I heard from two reliable sources that a local bookstore chain plans to boycott this event. The reason would be (this is my wild guess) because this event sells dirt-cheap books.
So cheap they were that during the 1st BBBS last May, I spent all the money in my wallet buying books. I didn’t stop there, when cash ran out, I abused the credit card. It was really that cheap.
Of course, being a true “kepochi” by default, I have to write an open letter to the local bookstore chain. Here goes:
Dear Ingorant Bookstore (its not you Kino, now get out of the way),
I find it perplexing if a little bizarre that you want to boycott the Big Bad Book Sale event, scheduled to take off on November 26, 2009.
I don’t have to tell you that books in Malaysia are expensive, and people would rather buy pirated dvds than books. Now, now, I also know you are running a business – which means money is your god of religion – but have you no compassion at all?
Books are the windows to one’s house. Books pave the way for people to acquire knowledge, seek solace and share information. Books are the cheaper form of traveling. Books are a way of life. Must I really rave on like a lunatic to drum these into your skull?
If the BBBS is a yearly or twice yearly event, why should it be your concern?
I have been spending countless hours at your store where the disposition of your retail stuff is mediocre at best. They don’t care about books; they don’t care about the readers. Why should I, then, care about you or your ill-grounded boycott?
People at BookExcess and BBBS are books lovers. They take the trouble to pick suitable titles for you upon being asked; they could chat about a book for hours on end. Now, that’s what we call a good customer-service. You should learn a thing or two from them.
True, you give me discount from time to time, and I am not saying I will never go to your store again, but if you proceed with the boycott it shows just one thing: shallow level of maturity.
Signing off, your loyal customer.
Friends & foes: See you there at the Big Bad Book Sale in Amcorp Mall from November 26.