PH Harry Potter Fans Felt Cursed After They Found Out They Bought Over Priced Edition!

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And now they are getting mad…




Hoorrray to all Pinoy Harry Potter fans.

After days of waiting and your hearts’ been palpitating while reserving your books online, finally its here!

Yesterday, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is already released in the Philippines.

You are felt soo coooooooooooooll you got your own copy. You’ve even shared it on Facebook, shared your most pleased flat-lay photo, and even bragged it on Snapchat..

But just a few hours of flipping the pages, and taking photos. Suddenly, you felt that chilling feeling.

BOOM!

You’ve been cheated…. You’ve bought an overpriced book!


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I’m not a Harry Potter diehard fan but I enjoyed all its movie (I just don’t have the full book series yet.. I don’t need it yet) and I can’t remember how many times I’ve watched the Harry Potter movies, which is BRAVO!

So I understand that the release of its latest book will be a sensational, coz there are many Harry Potter diehard fans here in the Philippines. If they need to camp-out outside the bookstore, they will do just to get their most awaited copies.


And as a booklover, I have so much respect for them.

But what I can’t tolerate is the situation when these publishers and bookstores are taking too much advantage of the hype.


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But yesterday during the released, National Bookstore with partnership with Scholastica Asia have hosted its exclusive book released of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”.




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They even hosted a reading book party, games, etc. It was indeed a hype and fun.




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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry Potter books collection, Harry Potter books scam
Event happened at National Bookstore Glorietta1 Makati Branch



And fans are soo excited, especially those who have reserved their slots.

But then all things got changed when numerous Pinoy Harry Potter fans, found out that another bookstore, Fully Booked is selling the same book for a much cheaper price!




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OMG! What kind of magic is this??!!!

Imagine the horror in Pinoy Harry Potter fans when they discovered it..

And yup! Everyone are reaaally pissed and even demanding for refund!

To counter this so-called allegation, its partnered publisher Scholastica Asia realized this statement on their Facebook wall.


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Hold on bitches… is Scholastica Asia accusing Fully Booked of selling illegal / unauthorized edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child books??!!!

Hold your tongue bitches… Fully Booked will certainly not be doing that.



Here’s the simple explanations about it:

Scholastica Asia partnered exclusively with National Bookstore to released the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script) from their US-based publisher. Cost per book purchased from National Bookstore is Php1,500.00



But this doesn’t mean that Fully Book has no right to distribute and sells similar books!


UPDATE: As of today, August 02 Scholastica Asia's statement above garnered over 300 likes, 150+ comments, and 700+ shares.






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Fully Booked got their stocks of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script) straight from the UK based publisher. Fully Booked possibly got a good deal with UK publisher and that it illuminates the additional logical costs. As much as possible, Fully Booked wants to gives their fans a fair price. Cost per book purchased from Fully Booked is only Php999.00



Even the country Undersecretary for Tourism Ms. Kat DE Castro also shared her disappointment:


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That’s a Php500.00 difference!

And for most Filipinos, it’s already a huge amount!

I also shared my sentiments about it, and my observation and experience with Fully Booked:

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Based on my experience, Fully Booked do really cares with all their customers. Starting from they Kuya and Ate Guards and to their staffs, they always happily and willingly assist you, even though it’s almost their closing time. When they facilitated several book launched, I’ve noticed that they are well organized no matter how big or few their attendees are. When I attended the Crazy Rich Asian book launch, I even purchased the two books, and it’s cheaper than National Bookstore, even Powerbooks.




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Me at Fully Booked, almost my second home…

Just like I’ve said earlier, I’ve checked my feed and lots of PH Harry Potter fans are really angry:

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry Potter books collection, Harry Potter books scam

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry Potter books collection, Harry Potter books scam

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry Potter books collection, Harry Potter books scam





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AS of today August 2, 2016 - National Bookstore issued their official statement to the media about this chaos with Harry Potter fans. I've took a screenshots of the published article from Rappler.com, see below:

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National Bookstore says that :

"We are very honored to have been granted exclusive distribution rights of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script) in the Philippines."


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I couldn’t blame Harry Potter fans now that they felt cursed and cheated.

PS. Both National Bookstore and Fully Booked haven’t commented yet on this issue.

What do you think of this chaos? Have you got your own copies? Where did you buy it?

Share your comments with us!






xoxo, Blair




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13 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. Watched the movie series but for the booka? NO... I HOPE THEY GET THIS SORTED OUT ASAP.

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    1. The National Bookstore who previously sold it for Php1,500 (or $32) now offers a free gift certificates of worth Php600 (or $12) for all new book years.. I guess it's their way of damage-control.

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  2. Wow! What a way to make money huh? At least Fully Booked are doing the best they can for their loyal customers. Pity that Scholastic had to capitalise on many fan's magic.

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    1. Yes, not only for Harry Potter books, also for others. Capitalization encourages readers/fans to opt for other means to get a copy, more affordable the better.

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  3. It is a shame that some book shops take advantage of the hype to price the book up. At least Fully Booked do care about their customers and charge a fair price.

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  4. OMG...that was really unfair from the beginning: cheating the customers and then accuse the competitor of selling non authorized books. But as I see from comment above, NB is trying to refund customers somehow. I guess it will be a dramatic damage for them...

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    1. giving a refund is good. However, I've heard most of the buyers only went to NB for Harry Potter and that's it.. they are no interested with other books and its products. And the GC are only acceptable in NB (with expiration period!)

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  5. This is quite an interesting analysis. I admit I am not a fan of Harry Potter (movies or books), but I have many friends, across the globe, who love them. I also notice in a comment you left above that they are sort of doing damage control. I have no idea about the background that led to that initial price - I guess this is a situation to follow up in the future as well :)

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    1. Readers are now well-informed, and capable of sourcing other options.

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  6. Heard about this a few days ago and was surprised to hear that there was another hype going on over this book and all the chaos. I watched all the movies and loved them.

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  7. Sounds like a lack of communication somewhere, but glad they're trying to make up for it.

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  8. I like the Harry Potter books, but I have not bought the new one. I think I can wait a bit longer and not overpay. Thanks for the heads-up!

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