Generations of students have fond memories of stocking up on cheap stationery at this institution. It’s a great place for refill pads, pens and binders but my favourite purchase has to be buying highlighter pens in 8 colours for 50p a go. 🙂 In recent years, they have disrupted the cosy bookselling trade somewhat by selling current bestsellers at substantial discounts. They even give you 10% off magazines too.
When Eason took over Fred Hanna’s up the road, Reads plastered their windows with posters making direct favourable comparisons with Eason prices. All good news for the consumer! 🙂 Alas, the rivalry has now come to an end. While the press releases state that this will give Eason a larger share of the discount book market, I’m not so sure that the bargains at Reads will continue. When I think of good value, I’m afraid that Eason are not the first retailer to pop into my head. I can only hope that Reads will not lose any of its charm or cheapness. 🙂