I'm not a numbers gal. I like words. Although I work in a business that involves the taking of money and the giving of change, and I do it every day, still I've been known to count secretly on my fingers or to use a calculator for very simple calculations. But even I know how to look at a chart like the one to the left and determine how much something will cost based on the clearly marked price on it. Why do you suppose it's so hard for my customers?
You might reply that they don't have a copy of this handy chart, to which I reply:
The signs are everywhere. In every section. Stuck to random pillars and posts. Impeding access to the actual books (or baby blankets or handy 9-in-1 tools or highly scented candles). Everywhere.
So why, when they get to the register with their baskets piled high, do fully half of the customers ask, holding up one item after another, "How much is this? And this one? And this?" And then they discard the items which a fifty--or sixty, or seventy--percent discount just doesn't render cheap enough.
Funny how this kind of thing wears you down day after day. But hey--at least I have a job.
On the plus side, I've been using the charts and taking advantage of the discounts to buy stock for the Book Frog. But if it falls through, what am I going to do with ten copies each of Night, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Great Expectations, and A Separate Peace? Not to mention both the Oxford and the Penguin editions of Song of Roland and Democracy in America, among several hundred other titles.
I wonder if we could do a roaming book truck?
1 month ago