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grolier

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13.05.2006

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products delivered to your door,spread the payments

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too many books in some of the sets and can be expensive compared to high street

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grolier is an organisation that operates the disney book club (www.disneybookclub.co.uk) they also sell other titles apart from disney,such at thomas the tank engine, jacquline wilson, nick junior and the horrible histories/science to name a few.

obligation depends on what offer you take up. some sets like the disney book club you have to buy x amount if you join but other sets there is none.

they also do the free chicken little book that has recently been advertised on the macdonalds boxes, and the leaflets inside disney dvds that advertise a 'free' book?well that may well be grolier too!

They aim books at the 0-16 age range.I think the main thing with grolier and probly most other book clubs is that havnt book clubs really had thier day?

Allow me to elaborate.Now the good thing is that with grolier the books are delivered to your door and you can reveiw them at home on the 7 day trial period. If you do choose to keep a set of books then you can pay for just one book a month. That could be good for some families, if say they want a set of horrible histories to use for schhool work. This way they have the set for the children to access and they can pay just £4.99 a month interest free.(you can pay more if you want too, but the minimum they ask you to pay for is 1 book per month) However some of the disney sets have over 18 books in it and i personally dont think i would get the value out of so many winnie the pooh story books that would take me 18 months to pay for!AT least with educational books they can refer back to them.

if you do find that you want to return anything then they will send you a pre paid label or a courier but you do have to specifically request it by contacting them.As when returning anything always make sure you include your details in the package and as a friend found out keep the proof or return for a few months for your own back up!


that leads me onto pricing.i do think that with the internet and even supermarkets offering such a huge range of books a discounted prices that its can be easier and more cost effective to buy this way rather than through a club/mail order/over the phone.

something i recently realised was that grolier was actually owned by scholastic. This is a very well known book company that does book fairs etc at schools all over the country.


once grolier have your information on their database then they will phone/mail you with offers.If you do not want this then you must make it clear that you dont want want this to happen.

when you 'cancel' with them they may well still call from time to time to try and entice you back so as i say, if you dont want this let them know.

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HotBabes 15.05.2006 21:00

Am never fond of book clubs and as they have a base in my home town I often see them advertsing for the call centre staff that pester you so much! x

Moogiekupo 14.05.2006 19:00

I think I will give this a miss - Kupo x

JeffFromPoole 13.05.2006 22:33

I too tend to avoid books clubs, they end up costing the earth.

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