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Musing Monday May 25

May 24th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

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Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about gift certificates…

Do you give gift certificates to book stores as presents? If so, do you give for actual stores or online stores? Do you like to receive them yourself?

I definitely give gift certificates to book stores although not as often as I used to.  I have a couple friends who also love to read and often times I would buy them Borders or Barnes and Nobles gift certificates for their birthdays or Christmas.  However, lately since a lot of my friends are moving around and it’s hard to know which stores are most convenient for them I usually end up buying them an Amazon gift certificate.  That way it’s easier for them to just shop online and have it shipped to them.

Personally I prefer just receiving a Borders gift card because I love going into the store, browse around and pick up whatever book I want and not feel guilty because I’ll be using up a gift card and not cash.  For Amazon I really have to know which books I want and then I feel the pressure to buy at least $25 worth of things to get the free shipping.  So I either end up buying a book I really want and a few I want to check out or having to wait until a bunch of books I really want are available.  Neither of which are very satisfying but I also don’t have to pay tax at Amazon which is awesome now that we are paying almost 10% sales tax here.  All in all I can’t complain either way because both options do help me get my reading fix.  I love my Borders and Amazon gift cards!

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4 Responses

  1. uncertainprinciples

    I’d prefer getting gift certs to ‘brick and mortar’ stores, as opposed to the likes of Amazon. Don’t get me wrong, I order loads from Amazon – specially books I know I want to read. But, with gift certs, I’m the ‘instant gratification’ kind of person, and love entering a book store, and seeing books, and getting completely overwhelmed by them.

    Here’s my musing – enjoy! :)

  2. dsuzuki

    I totally know what you mean about instant gratification :)

  3. Jenn

    City of Chicago’s paying 10.25% in sales tax, so I definitely do as much shopping online as possible. That being said, I’m really sad that the Borders on the Magnificent Mile is closing due to poor sales and high rent. It was my very first Borders experience in this city and the largest in town. I’ll miss it.

  4. dsuzuki

    Ugh! I love my Borders and I feel even worse for the small independent stores.

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