Cheap Harry Porter book Controversy

Even free condoms in the middle of red light area in Bangkok would take times to clear off the shelves. Worldwide, Harry Porter books were snapped off the shelves before they even stack them.

In Malaysia, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is back on the shelves of MPH, Times, Popular and Harris Bookstores today. The bookstores had earlier boycott the sale of the book when hypermarket Tesco and Carrefour were selling the book RM40 (4 riyal) cheaper. Seriously, I still don’t get it why they had to resort to ‘boycott’ strategy at the first place – a dumb act of “self-inflict”

The bookstore representative said the public must understand that bookstores don’t make much profit because their source of income is only books while the range is diversified for hypermarkets. Common, I mean, since when public must understand how much profit the sellers are making….duh…. By nature, consumers will always look for the best deal.

From what I read, when these ‘no balls’ bookstores took the books off their shelves, Tesco and Carrefour didn’t even give a single fuck to the fuss, not unless the relevant ministry gets its hands on it. But our dear minister Mohd Shafie Apdal had only this to say.

“The price war will benefit the people………. If there is a drop in price that the suppliers can afford, this is good and is not violating the law. If traders can reduce their prices and not sell at a loss, we should encourage this as it really benefits the people.

”He added “….high book prices have burdened the people. Since we are encouraging the public to read, to be well-informed and knowledgeable, it is important that books be sold at affordable prices.”

Well said.

~ by pickholes on July 24, 2007.

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