What a time it’s been of late for book lovers in the Klang Valley! We’ve had huge warehouse sales by book wholesaler Crescent; the cheaper books people, Pay Less Books; and Big Bad Wolf Books.Daphne Lee reports on the book warehouse sale phenomena in the Klang Valley and asks how these companies do it.
The last was particularly memorable for me: I picked up more than 100 books for about RM600 – this means I paid, on average, RM6.50 a book and this includes hardback picture books (retail price at least RM60) and Nigella Lawson’s best-selling cookbook Nigella Express (also in hardcover)! In fact, prices at the sale ranged from RM5 to RM20. It was a heaven-sent event for book-buyers who were seen leaving with bulging canvas bags and loaded cardboard boxes during the five days of the sale.
As she says it's great for the readers (and in a country where decent libraries are few and far between, we feel we deserve something) ... but presumably it's presumably not good at all for the bookshops.
By the way, Saras was showing me some of the great books she found for RM5 each at Carrefour (and apparently the sale is at all branches).
Pay Less warehouse sales will be held as follows :
10 - 12 JULY 2009 : YMCA KL
31 JULY - 1 AUGUST 2009 : 3K INN
21 - 23 AUGUST 2009 : MILLENNIUM SQUARE
11 - 13 SEPTEMBER 2009 : YMCA KL
9 - 11 OCTOBER 2009 : 3K INN
29 OCTOBER - 1 NOVEMBER 2009 : MILLENNIUM SQUARE
20 - 22 NOVEMBER 2009 : YMCA KL
11 - 13 DECEMBER 2009 : 3K INN