy up larger guy.
This is like when Hechinger's bought Builder's Square, or when Kmart bought Sears, or when Lazarus/Federated bought Macy's. Just a couple of losers coming together trying to survive.
Dirk

Columbus, OH

#10 Dec 6, 2010
drove by B&N the other day, packed. People still go. I use a Nook and buy e-books from B&N however.
Scooter4Ever

Waukesha, WI

#11 Dec 6, 2010
If this happens, there will be a lot of available real estate in a lot of malls and shopping centers. I'm sure they would close the stores that are too close to one another. And while people still go to the stores, I suspect that most are just going to relax and skim a few books without buying. Amazon has been killing these stores for many years and I'm sure the Kindle and iPad haven't helped. If Border or B&N were smart, they would just wait until the other dies and then grab what they want and focus on becoming a better competitor against Amazon.
Concerned Citizen

Reynoldsburg, OH

#12 Dec 6, 2010
The sad thing is that you can buy books from Barnes and Noble on line much cheaper than you can buy the exact same book in the store. They are competing unfairly with themselves. When I go to the store, there are always lots of people there. Maybe they do the same thing I do: check out the merchandise at the store, then go to the internet to buy.
Book Fiend

Columbus, OH

#13 Dec 6, 2010
Not sure I want to see this - especially if Borders implements its management plans and/or web site format to replace BN's. BN's stores and web site seem to be MUCH better than Borders.
fed up in Wa

Lynnwood, WA

#14 Jan 2, 2011
I am saddened at the news of Borders going away, but can't understand how they could buy B&N when they can't even pay their bills. They treat their employees horribly, cut hours and demand that their emps upsell their stupid rewards cards, and can't even get the stock they have out for people to buy because they won't give hours for stocking and recovery!
Me too

Blacklick, OH

#15 Jan 3, 2011
JRW wrote:
I miss Media Play.
I miss the Desert Inn and the Kahiki. I also miss the 60's. Or maybe I just missed the 60's. I'm not sure which.

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