My lovely parents took us out for dinner last night. And over delicious pasta, my mom mentioned that Folio Society is apparently offering a specially-bound Harry Potter collection.
That’s not a ripoff. Folio books are excellently bound, as a rule, and quite attractive. It would be a good deal for a Potter afficianado. (Please nobody be mad that I’ve only read the first one…I started the second in Spanish, but it’s slow going. I’m in chapter 4, though.)
But it made me remember something I saw last May. Borders was displaying a special box edition of the first 6 Harry Potter books. Box edition. 6 books. Box. What?
2 months before the new one was coming out and they were trying to sell box sets with no room for it. Were people supposed to let #7 just sit in its own? Were they supposed to buy another set? There wasn’t room in the box for it to be added.
Apparently they did this for the first 5 as well, and possibly earlier. One of those many ripoffs in life. Of course, can you rob the willing? I suppose if it’s worth that much to people, they can do it. But financially savvy? Not unless you planned on skipping the Deathly Hallows.
(Can anyone think of a time where buying the 6 book boxed set might actually be practical when there’s only one more left in the series?)