BMC Bookshop Blog

Black Friday at your BMC Bookshop

November 15, 2018

Your BMC Bookshop observes Black Friday this year on Friday, November 16. We will be open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and you'll find savings on a wide variety of categories throughout the store. Many of these savings are also available online, all day on Black Friday.

 

What's on sale?

 

All drinkware, from shot glasses to "Mom" mugs -- 25% off:


 

Take 30% off all outerwear, just in time for winter weather:


 

Baby, Infant, Toddler and Youth clothing is all 20% off:


 

Of course owls are included in the sale -- take 25% off all plush:


 

Sleepwear is also on sale. Take 20% off the Bryn Mawr College Union Suit, which as you can see goes will with a 25% off class color mug and a plush owl, also at 25% off:


 

Lanyards, key tags and luggage tags are all 25% off, including several new designs:


 

Get organized with calendars and planners (2019 calendar year and 2018-2019 academic year), all at 40% off:


 

And all trade (non-text) books are 25% off, including new paperbacks by alums Monica Hesse '03 (The War Outside) and Carrie La Seur '93 (The Weight of an Infinite Sky), and the new Michelle Obama book you've been hearing about everywhere.  These books are all in stock now, along with a curated selection of over a thousand more titles outside the curriculum.


 

We're also offering all imprinted Tops and Bottoms at 20% off, and our remaining stock of dog leashes and collars is 50% off.

 

Here's the full list of Black Friday discounts:

 

  • Calendars and planners – 40%
  • Baby, Infant, Toddler and Youth clothing – 20%
  • Drinkware – 25%
  • Lanyards & Key Tags – 25%
  • Outerwear – 30%
  • Tops & Bottoms – 20%
  • Dog leashes & collars – 50%
  • Plush – 25%
  • Sleepwear – 20%
  • Trade books – 25%

Happy Savings, in store and on our website, Friday, November 16!

End of semester text notes

November 14, 2018

As we hurtle towards the end of the semester, we want to remind you about some textbook policies and upcoming dates.

Many text vendors impose deadlines on book returns, which means we are starting to clear out Fall semester texts.  If there's anything that you still need to buy for this semester, please get it soon.  Most Fall books will need to be returned in the next two to three weeks, unless we already have a commitment from faculty to reuse the book in the Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 semesters.  We hold books here as long as possible, but we are running out of time.  You can check current inventory on our website at bookshop.brynmawr.edu/college.  Listings on the site will be available through November 30 only.

Book buyback dates are December 17 through December 21. We will buy back MOST titles regardless of where you bought them from.  But we guarantee buyback on ALL current semester books with receipt.  There is a subset of titles for which we require receipt because there are quantity limitations at our buyback partners.  Because there are limits, we reserve these opportunities for folks who purchased here.  Also buyback is not limited to current semester books.  We partner with MBS, a division of Barnes & Noble, and they're looking for books for all of the campuses that B&N serves, so the buy list is usually about 100,000 titles deep.

For more info on how buyback works -- including details on how we set buyback prices -- please refer to this earlier blog entry: bookshop.brynmawr.edu/guaranteedbuyback

Spring semester book requests are coming into the bookshop now.  The list of confirmed book adoptions will be available on our website starting in mid-December.

Fall Break at your BMC Bookshop

October 12, 2018

Feed your body and your soul during Fall Break at your BMC Bookshop!  Save 20% off all trade (non-text) books and 20% off all non-refrigerated food (everything outside the Pepsi cooler).  Savings are good all week, Monday through Saturday, October 15 through October 20.  Discount does not combine with any other offer and is only good in-store, but is otherwise unliimited.

 

 

Your BMC Bookshop stocks a wide variety of books outside the curriculum, from classics like JANE EYRE to current bestsellers like CRAZY RICH ASIANS, basis for the hit film.  We offer books in all categories, fiction and nonfiction, for readers of all ages.  Looking for ideas?  Check out the PBS Great American Read project at www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books -- it's a nicely eclectic list.

 

 

We also stock plenty of food to help you get through the week.

Hours over break are:

Monday through Friday, October 15 through 19, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday, October 20: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
The store will be closed on Saturday, October 13

Have a safe and happy break!

 

Follow Us on Instagram and save 20%!

September 21, 2018

 

Come into your BMC Bookshop between Monday, September 24, and Friday, September 28, show your phone or computer at the register, and save 20% on any one item when you follow @bmcbookshop on Instagram.

