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Books most stolen from book shops

Post  Doc Watson on Mon May 09, 2011 12:41 am

It may not be true for every bookshop , however after 15 years and 2 months of being a bookshop owner. I found that true crime books were stolen more often than any other genre. We trried to stop this by placing them nearer the counter however that was only partly successful.


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Re: Books most stolen from book shops

Post  Dick Fitzwell on Mon May 09, 2011 2:43 am

I heard it was the Bible (serious).

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Post  pinhedz on Mon May 09, 2011 5:13 am

I thought The Bible was just the book most stolen from hotels.

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Post  pinhedz on Mon May 09, 2011 5:21 am

I always thought the title of Abbie Hoffman's book was particularly reprehensible, because if the book is stolen from the book store, Hoffman still gets paid, but the book store looses. In fact, if the book is stolen from the bookstore, it can no longer be returned as unsold, so Hoffman and the publisher both win, while the bookstore takes the hit.

I believe Hoffman's idea was to rob "the system," steal the profits from "The Man." Turns out "The Man" was just the book store owner, while Hoffman and the publisher were ... who? The common man? The little guy?

I imagine many people did steal it, because customers would feel pretty silly standing at the cash register paying for it:


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Post  Doc Watson on Mon May 09, 2011 11:24 am

Captain Hi-Top wrote:I heard it was the Bible (serious).
It might be true world wide , but as I said I only know about my former shop .
We only sold chilren's and or confirmation bibles and few if any of them were stolen.

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Post  Doc Watson on Mon May 09, 2011 11:28 am

pinhedz wrote:I always thought the title of Abbie Hoffman's book was particularly reprehensible, because if the book is stolen from the book store, Hoffman still gets paid, but the book store looses. In fact, if the book is stolen from the bookstore, it can no longer be returned as unsold, so Hoffman and the publisher both win, while the bookstore takes the hit.

I believe Hoffman's idea was to rob "the system," steal the profits from "The Man." Turns out "The Man" was just the book store owner, while Hoffman and the publisher were ... who? The common man? The little guy?

I imagine many people did steal it, because customers would feel pretty silly standing at the cash register paying for it:

We stocked that book for a while however we did not sell a single copy of it.
None were stolen either , we ended up returning it to the publishers where I assume it was pulped.

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Post  pinhedz on Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:15 am

Doc Watson wrote:We stocked that book for a while however we did not sell a single copy of it.
None were stolen either, we ended up returning it to the publishers where I assume it was pulped.
Did you try giving it away?

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Re: Books most stolen from book shops

Post  Doc Watson on Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:39 am

pinhedz wrote:
Doc Watson wrote:We stocked that book for a while however we did not sell a single copy of it.
None were stolen either, we ended up returning it to the publishers where I assume it was pulped.
Did you try giving it away?
yes , but no one wanted it.

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