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Jul 21, 2011 06:33 PM

Borders' food-related book clearance info

I hope this topic is appropriate for the board as I'd like to see if CH's can help each other out to get the best deals as Borders marks down inventory during its store closings. The Borders store closest to me was one of those that escaped the initial closing list and it's just a bit hard to visit frequently to see whats going on. If others can post about percentage price reductions in their areas we can make our own decisions on when to buy locally as the price drop pattern is likely to be similar.

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  1. My email from Borders this morning says everything is discounted up to 40% off... no specifics unfortunately. Borders Bucks are good until 7/31, Borders rewards discounts given until 8/5. I wish I could get over there today, but I won't get there until next week.

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    1. re: jujuthomas

      Where are you?

      On the last 3 days of my Borders Winchester, VA closing, I just happened to be there and found that "most" all the books were 80% off. They said they had emailed to Borders members regarding that days' beginning of 80% off, but I never received one.
      Usually I am not 'in town" on that particular day,but I was lucky to purchase a few at 80%.

      1. re: Rella

        I'm just north of Philly, I go to the North Wales, PA borders. We have a closer Borders Express, but they're totally useless.

        the first Borders I ever visited was at the Crystal City Metro stop in Arlington, VA... what an experience that was. They were new, and you could find all sorts of unusual reading material.

    2. The big Borders in Downtown Crossing in Boston just started their liquidation today. Cookbooks, children's, fiction, mysteries are 10% off. Magazines 40%. Travel 10%, Maps 20%. Dvds and cds 20%.Paperchase items 10%. Greeting cards 40%. Bargain items (of which there are a lot of cookbooks) 10%.

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      1. re: emmyru

        10% for cookbooks, fiction and travel? I 'm glad I didn't waste my time going today. That is really low for a liquidation sale, even in the first few days. I'm sure they'll up the discounts considerably as time passes and the books don't sell fast enough.

        1. re: emmyru

          I live right by one in Flemington NJ and their liquidation started exactly the same way. I did buy a few food mags I had had my eye on.

        2. I think a lot of it depends on when the Borders in your area started their closing.

          If yours was on the originally slated bunch to be closed, then they're probably a lot further along with the discounts. I hit one Borders awhile ago that was a simple closure a few weeks into it (this was before and perhaps a prelude to the first wave of closures) and they were in the 30% discount range for cookbooks.

          I know of one nearby that was originally on the "to stay open" list but now is going to go into liquidation. I imagine the percentages off will be very minimal at first (as is the usual) but the percentages will increase in a few weeks.

          1. New email this morning: 20-40% off the store.

            20% off kids books, cookbooks, ereaders, fitness and travel
            30% off best sellers, romance
            40% off newsstand, bluray

            I don't think it's really different discounts than the last email, just more specific.

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            1. re: jujuthomas

              I just registered on their site a couple of days ago and haven't gotten any emails yet. It may be that they're just not adding new people to their lists at this point. Actually, 20% is still higher than Amazon, even with the shipping. I guess this will be a game of 'discount chicken'.

              1. re: Midlife

                i have their "bonus" card... so I've been getting their emails for a couple years now.

            2. today's email says 25% off cookbooks, 30% off diet and nutrition, bluray 50%... emptying the warehouses, new merchandise in Borders Superstores. BordersPlus rewards extended thru Sunday.

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              1. re: jujuthomas

                Today in Hagerstown, Maryland 20% off cookbooks.
                Today in Paxtonia, Pennsylvania 25% off cookbooks. People were buying at 25%.

                Waiting for at least 40% which I can usually find at Amazon or Jessica's.
                At any rate, I didn't see any that I really wanted at 40% off.
                My cup runneth over.

                1. re: Rella

                  we went over Sat night, I wanted to look at the magazines which were 40% off. got a few, and a couple other things... probably won't go back.

                  1. re: Rella

                    I'm not even entering the store again until the cookbooks are at least 50% off. I have a ton of new cookbooks I haven't even been able to crack yet, and I bought all of them for at least 40% off, and many of them I bought for even less than that. I did buy a few food mags at 40% off the first day of the liquidation but that's been it so far.

                    1. re: Rella

                      Borders today in Hagerstown, Maryland 30% off cookbooks. Not much has happened in 10 days; i.e. 10% lowered in 10 days.