Thread regarding Barnes & Noble layoffs

There is no helping B&N

I honestly can't figure out why would anybody want to buy us. Has anybody recorded any kind of improvement in their store sales in the past five years?

No matter what was attempted, the sales stagnated at best, or continued to go down at worst.

This will not change. People have too many options now. Online, eBooks...

We are becoming obsolete. I think it's time we face that.

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My Mom is a big reader.

Her birthday is this weekend.

I used to buy her books ( and mine and other’s gifts) at BN. I no longer patronize them. I make my purchases from Amazon ever since February 2018.

I’d love a place to post a picture on this site to show you my Amazon purchases.Mom’s birthday alone I spent $217.83.

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Post ID: @ZvNIhOJ-7hlj

“I hear all all fired employees will soon be welcomed back."

They need to start with receving managers. Our back room has disorganized and a mess without one. Got rid of the only position that held the store together. One of the reason stores have been losing money. Books not getting to the floor when expected. Every day customers are looking for something that’s in the back. In a box. “Somewhere “. Never used to happen ! We look like id--ts!

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Post ID: @ZvNIhOJ-6szy

"I hear all all fired employees will soon be welcomed back."

That statement in and of itself is the most ridiculous one I have ever heard. Most, if not all of us have moved on to better opportunities. There is not a dollar amount that could compensate us for the way we were treated that would compel us to even consider returning. The company that us long time employees worked at no longer exist. It has deteriorated into a shell of the once great and fun place we used to work at. All management and employees have lost their passion and caring for the job and for each other. Barnes and nobles is a ship lost at sea and sinking slowly. It does not matter that it was sold. Those people will liquidate and then bankrupt bn. There is no good news here.

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Post ID: @ZvNIhOJ-5pbt

I hear all fired employees will soon be welcomed back!

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Post ID: @ZvNIhOJ-4vxm

“Then in a desperate act, Riggio & Co. rewarded their faithful, full time, career employees by firing them.

They misrepresented the number they fired in the press. The thousands they repaid for their loyalty, their family, their friends, no longer spend money at BN. Customer service has suffered. You don’t recover from such a bad , alienating business decision.”

BEST description I’ve read on here !

The amount of money lost because of one desperate decision after another!

Even the sale of the company is a desperate act. But it’s not going to change the damage to the “ brand name”

EVERYONE I know, fired in 2018 , their families and friends do NO business with BN. And, rightfully so.

Just because another company buys it will not change that.

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Post ID: @ZvNIhOJ-3eju

Can’t play the let’s see what happens game anymore.

Today’s my last day.

I’ve encouraged my friends at BN to find other employment as well. Some say they’re looking. Others say they’ll “see what happens “.

Oh well, I won’t be blindsided.

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Post ID: @ZvNIhOJ-1dcg

The page turning book is not dead.

BN chose to meet Amazon’s competition by turning Booksellers into Nooksellers , then toysellers.

Then in a desperate act, Riggio & Co. rewarded their faithful, full time, career employees by firing them.

They misrepresented the number they fired in the press. The thousands they repaid for their loyalty, their family, their friends, no longer spend money at BN. Customer service has suffered. You don’t recover from such a bad , alienating business decision.

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Post ID: @ZvNIhOJ-hzj

I believe people still want real page turning books.

I don’t believe in Barnes & Noble anymore.

Booksellers were turned into Nooksellers. Then, Toysellers.

Riggio & Co. saw Amazon as a threat and filled stores with non book items.Bad move and they never recovered.

In desperation they betrayed their faithful ,full time employees and repaid their loyalty by firing them all. You don’t recover from a publicly shameful act like that.

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Post ID: @ZvNIhOJ-jeb

B&N will survive in some way. But, definitely whoever attempts to save them by buying will get rid of all the large foot print stores. Most of those free standing stores not attached to malls are owned by the company. Selling that real estate is a way to reduce the debt. Downsizing is the key and getting rid of gifts and all that other junk.

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Post ID: @ZvNIhOJ-fhn

You are actually incorrect- physical books have out sold ebooks for the past 4 yrs. independent bookstores are thriving. I’m not a fan of working for BN - but they will survive. Large footprint stores need to go away. Too many DMs/RBDMS/ASMs.

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