Potter mania in the tropics

Despite 4 major retail outlets’ decision not to stock “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, fans came out in droves to get their hands on the boy-wizard’s swansong elsewhere. Many expressed dismay over the big retailers’ apparent lack of concern for the common-man’s perpetual strapped-for-cash plight. When hypermarkets Tesco and Carrefour decided to bring some welcome relief by slashing the price by almost half, the big boys pouted and stamped their feet.

When I walked into one such outlet yesterday morning, things were extremely quiet with a touch of unease amongst the employees. The Harry Potter cardboard rack looked on accusingly sans the offending tome though it was well stocked with older books in the saga.

I have never read a single Potter book and don’t plan to in the near future. Be that as it may, I dare say that this price war episode may be infintely more interesting than anything originating from JK Rowling’s fevered imagination.

More coverage here.

Update : Read views from various people on the topic.

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