Due to the decline in business, Borders will close two of its superstores on Sawmill Road and Kenny Road in Columbus. A total of six stores will be closed throughout Ohio. The chain, which filed for bankruptcy protection, will close roughly 200 superstores nationwide.

Competition for brick-and-mortar retail bookstores has become overwhelming as online sales and e-books are becoming increasingly popular. The stores already have started to offer discounts off the regularly priced merchandise, and as the weeks progress the discounts will go deeper.

If you are looking for a deal, now is the time to start casing out the inventory. Take advantage of the prices on marked-down books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, games and other items.

If you have gift cards from Borders, now is the time to use them. Borders claims the gift cards would be accepted online at www.borders.com after the stores close. I would rather be safe and use mine now.

Buyer, beware -- do your research. Do not assume that you are getting a good deal just because the item is marked down. You might do better online or in used-book stores. Be certain that you truly want what you purchase during a liquidation sale. Once you buy it, is yours. Returns are not accepted on liquidated merchandise. This holds true with gift purchases, too. If the recipient does not like the gift, he or she will have no recourse to return it.

Be wary of purchasing electronic merchandise, such as an e-reader. If it is defective, you won't be able to return it for another model.

Borders' "printable coupons" are not being accepted at any of the stores slated to close. Central Ohio Waldenbooks stores at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing and in Zanesville and Lancaster will be spared. For a complete list of store closings, click here.

For now happy shopping!

Laurie Dixon, TheBAG Lady