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View Poll Results: Wnen will Barnes and Nobles go out of business?
Within 1 year 6 5.08%
1 to 5 years 18 15.25%
5 to 10 years 13 11.02%
10 to 20 years 11 9.32%
Never 70 59.32%
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:12 PM   #1
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When will Barnes and Nobles go out of business?

My guess is within 5 years.
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:15 PM   #2
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:24 PM   #4
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Probably not for awhile.

Barnes and Noble is still one of the larget book chains, if not the largest. So I think they are safe for a long time.
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:34 PM   #6
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they will be here for your Nook.
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:35 PM   #7
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My guess is within 5 years.
And your reasoning?

This is just the kind of post we don't need.
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:35 PM   #8
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I hate it when people do this kind of stuff on forums...
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:44 PM   #9
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I hate it when people do this kind of stuff on forums...
What stuff? You mean talk about stuff you don't like? You do realize you don't have to read it, right? And you don't have to respond to it, either.
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:14 PM   #10
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what? why would they?

is this what misplaced smugness looks like?
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:17 PM   #11
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I've got a poll

When will the OP get booed off this forum?

1) today
2) next week
3) next month.

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Old 12-07-2009, 05:41 PM   #12
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Well the seasoned the largest recession to hit the WORLD and are still limping along like most businesses out there. They have jsut as good a chance as any other company as long as they don't over extend themselves foolishly in the recent upticks in the market.
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just kidding
well then I think you need to ask a mod to move this to the lloungs and stick a silly tag on it. no need to get folks' dander up more than necessary

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What stuff? You mean talk about stuff you don't like? You do realize you don't have to read it, right? And you don't have to respond to it, either.
I honestly run into these kinds of polls all the time on other sites, why WOULD someone straight up post something like this? I'd understand if it was just a joke, though I would not find it very funny...
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This is a serious poll.

On the plus side, B&N has no long-term debt. Although, they have $2B in lease commitments which is effectively the same as long-term debt. If they close a store, they will get hit with a closure expense....among others.

On the negative side, their normalized return on invested capital is mid single digits, which is below their cost of capital. This means that it is better to invest somewhere else than in B&N. Shareholders are better off getting dividends instead of reinvesting.

The biggest negative is that B&N makes its money by selling objects that are being digitized at an increasingly fast pace. I don't really see much synergy between the big box physical locations and the Nook. In fact, it seems that if the Nook really takes off that it would actually spell B&N's doom faster. ironically. These are large stores with high fixed cost that need a large amount of volume.

Think newspapers, magazines, Borders Books, and Blockbuster Video. The storm will catch B&N in my opinion.

B&N has very high operating leverage and makes small margins. This means that if their business declines slightly, the losses will be magnified.
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