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Subject: Most you've spent...
Date Posted: 11/3/2008 3:33 PM ET
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Okay, so I lied to myself this weekend and went to Border's to buy "just one book."  Why do I do this?  I know that I cannot control myself when I am at the big Borders.  The reason is because, well, I live in a very small town and it is, count it, 60 miles roundtrip to the nearest bookstore.  I  kid you not. 

So I go in there for "just one book" and the bargain table grabs me and says "you have to select from me!" and because it is a bargain at $3.99 each, plus buy one get one free, I have to stop.  Then I go in the store, where guess what?  It is buy 4 get one free.  Well, I couldn't control myself.  I ended up getting 17 books altogether for the grand total of $85.17 (after the free books, and my $10 gift card).  Needless to say, that night when I ordered 6 more books from Amazon that I couldn't live without, my husbnad gave a long, suffering sigh and walked out of the room.  (I will remember that the next time he goes on a DVD spree!)

I am wondering, what is the most you have ever spent in a single shopping trip at a bookstore?  This wasn't the most for me (think college bookstore) but it is the most recent.

Diana C.

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 4:02 PM ET
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i tend to mostly buy one book at a time at the bookstore when i'm buying new books so i can use a coupon, so most of the time it's $6 or $7.  (at the used book store i use my credit slip.)

with the big Borders buy 2 get one free sale the other week, i bought 9 books and spent $42.50, though i used gift cards to cover it.  that's my highest single trip this year.  it would have been more, but it was only for in-stock books, and there were several things i wanted that they didn't have.  i might have had a bigger one last year when DH gave me a Borders gift card for my birthday.  :)

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 4:45 PM ET
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I spend about $200 last winter. But it was all gift cards. My family knows how much I like to read and so I usually get Borders or Barns and Noble cards from everyone. Not that I'm complaining. The opposite, in fat - I love it!

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 4:57 PM ET
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Honestly, i never buy a book new.  I always hunt for them at used book stores or book sales.  I have so many books to read that usually I can wait to read them.  Plus, I love the hunt :-)

I was lucky and just found a copy of Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner at Goodwill for $1 and that book is highly wishlisted.  I will read it and just pass it along to someone else on here. 

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 5:36 PM ET
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well I buy way too much and I honestly think I have as much f un if not more just tracking down the best deal! from checking the price new on amazon.com and deepdiscount.sometimes I'll try overstock.com but they haven't been cheapest lately. then I check the used prices on half.com, amazon and sometimes a buy-it-now on ebay. then of course with amazon you 'have' to have 25 bucks then figure out the best way to do that along with buy 3 get one free deals they have...then i sit and stare at the books forever worrying over why I bought them when I don't have time to read them then I remind myself that it's like all the fabric I've bought...they're in danger of going out of print and never being able to find them when I want to read them..

but I think I usually keep my online orders under $100 (hey I separate my orders by a few days LOL!) but I did go nutso in borders one day and bought 3 paperbacks..and did read one right away though the other 2 are still waiting :-( so I suck! but there's something about walking around all those books and picking them up with their nice clean covers and that new book smell and feel...then at the used book stores and library sales there's the thrill of the bargain! stacks of books knowing they're costing me a lot less than a new book and wonderin ghow many people have read them...

I'm addicted! and if I added up what I spend in a month I'd be shocked!

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 6:16 PM ET
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It's 180 miles round trip for me to the nearest bookstore - just went there today. I usually buy used books there, though (Hastings). Occasionally I indulge in a new book or 2. Between me and the DH, I think we spend somewhere between $50-80 each time we go, maybe every 3-4 weeks. (we never go just for the books though - we combine it with a trip to the hardware store, the tire-fixing place, the grocery, the bank - whenever all the errands need to be done!) It's a bad bad habit! I only spent $9.50 at the local library sale though (at 5/$1 or 25 cents/paperback I got quite a haul). And I have 2 books on the way from PBS right now...

It's an addiction for sure. I do turn my Hastings purchases into PBS swaps whenever possible.

Oh and I just tracked down 4 hard-to-find books on ebay for which I paid quite a lot more than I should have each, and I have 2 boxloads coming from ebay that equal about $2.50/book including shipping. Oh my it's eye-opening to write it all down...

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 6:35 PM ET
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I've probably spent at least $100 or $150 before, just this weekend I spent $60.  I don't think I've spent more than that on books, unless, like Diana, you're talking college bookstore trips ($1000 with that one; this was the semester all my classes happened to have brand new books on the list and included a Bio book, an Org Chem book, Calculus, and Spanish with all the appropriate workbooks/cd's; man alive I walked out of there super pissed but with several very nice books).

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 6:57 PM ET
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I rarely buy new books and if I do it's from a discount store.  I like to browse in big bookstores when I can get to one but I rarely buy anything unless it's out of the bargain bin.

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 7:02 PM ET
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180 miles Melinda!!!!  OMG!  Now I don't feel so bad.  Susanna, I think you and I are a lot alike when it comes to the bookstore.  Do they know you on site now?  For me, they greet me with a "hey, Diana!" and leave me alone becuase they know I don't like to be bugged. 

Ellen, what is DH?  I am still getting used to text speak and I don't know that one...

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 7:07 PM ET
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the smaller used bookstore knows me by name! we talk all the time.I know the good hot and funny contemporary romances and she took mental notes so she could recommend certain authors. she'll also hold books for me if I call and ask...went in the other day and picked up several books and ended up leaving without getting the one she'd been holding so guess I have to go back tomorrow which is dangerous...

