And your point is?

First up, I re-read my post on britney and I think I sounded so eksyen. True, I have lost a little weight but I don’t look like I can get on the cover of Sports Illustrated just yet 😛

I shouldn’t have said that she looks gross. She just looks “untoned”.

If I may, I’d also like to quickly comment on the whole cheap HP books vs regular-priced HP books. If you’re not familiar with the issue, read about it here.

I’m so glad that two book lovers whom I know don’t have a problem with the hypermarkets selling the books for cheap. I understand that the big bookstores are trying to make a point but as a book lover myself, I am all for cheaper books.

Frankly, I couldn’t care less if the hypermarkets were just “riding” on the pre-order promotions which the bookstores had planned months before the release of the book or not. All I know is that we all have a choice: buy the cheaper version or get the regular-priced one.

But if there was anything I learnt from my first commerce/economics class in school years ago, it is to buy something that is value for money.

No matter how you argue the issue, (like the argument below, taken from here),

I am as disappointed as the next Malaysian with book prices. Yes they are expensive. I am an avid collector and my room is a single huge library filled with books which have cost me an arm and a leg. But we have to face facts. Books are expensive but it doesn’t mean we don’t have a choice. A release of a hardcover book is a sales tactic, making use of the fact that there will be an instant number of readers who cannot wait to read a new book and would be willing to pay a higher amount to be the first to have the privilege. Books also come in paperback editions which usually arrive anytime between 6 months to a year, if you can stand the wait. So consumers can’t be saying that bookstores are being unfair. RM109.90 too high? Hang tight and wait for a cheaper edition, prices will and have fallen as previous books sales have proven. Book 6 of the Harry Potter is now going for RM29.90 at Borders and there are often the warehouse and clearance sales, where one can get a bargain. Other try renting it at book rental huts or hunt for second hand editions at places such as the Big Book Store, Payless Books or other second hand outlets. So no complains there? Patience is a virtue if you cannot afford it.

logic will tell you to buy the RM69 book.

Here is my retort to the line in bold: Why wait for sale when you can get something for cheaper during non-sale period?

Anyway, the bookstores which were planning to boycott the book have agreed on the below (taken from this blog):

MPH, Times, Popular and Harris bookstores are happy to have reached an agreed solution with Penguin Books Malaysia & Singapore with regard to the sale of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and will resume sale of the said book at the recommended retail price of RM109.90 fixed by Penguin Books Malaysia & Singapore with immediate effect. As a goodwill gesture to customers, all 4 bookstore chains have decided to accord customers with the following offer for the purchase of said title: (i) 20% discount for all customers with any purchase; and (ii) 25% for loyalty card members. For loyal customers with pre-orders, please refer to the respective bookstores for more details.

So, now, what happened to the point that they were trying to make?

All this hoopla makes me want to go to the nearest hypermarket and get the dang book and let it collect dust on my book shelve like the rest of the unread HP books 😛

I have a point to make too, you know! 😛

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