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Black Friday

The next day DreamHaven will be open is Wednesday, Nov. 21st. I'll be open from 12-6:30.

I WILL be open of Black Friday (Nov. 23) from 12-6:30. I will have a lot of special offers and sale prices. There will also be a special "early sale" which I will post on Thanksgiving (and send out to my email list). I can't compete with the big guys but I promise this special sale will will be something to really pay attention to.

A short rant on "showrooming":

I know it happens. I've seen people "shopping" my store while all they're really doing is looking at books I have, photographing them, and then ordering them online. It's dishonest, stupid and short-sighted; I can give you dozens of reasons to illustrate why it is but I'm not going to get myself worked up over this. I'll just try to ignore it and do my job of presenting items you can't find anywhere else, with knowledge and expertise, service and good cheer.

Come on over on Friday - I've never had an overly busy Black Friday yet so DreamHaven should be a calm alternative to the insanity at the malls.


PS. I'll be open Saturday, Nov. 24 from 12-6:30 as well.


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Nov. 20th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
I do sometimes encounter books in your store, that I didn't previously know of the existence of, and then request them from the library. If I decide afterwards they are worth owning, I will buy them later in your store. I cannot afford to buy (and do not have shelf space for) every book I want to read. Though if a book is really cheap, I will go ahead and buy it and pass it on to someone else when I'm done with it. And there are some really good books I've bought from you more than once, because I buy the hardcover, read it, give it to a friend or family member who I know would love it, then buy the paperback when I want to reread it.
Nov. 20th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
I have no trouble with customers like you who find a book they can't afford and request it at the library. It's the ones who simply use me for a showroom or a catalog and then go buy it elsewhere. I understand not being able to buy every book you want (I can't afford them all myself and I own the store). I also support passing books along to others - it encourages people to read physical books and will likely encourage book purchases.

I should have mentioned the many people who go well out of their way to buy books from me and/or other independent stores. I have many customers who know of a book and ask me to order it for them so they can support my business. It's a wonderful feeling to know that people think enough of my store to ask me to order a cookbook or a biography that I don't have rather than ordering it from Amazon.

Someday I will write up my (reasonable) screed against Amazon. Right now, I'm just not in the mood to put myself in a bad mood.

Nov. 20th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's actually really sad that people do that and I didn't even think it would be something that DreamHaven would have to worry about. I'm hoping to make it on Black Friday but I may come over in the later hours as I might still be out of town. Best of luck!
Nov. 20th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
People do that a lot to camera stores, as well. One of my absolute rules for myself is that if I had to go fondle something to know if I wanted it or not, I have to buy it from (one of) the place(s) that made the fondling possible. Basically, if I would miss the store if it went away, I have to support it.

(Camera bags are among the things that absolutely must be fondled before purchase. Unfortunately local stores have a rather small percentage of even the models from the major manufacturers in stock.)
Nov. 20th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
I know it's happening all over the retail spectrum. People may not think about is the impact on the brick and mortar stores and the impact it will eventually have on them. There will be less and less on offer in "real" stores, less items to "touch and feel", and then they'll be forced to order blind, relying just on descriptions and pictures which just isn't the same (certainly not for good books). It will probably reach some critical mass when, say, all of the Best Buys are gone and the only place to shop is Walmart. Smaller independents will start up again and offer the kind of service some people are willing to pay for. In my most optimistic moods I've been predicting this will happen with bookstores and, indeed, I've seen a few new bookstores pop up around the country. Not enough to replace the old ones that are going out of business, but some to give me hope there may be a place for savvy entrepreneurs who work at what they love rather than to get rich.

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