January 5, 2013
Let's Talk: Drawing The Line on Book Prices
This week I encountered a situation that I never thought I would; refusing to buy a book because of the price. Trust me I was just as shocked as you are right now.
I spend entirely way too much money on books as I am sure many of you can relate. I make an amazing effort to save money where ever I can when purchasing books. I shop used, I breakout coupons, I use lend me options. I think in a way it is me justifying the amount of money I spend on books. "Oh look how much money I saved". So when I went shopping for Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I was eager to snag my copy. Then I saw the price...Anywhere from $15.00-$20.00 are you kidding me? Now that may not sound like a lot for you but I am a book buying penny pincher, I need a deal to buy.
I didn't get discouraged I immediately went into savings mode. I started checking my usual used bookstore spots. I started with Thriftbooks only to discover a used copy cost $16.00. Then I took it to ebay only to discover that the book was selling for $20.00. Then I visited half.com, then booksonboard, and so on and so on. I even took it to twitter and facebook in hopes of finding a copy to borrow with no luck.
It has now become a line in the sand; I refuse to purchase this book because I refuse to pay that amount of money. Secretly I think it is because I couldn't find a good deal but that's between you and me. The kindle copy is only a dollar less than the hardback and that is just ridiculousness. So I am literally on strike from purchasing this book not because I don't want it (because I do) simply because I refuse to pay that amount. Pretty Silly Huh?
I don't know what has come over me, I may have a fever. I am almost angry about the price, is that not the craziness thing you ever heard? You know as soon as the paperbacks comes out bookstores are going to stack the hardcopies in a corner and they will be cheaper than the paperbacks. I am just bitter.
This got me thinking, am I alone in my vengeful plot to not buy a book because of the price? Do other readers do like me and get angry and go on book buying strike? So I decided to bring it to Let's Talk because surely I can't be alone in this odd behavior, at least I hope not. Has this ever happened to you?
Fighting the urge...to spend
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