I have friends tell me all the time that they don’t check prices on eBay.
WHICH ONE OF THESE WOULD YOU BUY?
A fool and his money are soon parted. – Thomas Tusser
I couldn’t find this book. Hardly anywhere.
And if I did, I sure as hell couldn’t buy it for cover price. I have detailed this sad phenomenon in two posts now: MANGA PUBLISHERS– Why Do You H☠TE Me? and Comic Book Retailers – Update Your F****** Websites! It seems like all of the Manga publishers really don’t care about– or don’t care to cater to– the completists (like me) in their audience. To be clear, I don’t mind an occasional book hunt (in fact, sometimes it’s fun)– but I really do not want to hunt to fill holes in every frickin’ Manga title I decide to collect.
Yet, I usually have to.
Case in point: Tokyopop’s Future Diary series. Volume 6 just came out, OK? But try to find Volume 2. This Manga title oddly seems to follow the old comic collector paradigm– as #2 seems the rarest volume so far.
Which is why I was so delighted to find that the Borders Bookstore located down the street from me had one in stock. Note to the wise: The “Check for Store Availability” links on mainstream bookseller’s websites are often a big boon to the collector of hard-to-find books… Especially if you have friends in other cities or states and can con them into picking up a copy for you and sending it in the mail. Put your Zip Code (or a friend’s Zip Code) into one of these website search boxes and BOOM— you might be able to save yourself from overpaying $20 to $30 USD (or more) for a scarce Manga title.
Luckily (or so I thought), I didn’t have to do that this time. Once I found someone to go over there and getting the book for me– I’d be all set. My friend nicely offered (around 5 pm in BIG CITY traffic no less). I felt double fortunate.
About 20 minutes later she called from her cell phone. Seems she bought the book (I was having it held for me at the front desk) and when the clerk finally handed it to her– she realized it was not in acceptable condition. You may have read this in another one of my posts before but I am going to write it again: I do not care how much of a discount a mainstream bookstore, comic shop or website gives me on a book. If I buy it NEW– I expect the tome to be in new, Near-Mint to Mint condition. I’m not going to pull out a magnifying glass or anything when I buy it– but the damn thing better look– and be– right.
Seems my rep had preceded me– as my friend knew that I was very condition conscious. She told me that the book looked like it had been opened and read several times. The line where the cover was “scored” (so it will bend back easily at the spine) was WHITE— even though the cover itself was BLACK. This meant 2 things: #1 the book was severely manhandled and #2 the book had been carelessly read so many times, the black ink had fallen off the score line. That’s a lot of reading.
I apologized for her wasted time and gas and asked her to return the book.
My friend later told me that when she handed the book back to the clerk– asking to return it for a refund due to its’ poor condition… The clerk just looked at the book, rolled his eyes a little, sighed and said, “Okay.”
No “Gee whiz, I’m sorry the book is in such bad shape! Let me see if I can find you another one.” Just a resigned sigh that, once again, another customer had him selling a less-than-new product.
Barnes & Noble, Bookstar and Borders– This is what happens when you turn your bookstores into libraries!
You provide comfortable seating in all kinds of places throughout your store and you never stop your customers from reading your books from start to finish. Often these people will read a few chapters and then come back the next day to read a few more… And will continue this pattern until they have finished a whole novel. I’ve even seen people reading while they are eating a sloppy tuna sandwich that they’ve just pulled out of a paper sack. These folks are obviously enjoying a free read on their lunch break! Mom’s bring three or four kids into your stores and they all pick out a book to read– but rarely buy anything.
And you have the audacity to blame Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad for your flagging quarterly profit reports?!
You then add your own insult to your own injuries by selling coffee and chocolate eclairs too!
All the while allowing your customers to read, read, read. Have you ever bought a book from one of these stores and gotten home to see a big chocolate smear inside– on one of the pages of your supposedly new book? I have actually seen customers doing this horrendous act while they read a book in a Barnes & Noble. No shame, no remorse. They just flipped the page and kept on reading.
Good God Almighty! They damn well better be glad that I haven’t ever paid for and brought one of these sullied atrocities into my home. I’d race back to that bookstore and return that damn thing so violently it would take an amazing proctologist to retrieve my return!*
But I wouldn’t feel bad. I doubt my hijinks wouldn’t stop them from selling that rescued copy either.
*Many thanks to Jose Melendez at the CCW*TV Blog for reminding me of my hatred of people who eat and read for free in bookstores a couple of weeks ago.
See kids, you can learn from your elders!
Now if we could just convince you to stop buying the O.M.I.T. arc in Amazing Spider-Man in the first place…
I am extremely happy that relatively few people have called me out for my use of profanity on this site… But even then, I am already sorely tired of hearing these two phrases:
Profanity is the attempt of the uncreative mind to express itself.
