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JohnnyNY
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Coupons and Nookbooks

Good Morning, just wanted someone to know and perhaps comment upon the reasoning why we cannot use a coupon when purchasing a nookbook on line or in the store. I received a 15% coupon for completing B&N Survey and cannot use it unless I purchase a different product other than a nookbook. Not very accomodating for those of us who use the nookcolor or nook.

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Re: Coupons and Nookbooks

As I understand it, don't blame B&N, blame the publishers.  they have set (I think) strick pricing policies, I asusme so that their books are not used as pawns in some pricing war.

 

others may have more insight, but I think in general that is the issue

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Re: Coupons and Nookbooks

B&N didn't allow coupons or membership discounts to be used on ebooks or anything NOOK related even before the agency model went into effect.

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Re: Coupons and Nookbooks

 


Nallia wrote:

B&N didn't allow coupons or membership discounts to be used on ebooks or anything NOOK related even before the agency model went into effect.


Also, keep in mind that if it was the Agency Model preventing coupon use why couldn't we use coupons on Non-Agency model books?

 

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Re: Coupons and Nookbooks


AlanNJ wrote:

 


Nallia wrote:

B&N didn't allow coupons or membership discounts to be used on ebooks or anything NOOK related even before the agency model went into effect.


Also, keep in mind that if it was the Agency Model preventing coupon use why couldn't we use coupons on Non-Agency model books?

 


Because it would cause mass confusion for customers when the vast majority of eBooks couldn't be discounted by their coupon but a minority could. How would they know if any given book could be discounted. Customers in the know could easily handle this, but the bad relations this would cause with a very large number of customers who have never paid attention to who the publisher was before and who have never heard of Agency Pricing just isn't worth it.

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bobwa
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Re: Coupons and Nookbooks

Actually, Kobo regularly has discounts on non-Agency model books and it works just fine.  I bought a number of books through them at Christmas, often at 30% off.  When I tried to apply the discount to Agency publisher books I simply got a message saying the publisher didn't allow a discount on that book.  Surely, Barnes and Noble could do the same thing if it chose to.

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bobwa wrote:

Actually, Kobo regularly has discounts on non-Agency model books and it works just fine.  I bought a number of books through them at Christmas, often at 30% off.  When I tried to apply the discount to Agency publisher books I simply got a message saying the publisher didn't allow a discount on that book.  Surely, Barnes and Noble could do the same thing if it chose to.


 

I agree. Sorry, B&N, I keep a non-Agency wish list at Kobo and check for their coupons regularly.

 

Two other points in opposition to the statement that coupons applying only to Agency books would cause confusion and bad will among B&N customers: 

1) Being able to use coupons/membership discounts toward even some NOOKbooks and NOOK accessories would create much good will among many customers--I would be in that group! 

 

2) It took me no time to learn to tell the difference between Agency and Non-Agency books by looking at the number of lines in the price--an Agency book has one price line, a Non-Agency book has three price lines (list price, price, and %saved)--and although my mother might have told you otherwise, I am really no smarter than most people.

 

And what about NOOK accessories?  Again, I realize that the "designer" lines will probably not be coupon/member discount friendly.  Anyone who has ever shopped for designer anything at any major department or specialty store probably knows that, too.