The discount does not apply to textbooks, postage stamps or gift cards, and is only valid in-store.  (No web orders.)  This discount cannot be combined with any other offer, and cannot be used on already discounted/clearance items.

Be sure to follow our Instagram @bmcbookshop to stay updated with discounts and new items. Watch for our special Instagram discount event coming in October!

 

 

Text return deadline is Friday, September 14

September 13, 2018

The deadline to return texts for full credit this semester is Friday, September 14.  If you’ve changed classes and no longer need a book, bring it back to the bookshop with receipt no later than 5:00 pm Friday for a full refund.  No returns without receipt.

Starting Saturday, September 15, all text sales are final — no returns.  Hold on to your books and receipts until buyback in December, Monday, 12/17, through  Friday, 12/21.  We guarantee buyback with receipt.

We keep returns open through the first two weeks of classes because we understand that schedules change.  But after Friday, the hard return deadline and the final sale policy are tools that we use to help reduce prices.  Returns are costly.  If you’re paying by credit card, we’re paying fees not just on purchases, but also on returns.  There are also costs in dealing with returned books; sometimes, those inventory management costs can be significant.

More importantly, because the supply of textbooks is not unlimited — less expensive used book inventory has been especially challenging to source this season — we are trying to see that books get into the hands of the students who need them most.  If you are holding a book you no longer need, you are tying up a copy that a fellow student might need.  Please get it back to the store, and we’ll make it available to others here.

Texts will continue to be available in the store well into the semester.  We start hitting return deadlines with some of our suppliers in late October, but we’ll keep most titles here until Thanksgiving.

Tips for first-time text buyers

September 3, 2018

1) Relax! Your BMC Bookshop has what you need.  Come in, grab your books off our shelves and you’re on your way in one fast and easy transaction.

2) We post full listings of required course materials online at bookshop.brynmawr.edu/info-students.  From this page, click on the lookup links, and find your classes.  You can order online, and we’ll gather your books and have them in a bag, ready for pickup.

3) If you see that a book is listed as “recommended” or “suggested” — such as the book for BIOL B110 or the study guide for CHEM B211 — it’s our recommendation that you go to class first before buying the book.  Look at your syllabus and hear what your professor has to say before you buy.

4) For most everything, you’re fine buying either new or used. But if your class is using an access code – most intro languages use online materials for which you need to purchase an access code -- you have to buy new.  Never buy a used bundle.

5) At bookshop.brynmawr.edu/info-students, you’ll also find links to our price comparison site.  This BMC Bookshop service allows you to see bookshop prices alongside prices from online retailers (Amazon, ABE, Alibris and many more).  For the vast majority of books used here this semester, bookshop prices are competitive, but we understand that you might like to see options. When using the site, remember that other vendors are required to charge sales tax for textbooks, but books are tax free at your bookshop — a savings of 6%.

6) Buy your book here or buy your books elsewhere – it’s your choice.  But please don’t do both.  Supplies of used books are limited here and online too, which means that if you keep buying multiple copies hoping to trade down to a less expensive one, you are tying up copies that your fellow students might need.  You’re also driving up the cost of books for everyone because stores (ours included) pay credit card fees on purchases and returns.

Other questions?  We’re here to help. Stop in and see us or email us at bookshop@brynmawr.edu.

Why we don't rent books here

August 31, 2018

One of the choices that you face if you’re shopping elsewhere for your books is a decision about whether to rent or buy.  Your BMC Bookshop does not offer a rental option.  Here, you buy your books and then we guarantee buyback at the end of the semester.

We think our system makes sense for several  reasons:

1) At the beginning of the semester, how will you know whether these are books you’ll want to keep? You should make the keep/discard decision after you’ve taken the course and after you've read a book, not before.  We hope that during your time here at Bryn Mawr, you’ll encounter many books that you’ll cherish forever.  (We still have books from our college days our shelves!)

2) Many books used in classes here span multiple semesters.  Most rental programs are structured for a single semester, which means that you might have to pay multiple times to rent the same book.  The calculus book for MATH B101 is also used in B102 and B201, so if you’re continuing in calculus that’s a triple rental charge.

3) Rental program buyout charges vary considerably, but they can be steep.  One vendor is asking three times the rental fee to allow you to keep you book, and their rental fees aren’t cheap in the first place.  In our system, you’re not risking a bad surprise when you decide it’s a book you want.

