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Heaven Looks Like An Exclusive Books Mega Warehouse Sale…

March the 21st is Human Rights Day on South African calendar. This year it also market the day of the Exclusive Books Mega Warehouse Sale for me. So I woke up early in the morning to prepare for the hard day of shopping ahead of me. In fact I had prepared long in advance. I made a list of all the books that I wanted to buy so that I would be ready when the big day came.

I got to the warehouse which is at Strydom Industrial Park in Randburg and the place was already packed with people. There were boxes everywhere (they served as baskets) and if you had more than one box, you had the option of putting them on a trolley. My battery died before I could take any pictures.

I started going through my list and despite spending the first hour hunting for the books that I so desperately wanted, I did not find any of them. I ended up buying five books that I hadn’t intended on buying, for the sake of not wasting a trip. (I’ve read two so far and I don’t regret it.) The books that were at the sale were disappointing in the sense that there weren’t any of the classics that we have come to love. It felt more like a sale for all the rejected books. Nonetheless, I had fun. There’s something about being in a room filled with books. Or maybe it is the fact that I was shopping at such a steal. (R50 per kg of books is a major bargain.)

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A huge congratulations to Exclusive books for:

  • Displaying such a large collection of books and creating the opportunity for us to buy books at such a bargain. We need more and more of these sales in order to encourage literacy and to create or perhaps restore the culture of reading which we have lost.
  • The three pay points were extremely efficient considering the amount of people that were at the sale. I was also glad that there were different payment options because I didn’t get the chance to go to an ATM beforehand.
  • Helpful staff were always ready to answer questions and to repack the books after we had gone through them and placed them however way.
  • Strategically placed fans made sure that the temperatures were bearable. I would have left sooner if there was inadequate air-conditioning. I imagine warehouses to be quite hot without it.

Here are some of my recommendations to how the sale could have been better:

  • Labelling should be done as it is done in the shop. There were absolutely no labels to distinguish between sections. The only section that was clear was the children’s section. They could have used the ink and paper on the posters on the wall to label sections African Literature, Fiction etc., to make the experience more pleasant and less tiring.
  • There should have been more popular books available. Most (if not all) of the books that I saw I had never heard of before. I would like to see more of the authors that I know and have come to love and more familiar (especially African) titles.
  • Despite the helpful nature of the staff, it took a while before I could tell that they were staff. Maybe they could wear bright coloured T-shirts to make them more visible next time.
  • The cashier asked me if I had a Fanatics card and after I said no she didn’t even care to explain what it is or even ask if I would like to sign up for one. Maybe Fanatics membership can be promoted next time and a table can be put on the side where people can apply. I’ll definitely buy more books if I’ll be getting rewarded for it.

All in all the experience was lovely. I can’t wait for the next sale! This one still continues till the 1st of April so if you are available, pop in and look around. You might find some books that you like.

Thank you Exclusive Books!

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, www.randomramblings.co.za and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.

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  1. Giles

    Hi Richmond

    I imagine the pressure of queues meant that the team did not tell you as much about Fanatics as we would have liked. Could you supply us an email address or telephone number so we can do proper justics to Fanatics – and explain the offering to you in full?

    Thanks for your helpful comments. We’ll look into the options!

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