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Borders Bargains?

June 22nd, 2009 · No Comments · Reading Related

Again, not strictly related to a book on my bookshelf, but interesting for Melbourne readers nonetheless. Andrew Norton comments on Borders’ practice of offering frequent discount coupons on any full priced book in store (an offer that I for one frequently take advantage of) and speculates as to the rationale behind the practice. Unfortunately, Norton notes:

What Borders don’t tell you is that sometimes you need a coupon for shopping at Borders to make sense. My weekly notice from Borders, which I received yesterday, advertises Colm Toibin’s new novel Brooklyn for $36.50. A Toibin novel is likely to be worth $36.50, but there is no need to pay this much. Other bookstores are selling it for the publisher-recommended price of $32.99.

I had noticed this myself and never shop at Borders without the discount vouchers these days. Even then, for most things, a good second hand store does the trick for me at a much cheaper price.

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