4) We have to admit that we would have trouble running a strong rental program here.  Bryn Mawr classes and books change frequently; we generally don’t re-use books here the way other schools do.  A rental program depends on re-use: the more often a book is re-used, the faster a vendor can recover the cost of the book.  For most adopted titles, we can be competitive on purchase price -- more competitive than most folk think -- but we don't have the same opportunities in setting rental prices.  So, yes, there are a few cases where rental from other vendors is an attractively inexpensive choice, and that’s why we show rental on our comparison shopping site at brynmawr.verbacompare.com.  We provide this site so that it’s easy for you to see all your options!

Our buyback guarantee applies to all “regular” books purchased here. The guarantee does not apply to loose-leaf and bundled books (though we are sometimes able to buy back some of these titles).  Also, we cannot buy back access codes, coursepacks/readers or heavily-used workbooks.  Books must come back in sellable condition with no water damage and no loose pages.  Remember that the guarantee only applies in the semester that you purchased the book.

The final question that we’re always asked about guaranteed buyback is how much will I get if I sell back my book?  For more on pricing, please visit this earlier blog entry: bookshop.brynmawr.edu/guaranteedbuyback.

Last Call for Spring Buyback

May 17, 2018

The final day for book buyback for this season is Friday, May 18.  The store will be open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Please remember that we will buy back MOST titles regardless of where you bought them from, even if it's Amazon.  But we guarantee buyback on ALL current semester books with receipt.  There is a subset of titles for which we require receipt because there are quantity limitations at our buyback partners.  Because there are limits, we reserve these opportunities for folks who purchased here.  Also buyback is not limited to current semester books.  We partner with MBS, a division of Barnes & Noble, and they're looking for books for all of the campuses that B&N serves.  This semester's buy list is over 80,000 titles deep.

For more info on how buyback works -- including details on how we set buyback prices -- please refer to this earlier blog entry: bookshop.brynmawr.edu/guaranteedbuyback

Saturday Is Independent Bookstore Day!

April 26, 2018

 

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday, April 28, at your BMC Bookshop.  We are proud to be a part of this one-day nationwide party that recognizes the resurgance of independent stores. We're very much a part of the movement, having shucked off chainstore management and returned to independence here just three years ago.

 

“Consumers control the marketplace by deciding where to spend their money. If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read the book. This is how we change the world: we grab hold of it. We change ourselves.”

― Ann Patchett, bestselling author and co-owner of Parnassus Books


Your BMC Bookshop will be open 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, and we have some fun exclusive IBD merchandise, including:

  • Flash fiction from great short story writers
  • A book club journal including quirky recommended reading lists
  • A Utility Pouch featuring a Colson Whitehead quote
  • Signed copies of REDLANDS, Volume 1

We also have some great giveways:

 

Get your choice of one giveaway just for coming into the store on Saturday.  Get one additional giveaway free with any book purchase -- buy one book, get one more giveaway, buy two books, get two more giveaways, buy three ... you get the idea.  (Yes, that is a Harry Potter iron-on patch -- a cool IBD exclusive.)

Exclusive merchandise and giveaways are in limited quantities -- some very limited.  Come in early on Saturday!  Don't miss out!

Finally, come in, snap a pic and send a Seussagram!

 

    

 

See you on Saturday!

 

 

Last call for Spring texts!

April 18, 2018

At this point in the semester, we have to send back much of what's left in our text department.  We hold books as long as we can, but we have vendor deadlines and other processing issues that dictate the timeline.  If there are Spring semester texts that you still need, please come get this as soon as possible.

There are still lots of books on our shelves!  You can check stock at bookshop.brynmawr.edu/college.  Spring semester listings will stay live until next Wednesday, April 25.

Book buyback dates are May 7 through May 18, weekdays only, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, in the Bookshop. Please check back for details, which will be posted here soon.

Please remember that we will buy back MOST titles regardless of where you bought them from, even if it's Amazon.  But we guarantee buyback on ALL current semester books with receipt.  There is a subset of titles for which we require receipt because there are quantity limitations at our buyback partners.  Because there are limits, we reserve these opportunities for folks who purchased here.  Also buyback is not limited to current semester books.  We partner with MBS, a division of Barnes & Noble, and they're looking for books for all of the campuses that B&N serves, so the buy list is usually over 100,000 titles deep.

