Stacking the Shelves: Book Outlet Boxing Day Sale edition!

January 17th, 2015 4:08 pm by Kelly Garbato

Boxing Day was many, many weeks ago (okay, three – but time drags when you’re waiting for book mail!), but as everyone who placed an order with Book Outlet knows, turnaround was painfully slow for their epic Boxing Day sale. The last part of my order just arrived this week; and, if twitter is any indication, a few poor souls are still waiting on their packages. (Thoughts and prayers.)

So this was my first time shopping at Book Outlet. I was lucky enough to see the 50% off discount code bouncing around twitter the week beforehand. Since I’m pressed for space and trying to buy e-books whenever possible, I was a little skeptical: 50% sounds like a sweet deal, but is it sweet enough to justify buying more “real” books? With a skeptical little huff, I hopped on over to their website to investigate. Within minutes I’d created an account and filled my shopping cart. Yeah. The prices really were that good.

I spent the week leading up to Christmas going through my Amazon and Goodreads wishlists, purging them of no-longer-wanted items and searching for the more expensive titles on Book Outlet. Between Book Outlet and ruthless culling, I managed to make a sizable dent in each. By the time 10:59PM rolled around on Christmas night (11:59 Eastern), I was ready to go. It’s a good thing, too: the sale proved so popular that would-be customers quickly overloaded Book Outlet’s servers. After much swearing, hand-wringing, and page refreshing, I was lucky enough to get my order in. Before the start of Boxing Day official, even!

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I’ll be the first to admit it: I went a little overboard. Just a bit. (Even though I managed to “lose” four or five books in the mad rush to submit my order before the stock ran out.) The first time around, I dropped a cool $200.65. But that includes shipping (which I’d mentally factored into the price per book as I shopped), and got me 71 books! That works out to about $2.82 per book, which is still less than the price of a used hardcover book at the twice annual library book sale. So it would have been silly of me not to buy all these books, is what I’m saying!

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I noticed some people complaining about the price of shipping, but I thought it was pretty reasonable: $38.49 for nearly 60 pounds of books. Of course this was for domestic shipping; I’m sure that overseas postage all but negates any savings.

Two days later I couldn’t help but revisit Book Outlet – the Boxing Day sale had been extended, due to its popularity – and of course I bought seven more books. (I blame it on Edward the Hamster, which was going for just $2.09.) At $23.92, the price per book was a little more expensive ($3.42), but still affordable. (The 50% off code was a single-use dealio, but the site-wide 30% off still applied.)

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So. The shipping situation. The first order took a full nine days to ship, and thirteen days to arrive; the second, thirteen days to ship and seventeen days to arrive. I’m actually not surprised or even angry about the delay; between the holidays and the sheer awesomeness of the sale, I’m sure they were overwhelmed with orders. But I do think they could have been more proactive about keeping their customers informed. I only received an explanation and apology after I created a ticket to complain; an email or even just a notice on the website (maybe with a future discount code? wink, wink) would have gone a long way.

But. One thing did piss me off: namely, Book Outlet’s inaccurate status updates. They marked my first order as “shipped” a full five days (FIVE!) before it entered into UPS’s system. Pro tip: if a package is still in your possession, it hasn’t been shipped yet. Call it “packed,” “ready to be shipped,” or “in the mailroom.” But don’t call it “shipped” until it’s actually left the premises, okay? Anything else is just dishonest.

That said, I noticed that my second order – packed and shipped after I complained to Book Outlet about them marking items “shipped” when, in point o’ facts, they’re merely waiting to be shipped – entered UPS’s system within 24 hours of being marked as “shipped.” They also seemed to have added a new status update, “waiting on carrier.” So maybe they took all the negative feedback to heart?

I guess the pertinent question is, will I buy from Book Outlet again? Even though I tore a quarter of my hair out while waiting for MY PRECIOUS to arrive, the answer is yes. (Spoiler alert: I already have. What can I say, they emailed me! I think I have a problem.) But probably only for special items and during the big sales. I still like my ebooks, which take up zero space. I don’t have to do the save/donate/sell dance with them when I’m done.

I included a list of the books I bought at the end of this post, but first: more book pics!

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Books that might be categorized as “diverse.” (The ones standing up seem to address mental health issues, if the synopses are any indication.)

17/78 = more diverse than expected, but not as diverse as I would have liked. Hopefully I missed a few of the less obvious ones?

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Books in a series, whether intentionally finished or accidentally started. (Not pictured: Hild.)

Naturally, I had to do no small amount of reorganizing to fit all these new books on my shelves. I ended up relocating all the ARCs to the top of the entertainment center in my gym/guest room. They fit almost perfectly.

