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Paid Memberships - B&N vs Borders (Clicky)

I am looking at getting a paid membership at either B&N or Borders for the free shipping (mainly for pre-orders), but also for the extra discount.

They both seem about even in benefits but B&N is $5 more a year and Borders has the Borders Bucks.

We no longer have a Borders around here though so I am leaning towards B&N just for the simple fact of getting an in store discount when I shop in person.

So...what do you think?

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Re: Paid Memberships - B&N vs Borders (Clicky)

  • My B&N membership is a Christmas gift from my in law's every year, so I don't pay for it.  That said, I picked B&N because it's WAY more convenient for me to shop there than at Borders.  Even still, I usually shop on-line because everything is cheaper on their website to begin with and with a membership you get free express shipping.  They email coupons for additional discounts, too, but not as often as Borders gives you Borders Bucks, I don't think.
  • I want a cookie! Make it a snickerdoodle, please. Wink

    We don't have a Borders, but I think their sales are better than B&N. I could be wrong though.

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  • I say B&N...

     

    ...isn't Borders going out of business?

  • Don't forget that your B&N membership gets you 10% off at the cafe, too. My husband and I like to go hang out there and get coffee and read on Saturdays when the weather's bad. I didn't get the membership until they offered the two months free deal, and now I'm sucked in! Smile
  • I just got my Borders paid membership and I LOVE IT.

    But, to be fair, I just don't like B&N. Even if Borders didn't exist, I still wouldn't get a B&N paid membership. They just don't have good deals and it would never be worth it for me.

    The Borders membership gives you the 10% off on top of their very frequent coupons. So you can get between 33-40% off with the coupons AND an extra 10% off AND free shipping. B&N deals just don't compare IMO.

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    I just got my Borders paid membership and I LOVE IT.

    But, to be fair, I just don't like B&N. Even if Borders didn't exist, I still wouldn't get a B&N paid membership. They just don't have good deals and it would never be worth it for me.

    The Borders membership gives you the 10% off on top of their very frequent coupons. So you can get between 33-40% off with the coupons AND an extra 10% off AND free shipping. B&N deals just don't compare IMO.

    You should work for their PR. I was waffling back and forth with getting a paid membership, this has convinced me. 

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  • image Young_Love:

    I just got my Borders paid membership and I LOVE IT.

    But, to be fair, I just don't like B&N. Even if Borders didn't exist, I still wouldn't get a B&N paid membership. They just don't have good deals and it would never be worth it for me.

    The Borders membership gives you the 10% off on top of their very frequent coupons. So you can get between 33-40% off with the coupons AND an extra 10% off AND free shipping. B&N deals just don't compare IMO.

    Sooo...this has me leaning towards Borders more and more...I don't buy full price books at B&N often in store, usually the bargain bins so I think the not having a store nearby would be less of an issue since I would be saving so much more at Borders online.

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    Emmett born 01/28/2013

    2015 Books Read 3 * 2014 Books Read: 151
    2013 Books Read: 90 * 2012 Books Read: 125
    2011 Books Read: 150  * 2010 Books Read: 117

    Jennie Writes Words ~~~ We Still Read ~~~ Presidential Challenge
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    I say B&N...

     

    ...isn't Borders going out of business?

    Not all Borders.  Thank God the Borders by me will be staying open!  DH doesn't really read (other than magazines) so the fact that he'll hang out at Borders with me makes me happy!

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    The Borders membership gives you the 10% off on top of their very frequent coupons. So you can get between 33-40% off with the coupons AND an extra 10% off AND free shipping. B&N deals just don't compare IMO.

    This!  I think Borders has WAY better coupons.  I did so much xmas shopping there.  All the coupons plus free shipping (BIG THUMBS UP) 

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  • I said B&N.

    And perhaps this is a regional thing (I know stores can have some variance based on city/state/etc), but our Borders is SO OVERPRICED. Even with the paid discount card and coupons, the "sale" price ends up being higher than my B&N regular price. So with a B&N card, I save way more.

    Then again, my Borders is one of the ones closing (it's across the street from the B&N), so maybe it was just mismanaged?

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  • I picked I want a cookie, bc I really do want one.  On a serious note though, I have a B&N membership while DH has Borders and we both use each others memberships.

    If you're rarely doing shopping at Borders, I would go for B&N.  It is more money, but you're more likely to get more use out of it. 

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    I just got my Borders paid membership and I LOVE IT.

    But, to be fair, I just don't like B&N. Even if Borders didn't exist, I still wouldn't get a B&N paid membership. They just don't have good deals and it would never be worth it for me.

    The Borders membership gives you the 10% off on top of their very frequent coupons. So you can get between 33-40% off with the coupons AND an extra 10% off AND free shipping. B&N deals just don't compare IMO.

    I finally ponied up the $20 for a Borders membership, too!

    Don't forget that after you buy 5 drinks you get one free, and when you sign up you get an automatic $10 in borders bucks plus a coupon book full of more coupons. So it really only costs $10 to join.

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    image Young_Love:

    I just got my Borders paid membership and I LOVE IT.

    But, to be fair, I just don't like B&N. Even if Borders didn't exist, I still wouldn't get a B&N paid membership. They just don't have good deals and it would never be worth it for me.

    The Borders membership gives you the 10% off on top of their very frequent coupons. So you can get between 33-40% off with the coupons AND an extra 10% off AND free shipping. B&N deals just don't compare IMO.

    I finally ponied up the $20 for a Borders membership, too!

    Don't forget that after you buy 5 drinks you get one free, and when you sign up you get an automatic $10 in borders bucks plus a coupon book full of more coupons. So it really only costs $10 to join.

    No store near me now that the one is closing so no drink specials. Boo! Do you get the booklet if you sign up online?

    Sammie born 04/23/09 (Peanut allergy)
    Emmett born 01/28/2013

    2015 Books Read 3 * 2014 Books Read: 151
    2013 Books Read: 90 * 2012 Books Read: 125
    2011 Books Read: 150  * 2010 Books Read: 117

    Jennie Writes Words ~~~ We Still Read ~~~ Presidential Challenge
  • I picked cookie because I don't think I should have to pay for the memberships for either Borders or B&N.  In my mind, they're the equivalent of the member cards at the grocery store.

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    I just got my Borders paid membership and I LOVE IT.

    But, to be fair, I just don't like B&N. Even if Borders didn't exist, I still wouldn't get a B&N paid membership. They just don't have good deals and it would never be worth it for me.

    The Borders membership gives you the 10% off on top of their very frequent coupons. So you can get between 33-40% off with the coupons AND an extra 10% off AND free shipping. B&N deals just don't compare IMO.

    I finally ponied up the $20 for a Borders membership, too!

    Don't forget that after you buy 5 drinks you get one free, and when you sign up you get an automatic $10 in borders bucks plus a coupon book full of more coupons. So it really only costs $10 to join.

    No store near me now that the one is closing so no drink specials. Boo! Do you get the booklet if you sign up online?

    I signed up in store, so I'm not sure if you still get the booklet online. Maybe they give you something else instead?

  • I voted B&N because I think that in-store benefit helps to offset the in store "I just saw this book and have to buy it now" expense that I think we all suffer from frequently.  I might feel differently in a few months, since we are going to have no big bookstores in the Santa Barbara area.  I thought we were just losing the B&N and Borders downtown, but they just decided to close the second and last Borders as well.  There is one independent bookstore that I like, but it is pretty inconvenient to my house.  So I might be more into the online experience here pretty soon!
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