For more info on how buyback works -- including details on how we set buyback prices -- please refer to this earlier blog entry: bookshop.brynmawr.edu/guaranteedbuyback

 

Friday the 13th Savings!

April 12, 2018

Save 13% off your BMC Bookshop purchase, Friday, April 13, all day.

In store only.  Does not combine with any other discount.  Excludes only food, health & beauty and textbooks -- all other departments are included in the sale.

Book Buyback begins on Monday...

December 14, 2017

 

... but we'll be doing early buyback on Friday, December 15, 9:00 am to noon ONLY and Saturday, December 16, 1:30 to 4:00 pm ONLY, to accomodate folks leaving early.

Book buyback officially opens on Monday morning, December 18, at 10:00 am.

Click here for an earlier blog entry on buyback pricing, and click here for more general end-of-semester textbook info.

Please remember that we can take most books regardless of where you bought them.  There's a small group of 150 or so titles where your BMC Bookshop receipt is required, so bring those receipts along to be sure.  But the full buy list is over 115,000 titles long.  We partner with MBS, a division of Barnes & Noble, so in addition to what faculty have asked us to buy for future semesters here, we are also buying for every campus that MBS and B&N serve.

Happy Holidays!

End of semester textbook notes

November 21, 2017

As we hurtle towards the end of the semester, we wanted to remind you about some textbook policies and upcoming dates.

Text vendors impose deadlines on book returns, which means we are starting to clear out Fall semester texts.  If there's anything that you still need to buy for this semester, please get it soon.  Most all Fall books will need to be returned no later than the first few days of December, unless we already have a commitment from faculty to reuse the book in the Spring 2018 or Fall 2018 semesters.  We hold books here as long as possible, but we're running out of rope here.  You can check current inventory on our website at bookshop.brynmawr.edu/college.  Listings on the site will be available through November 30 only.

Book buyback dates are December 18 through December 22, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, in the Bookshop.  We are setting up dates for buyback at GSSWSR, and we are also looking at the possibility of an early buyback session for folks leaving before finals week. Please check back for details, which will be posted here soon.

Please remember that we will buy back MOST titles regardless of where you bought them from, even if it's Amazon.  But we guarantee buyback on ALL current semester books with receipt.  There is a subset of titles for which we require receipt because there are quantity limitations at our buyback partners.  Because there are limits, we reserve these opportunities for folks who purchased here.  Also buyback is not limited to current semester books.  We partner with MBS, a division of Barnes & Noble, and they're looking for books for all of the campuses that B&N serves, so the buy list is usually over 100,000 titles deep.

For more info on how buyback works -- including details on how we set buyback prices -- please refer to this earlier blog entry: bookshop.brynmawr.edu/guaranteedbuyback

Spring semester book requests are coming into the bookshop now.  Most books won't arrive here until the first few days of January, but the list of confirmed book adoptions (such as it is, at this early date) can be found at: bookshop.brynmawr.edu/college

November 17 is Black Friday at your BMC Bookshop

November 15, 2017

Your BMC Bookshop celebrates Black Friday with savings throughout the store on Friday, November 17, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

You know us as the go-to place for BMC imprinted gifts and clothing, along with all the textbooks you need for your classes.  But we also offer lots of great gifts and books beyond the curriculum, something for everyone on your list -- and for you too.

During our big Black Friday sale, take 20% off over 400 non-imprinted gifts and all 1200 plus trade (non-text) titles in the store.

What's on sale?  Well owls, of course:

And more owls:

These leather owls:

And these very cool Steampunk owls:

Even our very popular line of owl tapestry bags are on sale:

Take 20% off these elegant literary infinity scarves from Litographs:

And the rest of the great Litographs line, including these tattoos:

Take care of elbow grease and your cat for 20% less:

Enjoy some fun and games:

We've sold 60 Shakespeare buttons and 17 Austen buttons since October 25.  Janeites, you can catch up tomorrow for 20% less:

And don't forget savings on over 1200 trade book titles beyond the curriculum:

Friday, November 17, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm -- in store only.

In addition to all these one day specials, we're also offering additional savings on clearance clothing, in store and online: 75% off existing clearance apparel (https://bookshop.brynmawr.edu/category/clearance-75) and a new group of clothing at 40% off (https://bookshop.brynmawr.edu/category/clearance-40).