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Bookseller as Economic Barometer II

Written on May 8, 2008

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Okay, seriously. I mentioned last week that I was being offered a lot more books than normal and I wondered if perhaps this was an indication of the weakening economy. But it’s now official. I’ve bought / been offered more books over the last two weeks than I have over the preceeding two months. And this week isn’t even over. Someone’s coming on with a couple boxes this afternoon. And tomorrow I make a house call out in the valley. People are looking to liquidate, I think.

On a related note, Jason Kottke points to several other economic indicators including sushi, lipstick, and Jay-Z. Strangely, bookseller was unmentioned.

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