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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

After watching Cersei's GOT walk of shame on Sunday, I got to thinking: Wouldn't it be nice if LJ had its own rebirth of sorts, and returned to exploring productive ideas on how Barnes & Noble might rebound in the current business climate? Way back when I started posting here, I made the following predictions on how BN might stay viable:

1. Comfy chairs & couches, making the bookstore a destination to relax, read, and have coffee.
2. Expanded Cafe service, including a better menu, and wine bars at certain locations.
3. Smaller on-site book selections, focused on fast-moving titles.
4. In-house POD machines, allowing immediate printing - rather than ordering.

Now, who wants to guess why I'm bringing this up again?

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 7th, 2015 05:58 am (UTC)
TheThe biggest mistake Bn has made is being hostle to long term employees. The biggest fans of Bn was people that really wanted to work here. Now that Bn slowly let these people go they lost many of their biggest fans. I often run into ex employees and almost all of them say they now shop online for books because how they were treated while working here. These ex employees are now ex buyers.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 7th, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
I was one of those long term booksellers that was set up and run off. I was promoted to head cashier and given impossible conversion goals. I was the sacrificial lamb that was offered up to the DM. Now, I don't BUY my books from B&N. I know their lax security, soooooo I do get my books from B&N. I just don't pay for them:)
(Anonymous)
Jul. 8th, 2015 01:22 am (UTC)
a new CEO, and from Sears too. Maybe the one place to find someone more incompetent than William Lynch.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 11th, 2015 11:06 pm (UTC)
America's most %^&**& up company
Who can argue with that . Die already
(Anonymous)
Jul. 12th, 2015 01:47 am (UTC)
Now, who wants to guess why I'm bringing this up again?
Uh, because all the other lame brained stupid ideas you and the rest of the Board of Directors have implemented have bankrupted the company.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 21st, 2015 02:07 am (UTC)
Most areas of the country are missing accessible, clean well-lighted adult entertainment sites. it would be dirt-simple to partition off a large space in the stores--you could start with the former “music” sections, for example--and install the infrastructure needed for naked dancers (or only topless, or wearing pasties; YMMV depending on local laws/ordinances). Move the “sexuality” shelves into there, along with the adult magazines. (I suppose you could also demo new release CDs as the dancers’ soundtracks, but I’ve been told most like to pick their own music).

Where I live there’s been a big controversy over paying dancers--the local “Gentlemen’s Clubs” essentially pay nothing and claim the dancers are “independent contractors"--so it’s feasible that there would be no payroll required for the dancers--they’d honestly work for tips! Absolutely no payroll required!

Imagine the traffic adult entertainment from 3PM until closing would drive into the stores! And you could easily have “Ladies Night” several times a week, bringing in male dancers, to drive a whole different demographic into the store. The options are endless--Coed Night, Amateur Night, Couples Night...you could set up nights where graduates/students of competing schools (Alabama/Auburn, Army/Navy) work to see who is better! The possibilities are endless. A never-ending stream of customers entering the store. An enterprising manager could even establish a cover charge on nights with exceptionally good traffic--require a minimum $15 store purchase to enter the adult entertainment zone. The cafe could sell snacks and drinks--it’d be a license to print money.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 31st, 2015 03:33 am (UTC)
Porn & beer are the only things that will save this company.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 31st, 2015 10:59 am (UTC)
Porn & beer are the only things that will save this company.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 13th, 2015 04:19 am (UTC)
Screwed
I too was a long and loyal employee of BN until they pushed me out. And yes, I agree with an above poster, I no longer purchase my books from BN. I go to Amazon or the local used bookstore. I'm not sure how many of us are out there and whether or not it really hurts their bottom line, but I'm sure it doesn't help it, either.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 14th, 2015 07:22 am (UTC)
Re: Screwed
I'll be doing the above more often once I leave the company. How telling is it that I pay $99/year for my Amazon Prime membership, but the B&N Member's card for $25 looks like a waste of money to me? I'm sure I'm not the only one....
(Anonymous)
Sep. 4th, 2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
Maybe my thoughts don't matter much, but I feel very lucky to live near a Barnes and Noble since I think there is only one of them in the State of Maine. The comment that was made about the comfy chairs sounded very appealing to me. I don't work for Barnes and Noble but as a customer I always enjoy going there. I find my visits very relaxing but I have walked around the store and wished there were comfy chairs to sit in and enjoy a little bit of relaxation outside of the cafe. I think anything Barnes and Noble can do to draw customers in and still keep a somewhat relaxing atmosphere will help keep them from going under.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 5th, 2015 05:53 am (UTC)
No Joke. Totally serious. In our store we've had people openly masturbating in those chairs. The second time it happened the mgr. even told him to stop.
smithback
Sep. 6th, 2015 04:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for all the intelligent comments, people...but just watch.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 12th, 2015 04:53 am (UTC)
Watch what? Our plummeting stock price? Our technophobic know-nothing customers bitching about how $399 is "way too much for an eReader"? Everyone exept managers and leads getting fucked up the ass by the Dayforce rollout?

Come on, Smitty, dont hold out on us...
(Anonymous)
Sep. 6th, 2015 07:48 am (UTC)
Dropping stock.....yep....doing well.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 7th, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC)
Maybe my thoughts don't matter much, but I feel very lucky to live near a Barnes and Noble since I think there is only one of them in the State of Maine. The comment that was made about the comfy chairs sounded very appealing to me. I don't work for Barnes and Noble but as a customer I always enjoy going there. I find my visits very relaxing but I have walked around the store and wished there were comfy chairs to sit in and enjoy a little bit of relaxation outside of the cafe. I think anything Barnes and Noble can do to draw customers in and still keep a somewhat relaxing atmosphere will help keep them from going under.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 7th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
Maybe my thoughts don't matter much, but I feel very lucky to live near a Barnes and Noble since I think there is only one of them in the State of Maine. The comment that was made about the comfy chairs sounded very appealing to me. I don't work for Barnes and Noble but as a customer I always enjoy going there. I find my visits very relaxing but I have walked around the store and wished there were comfy chairs to sit in and enjoy a little bit of relaxation outside of the cafe. I think anything Barnes and Noble can do to draw customers in and still keep a somewhat relaxing atmosphere will help keep them from going under.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 8th, 2015 03:02 pm (UTC)
Maybe my thoughts don't matter much, but I feel very lucky to live near a Barnes and Noble since I think there is only one of them in the State of Maine. The comment that was made about the comfy chairs sounded very appealing to me. I don't work for Barnes and Noble but as a customer I always enjoy going there. I find my visits very relaxing but I have walked around the store and wished there were comfy chairs to sit in and enjoy a little bit of relaxation outside of the cafe. I think anything Barnes and Noble can do to draw customers in and still keep a somewhat relaxing atmosphere will help keep them from going under.
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