Matthew I. framed the scene at the Downtown Crossing Borders yesterday.
Copyright Matthew I. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
If I squint my eyes, do I see a pack of vultures?
There's nothing particularly exploitative about going to liquidation sales. The whole point is that Borders Group Inc is going to sell off every single asset they own. Declining from buying would just mean that they would have to lower their prices more to sell things off. The exploitative thing would be to wait until the last minute to try to get the lowest prices possible. The discounts that Borders is offering on day one aren't actually that low, you could find cheaper stuff by going to Amazon.
Of course, I suppose the same could be said of actual vultures. If an animal is dead, it's not like the vulture is hurting the animal anymore, and its dead body is just going to go to waste if nothing eats it.
There are dickish ways to go to a liquidation sale, of course. The employees are going to be understandably stressed so people need to be respectful of that and they aren't always going to be. But vulture seems like the wrong sort of metaphor for that sort of thing.
Yeah, I dropped nearly $200 at Borders on Saturday, and made sure to A) be excessively polite to the man behind the counter and B) tell him how much I appreciated what he'd done.
Employees were actually pretty cheerful despite the store being overheated and crowded: maybe they were just relieved it was all over.
Here's an interesting take on the Borders closing --
"Borders bankruptcy: Done in by its own stupidity, not by the Internet."
I'd heard similar thoughts expressed elsewhere, but not in so much detail.