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Subject: I was merely "passing through" the bookstore...
Date Posted: 2/7/2008 10:40 PM ET
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Was passing through Borders today - literally. I parked in their back parking lot and was walking through the store to go out the front to the rest of the shopping center...

I have 3 BOXES of to be read books in my home office (plus many more squirreled away that we don't even need to count)....

I have dozens of credits here at PBS...

 

So there was absolutely no reason to buy a NEW book at Borders and pay full price.

Except. They were having a sale.  Buy 4 romance books, get the 5th free.

Absolutely no reason at all to buy a new book.

Of course, I now have 5.

(But I'm enjoying them!!)

 

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 10:42 PM ET
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too much temptation, eh?

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 11:54 PM ET
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I saw that today, too!!  But I resisted and only bought one erotica book with my 30% off coupon.  But, I admit I looked...

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 7:17 AM ET
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I went to BAM earlier in the week and they had a 4-for-5 deal on lots of paperbacks.  I chose 5, to go with the 6 other books I already had, but came to my senses and put them back (only because I am going to Half-Price Books tomorrow and knew I'd get more for my money there). 

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 8:40 AM ET
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OMG, that is sooo funny and I can so relate.  The one thing that stops me from buying is having my kids with me.  They're all like, "oh, here she goes near that embarassing section."  Needless to say, it doesn't really stop me.

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 9:56 AM ET
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I got the email from them and admit freely that I looked online. LOL  Its a sickness...

Sherri

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 11:05 AM ET
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I used my 30% off Borders coupon yesterday, too.  I ended up spending more than I planned because I found a couple of trade paperbacks that were marked down to $3.99 and then had an extra 50% off that.  So they ended up $1.99.  They were originally $14.00.  I wish they had more of those but I only found two I wanted.

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 11:09 AM ET
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Barnes & Noble keeps emailing me coupons.  Last time, I bought DVDs at buy 2 get 1 free and ended up with the whole TV series "Forever Knight".  Now they've sent me one for 25% off any item.  They are enabling me!

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 1:15 PM ET
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I get those emails from Barnes & Noble almost daily these days.  I've slowed way down on buying and ordering from them since I joined PBS, so no doubt, they're wondering where their cash cow has gone:P

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 6:14 PM ET
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I've been reading (and enjoying) my new books only to find I'd already bought one of them and read it before!

I posted the first three along with a batch of books today and they were all the new ones were wish list books. So that's good. My unexepected purchase will benefit somone else.

Now I have to decide if I want to bother to try to return the one I've read before.  You'd think the answer would be simple - yes, go and exchange it for another book. But I don't think it's possible for me to go to a bookstore and leave with ONE book.  I'll probably get 6 - one for the exchange and 5 because the special will suck me in again.

I keep telling myself it's a relatively harmless addiction. And less expensive than MANY things to which one could be addicted.

Thanks for the sympathetic comments.

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 10:03 PM ET
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Hey - I KNOW it could be worse than paperback romance novels, especially when you get half of them used.  I have a friend, for instance, who is bonkers for anything Disney.  She has one of her bedrooms devoted just to storage for all of this stuff.  And I mean tons and tons of it.  She showed me a bunch of it one day and I was appalled.  Everything imaginable from books, videos & toys, to clothing, school supplies (and her kids are grown) dishes, and the list goes on & on.  It's like a Disney store warehouse in there.  She hides a lot of her purchases from her husband too, which I tell her is gonna bite her on the backside one of these days.  My hubby is well aware of my addiction, and while he minds a little bit, he's really a pretty good sport about it.  He teases me occasionally when I come back from my Saturday yard sales & used bookstore binges with the big sack o' books.  His mom & sister are born pack rats with slight "collectible" issues of their own though, so overall, he's pretty easygoing about my little addiction:P



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Date Posted: 2/10/2008 10:29 AM ET
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Kim -- That's why my addiction is no big deal, too.  I browse the libary, UBS, and PBS so my habit is nearly free.  Well, nearly :)      Another good thing I do is Coinstar.  I keep a jar for all the loose change in the house and then drop it in a coinstar and get Amazon certificates.  Wa La -- free books.....

I only buy at bookstores when I'm sure I absolutely love an author or absolutely love something I've read from the library and want to own it.   I really make sure I do buy my favorite authors because I want to give them the sale.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 11:44 AM ET
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I've always loved to bargain shop at the thrift stores & yard sales, etc, so I think my romance habit feeds a couple of addictions - clearly my love of reading romances, and my need to bargain shop:)  When I first started reading again just a few years ago, I was buying everything new at Borders & sometimes at Walmart.  I had to put myself on a book budget eventually, but I figured out pretty quickly that buying used and swapping got me a LOT more books for my money.  Most "collectibles" are technically used, but at least paperback books are at the lower end of the price scale.  My hubby once suggested I find something I liked and take up collecting.  Of course he meant something like Coca-Cola memorabilia, but oh well..:P