Hey guys! So, I’ve worked as a bookseller for over 3 years now and this is something I see every year during the holiday season and I wanted to say something about it. Most people think booksellers have the best job in the world (it is)
and we spend the whole time reading while we are working; but let me tell you the truth, we don’t. Believe it or not, bookstores are still retail stores and being a bookseller is just as demanding as any other retail job, especially during the holiday season. So, I put together a small list of tips to make your holiday shopping experience more enjoyable for you and for us:
1. Don’t be mean.This is a no brainer, honestly, it’s common sense. We know you’re in a hurry to get presents for everyone, but you don’t need to be rude about it.
2. Don’t come into the store without a title or an author, because otherwise, we can’t help you find the perfect gift.
3. Don’t leave stuff in the wrong place. If you decide you are not going to get something please give it to another bookseller or set it aside at customer service desk,don’t just leave it laying around in the wrong area. This is because if someone else is looking for that book/gift you didn’t want then it’s harder for us the help them if we can’t find it.
4. Please don’t complain about the price. If I could give you a discount, believe me, I would,but unfortunately, us booksellers don’t control the prices. If you complain about the price you just make it awkward for us when we tell you no.
5. Don’t say: “I’ll just get it on Amazon!”. I know Amazon has better prices, and I know you’re going to get whatever you’re looking for from there, but you don’t have to rub it in our face because, honestly, it’s like a slap in the face. You can just say “I’ll get it online” instead, which is a little more subtle.
Well, here it is, I hope y’all are having a wonderful holiday season, and if you’re a bookseller please feel free to comment and add any other tips to help everyone have a great holiday shopping experience!
Thank you for reading!