Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The word I'm searching for ... I can't say because there are preschool toys present.

I've been tolerant for a while, but a new addition to my pet peeves list is stickers on books. I hate when I buy a book and they've put a sticker on it, denoting the price or "sale" or whatever. It's can be such a beating trying to get that thing off without leaving any residue.

C'mon! It's 2009. Can't we do away with such book desecration?

16 Comments:

At 13 May, 2009 12:23, Blogger etoc said...

Alright, if you're going to put THAT....

Where do car dealerships get off putting graffiti on my new ride that I just dropped tens of thousands of dollars for (i.e. the plastic or metal dealer name)!? Can you imagine buying a new house and when you arrive to move in there's a 4-foot by 4-foot metal sign with the advertisement for the realtor? A license plate frame is fine-I can easily remove that. But not, as you would say, all the other cag.

 
At 13 May, 2009 12:25, Blogger etoc said...

Which really raises one other for me...

What's the deal with tip jars EVERYWHERE for me to pay more out of gratitude for the thing I'm already paying the fair market value for? EVERYONE does not work on tips. Waiters who make a pittance hourly, and other service industry people who offer personal care-that's one thing. But if I go into Starbucks I'm paying for a PRODUCT. From that product, you get paid a wage. Why am I supposed to also tip you?

 
At 13 May, 2009 13:53, Blogger GUNNY said...

Word on that car slooge! I delicately pried that "UNreliable Chevrolet" dealer emblem off my Malibu back in the day, only to have them put another in its place during one of its stays for rehabilitation.

Also, we took the wife's license plate bracket off after buying the van in San Antonio. A year or so later when it had a little work done at a Dallas dealership I noticed they "gave" us a license plate bracket from their place. C'mon!

Oh yeah, the tip jar is unsatisfactory. Hmm. Does that mean I should rethink the tip jar on my pulpit?

 
At 13 May, 2009 13:55, Blogger GUNNY said...

P.S. Game 7, eh? That's been quite the back & forth series.

Did you see this article?

NHL's punishment of Carolina's Scott Walker defies all logic - Jim Kelley - SI.com

 
At 13 May, 2009 14:05, Blogger Matthew Bradley said...

Gunny,

I've got a no kidding solution for you. This works great on cd covers (remember those?) but it also works on books. You just have to be a bit careful. Go get some Zippo lighter fluid (if you don't already have some for your pipe habit). Take the sticker off the book. Then sprinkle a bit of fluid on the sticky residue and give it a little rub. Then wipe it off. You may have to repeat a couple times, but when you're done, you'll have a completely gunk free cover. Fortunately, most books nowadays have at least a little bit of plastic in or on the paper cover, so I have never had any problems with the fluid soaking in. I swear you're going to think this is magic the first time you try it.

 
At 13 May, 2009 15:43, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we get sufficiently unsatisfactory service, can we ask for an "ungratuity" - or a tip from THEM from the tip jar?

 
At 13 May, 2009 18:50, Blogger Todd said...

re: car dealerships.

I "negotiate" with them. If they want to leave their advertising slooge on my vehicle, I charge them $20 a day, paid on the 1st and 15th of each month, with the loan contract of the car going into default in my favor if a check has not been received by the 5th or the 20th.

They take the slooge off the vehicle.

 
At 13 May, 2009 18:59, Anonymous Ron said...

At least you can get stickers off books if you work at it. Try finding a copy of the Narnia series w/out a big yellow starburst or something printed on the cover blasting "NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE" at you. I really hate that. If I wanted to see the movie, I'd be buying the DVD now, wouldn't I...

 
At 13 May, 2009 19:59, Blogger KELLY said...

While this may not be as irritating for everyone....that stupid gummy glue used on gift cards drives me crazy! Is it just me, or has that stuff gotten thicker? Once you get the stuff off the card - you can't get it off your hands!

 
At 13 May, 2009 21:53, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe Kindle will eliminate books altogether

 
At 13 May, 2009 23:16, Blogger M. Jay Bennett said...

Is there a petition? Where do I sign!

We used to have to degunk books with old stickers at LifeWay. We used Goo Be Gone. Worked fine.

 
At 14 May, 2009 08:46, Anonymous Michelle K said...

Since I frequent Half Price Books, I am always dealing with these price and sale stickers. I like to peel off the stickers, but it really annoys Jason. He says the book cover always feels sticky after that, no matter what you try to do.

 
At 14 May, 2009 09:10, Anonymous Chris R. said...

This brings up another issue with books. A friend of mine says it really bugs him when they use a picture from the movie version on the cover of a book. I have to admit, this tends to dissuade me from wanting to get the book too.

Per your sticker goo issue: Goo Gone seems to work well. Never put it on a compact disc though. Goo gone, music gone too. :(

 
At 15 May, 2009 15:20, Anonymous NCguy said...

Mr. Hartman, of all the posts you've made this year, why does this one get so much response? Strange. BTW, hello there Mr. Bennett.

 
At 15 May, 2009 15:30, Blogger GUNNY said...

I must have finally scratched where they itch!

Even Jay the Bennett and Matthew Bradley stopped down for some of this sticker slooge.

If ever I run for public office, "The End of Stickers on Stuff" will be my campaign slogan.

 
At 19 May, 2009 19:02, Blogger Jade said...

Does that quote come from one of the "Toy Story" series?

 

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