I love shopping at my local Half Price Books bookstore because I never know what I might find. I have to say, though, that the selection was much more surprising and exciting ten years ago than it is today because Half Price Books seems to concentrate now more on current fiction than it did in the chain's earlier days. Too, "collector books," and to Half Price that's anything published before 1960 regardless of condition, have been granted a section of their own - where they are most often overpriced and underwhelming.
But that's not why I am irked at Half Price today.
No, what I find hard to understand is why anyone wants to sell anything TO Half Price because the chain's cash offers generally come in somewhere between ludicrous and insulting. Case in point: I brought 35 hardcovers and a couple of large paperbacks to the store today to see what they would pay for them and the offer I received pegs out the "Insulting" end of their offer scale.
Are you ready for this? The offer was for $4.00...total...as in all in. That, friends, is just a hair over ten cents a book, twenty or so of which the clerk admitted would be placed on their shelves at prices ranging from $4 to $7 dollars each. The others they say would be donated to a charity of some sort.
I have a bad foot at the moment and cannot walk without a good bit of pain, so I just could not see packing the books out to my car and lugging them to the local hospital (which is where I should have gone in the first place). So I took the petty change and walked out with an attitude. Thanks for making my day Half Price Books.
I simply don't understand why anyone would sell to Half Price Books...ever. And for me, "ever" has now turned into "never." As in never again will I be ripped off by a major book chain like Half Price Books.
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