So if you ever go to Barnes and Nobles, you’ll see that they have the most horribly hard wooden chairs.
They are so uncomfortable–many people seem to rather sprawl out on the floor to browse the magazines and books, rather then get a butt bender in those darn chairs.
Some other people that I’ve seen now have resorted to placing cushy stuffed animals on the chairs to ease the discomfit on the arse!
I took this picture of someone’s chair by the window with 2 stuffed animals left over after what must’ve been a much needed cushion liner on the the bare wood.
[BTW, sorry for whoever buys those sat on, smelled on stuffed animals afterwards–ew!]
The question is why invite people in to browse and sit–if you are only going to make them so uncomfortable.
Ok, I get the implicit message, “You can read for a few minutes, but otherwise buy something or get the h*ck out!”
And not that they are wrong (they aren’t), but why resort to making people physically uncomfortable and forcing them to leave instead of making everything welcoming and encouraging shopping and sales.
Barnes and Nobles–a nice place to visit for 20 minutes as long as you have some stuffed animals for your butt–but Amazon will reign bookstore supreme. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)