The end of Barnes & Noble
When purchasing anything, my first recourse of action is to always check on-line for the cheapest price. But if something's about to be released, I will wait for the date, go to a local store to take advantage of sales, and pick the cleanest copy I can find. In the past, the store sale price is usually a couple of dollars higher than online... but, in the past, I've received damaged books in the mail so I figured the couple dollars were worth the hassle.
That said, I visited Barnes & Noble this week to pick up Chuck's new book and they charged me cover price. This stinks because it was selling for around $17 dollars online (including barnesandnoble.com). WTF--the last time I can remember this kind of pricing was at Borders. And how did that turn out.
Seriously, how do they expect to keep their stores open charging so much. This really bugs me for a number of reasons:
First--I picked up a copy of Frog and Toad for my son from the discount aisle
Second--they have great reading groups for children over the summer
Third--many have knowledgeable staff members who recommend pretty good books and authors
Those are the first three that come to mind--but I'm sure there's more. For me, this is a sad day.