Why you shouldn't support independent bookstores...

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by IggysWildRide, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. Shasta

    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    I have a funny story.

    I despise Walmart with everything in me. It takes an act of god to get me to go in. For so, so many reasons.

    Well, my husband and I started juicing about three weeks ago. It's great, but messy. We use reusable cups because, well, we like the world. But our reusable straws got so gross we realized we HAD to get disposable straws.

    Of course, for the next two weeks every time we went to the store we forgot to get them.

    So I go to Joann's on lunch last Tuesday and there's a Walmart right next store. And STRAWS come to mind.

    I decide, no. I'm not going to do it. And then I decide I am, because MAN I need straws. And then I decide I'm not. Because it's WALMART!!!

    I stood outside for probably five minutes trying to decide before I finally decided to call the hubby and ask him.

    He couldn't decide either. Finally, I did it. I took the plunge.

    I bought $0.98 worth of straws, stood in line for just over half an hour for my one item, and felt dirty after.
     
  2. DiO'Bolic

    DiO'Bolic Mr. Man


    When you entered, were you greeted by a friendly senior citizen or disabled person that the evil Walmart provided a job in order to help supplement their limited income? ;)
     
  3. Shasta

    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    Nope. Nor was I given a goodbye.
     
  4. Shasta

    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    I was, though, asked to sign a petition by a Tea Party group on my way out. True story.
     
  5. DiO'Bolic

    DiO'Bolic Mr. Man


    Odd. Things must be different out there in West Coast compared to here on the Left Coast. Here every Walmart has a senior citizen or disabled greeter, and the only groups allowed to solicit are the girl scouts, volunteer firefighters or veterans groups. You didn’t sneak out the back door out of fear of being seen did you? ;)

    And what did you think of their book prices? Pretty good, eh? I get all my new releases of Stephen King novels there.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2014
  6. JordyVerrill

    JordyVerrill Lunkhead

    Walmart stopped having seniors and disabled greeters a few years ago. The people who greet also have to be able to push carts and stock products, which most seniors and disabled people can't do. If they are still at the WalMart you shop at, that store has gone rogue.
     
  7. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    They don't have a senior citizen greeter at the local Walmart. Whenever I've been there, it's been a much younger person--probably in the 20s or 30s range. Haven't yet been approached by any group soliciting but maybe just haven't been there at the same time as they were. It's been more likely to happen at the SAM's Club but from service organizations such as you mentioned.
     
  8. DiO'Bolic

    DiO'Bolic Mr. Man

    The ones in our area do have senior citizens, but now that you mention it I haven't seen any disabled greeters in awhile. Of course our seniors are a hearty bunch. Its the youngins that are wimps. And anyway... I'm a fan of those who go "rogue"... you betcha. ;;D
     
  9. Shasta

    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    I know how cheap Walmart is. I choose to spend more and support smaller business or businesses who's values I agree with. Because I may be able to buy less stuff that way, but at least I can sleep at night.
     
  10. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

  11. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    ^ I used to make some hairy housecalls as an attorney. Stories there, to be sure. Now I'm just hairy and housebound.

    Re: Local Bookstores, I had a few I frequented, and I got a lot of ARCs in exchange for a review that some of them used. There was/is something cool about an "unborn" book. The pre-view before the re-view. Dunno if a nobody like me would get the same shot at a Chainstore.
     
  12. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

    Beulah... sorry, It is my Mom's name... :angel:
     
  13. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

    I do support independant bookstores, mainly because they are disappearing. Our local one has downsized by 1/3. They special ordered Joyland and Dr. Sleep for me. Soon I'll re-read. Still with The Stand. :okay:
     
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  14. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & General P.I.T.A

    and the things we have in common keep growing and growing.... you're so awesome :star:
     
  15. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & General P.I.T.A


    missed you too, sweets!
     
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  16. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    I prefer local bookstores, the bookstores in ireland are reasonably-mid priced. they have author signings, fun shows to get children to read and gasp, they actually talk to you about books you buy. yes, i kid you not. if they like a book you bought, they talk and talk.. about say stephen king or whoever and well it gives me a good feeling that they like SK or whoeve rtoo. Amazon is cheap, and delivers fast but i still prefer going into my bookstore and having a chat. just like, i prefer to go to a travel agent to book a holiday. although, i know a bit about computers, i am still old fashioned in certain things. i try to use the library, but i don't know, i guess i want my own books say SK collection that i can pick or choose whenever i want to.
     
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  17. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Why didn't I think of that? Instead I bought Doctor Sleep at one of those fancy schmancy book stores with the overpriced lattes (smacks self in forehead).
     
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  18. Kurben

    Kurben Well-Known Member

    I love bookstores. Not because of the economy or something like that. It is a feeling. To walk between shelf after shelf with books, be able to toch, read a few lines, put i back, go on and take the next book. When youre on the internet that feeling is completely missing. The net is great when you know exactly what you want but the feeling of just wandering around in a bookstore and just look for something inresting is impossible to get there. I can loose myself for hours in a bookstore, sometimes without buying anything but i didn't consider it a wate of time. It was fun. That can't happen on the internet.
     
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  19. A.B.Smith

    A.B.Smith Active Member

    I don't know exactly where I fit into this conversation. I am fairly new to the boards. I live in a small town. I write using landmarks in my home state, even used my home town in my first book. I approached both of our local bookstores about carrying my book, doing a book signing in their stores, hopefully generating some business for them. they were all excited until I mentioned I was carried by Amazon. I realize the profit from a book such as mine. P.O.D. is limited at best. They suggested I self publish and then they would gladly carry me. I was a little put off. Like I said at the beginning not sure where I fit into this thread.
     
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