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  • jeffnet98 jeffnet98 Jan 10, 2003 9:37 PM Flag

    Re:Hey Jeffnet98 (Was Hey Growthowner)

    mk, before this deteriorates into a pis$ing match, please let me reiterate my points.

    Borders stores are larger than B&N stores, and have considerably more titles in stock. Merchandisable square footage? The fact is, Borders stores are way larger downstairs, and then there is a whole second (and sometimes even a third) level to boot. No comparison whatsoever. B&N concentrates on having the top sellers in stock. Borders concentrates on having the greatest possible number of books, including the best-selling, in stock.

    If either Borders or B&N hasn't had a book that I was looking for, I have ordered it from Amazon (where I get a better price anyway, and now even free shipping with orders over $25). Believe me, not finding what I needed has happened more times at B&N than it ever has at Borders, and I have been to Borders stores literally hundreds of times more often.

    We can agree to disagree here, but rest assured that my assertions are backed up by plenty of real-life experiences. Best of luck to you. --Jeff

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    • >>>>>>We can agree to disagree here, but rest assured that my assertions are backed up by plenty of real-life experiences. <<<<<<

      Real life experience assertions? HUH? Pardon me if I am naive but that just doesn't hold much weight with me as a valid argument. I have seen small Borders and small B&Ns. I have seen two floor B&Ns as well as Borders. I have also seen stores that appear larger because of their layout. If you want to accurately compare you need to get the sq footage. The most recent press releases from B&N state that newly leased stores will be 23, 24 and 26k sq ft. This is comparable if not a bit larger than most Borders stores (some recently opened BPG stores are coming in at 18k sq ft).
      A few years ago I could say with confidence that you could walk into a Borders and you would find A LOT more titles than a B&N. Today I am not too confident. Over the past 2 years Borders has been consistently gutting it's inventory and cutting back on titles. I have seen "sections" that used to be 5 shelves reduced to half a shelf. The store that I work at has seen about 20k in titles no longer being stocked. However, I can say with confidence that Borders does NOT concentrate on having the greatest number anymore. They concentrate on having the greatest number of selling items. This means 30 more copies of the latest Patterson novel instead of copies of an obscure economic topic. Also, you will notice that most Borders have been expanding in the gifts and stationary area. This is usually in prime retail real estate space and requires an increase in inventory dollars. This money is coming from somewhere -- it comes, in part, from the decrease in book and music titles.
      -mike

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      • >>>The most recent press releases from B&N state that newly leased stores will be 23, 24 and 26k sq ft. This is comparable if not a bit larger than most Borders stores...<<<

        Actually, the average size of Borders stores is 26,200 square feet.

        >>>A few years ago I could say with confidence that you could walk into a Borders and you would find A LOT more titles than a B&N. Today I am not too confident. Over the past 2 years Borders has been consistently gutting it's inventory and cutting back on titles. I have seen "sections" that used to be 5 shelves reduced to half a shelf. The store that I work at has seen about 20k in titles no longer being stocked. However, I can say with confidence that Borders does NOT concentrate on having the greatest number anymore.<<<

        Borders carries between 73,000 and 204,000 titles, compared to Barnes and Noble, which carries between 60,000 and 200,000. So it seems that you have a point that the gap is narrowing. I also did some research and found out that there are indeed some smaller Borders stores. (I haven't seen these.) I'll make it a point to go in and check out more B&K stores when I'm out and about, and see for myself how much things have changed. As a start, the next couple of times that I need a book right away, I'll go to both Borders and B&K, and see who has it in stock. Thanks for the input. --Jeff

 
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