Everyone loves a good deal.
I am no different.
But when I happened to pass by National Bookstore (NBS) in Greenbelt 1 last Monday and saw all of the Book Blowout for as low as P100, P200, P300 signs, my heart simply sank. Bookstores–especially National Bookstore–has always been a part of my life. They were the primary source of my school supplies and books before specialty stores like PowerBooks and Fully Booked emerged to give them a run for their money.
In the ensuing years–and likely as a means to remain viable–National Bookstore (along with their competitors) have either downsized or simply shifted a majority of their inventory to art supplies as well as other types of merchandise.
It is a fact that is getting harder and harder to overlook.
Prime placement but little else
Last October 14, 2019, I found myself in their Shangri-La Mall branch and was surprised to find that the amount of floor space they had simply did not commensurate to the selection of books they had on-hand.
Their bookshelves had the prime spot in the whole store…but there really wasn’t much to choose from.
Book Blowout Sale
National Bookstore has allocated a lot of their book inventory into several categories: P100, P200, P300, P400, and percentage discounts.
I ended up zeroing in on graphic novels (priced at P200 each, save for Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta [Volume 1] which went for P100) and went home with a bunch: Bedlam [Volume 2], Ghosted [Volumes 2 & 3], Nailbiter [Volume 2], Sidekick [Volume 1], Sweet Tooth [Volume 2], Tech Jacket [Volume 1], Ten Grand [Volume 1], and The Walking Dead [Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 21, and 22].
I also managed to find a copy of Kerby Rosanes’ Animorphia Notebook for P300.
Everything…for less than 30% of its original suggested retail price.
Everything on Sale! (Get up to 50% off)
Now if Book Blowout Sale wasn’t enough, starting November 1 until December 1, 2019, NBS is going to have an Everything on Sale! (Get up to 50% off) Christmas sale. Not even the books will be safe for this now.
Guys, this would most certainly be music to the ears of many consumers.
But you have to ask yourself, what will National Bookstore have left come December?