|That's you, peering at a bookstore and shuddering at the expense.|
If I saw that title of an article on Twitter, I'd probably scoff and say, of course! Because I'm one of those sensible people that sees the full prices of books on paperbacks and sees the cheaper prices on BookDepository and Amazon and immediately buys online instead.
However, I was supposed to buy clothes last Wednesday and of course I ended up in Waterstones and bought books instead. Because buying clothes is a horrific experience and I wanted to make myself feel better.
I grabbed four in the end, all with the offer of buy one, get one half price - bargains always make me grabby. Here's what I bought:
In Waterstones I spent £23.46 altogether. To compare them I added all the same books into my BD cart, making sure I added the same editions, publishers, made sure they were all paperbacks. The total?
So, it's not that big of a difference really. However, it still means that it was in fact cheaper to buy these books from Waterstones. There's a point to this I swear.
The point is, if you walk past a bookstore feeling slightly guilty for not grabbing one or two books (like I do) because they're too expensive but would happily sit down in front of the computer that night to order the same books thinking you're saving money that way, maybe consider seeing what offers the store has on.
And remember, as well as being a grand total of a few pence cheaper, you get the books right then. You don't have to spend the next week wondering when your books will turn up. You won't have to worry that they've stuck your book in one of those stupid cardboard mailers and damaged it, you can select a brand new shiny copy for yourself right there and then.
And of course, support your bookstore.