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 8:03 PM ET
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Not Ellen, but "DH" means husband AKA Dear or Darling Husband (or some other word that starts with D depending on your mood.) Are you old enough to remember the movie That Darn Cat where the cat was called DC? I don't think "darn" was actually the word they meant.

Here's a long list of internet acronyms: http://www.muller-godschalk.com/acronyms.html

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 10:07 PM ET
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Thanks!  I don't remember That Darn Cat..... that was before me. 

Thanks for the link!

 

Diana

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 8:11 AM ET
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ROFL, I can't believe I missed this thread before, thats hilarious, Diana.  Thanks for the laugh this morning...

I honestly have not gone to a book store since  joining PBS, however, I spend about $80  a month just on postage, $2+ here and there all adds up.   When my hubby asked how much I was spending, I of course  admited to spending $10 a month or less *cough*... but I've had months where I've spent up to $120  just on postage. 

Edit to add: Wait a minute!  eBay counts as "store"?  Then I spent about 25$ few days ago... I've been good really though, I've been cured of Amazon.com, I stay away from Borders... but eBay, now,  thats a hard one to cure LOL.  Its the bidding war that gets to you, yanno? 



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Date Posted: 11/4/2008 10:01 AM ET
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The bidding pisses me off LOL so I mostly look for the 'buy it now'..half.com is MY weakness..esp when I find one for a good deal then browse to see what else they have so I can 'save' all that money on shipping!

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 10:23 AM ET
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I have to admit, there's a bit of a thrill to placing that bid & winning an ebay auction in the final few seconds:P  I've danced around the house, high-fiving the DH, a few times because I won some rare collectible at the absolute last possible second.  I do like half.com though for pricing and hassle free shopping.  I spend some money at Borders, but I think the most in one hit was about $25.  I'm a compulsive bargain hound.

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 11:28 AM ET
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 LOL I remember a time, around 8 years ago, setting my alarm clock to 3:45AM just to get out of bed (had to sneak because if my hubby knew what I was up to ....lol) to bid on some shoes on eBay.  I remember fighting fiercely with this other person (bish!) for that last scary 5 mins..... talk about crazy, huh?! ROFL  I still have that shoes, I paid $325 and wore it once!   Good thing, I am now obsessing over books....

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 11:47 AM ET
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I have finally convinced myself that "winning" an auction is not that same as winning a contest - the only thing you've won is the privilege of BUYING SOMETHING - probably for more money than it's worth!! I'm still doing ebay and I still get that rush feeling at the end, but I (usually...) can set a final price and just live with the consequences. Only a book... It's only a book...(click  heels together 3 times)

LOL!

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 11:47 AM ET
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I used to go into one of the large bookstores every 6 months are so and spend at least $100, normally more like $150. It seems to be worse for me at Chirstmas, maybe because they have more specials? Then I found a LUBS that I frequented regularly. Between it and Walmart I kept my spending under a bit more control. Now that I am using Paperbackswap I only by new if I HAVE to have a book and can't find it or don't want to wishlist it on the PBS site.

Jessica

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 1:44 PM ET
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i like half.com.  i used to shop there a few years ago and pick up some of the books that i couldn't find at my UBS after months of looking.  i recently placed a couple of orders there again.  i was totally out of WL room and had lots of books i wanted to add, so i went looking for a few things i wasn't likely to get for a loooong time, and then picked up a few other things from the same sellers that i wanted that weren't very much.  then of course the next week turned out to be the big Borders sale - so i'm about out of shelf space again!

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 3:13 PM ET
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Lol, Melinda.  So true:P  I won!  It's gonna cost me WHAT?!  I have to constantly remind myself what it is I'm buying and is it really worth it:P

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 12:40 AM ET
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i think $65 or $70 is the most ive spent at once. but the only place i buy new books (other than an occasional one at walmart) is mardels. and even then i ONLY buy from their bargain books. so i might spend that much, but end up with 25-40 books since most are $0.91, $1.25, and $2.50 i think. but i havent been there in a while.

im actually going tomorrow cuz their having a sale on their cds and t-shirts so ill prolly end up with a couple books as well

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 5:09 PM ET
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I guess it was about $45 at Barnes and Noble when I was buying "smut books" LOL for an erotica swap a couple of months ago.   I work at a wm and over the course of a month I take home at least 10 books after it is all totalled up.  This week I picked up three paperbacks and spent $18 on a hardback of Swallowing Darkness since I plan to keep it...and I'm impatient ;)

I'm tempted by ebay often but when I look at the prices and factor in shipping especially for new releases it often costs more than buying it new at a store would.  I've seen people charging $4 for shipping one paperback and some won't combine shipping and since I started mailing books here at PBS and know how much Media Mail costs...well, paying that just seems silly.   I've even seen that you can get better prices buying direct from the publisher or shipping deals.   Ellora's Cave offers free shipping on orders of $35 or more.   Most of the newer EC books on eBay sell for well above their list price on the EC site and really who can stop at just one:LOL:  Amazon marketplace kills me regarding shipping as well.  Cheap books sure but shipping is per book--no discounts or combined shipping even when ordering from one seller. 

I lived in a small town in NM with one UBS and I eventually ended up working there in high school and again for another owner when I was in my mid 20's:lol:   Yup, I was there that often and hanging around:lol:  



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Date Posted: 11/9/2008 10:47 PM ET
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the most i've spent at one time is around 50-60 dollars.  i cringed even when i spent that much!  i just got a deal on craiglist, 6 erotica books, trade size for 20 dollars. good condtion too! yea!    but normally i go to my used bookstore or the local goodwill where i can pick up books for .48 cents or 98 cents. then i go hogwild and hubby doesn't mind.