When I quit my job at Half Price Books recently I had a tough choice to make. I could either buy all of the books I wanted before my employee discount was no longer valid or I could just forget about them. I of course chose to buy.
This is the result. There were so many I couldn’t get them all in the picture for the thumbnail. Ha!
Now watch! It’s super quick!
Most of y’all know I’ve worked at Half Price Books for 11 months now. But that statement is no longer true. Yesterday was my last day with the company.
Here’s why I felt I had to leave:
It only happens three times each year. What am I talking about? COUPON WEEK at your local Half Price Books!
Different districts and regions have different weeks for their coupon sales, but I imagine most will be in July at some point because annual sales are annual sales, and there are more to plan and execute.
Anyway, down here in Houston coupon week is THIS week. Which means if you’re on the HPB mailing list, then you’ve already gotten your coupons for the week. If you’re not, then visit your local store and sign up!
For those of you eyeing that latest bestseller, the coupons work on those too! Think about this. Let’s say you want the newest John Sanford book. The retail price is probably $28. Which means the regular 20% off price drops you down nearly $6. Which means Amazon is still cheaper. But you’ve lucked out and someone has sold back their copy to HPB. Now the price is only $14. But you walk in with your 50% off coupon on Sunday and that NYT bestseller suddenly dropped down to $7! You see!? Magic! Go, go!
“Shh. You have to be quiet in the bookstore.”
Bookstores have cafes and coffee shops inside them. They have kids running around and people searching for books. Sure they may be somewhat quiet when compared to other retail establishments, but there’s hardly an unwritten rule.
At my store we are constantly paging customers and employees over the loud speaker. Customers and employees are constantly interacting. Music is playing just about every minute the store’s doors are open. Sure people may not like the sound of the crying baby right next to them in the store, but that has nothing to do with it being a bookstore. People become nervous around crying babies no matter where they are.
Also, the door at my store makes a sound when it opens. Just another sound added to the many coming from bookstores.
So the next time you hear someone tell their kid to be quiet because it’s a bookstore, maybe call them on their lie.
Do you think bookstores need to be more quiet than any other place of business? I surely don’t.
I’ve said it before that Gaiman is one of the most recommended authors to me, and American Gods is one of the most recommended titles of any author I’ve ever known of. Well I’m now understanding why. He’s actually a rockstar.
I know this because he recently released a new book and the store carried it. Our new releases are usually 20% off the cover price. Which is less of a discount than other booksellers, but that’s what it is. So when customers see the price of $20 or $22 they sometimes decide to go elsewhere for their book. But not for Gaiman. His books were signed and we got enough to take up an entire shelf on our new releases display (probably 12-16 books) and I think all but one has sold.
Not bad, Mr. Gaiman. You little rockstar.
We also did the same with Anderson Cooper’s new book recently.
Do you agree? You think Neil Gaiman is actually a rockstar?
We have a running joke at the store about James Patterson whenever the person running the mystery or paperback sections gets a little mouthy. That we’ll buy ALL the James Patterson. It’s funny because it basically happens already.
But summer is our busiest time of the year and now we’ve hit a snag. We’re low on Patterson! Ha! In our daily meetings we’ve been told to buy more Patterson (and a few other authors) because we’re very low on his books. Welp. Some things you just don’t expect to hear.
But to my knowledge, Janet Evanovich and John Grisham are still crowding our shelves. *sigh*
I’ve already written about HPB’s Half Pint Library donations on here once, but now we’re down to the wire. The Half Pint Library is a month long period of donations. The company asks customers to donate kids and young adult books to help build libraries in the community. And HPB matches the donations, but in reality the company donates a a great many more books than customers will.
The month of donations ends tomorrow! So if you have any kids or young adult books just collecting dust on your shelf, then get those books over to your local HPB! And do it fast!