Sunday, February 11, 2007

Too expensive ?

The gentleman in this afternoon was nothing if not optomistic.

First he spent 20 minutes looking through a £120 book on local history (lots of money - but it is charity and council records and accounts from 150 years ago - printed at the time for the official record etc: Not a common piece!!)

Secondly, he came up to the counter and announce "Yes, I think I shall take this one off your hands.... Discount for cash ?"

Much as I detest haggling, I have little choice, so I ask him what he had in mind, and he offers me £10.

When I finish choking to death, I point out that he is looking for a rather large discount. Of course he had thought that the book was £12.

At this point, he doesn't seem at all perplexed. "Never mind", he said, "Can you just photocopy the pages I want then please...."

Sadly, I was forced to decline.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Silly Boy

Student walks into the shop.

" I am a drama and film studies at the local college.

We want to film a fight scene in a library, but the college won't let us use theirs. Could I borrow about a thousand books for a week or so. I'll bring them back. "

Now guess whether I said yes or no to him.......

Silly Woman

A very silly woman came into the shop.

I knew that she was very silly when she asked "Do you have all sorts of books or just particular ones" (it took me a while to get it.... Or rather it took me a while to realise that there was nothing to get!)

She then says "Oh they are very expensive aren't they!" I replied that some of them are, and asked which she meant, and she said that the paperback she was holding was £1.50. I said that wasn't much, and she told me that she never pays more than 50p in charity shops for books.

I asked her to tell me which charity shops, as I would go there and buy some at once, which reminded me that unlike them, I had to buy all of my stock, pay my staff, market rent, rates etc: Eating occasionally would be nice too.

She left.