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Old 03-11-2013, 11:01 AM
 
Location: San Bernardino County (previously L.A.)
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I might have to work one of the types of jobs that I used to have while back in college. I've never worked at a bookstore, but it seems great, so nice & mellow & never gets super crowded. I've always kind of wanted to work at one. I'd hate to have to resort to working at the mall in some crowded, hectic clothing store like I did eons ago!

How is it really working at a bookstore? What's the usual hourly pay? The only place I guess there is is Barnes & Noble, which is the only bookstore around me.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I might have to work one of the types of jobs that I used to have while back in college. I've never worked at a bookstore, but it seems great, so nice & mellow & never gets super crowded. I've always kind of wanted to work at one. I'd hate to have to resort to working at the mall in some crowded, hectic clothing store like I did eons ago!

How is it really working at a bookstore? What's the usual hourly pay? The only place I guess there is is Barnes & Noble, which is the only bookstore around me.
Two years ago I worked at a Barnes & Nobles part-time. I made $8 an hour. It was cool but there were things I didn't like.

The PROs
- you can wear your own clothes but no jeans
- nice atmosphere
- food was pretty good (especially if you love pastries)
- people were nice
- small employee discount

The CONs
- you had to work in the cafe at some point and that could get stressful
- you have to take out trash and mop floors
- hours were late. On Fridays and Saturdays, we were there til 11 and after midnight
- the employee discount was small


Unfortunately, book stores aren't doing well now and B&N in particular are facing closing stores so this may not be the best retail industry to enter. But good luck!
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:29 AM
 
Location: San Bernardino County (previously L.A.)
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Thanks. Woah, B&N may be closing some locations too?! I already miss Borders quite a lot & liked it better than B&N, but now B&N too?!
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Yeah. Bookstores are getting killed now.

Barnes & Noble executive plans more store closings - CBS News
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:46 AM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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And.... you still have to deal with the public. Like me. I looked up a book on B&N online, saw that it was in the store and went to go get it. It was 2X their own online price!!!!! I get that bricks and mortar stores have overhead, but still!! If I hadn't needed it to supplement a software course for this week, I would have ordered it online. From Amazon.

That said, I've always wanted to own a used bookstore in town, where people could come and sit in comfy chairs. With their dogs. And my dog. But then there's than niggling "profit" dealy. I get the allure of bookstores -- I go with my friends and drink coffee and browse through magazines -- it's a great atmosphere. But it's still work, when you work there!
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: San Bernardino County (previously L.A.)
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Yep, I looked up that very same news article several min ago. Too bad! I hope neither of my 2 locations are closing...one of them has a cafe in it so you can actually sit at a table. A nice past-time of mine is going with my boyfriend, gathering some mags & sitting at a table for about 45 min or so going through the mags & even jotting notes & websites. Sheesh!
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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Summary, retail is hard work, especially in a dying industry like big box bookstores. Just observe the people at B&N or whoever is left where you live. It isn't easy work when the stores are busy.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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As a bookworm myself, I did it once. It's just retail and all that it implies.

I too miss my 8orders and hanging out there.

Never thought bookstores would go away...
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:09 PM
 
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.... Too bad! I hope neither of my 2 locations are closing...
Not all of their stores are closing but many of them are not hiring right now, just accepting apps. All the jobs we did while in college (waiting tables, bookstores, cafes, retail, hotels, etc) are not easy to get now, so be prepared to be shocked. Signs of the time I guess...
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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I thought the B&N employees were very knowledgeable and professional. Don't they screen their employees with a test on literature?
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