Asda “Deathly Hallows” Books Despute Resolved for Now (updated)

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Jul 17, 2007

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Update: An apparent unpaid bill was apparently behind the reason the Asda stores in the UK felt they would not be receiving copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The BBC reported earlier today that Bloomsbury is claiming the Asda chain of stores had not paid the bill for the copies of the last book.
Update: Reports now say however this money has been paid. The Timesis reporting late this evening that
“Asda says that it has this afternoon sent money to the publisher of the eagerly-awaited Harry Potter book in an attempt to settle the row which has threatened to halt delivery of its 500,000 copies.”

Earlier, the store said the reason they were not getting copies of the book to sell on Saturday iwas that” the publisher was unhappy that it had criticised the book’s price tag of £17.99.It has assured UK customers the issue will be resolved in time for the book launch on Saturday, although Bloomsbury said “dialogue has not opened yet”.

The BBC article continues to quote a rep from Asda who says:

“It just seems funny that after we expose the potty Potter price hike, Bloomsbury are trying everything they can to stop kids getting hold of Harry Potter at a price they can afford.”

In return, Bloomsbury marketing director Minna Fry said:

“the order had been cancelled due to “invoicing issues”, but acknowledged the firm had been annoyed by Asda’s comments.

She said: “Asda have had a problem with our pricing of Harry Potter for a while now, and they sent out a very aggressive press release saying that we were ripping off children.

“We think at 608 pages, £17.99 is extremely good value.”

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15 Responses to Asda “Deathly Hallows” Books Despute Resolved for Now (updated)

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I think this is really sad. As much as we love Borders and Barnes and Noble, they are putting out smaller private book sellers. There are many private book stores in my town that cant even sell the seventh Harry Potter book because they cannot make every Harry Potter book 40% off like at Borders.

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One book, one country, one price. That seems fair. And books should only be sold in bookstores, not pharmacies or supermarkets or convenience stores.

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Its sad to here that silvia. I do agree about the smaller bookshops not being able to afford it, but i have to admit i am preordering mine from waterstones so i’m a bit of a hipocrif.

However, on this issue, as much as i love bloomsbury, i’m with asda. I think maybe the books were priced quite highly and i’m not saying its bloomsburys fault but asda do have a point.

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Are they not allowed to discount the price the way Borders and Barnes & Noble do? If they choose to keep a higher price does that mean that they get a higher cut?

-B

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Its sad to here that silvia. I do agree about the smaller bookshops not being able to afford it, but i have to admit i am preordering mine from waterstones so i’m a bit of a hipocrif.

However, on this issue, as much as i love bloomsbury, i’m with asda. I think maybe the books were priced quite highly and i’m not saying its bloomsburys fault but asda do have a point.

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Are they not allowed to discount the price the way Borders and Barnes & Noble do? If they choose to keep a higher price does that mean that they get a higher cut?

-B

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Is it just me, or does anyone else detected the whiff of opportunism in the air? The Asda chain, which is creaming off a deal of publicity as the champion of children everywhere – they’re ensuring by their application of “Asda price” that even the most impoverished child can get the final Potter – when they are only undercutting their competitors (Amazon, Waterstones etc) by the half-princely sum of 12p!

I think they were trying to pull the same scam on Bloomsbury that they pull on farmers and small business – our price or no deal – and got caught out! Serve them right!

Let’s all try not paying at the till, whilst still demanding next weeks shopping in advance and see how far that gets us!

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According to MSN and BBC Radio 4 Asda have paid up and will get their 500,000 books. So if you pre-ordered there, don’t worry!

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Asda Asda Asda, what are they like?

The week before the release of Deathly Hallows Asda were in the press as aparently a lorry full of their books had been stolen, but miraculously they solved the problems and still had enogh to meet demand!

I was going to be buying mine from Asda as I don’t have any choice to buy it from anywhere else apart from online but I want to get it at modnight. We don’t have any independant book stores in my town or the town next door. The only places we have where you can buy books are the chains such as Waterstones and WH Smiths (Who are also selling it cheap but the WH Smiths in our town are not opening at midnight) or Supermarkets.

If Asda don’t sort this out (they will though, in the nick of time again) I will go to the other 24 hour supermarket (tesco).

I do agree that it is ashame for the independant retailers though and if I could actually get to an independant I wouldn’t mind paying the extra for the book.

However, I don’t have that option so instead I am buying it from a supermarket but i am going to donate some money to one of the book/literature charities, but have not decided which one yet.

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Shakes head it’s should be the same price everywhere. £18 does seem a little expensive but for a 608 page hardback it’s not a bad a price actually.

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Serge Gingras: “And books should only be sold in bookstores, not pharmacies or supermarkets or convenience stores.”

That would not be fair for people who live in cities that do not have bookstores and do not have the means to travel to another city to get to a bookstore.

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I honestly don’t think I’d want to buy anything from a bookstore that refers to Harry Potter as “potty Potter.”

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Just so everyone is on the same page 17.99 GBP equals $36.94 USD. I pre-ordered my book with free shipping for less than $19.00. Who is fooling who here.

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I’m so mixed about this issue.

Firstly, I hate Asda full stop. It has a bad reputation in the way it treats it staff and also its unethical buying practices. So I would have been quite pleased to see it suffer for a change.

But I do think £17.99 is expensive for something that is meant to be a children’s book.

As far as supermarkets selling books is concerned, I’m not totally against it. But the trouble is that the staff in supermarkets aren’t specialists so the choice is going to be limited to popular titles. If all this causes real booksellers to close then we’re all going to suffer in the end. In most towns you already only rsee shops like WHSmith, Borders, Sussex Stationers, where the staff know as little about books as the average man on the street. Even in shops like Waterstones the staff are less knowledgeable about books than they used to be. I think that trend’s quite worrying.

I went into Hatchards in London recently and was amazed at how infinitely better it was (the choice and knowledge of staff) than even a supposedly proper bookstore like Waterstones. Specialist booksellers know and love their books; they don’t just go with popular titles but offer an intelligent choice and can even advise people trying to choose or get hold of obscure titles.

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there isn’t a price i wouldnt pay for that book its worth 17.99… bloody asda

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