We've discovered the secrets that many business and people DONT want us, the consumer, to know..well, Im letting the cat out of the bag...Here ya go!!
Big chain bookstores throw massive amounts of books away. Via Reddit user allosaur:
"Mass market paperbacks are cheap to manufacture and get shipped out in huge volumes. For some publishers (particularly ones that put out new mysteries or romances quarterly) when the bookstore wants it off the shelf to make room for something new, it's just not worth the cost of taking them back and finding someone else to sell it ... So as a bookstore employee I spent hours ripping the front and back covers off of books, then tearing the book at least in half so that no one could read it later. The covers get sent back to the publishers, and the books that could have been donated to a library or school get put in a locked recycling container out back. A manager had to come back and check my work to make sure the books were not left intact.
"I almost cried the first time I had to rip up a load of kid's books (in a city with high child poverty rates and underfunded schools)."
Graphic comment from Redditor arrghbrians who argues that the mortuary business convinces many people to go through incredibly expensive procedures that aren't really needed.
Rates are not as set in stone as people think. From Reddit user schlotzy4:
"After working in the travel industry I can tell you that hotel room rates are often not fixed prices. If guests come to the front desk and ask the price we generally start at the high end. Most people accept this as fact and pay up. However, if a customer is hesitant or threatens to walk out we can sometimes drop the price to keep them there. Often there is a bottom line price set by the owners- we can't go any lower than that or we lose money."
Via Reddit user bananabilector: