Beware - The Vultures are Coming, the Vultures are Coming!
We have made the sad decision to close the doors on our family-owned independent new/used bookstore. We announced the closing in mid-March, and began the liquidation sale April 1. I've heard about the Discount Rats who make such closings even more miserable than they already are, but didn't think I'd get one the very second day of the sale.
He walked around, sneered at the reduced prices ($3 for regular paperbacks, $5 for oversized paperbacks, 30% off new books, kids' books $1.50, everything else half off), and wanted to know when the REAL sale started, with the LOW prices.
"Sir, we only started the sale yesterday - perhaps you'll find lower prices next month - we close in six weeks." He shoved his hands in his pockets and stomped out.
Then there was the lady who had a credit (we trade books for credit which is good for half a customer's purchase of other used books - i.e. you wind up with an $8 book for $2, and can bring it back for another $1.10 in credit - pretty cheap).
I rang up her $25 worth of used books, used $12.50 of her credit, leaving about three bucks to use later or at a neighboring store after we close). Now, this is a lady we all dislike, 'cause she always walks in and immediately winnows through the books we have sorted on our "just came in" table (think, "I just recovered that area!") and leaves them in a jumbled mess, and she always tries to get her purchases for free.
I stood there and weighed "have her back again, whining and making a mess" against "never see her again", and guess which urge won? So she got her $25 worth ($50 retail value) of books for under ten bucks. Good riddance.
And then there are all the people who come in and berate me for daring to close down "their favorite bookstore". The people *I've* never seen before, in twenty-five years of six-day weeks.... Y'know, folks, if this HAD been your favorite bookstore, I'd recognize you as a regular and a spender - where have you been hiding?
Now, to await the vultures who will show up for the last week. No wonder we decided not to advertise the bag sale we'll have the final two days...
Anybody need some nice wooden bookshelves?
--Bored at the Bookstore