I go to Borders bookstore at least 3 times a month. On my last few trips, I’ve looked for three specific magazines: Asimov’s SF, Fantasy & SF, and a specific watercolor magazine. I struck out on all three counts.
Last night, I discovered they had moved the watercolor magazine out of the magazine section, and banished it to the back of the store with the art instruction books. It’s suspended in front of the shelf with a little hanging wire rack. WTF?
I spoke to the three employees loitering at the info desk. They called it a “interceptor” display, and that half the stock is with the magazines, the other half is with the books. I informed them that no, it wasn’t, and I had been looking for it for weeks. They didn’t seem concerned.
I also asked where I could find Asimovs and F&SF. They said they would be with the periodicals. I said, no, they’re not, and they aren’t with the SF books, either. Their answer? “Oh, well we must not have any.”
Did they try to HELP me find it? Did they offer to LOOK for it? Did they even CONSULT the digital orb (i.e. computer) that lay directly under their fingertips? Nope. Nada. No info. NO Asimovs. No F&SF. NO SERVICE.
I am annoyed and dismayed by this.