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Goodbye bargain bookselling?

February 1st, 2008 (05:33 pm)

Farewell to The Works? It's a while since I've bought anything there, but I was a more frequent visitor and purchaser when I actually lived in Oxford, and the Cornmarket branch will be mourned if it disappears.

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Posted by: Марья (dreiviertel)
Posted at: February 1st, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)

It's a shame! It has been such an inexhaustible source of souvenirs and albums...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 1st, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)

The Bookseller reports says that the administrators are trading the business as a going concern, so hopefully at least one of the Oxford branches will remain open.

Posted by: Adilo Creamon (the_marquis)
Posted at: February 4th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Books

Wel ours was happily trading today so ...

Posted by: Disparate Housewife (wryelle)
Posted at: February 1st, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)

Bugger. There goes my source of cheap art materials.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 1st, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)

Hopefully not - see my response to dreiviertel.

Posted by: Adilo Creamon (the_marquis)
Posted at: February 1st, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Books

That's interesting, I've been happily buying books & dvds in there over the last year or two as so often they'd have them in cheaper than anywhere else; admitedly I always thought that was because they were trading in resold overstocks, or over prints runs (or ends) or bankrupt stocks but lately they'd even had new hadbacks in (eg Pratchett's "Making Money"). So maybe the latter, and the huge warehouse stock they must have have taken up too much of the cash-flow. Hopefully they'll continue as you note above but you wonder...

Edited at 2008-02-01 06:26 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
KingCharlesI

In recent years there has been a core of heavily discounted bestsellers; they seem to have pursued a strategy similar to that which brought down Sussex Stationers.

Posted by: Freya (freya_9)
Posted at: February 1st, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Helicopter

I hope it doesn't close :( it's always the best place to get things like facepaints and modelling clay and ribbon and bows. (Ok, not on everyone's shopping lists...)
Also, it's where i found a remote controlled helicopter for only 15 gbp - unluckily days after i'd already bought mine for a fiver more, but still!

Posted by: Adilo Creamon (the_marquis)
Posted at: February 1st, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
Books

I know the feeling (about the prices) I ordered Nemi the collection from Waterstones after they were the only shop stocking it, and the one they had on the shelf was battered and had been read (a lot), only to find five days later that the Works had suddenly got a dozen of them for a third of the price!