7.31.2005

What did you pay for Harry Potter?

Grandmother Snark is poking me with her parasol for asking what someone paid for something, but I ask for a reason.

I prevailed upon a young friend (cash and control of the remote was involved) to let me read her HP6 this Sunday. I noticed the retail price was $29.99. I also noticed it broke my toe when I dropped it after falling asleep on page 47 so I assume the thing wasn't cheap to ship.

Retail price doesn't mean much these days. I wonder what the price really was for people who coughed up cash. Dig out those receipts! Let me know!

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Miss Snark,
Yawn, Harry Potter. The Indy Bookstore that I manage sold Harry Potter at full price. And to those loyal customers who bought specifically from us even though the chain in town and the other big box nearby was practically giving it away, we presented them a $5.00 Gift Certificate at the time of purchase as a thank you.
There was some discussion about this among management about this decision. Your response?

Anonymous said...

I paid $17 and change at BandN. I reserved a copy but discovered that was irrelevant. There were copies for all. I later realized I could have paind $15 across the street at BJs (a Northeast regional equivalent of Costco), but my kids wouldn't have made out with free posters, Harry potter glasses and wristbands with 7-16-05 on them. I feel twinges of guilt about my lack of indy bookstore patronage. Should I feel guilt about BandN because of Amazon? (somewhat off-topic: some of these indy bookstores are a bit querky. Does the legendary Odyssey bookstore in South Hadley, Mass. still organize its books by publisher? Not conducive to browsing on a topic, yet unlike BandN they would run an account on you simply on your name and address and a handshake.)

Ellen Fisher said...

$15.76 at Sam's Club. The cheapest price I found anywhere:-). I can't imagine that anyone would pay full price for it when it's so easy to find it for much, much less.

kitty said...

Wegman's supermarket is selling them for, I think, $17 (give or take).

Maria said...

Library. I got on the reserve list about six months before it came out and was number 8 on the list. The library got one copy right away and 11 additional copies within a week.

Pam said...

$14.26 or .62 on my twice-annual foray into the hell that is Walmart. Gawd, I hate that place.

I'm an HP fan, I admit it, albeit a lagging one. As soon as I finish Order of the Phoenix, I'll read it.

Rene said...

DH paid $24 at a children's bookstore, but it included a $7 "Harry Potter" breakfast for my son.

Gabrielle said...

About 16€ from Amazon France, then I saw it in the supermarket for about 12€--and selling like hotcakes, even though it's the English version. No French version for a while yet.

chryscat said...

$16 at Wally World. Not bad at all.
Grins*

Mama Rose said...

$16 and some change from B&N online. I could have gotten it at Costco for $15 and change, but I didn't know that when I placed my order at B&N. :)

Anonymous said...

Didn't pay a cent. Didn't buy the thing. Yet still can't escape it.

Fantasy for the fantastically-challenged.

Anonymous said...

In the UK, some supermarkets discounted it by 70%, affecting the quarterly profits of book chains such as Ottakers, whose discounts (around 25%) did not compete.

I doubt if anyone in this country paid anything close to full price.

Jack Ruttan said...

Pretty ghastly. Actually, it would be nice if the independents could make a bit of money from this, so they can survive and actually stock some good books, but all the big box chain stores and supermarkets are using it as a loss leader, so I guess to hell with them.

Anonymous said...

Far too much, as I was in the airport the day after it came out and was desperate to read it on the plane. So I ended up paying over 20 US dollars, as everything is so expensive in airports.
And then when I got home I discovered that my parents had bought one for me as a welcome-home present. Oops.

leatherdykeuk said...

10.99 UK pounds, the night before it was oficially released, at an independant bookstore running a Harry Potter party.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Too freaking much, given the quality that was delivered.

(actually, The Tour Manager pre-ordered through Buy.com at a discount, but it didn't arrive on release date as promised, so we ponied up full price at our local indie. So yes, we wound up with two copies of a disappointing book.)