Walden Books, no gun magazines? (for reading)


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NoahFN
September 22, 2005, 11:04 AM
I was in a Walden Books the other day, located in the Fairfield Commons Mall in Dayton, OH, and noticed that they don't have any gun magazines. Granted, it is a smallish store, but they did find room for Playboy and similar magazines. I would guess I could find a copy of High Times as well, but I didn't bother to look. Is this the case with all Walden Books locations?

I also visited a nearby Barnes and Nobles and Wal-Mart and found plenty of gun related magazines.

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Ric
September 22, 2005, 11:19 AM
B Dalton won't carry them either
plenty of "low rider", "FHM", and "Maxim" but no gun mags

nice of them, isn't it?
Lots of T&A but no HK :rolleyes:

WayneConrad
September 22, 2005, 11:34 AM
It might be regional, at least with B. Dalton. About six months back I went to a B Daltons here in Phoenix and found Shotgun News and half a dozen gun rags.

Added: My mistake. It was Borders where I found gun rags. Darn my memory.

Working Man
September 22, 2005, 11:45 AM
nice of them, isn't it? Lots of T&A but no HK

LOL :evil:

M-Rex
September 22, 2005, 12:26 PM
Same here in Northern California. I went into a Walden's in one of the local malls. I remarked to my wife that there were no firearm or hunting magazines on the rack. The Walden's stores up here were bought by Borders. This store was re-labeled 'Borders Lite' or some such thing like that. At the Border's book store a few miles away, firearms magazines abound...at least the last time I was there. I may buzz down there today and check.

afasano
September 22, 2005, 04:47 PM
Porn but no gun books, I guess they know what's importatant. :rolleyes:

Zundfolge
September 22, 2005, 04:54 PM
so what do you think they would sell more of?


While I'm sure that the big book store chains are probably run by antis, and that may be part of the reason they don't carry gun magazines, I still bet that the main reason they don't carry them is because the space they would take up could be filled with better selling magazines.

newfalguy101
September 22, 2005, 04:56 PM
last I knew Waldens carried a few gun rags here, its been quite awhile since I have been in there tho

NoahFN
September 22, 2005, 05:00 PM
I still bet that the main reason they don't carry them is because the space they would take up could be filled with better selling magazines.


That may very well be their thinking, but they didn't have a magazine selection limited to 20 or 30 different magazines, I would guess it was more like 50 or 60. Still very small compared to Barnes & Nobles selection. My guess is a Guns & Ammo or the like could atleast compete with some of the magazines they are stocking, but I could be wrong.

GlenJ
September 22, 2005, 05:16 PM
Waldens here had gun rags but about two weeks ago I noticied they don't carry them. Sucks I used to go there while my wife clothes shopped. Here's a weird one anti gun K-mart carries Shotgun News sells it by the check outs.

Gannet
September 22, 2005, 05:40 PM
The Borders here has literally hundreds and hundreds of magazine titles. No gun magazines. :mad:

OTOH, the local grocery, in a "poorer" part of town, carries Shotgun News, among others. :)

Moonclip
September 22, 2005, 05:43 PM
Common at many places that sell magazines especially if they are smaller. When I was in the USN, the XO put pressure on the exchange not to have gun magazines and we didn't for like 2-3 years. She said they were "violent".

Ohen Cepel
September 22, 2005, 05:51 PM
I sent an inquiry to corperate HQ for them a year or 2 ago.

Asked about the no-gun mag policy while they still had plenty of porn and some drug mags (High Times and another one). Didn't understand how illegal drugs and porn were OK but guns weren't.

Got an answer back that was a bit washy and saying it was a store policy not corperate.

I make a point of going in and asking about it from time to time and always making sure I don't buy anything there. Pretty sad when book stores start practicing censorship :fire:

Justin
September 22, 2005, 06:02 PM
Censorship, by definition is a government undertaking.

