I was in Barnes and Noble yesterday looking for Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer. I didn't know what section it would be in, so I looked it up on the B&N website, then asked an employee because it wasn't listed.
When I went to the counter I was taken aback by the price, $26.00 plus tax. Having worked in publishing for ten years, I knew this was in the normal hardcover price range. I couldn't put my finger on why it bothered me, though.
Later I went to look up something on my phone and saw this:
I guess the online cost didn't register when I was at the actual register. The price for the same book was TEN DOLLARS less on their own website.
I understand shopping online almost always saves you money, but that is ridiculous. I thought I was doing a good deed by giving their brick and mortar some business. While I don't read as much as I used to, I do enjoy going to a bookstore. In fact, I don't really like shopping online at all, but now that I pay attention to my spending habits, there's no way I can give up going the cheaper route.
Seriously, B&N? I'm so disappointed.