Saturday, March 3, 2012

New-To-You Savings & the Independent Bookstore

Let's face it, the economy is in the toilet, gas prices are on the rise, and people are looking for ways to save money.  I know that I am seriously considering the insanity of couponing.  But, I digress...

When I am looking to save money on books, I always head over to my local used bookstore, Encore Books.  I love it!  If my children weren't such heathens, I think we would spend most afternoons there browsing.  Encore Books sells new books, offers in-store credit for your used books, and they only charge you 1/2 the cover price (or less) for their used books.   Many other used bookstores operate on a similar system.

I don't think I've ever left that store without a great find (unless I was dragging a misbehaving youngster behind me).

For example, today, with stinky toddler in tow,
I found two books that I have been wanting to buy:

Divergent & Entwined 
(see our reviews here and here).
They are both hardcover and in "like new" condition. 
*insert chorus of angels singing*

Cost to purchase both books at a regular box store: $37.98 + tax
Cost to purchase both books at an online mega-store: $23.23 + tax + shipping
Cost to purchase both books at at Encore, pay cash: $9.95 + tax
Cost to purchase both books at Encore, with in-store credit: $1.08  Total. 

Mind blown?  

Thanks Encore Books (visit them on Facebook).  You made my day!

My point?  Get to know your locally owned, independent new & used booksellers! They often have great deals, bargain racks, special discounts, and they can recommend the best books because they actually read them! I know that our local indepent bookstore, Inklings, is my definition of heaven on earth. 

Live in the boonies?  Buy your books online from Powell's Books, the nation's largest independent bookseller of new & used books.

Feel you simply must purchase e-books?  Try to buy them from independent bookstores.  Bet you didn't know you could do that, eh?!  Click here for a list of indepedent's that sell E-BOOKS.

1 comment:

Dalene @ A Date with a Book said...

I love used book stores. I have two in my local area that luckily carry enough different books I'm usually able to find what I want. The one also carries new books at a discount. Love the independent book seller.

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