Bookstore Receives Prestigious Awards

Posted: August 21, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Moscato

The George Mason Bookstore recently received two awards at the annual Barnes and Noble trade show. The bookstore competed with more than 450 branches nationwide for the Outstanding Sales Achievement award and the Buyback Increase award.

Jack Smith, general manager of the bookstore, says receiving the Outstanding Sales Achievement award was a long-standing goal. There are only six financial awards presented each year, this being one of them. The bookstore increased its sales by half a million dollars in the past year, securing for itself a place among the six. According to Smith, a majority of the increase was from used textbook sales.

The Buyback Increase award is presented to the stores that show the largest increase in the number of books they buy back each year. Repurchasing books from consumers allows the stores to stock more used books, therefore offering a less expensive alternative. As of December 2001 George Mason’s bookstore increased its buybacks by 60 percent.

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