DillHarris
September 22, 2005, 06:02 PM
Walden by my house is going out of business. Could possibly have something to do with the brand new Borders across the street. I'm more upset by book stores' gun books section than their magazine section. It's always Shooter's Bible, Gun Values, and not much else. Would it kill them to stock a reloading manual every once in a while?

steveno
September 22, 2005, 06:03 PM
it could be regional. at least a few years ago the Barnes & Noble in Ft. Collins had maybe a couple of gun magazines and the store in Lincoln has just about every one of the gun magazines. there are a lot more **********ns and bunny huggers in Ft. Collins

The Grand Inquisitor
September 22, 2005, 08:47 PM
As a former book selling drone (for Crown books which was then sold to the evil hive-mind known as Books-a-Million), i can fill in a few pieces of info here that are missing.

First of all, Borders owns Walden books, so if your local Borders sells gun rags, but the Walden does not, it has nothing to do with corporate policy.

Secondly, Walden books sucks, why were you even there? Walden books tend to have a pathetic selection of books and mags, and what they do sell tends to be stuff that sells. Last time I checked, pot and female breats tend to be very popular, which drives magazine sales, same goes for video game mags. On the other hand gun magazines tend to be...well, garbage, outside of the pictures and the rare article, which tend to inspire lots of in-store reading, which is frowned upon in a "get in get out) store like Walden.

Thirdly, there is no "policy" for shelving magazines. The only way to do it is tedious and time consuming and the person who ends up doing it tends to throw out whatever is on the top of the box in order to fill the racks so they can finish and go to sit around and complain for the rest of their shift. The way magazines come to the store is profoundly retarded and inefficiant; each store has room for 100-450 magazines depending on size, and the magazine clearing house generally sends out 300-1000 different magazines (generally with about 75 of the filthiest theft-inducing porn titles...if you don;t believe me, do a search on the interweb and you will find that there is now *digital* pornography for *FREE*!) which are selected fairly randomly by the person who is hated enough by the manager to do the worst job of the day (and because magazines trickle in throughout the week, you generally have a never ending job).


In the end, don't worry about gun rags not being at the store, not every hobby is going to be represented. Just go to a real bookstore and I am sure you will find lots of terrible gun magazines to read for twenty minutes.

Old Fuff
September 22, 2005, 09:25 PM
Moonclip:

>> When I was in the USN, the XO put pressure on the exchange not to have gun magazines and we didn't for like 2-3 years. She said they were "violent". <<

"Violent?" Indeed! Methinks the lady(?) is in the wrong profession. :banghead:

Perhaps a transfer to the U.S.M.C. might straighten her out - or up and the case might be ... :evil:

scott.cr
September 22, 2005, 11:26 PM
This was covered in another forum some time ago. The person who brought it up wrote a letter to Walden asking why no gun rags. Their answer was they sell gun rags in stores where they sell. If there's no local interest, they won't use their limited shelf space, gun book or not.

Mauserguy
September 23, 2005, 02:49 AM
The Grand Inquisiter, I too was a Crown Books drone, store 897 and 505 for a few years in college. It was a lot of fun. The bookstore gang would go out paintballing and shooting- great fun.

In my bookselling experience, the store manager simply checked off what magazines to carry from a list. Landover, Dart Group headquarters, would only intervene when they ordered specialty or seasonal magazines. Ah, the good old days.
Mauserguy

repsychler
September 23, 2005, 07:46 AM
plenty of "low rider", "FHM", and "Maxim" but no gun mags
Lots of T&A but no HK

Here's my solution, create a new magazine. Call it Hiram Maxim magazine.
:D

wmenorr67
September 23, 2005, 08:16 AM
My advice no gun porn no sale.

bogie
September 23, 2005, 08:21 AM
Most of these stores are in the cities. Campers, suburbia may as well be in the city. Gun mags aren't gonna sell except around deer season. It's economics in action. Deal with it.

NoahFN
September 23, 2005, 09:12 AM
I think some of ya'll are getting too worked up about this. I was just asking if all Walden Books were similar in that they didn't carry gun mags.

I wasn't trying to uncover some corporate anti-gun plot to deny me the right to flip through a couple of gun rags while my girlfriend got her hair done.

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