Drunks despair - Borders closes 5 stores, 50% off everything

When I worked in London and imbibed in various bars near Great Portland Street, I'd invariably wake up every so often to find a carrier bag full of books by my bedside, with no initial recollection of buying them. Such was the joy of a bookshop keeping similar opening hours to the pubs, and hence the reason that while there may be bigger and better, Borders on Oxford Street exceeds all expectations for the pissed bookworm.

Future drunks will not know such a pleasure; Borders is closing down five stores across the UK, including their flagship branch at London Oxford Street. Borders have admitted to selling the stores to raise further investment - the five stores in Oxford Street, Llantrisant, London Colney, Dublin and Swindon have already been bought by gaudily coloured fashionmeisters New Look.

The good news for you is that yesterday Borders began a closing down sale; unlike Woolworths stores and their up to 50% closing down sale, Borders have reduced everything in price by half, until all stock is sold. Unsurprisingly, this was the scene at the Oxford Street store yesterday afternoon, as the swarms of man-locusts passed through:

If you're brave enough to take a tube in the direction of Borders early doors, let us know whether there's still a bargain to be had or whether the shelves have been picked clean.



  • Justin
    Odd - why didn't Borders just return all the books to their online warehouse and then have an online sale instead? Guess they like stampedes.
  • nsj
    If a website takes the time to chastise the BBC for its lifting of an image with reserved rights, wouldn't it be best to carefully examine the licence conditions attached to each image it used? Like the one above, for instance, which carries the following licensing conditions: Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes. Good job the work's creator not a vindictive man and can be readily bought off by a pint in the Yorkshire Grey.
  • Mike H.
    At least it'll keep a load of stuffy, page turning nobs in the same place for a while
  • RobC
    "Good news peasant workers on minimum wage ...........you`re sacked and you`ll have to work your tits off until we kick you out into the street"
  • Alex W.
    I wonder whether they've left any of the e-ink readers they stock in store prior to the sale? Might mosey up to London Colney after work...
  • Paul S.
    @nsj - we used the image as published on TwitPic, which is governed by the following: "Twitpic Community Guidelines specify that if you post a Twitpic photo on an external website, the photo must link back to its photo page." The photo above was linked back to TwitPic, but we've also included a link to the page in question at the foot of the post. By using TwitPic, you agree to give TwitPic permission to distribute your images on "affiliated sites"; since every TwitPic image has a prompt requesting other users to reproduce the image on their site, I think we can safely be assumed to be acting in the role of an affiliate in this matter.
  • Cam
    @ Paul, it also states that all images uploaded are copyright © their respective owners. Also, please note, you are not an affiliate of TwitPic, and it is dangerous to assume so. This is the same issue as with you tube - just because you can embed a video, it does not mean that it is legal to do so. There is so much legal information regarding this online, all you need to do is Google it. You can buy images cheap enough e.g. from istock photo and these are legal. From the outset Bitter Wallet has stolen other people's images and videos. It just isn't right.
  • GigerPunk
    Arse! I've got to go all the way to Cardiff to pickup 2600 and other yank mags* now! Bumflaps! *stop sniggering at the back there!
  • zeddy
    You did mean Yank mags, didn't you?
  • Paul S.
    @Cam - you've been banging the same drum for the best part of a year, under a variety of pseudonyms, and all of them are still a little hazy on copyright law. In this case, the person who owns the image uploaded it to a website on the agreement that the website may supply it to any third party sites without the owner's consent. They still own the copyright but that doesn't necessarily restrict how the image is or isn't republished.
  • Louise
    There were still plenty of books to be had just before lunchtime today - although once the herds arrived at 1.00 it did get uncomfortably busy. My advice would be to go with a list and stick to it, to avoid being swept up in the panic-buying frenzy.
  • The B.
    Bollocks, I only work in Covent Garden, no bugger told me.
  • Paul S.
    Thanks for the update Louise!
  • Kevin
    The bottom of Oxford Street (nearer Tottenham Court Road) is getting even more low-rent now then. Low rent as in crap I mean.

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