I guess most people will be aware the community cafe in Ramsgate called The Kitchen has closed, I think this was due to some sort of government cut, however as like Morrison’s supermarket it was part of the old Olby builders merchant building I do wonder if Morrison’s will expand into this as well.
I think Morrison’s may have made a bit of a mistake there as their shop seems to be mostly almost empty with one cashier on one till, while over the road at Iceland four ques on four tills seems to be the norm. Pretty much the opposite to the situation in Margate where Morrison are opposite Iceland and it is Morrison’s that seem to be much busier.
Why Morrison’s thought that a Morrison’s local would work in that site surrounded by very price conscious competition I just don’t know, I would have thought with a bit of reconfiguration over the four floors they could have a conventional supermarket there and that it would do very well indeed.
Here in my secondhand bookshop taking the bold step of repricing all the books so they are cheaper than you could buy them online seems to have worked out ok. I thought that we were going to have problems sourcing replacement stock, but it is the our competition, the internet itself that has resolved the problem. I will endeavour to explain:
I have taken the book Flags of Our Fathers off the shelf to make the point, although a great many other books in my shop would make the same point.
This came out in paperback in 2000 priced a £10, at that time we would have bought it for £2.50 and priced it at £5, expecting it to sell at that price, it’s just a fairly normal slightly specialist WW2 military history book, the bread and butter of the secondhand book trade.
Being about an inch thick means that it would cost you about £3 to post to someone, looking on Amazon, with the exception of a seller with only 94% positive feedback who is selling a copy for around £2, it is obvious from both the Amazon listings and the sold listings on Ebay that this book can be bought in reasonable condition for just under £3 including postage.
We have a copy on the shelf that looks as though it may have had one careful read priced at £2.50, it was £5 but I reduced it during the big price cull. Of course the big sellers and Amazon itself can do a deal with the post office but if you want to sell it on Ebay once you have included the postage it becomes too expensive for it to sell. I should stress here I don't want to by this book for the one simple reason which is I already have it in stock.
So you have no chance of selling it online, which means your only option is to sell it to your local secondhand bookshop for £1.25, and hopefully they will be able sell it at the competitive price of £2.50.
On to technology, which is a story of three computers, the three computers that I am using to write this post - it’s too busy to get much done in the bookshop today - so the post is just filling in between other things.
One of these computers is a conventional tower computer at the till desk in my bookshop, another of these computers is my android phone and the third is the computer that the document is being typed on, I have never seen this computer although I use it a lot, It belongs to Google and is where the Google Drive Documents are stored.
For some time recently I have been telling people to to upgrade their phones to and internet enabled smartphone and in many cases this has fallen on deaf ears because people who have only got conventional mobile phones think that a smartphone is primarily a phone.
What I should be saying is that they should be getting the pocket gadget that is the technological equivalent of a Swiss Army knife. Computer, camera, TV, walkman, torch and of course phone.
We had a bit of an impasse replacing smartphones in the family recently, after some difficulty I found a cheap one that does the job and as we are now using three of the same model, two being used by 12 year old children I can recommend them.
So if like us you hardly ever use the phone as a conventional phone, using the Skype app for free calls and WhatsApp for free texting and expect to use a pay as you go phone with internet as a cheap extra. Then my recommendations may suit you.
You need to use T-mobile and buy from them, either via their website or a phone shop the Samsung Fame pay as you go phonehttp://www.t-mobile.co.uk/shop/pay-as-you-go/samsung-galaxy-fame-payg/ this will cost just under £100 + £10 credit you then need to put £20 credit on it and get the six month internet connection for £20 you need to text 6MONTHWEB to 441
Of course there are plenty of other plans and phones that will do all this, but if you are starting out then this seems to be about the cheapest and the phone seems to work well and reliably.
If you don’t use the internet much you can even use your phone as a router to connect your laptop to the internet, if like me you use the internet a lot make sure you activate the phone's WIFI and also put the the cloud app on it so that your phone connects to the internet via wifi for nothing when you near to Cafe Nero et al.
But yes having got a google account and put the Google Drive app on your phone, you can write a document, like this one using either you phone or your conventional computer, write it with one and you can watch it change, letter by letter, word by word on the other.
Putting the Google+ app on your phone means the photos and videos from your phone camera go straight onto the internet, so you don't have to plug your phone into your computer to get to your pictures.
Anyway so much for the phone thing which i did because I have discussed with several people recently and said to them that I would stick the instruction on the blog.
The rubbish issue is still ongoing with King Street in Ramsgate having to put their rubbish out by 6am on market day and the rubbish not being collected until the afternoon, crazy in a shopping street and impossible if you are disabled or have a pushchair to get along the pavements.
One does wonder if the council would prefer it if there weren't any shops here, admittedly it doesn't make a lot of difference to us as book collectors know I have a lot of collectible books which I don’t list on the internet.
There is a new Polish deli opening in Ramsgate high Street sooon.
A new shop at Westwood, I think this is the old Comet building B&M Bargains, despite saying opening soon on one side of the sign and now open on the other, it is actually open.
I may ramble on here.