Hi gang. If you’ve been sleepin’ in your hammock for that past few days, then this is news for you. Otherwise, y’all are aware of the liquidation sale goin’ on at all the Borders book stores around town.
The day the fire sale started I was somewhat surprised to see so many folks fill the stores in earnest lookin’ for a good deal. At that moment I thoughts to myself, where were all these good folks when the store was open for regular business? Then I was intrigued ’cause the liquidators had slashed prices by only 10%. Sos I thoughts again to myself, why didn’t Borders simply reduce its prices in order to stay in business?
I know Borders did what it could to survive in this economic mess. One reporter argues management did the wrong thing at the wrong time and the company only has itself to blame. But that ain’t the focus of this post.
Curiosity gots me thinkin’. Are we buyin’ these books ’cause we see the words LIQUIDATION in the windows and impulsively head inside? If so, will we get around to readin’ these books? Are we really a nation that reads? If so, then why is it that I am always challenged to get my students to open their textbooks? Every semester.
What’s goin’ on? Do we really care about books or do we just care about sales?
How do you feel about these store closings? Will you miss your local Borders bookstore? What effect will this have on our students? Will they still have easy access to books?