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Friday, June 12, 2009

Archives Comment of the Moment: Success on the Borders

Here's the Neil Young Archives Comment of the Moment from Archives Open Thread Wednesday, 6/10/09 by Dan:

Here's a cool personal story and a tip for those who haven't bought the archives yet.

I had been too caught up in things to get a Blue Ray set-up and figured I'd wait until I had the player to order the BD box set ... i guess it was a combination of worrying about the cost, then some procrastination and doubts about if it would get delayed again ...

then my father-in-law got sick right before the pre-order deadline and I was too focused on these other things to order my set by the pre-order date. Then I read it had sold out and I was pretty bummed out ...

nevertheless, when I saw a few people venting at AG, I posted something tonight: At 6/10/2009 07:04:00 PM (sorry forgot to sign it) to the effect of lets appreciate AG and all that have been helpful in this process and lets be patient, we'll get the archives at some point ...

later I read that someone had gone to Borders and found it there for 40% off I decided I had to give it a shot. So at 9:30PM I checked the link, sure enough there was a 40% coupon, I then called the closest Borders and the guy told me they had one set left and they would put the set aside for me and apply the coupon (which expires tonight) as long as I was there before the 10pm close. I frantically jumped into my car, took the 20+ minute drive (at 85 mph) and arrived at 9:58pm, walked up calmly asked for the set, asked for the coupon to be applied, paid $209.99 + 14.70 (tax) and walked out with the set for $224.69.

I tried to buy a DVD set also to re-sell at 40% off to a rustie but they were completely out ...

when I asked them if I could apply the coupon to a back order, here's what he told me - He said, they can't apply the coupon to a back order BUT, he said they email discounts on DVD sets (which includes BD sets) all the time and 40% off every couple of weeks. To apply the coupon I had to apply for the Borders Rewards cards which amounted to simply giving them my email address ...

for those still looking to buy the BD and/or DVD sets it a pretty amazing deal ... it sounded like they might have more sets in their system ('ie' warehouse or other stores) .. if not, I'd assume there will be a back order and the discounts should recur...

the coupon seems to allow for two sets ... and they said the cost chain wide is $349.99 or $209.99 after the discount ...

Anyhow, I hope others will benefit and many thanks to the person who posted this info tonight! Somehow I can't help but think that what goes around comes around and being grateful rather than complaining helped put this set into my hands at a very affordable price.

Thanks Dan!

Smile on your brother (and sister)...

Don't be denied and don't let it bring you down.

peace & love,


At 6/12/2009 09:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

an excellent story of not being denied.

where there's a WILL, there's a way.

topango tom

At 6/12/2009 10:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm the guy that posted the coupon link--glad to be of help. I'm a big fan of their rewards plan [no, I don't work for borders]. Every couple of weeks they send out (via email) a 30% coupon, and every couple of months there's a 40% one, usually off larger purchases, box sets, etc. They almost always have a 20% or 25% off coupon available, but I generally wait for the larger ones.

This blog keeps pretty up-to-date links to Borders coupons as well:

I'm thoroughly enjoying the Archives. A truly monumental achievement.

At 6/12/2009 10:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll second Scott's opinion of the Borders coupons! Their regular price and even normal sales prices are pretty steep but things get pretty magical with a 30% or 40%-off coupon. I got the Beyond Description Grateful Dead box pretty damn cheap a few years back.


At 6/12/2009 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what all the ho-hum on Borders is since you have to pay tax. It's still available on for $238, free shipping no tax. Sure $12 is $12, but the cost of the speeding ticket you risked wasn't worth that.

At 6/12/2009 11:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

85 MPH to get some Neil Young DVDs?

You're an asshole and a spoiled child.

Enough said.

At 6/12/2009 11:55:00 AM, Anonymous Leroy Pimpdaddy said...

Is the BD-Live working?

At 6/12/2009 05:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/12/2009 11:24:00 AM,
OK, 85 MPH was probably an exaggeration, it was probably more like 75mph and on a 65mph highway near NYC thats going at the speed of traffic, albeit in the left lane ... do me favor though, save the personal insults for the 4% blog where such comments belong ...
Have a nice day,

At 6/13/2009 12:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also want to thank scott. i wasn't going to be able to afford the archives but that coupon made it reasonable! and now i'm loving the archives. and i would go definitely go 85 to get the archives. good call dan!

At 6/13/2009 12:33:00 PM, Anonymous BIGCHIEF said...

Hey Archives Guy, Here I am with my tail between my legs .. My beloved Wing's let me down last night. Certainly didn't play up to my expectations .. face it, they lost to a better team but theres always next year! Thanks to you and the rest of the 'Archives' staff for all of the valuable information concerning the NYA's. I certainly, being technologically challenged, could not have made it through without your valuable assistance ... again, thank you!


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