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NC Tony

I mentioned this on the FB page. On one hand, much like when Border's closed, we had a lot of stories about how custys were only concerned with whatever they could get for as little as possible, with no concern that people are loosing their jobs. They'll be nothing more than sharks smelling blood in the water. I dread hearing the horror stories from former B&N slaves about the sharks.

On the other hand, I'm also eager to hear about the slaves who finally get to tell off all the idiot customers, letting off all that pent up rage since the threat of getting fired is no longer hanging over their head (unless of course there's a chance they could get transferred to another store).

Spritzy

Boo! The B&N in my town better not leave! I don't wanna have to buy all my books and Harney&Sons tea online!

CoG

*sigh* Raise your hand if you didn't see this coming. Anyone? No one? Bueller?

The Last Archimedean

Sounds to me like the board of directors can start by either firing or significantly cutting the pay of some top executives. That way they can easily afford to keep all the stores open.

Skittles

@TLA Companies can't start making cuts at the top, those are the people responsible for any problems it couldn't possibly be fair to do that. /sarcasm

In all reality this isn't a surprise with the popularity of e-readers. They could have offset this with some creative marketing and adjustments to what products and services they provide. I think if they started running book clubs, in conjuction with providing cafes or other larger reading areas, offering slight discounts they could have not only improved sales but have increased goodwill towards the stores. I'm sure other people could come up with stuff too.

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