Barnes & Noble Bookstores are closing! Not really! I just wanted you to read my blog. Sorry!
Let me tell you how I walked out of B&N with a book in hand and only paid $5.98 for a book that still sells for its retail price of $27.00 on the shelf. Yep! How can that be? Read on!
I go to B&N once a week on average. My wife will say that B&N is my place of worship – and I won’t disagree with her. Let me share with you what I found at our B&N store in Hendersonville, TN, just two days ago.
I always look in the bargain section of the store first. That’s just being the cheapskate that I am. Oh, and I’m also retired. I found this book titled, Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World by Adam Grant, that I was interested in at one time but never got around to buying it. The clearance price was $5.98, down from its retail price of $27.00 (a 78% markdown).
I assumed that the paperback must be out and walked over to the shelf where the book is marketed. And sure enough, it was! The retail price of the paperback is $17.00 but you can buy it online for only $11.73. But the clearance price was still better – and it was a hardback. If you wanted to buy the hardback edition online it’s still $19.98 but only $9.00 through Amazon.
But, guess what? They still had the hardback edition on the shelf for its normal retail price of $27.00! What?! How can that be?! If I grabbed the one off the shelf and took it up to the counter to pay for it, would the cashier tell me that there’s this same exact book in the Bargain section for only $5.98? Any gamblers out there? I doubt it!
Here’s the breakdown on the pricing of this particular book:
B&N hardback on the shelf for $27.00.
B&N hardback online for $19.98.
Amazon hardback online for $9.00.
B&N paperback on the shelf for $17.00.
B&N paperback online $11.73.
Amazon paperback online $9.39.
B&N Nook for $10.99.
Amazon Kindle for $10.99.
B&N hardback on the Bargain Shelf for $5.98!
Are you as confused as I am about the B&N Bargain Books pricing when they still have the same exact book on the Retail bookshelf?
Here’s another weird one for you! I’ve been eyeing this book titled, 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos. It’s priced at 30% off in the front of the store. But if you happen to run across it where it’s normally stored on their bookshelf, it’s at the retail price of $25.95. By the way, it’s listed as 40% off online. I’ll have to investigate this next time to see if they would give me the discount if I took the book off the retail shelf and tried to pay for it. What do you think?