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There’s still room for a few more…plus a whole second row in back. Cue: evil laughter!

(This was the exchange when I informed my husband that I’d be repurposing the entertainment center as a bookshelf:

Shane: But what if the roof starts leaking there again? [We just had most of the roof replaced not three months ago.]
Me: So I’ll put a sheet of plastic over the books.
Shane: *looking doubtful*
Me: It’s cute, you pretending to care about the condition of my books when you already think I have too many.
Shane: *looking busted* laughs)

I also overhauled the small bookcase in my bedroom, removing most of the old books (save for Margaret Atwood and His Dark Materials-related matter) and replacing them with more diverse fare.

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This should make it hella easier to find my next reads for the Dive Into Diversity/LGBTQ Reading Challenges.

And there you have it – the longest Stacking the Shelves post on the internets. At least until the next Boxing Day sale rolls around.


The Ginormous Boxing Day Order

  1. Boxers (Boxers & Saints #1) by Gene Luen Yang
  2. Saints (Boxers & Saints #2) by Gene Luen Yang
  3. September Girls by Bennett Madison
  4. How to (Un)Cage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block
  5. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  6. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
  7. Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn
  8. Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  9. Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  10. White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick
  11. Sekret by Lindsay Smith
  12. On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane
  13. Velveteen by Daniel Marks
  14. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  15. Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
  16. Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
  17. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
  18. A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer
  19. My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal
  20. My Real Children by Jo Walton
  21. Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler
  22. Motherless Child by Glen Hirshberg
  23. Flight of the Golden Harpy by Susan Klaus
  24. Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell
  25. The Great Death by John Smelcer
  26. The Cure for Grief by Nellie Hermann
  27. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  28. Meet Me at the River by Nina de Gramont
  29. Women and Other Animals: Stories by Bonnie Jo Campbell
  30. Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson
  31. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
  32. Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson
  33. After the Snow (After the Snow #1) by S. D. Crockett
  34. Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1) by Elizabeth E. Wein
  35. Lost Voices (Lost Voices #1) by Sarah Porter
  36. Farthing (Small Change #1) by Jo Walton
  37. A Girl Called Fearless (A Girl Called Fearless #1) by Catherine Linka
  38. The Memory of After (The Memory Chronicles #1) by Lenore Appelhans
  39. The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel (Reapers #1) by Alden Bell
  40. Hild (Hild #1) by Nicola Griffith
  41. Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey
  42. Rampant (Killer Unicorns #1) by Diana Peterfreund
  43. Ascendant (Killer Unicorns #2) by Diana Peterfreund
  44. The Unnaturalists (The Unnaturalists #1) by Tiffany Trent
  45. The Tinker King (The Unnaturalists #2) by Tiffany Trent
  46. Raging Star (Dust Lands Trilogy #3) by Moira Young
  47. The Treatment (The Program #2) by Suzanne Young
  48. The Trap (The Hunt #3) by Andrew Fukuda
  49. Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1) by Emmy Laybourne
  50. Monument 14: Sky on Fire (Monument 14 #2) by Emmy Laybourne
  51. Farseed (Seed Trilogy #2) by Pamela Sargent
  52. Seed Seeker (Seed Trilogy #3) by Pamela Sargent
  53. Replica (Replica #1) by Jenna Black
  54. Resistance (Replica #2) by Jenna Black
  55. Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake
  56. Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons
  57. Unremembered (Unremembered #1) by Jessica Brody
  58. Unforgotten (Unremembered #2) by Jessica Brody
  59. Altered (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin
  60. Fugitive X (Revolution 19 #2) by Gregg Rosenblum
  61. Metatropolis (Metatropolis #1) by John Scalzi (ed.)
  62. Shards & Ashes by Melissa Marr (ed.)
  63. Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black (ed.)
  64. The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius by John Joseph Adams (ed.)
  65. Futureshocks by Lou Anders (ed.)
  66. Because I Am a Girl by Tim Butcher (ed.)
  67. I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman
  68. Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
  69. Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (Revised and Updated) by Ayana D. Byrd
  70. The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
  71. Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson


The Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny Mini Boxing Day Order

  1. Diary of Edward the Hamster 1990-1990 by Miriam Elia
  2. How To Be Bad (A Novel) by Lauren Myracle, E. Lockhart, and Sarah Mlynowski
  3. The Dark Road by Ma Jian
  4. Crash Into Me: A Survivor’s Search for Justice by Liz Seccuro
  5. The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World by Michelle Goldberg
  6. The Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border by Teresa Rodriguez
  7. Vegan’s Daily Companion: 365 Days of Inspiration for Cooking, Eating, and Living Compassionately by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
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