Bargaining for the Deathly Hallows
By now, we know we can’t escape Pottermania even if we are hiding away in a corner in Chennai. As the news goes, July 21st is the day when the last of the Harry Potter books releases. Titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, this book is expected to see the battle unto death between Lord Voldemort and the young wizard Potter. Anyway, what is interesting is that two months ahead (in fact much earlier), Chennai’s bookstores offer various bargains to entice the reader to pre-order copies.
What comes to mind on thinking of the posters is the image of a bespectacled kid (imagination can be so cliched!) tugging his dad’s arm and begging for memorabilia and a pre-order. Of course, you or I could have been that kid, if such were the times when we were growing up.
Back to the bargains, a quick look at what stores have lined up in their enticement department:
offers the book at Rs.732/- – no strings attached
offers the book along with a Rs.200/- Crossword Gift Voucher and a complimentary membership to its Book Rewards Programme
offers the book at a 15% discount on the cover price of Rs.975/- and books can be pre-booked on paying Rs.501/- (rest on delivery I guess)
Bookpoint (remember, the one opposite Spencers?):
offers the book at Rs.840/- with a free home delivery
Prakash Books (the online store, which has a branch in Nelson Manickam Road):
offers the book at a 25% discount, Rs.731.25
Not bad, considering that discounts are a decent 10% or more. But then, the cover price is a whooping Rs.975/- and, sometimes, I think being a late bird also helps in certain deals. A month later, with a month to go for the release, we might get a better deal. Or walking into the store on the day of the release will be a fun thing too. Maybe you are saying I’ve already read that pirated copy floating around online. Or you are still wondering what the fuss is all about!