I went to Towne Centre the day that Harry Potter was coming out. As the parent of three Potter fans, I wanted to treat them to three books and to go to a midnight party. But not being rich, I also have to shop for the best price. As I walked in to the store I knew that if I went to their party I would have to pay a premium over the Amazon.com price of $18.00, but I also figured that it would be worth something extra to get them that night and my kids could have fun. But I also thought that when I explained that I needed three books, that they MIGHT offer some discount off of full list price. I figured it was at least worth a try.
What I absolutely did NOT expect was what I got. Some jerk in shorts and a grey NYU t-shirt sitting behind the counter (I don't care if he is the owner) treated me like dirt for even asking if I could get a discount. "Go to Amazon's party"; "Buy it online then"; and basically "Get out", was what I heard along with a $35 price for each book. It's not just the price difference that made me go to the big bookstore out by Walmart at midnight that night to buy our three books for $24.95 each. They also have a much larger selection of every kind of book, and you don't have to feel like a second class citizen just for not wanting to pay full list price.
I would support a local bookstore if they treated me nice, but I'll never even walk into this one again.