Profanity is the last refuge of the uncreative mind.
Do you really expect me to believe that bullshit? I graduated SUMMA CUM LAUDE (how many swear words in that erudite title, fuckers?) from University and Graduate School. Are you really attempting to tell me I have an uncreative mind because I cuss?
Let me explain something to you: If disingenuous pompous pricks like the ones writing these idiotic statements didn’t make bad words “bad” to begin with… Then no one would even know that cussing existed. Curled up, obstinate, prim people makes these things taboo… Not me. And I’m not rebelling against anyone anyway. Whether my Mother likes it or not– I’m just exercising my right of free speech.
In a world where any American 18-year-old is allowed to get their ass shot off in Iraq– but is unable to celebrate surviving another day in that Hell Hole by having a beer… Something is off.
In a world where I cannot smoke a cigarette in a bar because I might endanger the health of others with my secondary smoke… But that same bar can stuff shot after shot down some ape’s throat and then send them off to the parking lot with their car keys in their hand– Thus endangering my ride home… Something is off.
In a world where men still routinely make more money than women to do at the same job… Something is off.
In a world where a killer pleads guilty to homicide and we still have to pay for a trial… Something is off.
In a world where celebrities receive wrist slaps for a crime the average joe would spend 3 years in jail for… Something is off.
In a world where a woman is still labeled a slut if she’s had more than a few boyfriends– but a man is still a cocksman if he beds as many “ladies” as he can… Something is off.
In a world where HUNDREDS of homophobic people become so angry that they post for the first time on Amazon.com– just because the company dared to sell the DVD sets of Queer as Folk one day and the lesbian-centric L Word the next day as their daily Gold Box Deals… Something is off.
In a world where we can no longer handle meat– let alone eat it– without calling Hazmat… Something is off.
There are so many things wrong in this world. So many things that desperately need correcting. Is my little Swear All You Like Blog really going to tip the scales in Satan’s favor?
If you discover your kid reading this blog– where I attempt to point out injustice, stupidity and just plain insanity— and I happen to sprinkle a few swear words in here or there… Are you going to wipe their minds with a generous round or two of electric shock therapy?
I actually read an entire blog post (on a blog who’s lameness demands it remain nameless) asking, “Do you drop the F-Bomb in your posts?” Seriously? What. The. Fuck.
They’re just words. They’re not racial epithets. They’re not words meant to harm or make someone cry. They are often truisms or descriptive moments in a phrase. They’re not for everybody. I get that. But they are for me.
So if my occasional turn of a blue phrase offends you, then please just leave. I will not apologize today, tomorrow or ever. So just go.
Profanity or no profanity? Who the fuck cares? With everything going on in the world, I know I don’t.
And you know what I always say about PC Assholes anyway, “Joke them if they can’t take a Fuck.”
CTA Wii Inflatable Kart – Car Rider for Mario Kart and All Racing Games
Lean into the curve of the road as you steer your very own inflatable racing kart for Nintendo Wii games. The realistic design and comfortable inflated feel will have you speeding around the course like a pro as you play your favorite games in a whole new way. Experience arcade-style racing fun in your own home as you play multiple Nintendo Wii racing games, including Mario Kart Wii, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, F1 2009, Dirt 2, MySims Racing, Excite Truck, GT Pro Series, Need for Speed: Carbon, Need for Speed: Nitro, Need for Speed: Pro Street, Need for Speed: Undercover, Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast, ExciteBots: Trick Racing, Cruis’n and more.
The Inflatable Kart for Wii allows you to plug your Wii Remote directly into the center of the steering wheel with or without the MotionPlus connected for precise steering control. The steering wheel cradle is compatible with the WiiMotionPlus for convenience. Chase the checkered flag in the soft, comfortable kart that can support up to 300 lb. With the included foot pump, inflating and deflating is a breeze, just pull out the kart and get ready to race.
Control your vehicle with the functional steering wheel as you sit back in the comfortable car-shaped seat
Wii Remote conveniently fits into the center of your steering wheel for motion-controlled steering action (not included)
Strong construction can support up to 300 lb.
Includes inflatable balloon car, plastic steering wheel cradle and a foot pump for easy inflation
Compatible with the Wii MotionPlus and Wii Remote (not included)
Measures 45″ long x 28″ wide overall with a roomy 12″ wide x 7″ high seat
Works with Nintendo Wii racing games, including Mario Kart Wii, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, F1 2009, Dirt 2, MySims Racing, Excite Truck, GT Pro Series and Need for Speed: Carbon (not included)
Also works with Need for Speed: Nitro, Need for Speed: Pro Street, Need for Speed: Undercover, Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast, ExciteBots: Trick Racing, Cruis’n and more (not included)
Wait a minute! I thought the whole idea behind the Wii was to get kids UP and MOVING?