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  1. dodo bird

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    Hello yall just wanted to say no more half price books for me. They put up the correct sign for the antis in Texas. I wrote them a email. In case anyone else wants to write them.
     
  2. RetiredUSNChief

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    Ummm...what?
     
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  4. RetiredUSNChief

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    Oh.

    Thanks!
     
  5. berettaprofessor

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    But they still sell books about guns.....
     
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    Paradox-free by fiat zone too.
     
  7. Trunk Monkey

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    My favorite used book store has been a Colorado Springs institution for over 30 years. It's also located next door to my favorite LGS. I go in and talk books to them like I go in and talk guns at the LGS. The issue has never been specifically addressed but I'm pretty sure they know I'm armed.

    I said all that to say this, brick and mortar book stores are being squeezed out of the market by EBay & Amazon. If I have to choose between supporting a local business owner who provides steady local jobs (most of her employees have been there for years) and pays reasonable wages and leaving my gun in the car for a half hour I'll leave my gun in the car.
     
  8. hdwhit

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    Early in my career, I worked for the Federal Government. At one point, I was assigned to a team working with some Congressional staffers. One day during a break, I mentioned something about e-mailing my Congressman. The staffer told me, in his office at least, that was not a good idea. He said e-mails were simply scanned to see if they were pro- or anti- a particular issue and then filed. He said that people should always send a letter because 1) it spent more time in the staffers' hand as it required more effort to open, read and then file, but also 2) someone who was willing to take the time to write a letter, put it in an envelope, and invest the 40-some-odd cents it took to mail it was believed to be more likely to vote.

    In the case of a company that has already made the decision to post signs prohibiting guns in their stores, a letter may be more effective than an e-mail in convincing the company's management that you (and the other people who will presumably send similar letters) are serious about changing your behavior and no longer patronizing their stores.
     
  9. dodo bird

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    Your probably right about a regular letter in the mail. Even though I would rather spend the stamp money on bringing an anti to the range. I did talk to the manager. Nice guy he said write an email to corporate. He also said just don't worry about it carry anyway after all this is Texas. No one cares. I said thanks but I will obey the law .
     
  10. J-Bar

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    This makes good sense, but is it still true? I've heard that real letters sent to government offices have to be screened for toxic substances now since the anthrax scare several years ago. It may be that a real letter has more impact, but how quickly is the screening done? If one sends his representative a real letter on a vote coming within a couple of days, the real letter may not get to him in time.

    Or is screening no longer performed?
     
  11. Sergei Mosin

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    It may be a local management decision. The HPB near me is not posted.
     
  12. Ed Ames

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    Every HPB store I know of in the north dallas area put up 30.06 and 30.07 signs at the first of the year.

    I called HPB corporate and left a voicemail then, and haven't gone back inside any of their stores since as they are all still posted. It is a shame because i bought a lot of books from them...but stopping the accumulation of paper books is turning out to be an up side too, so they may have caused a permanent reduction in their potential market.
     
  13. Red Wind

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    There is www.AbeBooks.com to go to for cheap books with usually no shipping charges.

    No way am I gonna patronize a loony store like Half Price Books who has learned nothing from Einstein. :rolleyes:
     
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    I wonder if there was an angle for a Better Business Bureau complaint against them?

    I once had a non gun related dispute with a satellite service provider over a discount arranged over the phone. The company refused to honor the agreement stating that I had misheard and refused to pull the recorded conversation. After an hour of going through different levels I finally reached "the office of the president" who curtly informed me that no higher power existed than her and in essence I should maneuver my right leg at such an angle as to make contact with a hard spherical object formed by pressure over millions of years...

    Apparently the office of "I'm more powerful than the president" monitors the BBB complaint line and pulled the tapes and gave me the aforementioned discount previously agreed upon. The only requirement they politely asked is if I would please keep my palms firmly pressed to the top of my knees for the remainder of the contract period.
     
  15. HankB

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    The nearest Half Price Books used to have a typewritten 8.5" x 11" sign on the door with PC30.06 language - I simply walked past it since it did NOT comply with the TX law requiring merchants to post signage meeting very specific requirements in order to bar licensed concealed carry from their premises.

    If they now have legally compliant PC30.06/PC30.07 signage, I will honor their wishes by taking my business elsewhere.

    I do like to support local businesses, but NOT those that are hostile to my lawful actions.
     
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    And to think I nearly wasted a half hour of my life scrounging for grimy vinyl records in one last weekend, but got distracted. Good to know they're on The List going forward.

    (they're a total rip-off for anyone selling to them in any case)

    TCB
     
  17. texagun

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    HPB has been anti-gun for several years. They used to have shelves and shelves of gun books. Now books on firearms only occupy one small area in my local HPB. I asked the manager one time if they had stop buying books on firearms. He started stumbling around and said people just aren't bringing them in anymore. BS. I'm not surprised they are now posting 30.06 and 30.07 signs on all their stores. I rarely go in there anymore.
     
  18. 4v50 Gary

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    Trunk monkey - what store is that? I love second hand book stores and often find bargains (obscure titles cheap) in there.
     
  19. rtroha

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    Back when Ohio passed its concealed carry law in 2004, HPB immediately posted all their stores. I complained via the web site to their customer service department and received an email from HPB's corporate attorney telling me it was a corporate decision to post.

    Then, about two years ago, all the signs disappeared from all the stores in the Cleveland area. I just assumed they had finally realized after ten years how silly those signs were.
     
  20. Trunk Monkey

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    4v50 Gary asked "Trunk monkey - what store is that? I love second hand book stores and often find bargains (obscure titles cheap) in there."

    http://hookedonbooksco.com/

    And 2 doors down from Hooked On Books is


    http://www.ffsales.com/

    Family Firearms Sales of Colorado Springs.
    3866 Maizeland Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
    (719) 465-2213

    There are a lot of things I like about this store. Number one the owner and sales people are polite to my wife. In some gun stores they've treated her like an idiot who knows nothing about guns because she's female.

    Most of the staff knows our name and the greet us as soon as we walk in the door.

    I said something nice about these guys on FB once and the next time I walked in the store the owner (Chad) told me to pick any box of ammunition free of charge.

    Their prices are fair, they have a good inventory and if they don't have it they will tell you where to get it.

    ETA the sticker price on the gun is the OTD price tax included and they don't charge for the Background Check.

    I have no idea what they charge for a transfer
     
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  21. Double Naught Spy

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    So you are implying that there is some sort of double standard or paradox going on???

    They sell books on rape, murder, slavery, apartheid, robbery etc., but don't allow those things either.

    Your point doesn't hold merit.

    BBB only handles marketplace issues, primarily unfair business practices. Disallowing guns would not fall under that guise.
     
  22. ArcherandShooter

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    And I thought it was just because my HPB was in Austin, where just about everything but the gun stores is posted.
     
  23. Deanimator

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    I can't remember if the sign at their Rocky River store came down or not.

    It's closed now, and the next closest one is North Olmsted, so I don't go their that often, especially since with the closing of ALL the bookstores in the big malls, I no longer have any reason to visit places like Great Northern Mall.
     
  24. Deanimator

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    Actually his point holds a lot of merit.

    They're pushing an anti-gun agenda... part of which is trying to destroy the "gun culture".

    Selling books about guns, which encourages interest in guns works directly contrary to that.

    I suppose you've missed previous campaigns to get stores to stop selling gun magazines...
     
  25. sequins

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    Tell the manager of the specific store that you really don't like the sign and you would like to continue shopping there if only he would take it down.

    Don't silently disappear, make some noise!
     
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