Ever since Borders announced it was closing its stores, smart book shoppers have been haunting their local Borders each week as the prices dip lower and lower. I imagine there was a pretty good selection when the discount was 40%, but I didn’t get around to visiting until last week. I went on an email tip from an Borders employee that since the stores are selling all their fixtures, solid wood bookcases could be had at a steal. Alas, I didn’t really care for the bookcases. I meant it to be a quick trip, but I found myself browsing the books that still populate the shelves. The pickings are slim, but at a 80-90% discount, why not look around?
Add to these piles of manga, technical manuals and outdated self-help tomes, and you have the majority of what remains on the shelves. Needless to say, I did not leave Borders with any book bargains this day. I did actually have a couple of $1 or $2 books in my hand (a Chris Cleave novel and a guide to my horoscope for 2011), but when I realized there were 20 people in line ahead of me, I decided to ditch them. I won’t be going back. So long, Borders, it was nice knowing you.