Hey, I get it, we all are trying to save a dime here and there. But sometimes it’s at a bigger, long term cost without our even realizing it. This is even more apparent for small business owners, including Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine. Most of our patrons do seem to understand the value that we bring to their community while there are others who blatantly tell us that they can buy their books at a much bigger discount from that nameless Internet behemoth. They don’t understand that we simply cannot afford to cut our costs because even though we’re small we have overhead costs that we are committed to, bringing money that stays in the community, unlike that behemoth.
Per the American Booksellers Association press release:
The consolidation of Amazon’s power results in struggling local businesses, shuttered doors, and a dearth of new retail stores and vibrant Main Streets. This is significant because Main Street retailers employ 49 people for every $10 million in sales, while Amazon, for example, employs just 23 people per $10 million in revenue, according to estimates from the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR).
That said, even though we cannot give you a dramatic discount on new books, (although our used book collection is growing) we can bring uniqueness to the community. We host book discussion groups, the Girl Scouts, music recitals, workshops and create a place that patrons gather and socialize among the books. Therefore, please know that when you make a purchase from your local independent bookstore, you are investing in a town that offers diversity rather than domination. Seems like a pretty good investment to me.
What have I been reading? Just finished The Radium Girls by Kate Moore and blown away by it. (We’ll be hosting Kate Moore on May 4th.)