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Borders could begin sales as early as Friday to liquidate its remaining 399 stores. Consumers hunting for the best deals will need to buy cautiously, and visit often.

Executives for Borders, which filed for bankruptcy protection in February, announced late Monday that the bookstore chain had been unable to find a buyer that would enable it to keep operating. Its only bidders were liquidation firms Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Group. If a judge approves the purchase Thursday, sales could begin as early as Friday.

Sales are likely to follow the same pattern of rising discounts as Borders store closures earlier this year, but with some key differences worth paying attention to, says consumer advocate Edgar Dworsky, the founder of Consumer World. Because all the stores are closing, it’s a good idea to use gift cards and any store loyalty rewards quickly — there’s no telling how much longer they will be valid, he says. Sharper Image abruptly stopped accepting gift cards a few months after it filed for bankruptcy protection in 2008, leaving an estimated $20 million in unredeemed cards. (The Borders informational site on its bankruptcy proceedings says it is still accepting both; the chain did not respond to requests for comment.)

Liquidation sales are final, with no returns or exchanges accepted. That’s not a big deal on the books, but be sure to carefully examine any e-readers or other electronics you buy, Dworsky says. In Circuit City’s 2009 liquidation sales, one couple famously bought a half-price, $1,100 flat-screen only to find out at home that it had shattered in the box. Their bank later reimbursed them, but other less-careful shoppers may not have the same luck.

To get the best deals, don’t bite at initial 10% to 20% off sales. “The first rush is going to be the most intense,” says Deborah Mitchell, executive director of the Center for Brand and Product Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The deals aren’t great, either. Borders had routinely emailed shoppers offers for 33% off a single item, and even then, competitors sometimes had better deals. But don’t wait until deals hit 50% off unless you have a long list of potential purchases and time to hunt through the stacks. By the point, selection is likely to be slim and stores disorganized, she says. No matter when you buy, use a smartphone to compare prices, or bring a list of the best deals online to make sure you’re getting the best price.

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    • It took them a few weeks to get down to the prices that most items were already selling for on Amazon every day, which is why they’re going out of business in the first place.

      I’m a big fan of Moleskine products, and they’re usually not too discounted elsewhere, so I’m hoping to snap up a generous supply of them on the way out.

    • Good stuff like Rosetta Stone software won’t be on sale.

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