If you can’t say anything not stupid, don’t say anything at all

July 25, 2011 at 11:20 am (Stuff that Bugs Me Right Now) ()

Upon reading the news that Borders bookstores was going out of business, I happened upon this quote from a senior trade analyst:

“This industry is going to slowly figure out that a lot of e-book readers still use bookstores all the time to discover what’s new before heading home to buy it for their e-reading device.”

Hey, that’s great! Because businesses are all letting people handle all their merchandise and not ever buying any of it.

"Oh, heavens, yes. We weren't here to make a profit at all."

Also, isn’t that a library he just described?

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6 Comments

  1. Jamin said,

    Or, God Forbid, an online bookstore? Especially considering how good many online services are getting at predicting your interests based on your past history. It’s like getting small-business service with box-store selection and pricing.

  2. Travis Bierwagen said,

    One thing I never understood about BORDERS/BARNES & NOBLE… and even HASTINGS is the practice of setting up nice comfy chairs for customers to sit in and read books all day. Having worked near B&N for a few years I know there were a lot of people in their reading books in their entirety on a daily basis and NEVER buying a thing.

    • Jamin said,

      I have come to the conclusion that only about 10% of the world’s population understand economics. And i’m not talking about advanced economics, i’m talking basic money movement. People either don’t get it, or they just don’t care.

      • lokifire said,

        Yeah, I don’t really get economics, but I do understand that you have to sell things to keep your damn store open.

      • Jamin said,

        Yeah, that’s what i mean. I swear only 10% of people even understand that much. It’s absolutely baffling to me that people don’t understand something that simple.

    • lokifire said,

      Yeah, I never got that either. And of course, people come in to the comic book store and think they can just grab a book off the shelf and read it, and they get all pissed when I point out the signs that say: “Please do not read the comic books.”

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