|07-23-2014, 04:44 PM||#31|
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|07-23-2014, 06:59 PM||#32|
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Going into business is risky, requires hard work and adaptability, plus location and luck to name a few factors, but then I think it always was.
|07-23-2014, 06:59 PM||#33|
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My favorite local bookstore coexisted with the mall chains for decades.
They went under in less than a year after the warehouses came to town.
Was it B&N's fault? Borders?
Or maybe it was the publishers' fault for supporting the system of volume based discounts that lets consumers buy books cheaper at B&N (and Amazon) than the indies can buy them from their distributor.
I've even heard of some indies fullfiling special orders by buying through Amazon prime. (Shhh!)
Cheaper and way faster delivery.
|07-24-2014, 11:33 AM||#34|
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: North Carolina
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I'm simply saying that it was a confluence of market forces that caused it. I have never seen proof that there was a particular plan on B&N's part to run other booksellers, either in general or in specific, out of business.
B&N, at least back in the 90s when they made the nationwide leap, offered some things that consumers wanted:
B&N has pretty much moved away from 2/3 of this and only maintains what discounting it does to stay competitive with the internet.
The end result, as you say, is fewer bookstores overall. But this was really the result of market and consumer choices.
Many indys adapted and continue to thrive.
Some got caught out for the mediocre business operators they were. I've encountered too many bookstore owners/shops who:
I've also seen quite talented and worthy bookstore owners adapt to the times and marketplace.
Heck, Dawn Treader books in Ann Arbor http://www.dawntreaderbooks.com/index.html is on the same block as the main Borders used to be. They competed with and outlasted that giant who, along with B&N, was often blamed for running small bookstores out of business.
The mega retailers and the internet changed the bookselling marketplace, no doubt. And the results have not always been good, especially if you liked things the way they were. But times change. Retailers either adapt or eventually fail.
B&N itself is suffering from this fact, as the heyday of the big box mall retailer is seeing its sunset with the rise of the internet. So, while I don't feel sorry for them, I don't think it's accurate to say they ran others out and are getting their comeuppance now.
What I miss more is a plethora of good used bookstores. Too many have gone out of business or closed up their storefronts and gone internet-only. The interwebs make it pretty easy to find whatever out-of-print or used book you want, and pretty cheaply unless it's a really rare collectible. But the thrill of trolling several used bookstores, hunting down what you are looking for has mostly gone away.
Last edited by RHWright; 07-24-2014 at 11:38 AM.
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