Book sales are heaven on earth for bookworms. Check out if #BigBadWolfPH lived up to its hype and hear my thoughts on it!
First order of business, what is the Big Bad Wolf book sale?
It’s a week-long 24/7 warehouse book sale for really cheap prices! The website brags about having two million new books at 50% – 90 % off. Tons of people go at different hours of the day looking for all kinds of titles, may it be fiction or nonfiction. I was never able to go the prior years of the sale so I was really excited to go for my first time this 2019.
Before I get into details of the sale itself, here is the list of books I was hoping to score from the sale
- The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
- A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
- A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
- Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
- Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
- The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
I’ve heard of the horror of waiting in line for over two hours, so I really pushed for going at odd hours. And by odd, I mean going-to-the-sale-at-4am odd.
Turns out, going to the sale early in the morning was a good idea! We were able to get parking without any trouble and there was no line or crowd inside the warehouse.
The relief of the small crowd was replaced with the disappointment of the sheer volume of books and the lack of good selection. Despite it being the first weekend of the sale, all the good books have already been bought by goers who were willing to stick it out with the long lines and overcrowding. For example, Rick Riordan books were nonexistent at this point. Harry Potter boxsets, on the other hand, were overflowing.
On top of this, there seemed to be minimal organization of the books. Their organization was up until their genre only. No alphabetization, classification of sub-genre, etc. Nothing. Books were scattered everywhere because of shoppers who didn’t return books where they originally got them from (if you did this, I’m seriously side-eyeing you right now.) Customer service were also clueless as to where the books people inquire about were because of this lack of organization. For this, you’re really going to have to scan each mounting pile of books to look for what you want to buy. Is it worth it? Personally, it wasn’t.
If you’re willing to stick it out and scan every pile for those books you want, here are some tips that might help you out for the sale
- Go at odd times or “dead hours” to avoid overcrowding and long lines.
- Lower your expectations as majority of the selection features not-so-popular authors and secondhand books.
- Look for backlist titles you’ve been wanting for a while! There aren’t any new releases but backlist titles are all over the place, you just have to find them.
- Bring tote bags to avoid plastic consumption or a cart if the place is full.
- Try to have someone go with you to cut time of searching for books and lining up.
I methodically scanned all the young adult book piles for the sale and unfortunately I didn’t get anything from my aforementioned list. I only came out with one backlist title that I wanted enough to purchase (The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry).
My sister seemed to have a better shopping experience as she was able to purchase five titles for her TBR!
Overall, it was a new experience but I feel like I would be better off just going to a Fullybooked or National Bookstore sale with a more satisfied outcome.
Have you gone to the Big Bad Wolf sale? Let me know your thoughts and share your hauls in the comments!