On preloved books, conspiracies, and crafting

Whenever I am in my neighborhood mall, I usually stop by Booksale and browse for a few minutes. Sometimes these minutes lead to a discovery and  purchase of books that I was either looking for or genuinely liked. Recently however, I’d been finding nothing in their stacks.

This made me think of an on-line conversation I had with a friend, on the proliferation of on-line sellers of secondhand books. I’ve bought books from on-line sellers. True, their prices are a bit higher than Booksale but their selections are better. After my favorite on-line seller closed shop and a bad experience with another, I decided to stop buying from them in the mean time.

My friend overheard a conversation where she learned that some on-line sellers collude with Booksale staff so that they have exclusive access to popular titles and newer books for their stocks. Well, these days apparently, it’s not enough to befriend a Booksale staff to get dibs on new stocks.

In my last stop by Booksale, my purchases were of the holiday and crafty mode. I got the two Christmas-themed craft books for 65 pesos each while the book on applique (with some Christmas ideas as well) for a measly 35 pesos. On average, the books are about 15 years old but I didn’t mind. After all, the old can be made new again, right? Besides, it’s already October, the second month of the Christmas season in the Philippines!



About the pensive poet

development worker. kasuyo. bugtong na anak. retired drag queen. kalaguyo. kaibigan. future carpenter, bread-maker, or bar-tender. feeling manunulat at makata. borderline obsessive-compulsive. control freak. book worm. isnabero. mahiyain. astang cineaste. aspiring photographer.

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