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She Said Boom

Posted by Derek Flack / Posted on March 25, 2009

She Said Boom TorontoShe Said Boom features two locations under once linked, but now separate, ownership. Both stores have been around for over ten years, with the College Street location acting as one of the pioneers of the used books and music trend that has since taken hold throughout the city.

She Said BoomIn my last visit to the Roncesvalles location, I noticed that they're carrying a bit more in the way of vinyl, the thinking being that it serves as something of an attraction.

She Said Boom 2.But for those who are bibliofiles first and foremost, rest assured that the majority of the store's holdings are of the literary kind. Good selections can be found of Fiction, Eastern Philosophy, Religion, Poetry, and Drama.

She Said Boom 3Both stores are deeply entrenched within their neighbourhoods and find themselves well-equipped to negotiate the current recession. After all, if you don't have that much money, there are worse ways you could spend it than on used books and CDs.

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boo boo / July 11, 2009 at 11:35 pm
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This place is great! I recently went to Chapters looking for some Hemingway and a specific translation of The Brothers Karamazov (the translation that actually won awards). Chapters sells Hemingway for like $17-$19/book, and didn't carry this version of The Brothers Karamazov: I left disappointed and bookless. Then I came to She Said Boom and I picked up 3 Hemingway and the translation I wanted of The Brothers Karamazov for $40 overall... They had a great fiction selection. Highly recommended!
dissatisfied customer / April 8, 2010 at 07:19 pm
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Weird and rude management.

While I was browsing there, I moved a curtain back from one of the book shelves (it's not like I entered a back room that had a sign that said "DO NOT ENTER"), and the gentleman that works there walked over to me and, as if trying to intimidate me, said over and over "Can I help you with something?" After saying that I was just browsing he continued with his attitude, so I left. Definitely not the way I would expect to be treated as a returning customer.

I guess if you do go there, just make sure you don't touch anything. The gentleman is very sensitive about his curtains apparently.
JS replying to a comment from dissatisfied customer / May 15, 2010 at 06:56 pm
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There are no curtains at She Said Boom Roncy, as you can see from the photos above. I have found She Said Boom staff to be really friendly with no attitude at all.
MJ / July 2, 2010 at 05:58 pm
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Re: dissatisfied customer/reply
True that!
There are no curtains in she said boom on roncy, maybe you were trying to sneak into the back room or something. The sales people there have always been laid back and polite,They have a good selection and it's an easy place to be.
another dissatisfied customer / September 19, 2010 at 09:23 am
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I recently went into this store to trade some books that I bought there. Before even stating the store policy on this type of exchange, the person behind the counter immediately got reactive and took affront to this.

Even as I tried to calm things down by stessing that I liked and do want to support the store. The salesperson was smug enough to say that they have a large returning clientele and they didn't need 'the types of clients' like me.

Sure, you're allowed to think that, but don't show it to your clientele. Especially when your store is full. Your peevs about your client and the stresses of running a small shop are your own. Anyone in customer service knows that all you have to do is calmly state the store policy on the request. Keep it professional and certainly don't go flying off the handle because of your own reactivity. That just screams of deeper problems that you have. (In the store.)

Some of these small shops that we idealize as being worth supporting really don't deserve it. Why put up with the paper thin hip and relaxed atmosphere if they are so arrogant? They may think there are other clients but there certainly are other bookstores.
JOE KICKASS / February 17, 2011 at 11:10 pm
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ive had nothing but good experiences there, either ive found an interesting person to talk to, or someone who lets me browse about without bother, and always willing to answer any questions.
Michael / May 29, 2011 at 09:42 pm
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Strange and rude man at the Roncesvalles store. He was more interested in telling us why he should never have opened the place. Time for him to retire!
Still Cool for School / November 23, 2011 at 04:12 pm
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The College Street location has lost my business forever.

In the past I had had some decent experiences with staff there but the last few times I went in I had nothing but too-cool-for-school meets used-record-store-burnout attitude. I asked to listen to a used jazz record and I was told "we don't do that." I guess potential sales aren't as important as listen to your own Nico records on the store's soundsystem while talking to the other staff.

If you sell used records and don't have listening stations, it's not such an odd request for a prospective customer to ask an employee to play one record - one. How else are people going to know if the songs are any good (other than tracking down tinny samples on your iPhone, if you can find any for older jazz records) or if the vinyl is in good condition (other than looking for egregious surface ware)? Not allowing customers to sample records is no different from not allowing your customers to open the books and read a few pages.

I have no beef with the Roncesvalles store - although I have yet to ask the employees there if I can listen to any records.
David / April 26, 2014 at 11:52 am
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Esoteric cds and books. Have stumbled on some good vinyl scores but used quality varies, vinyl and cds too. I have found some very cool titles here but is often strictly hit or miss. Not exactly a cheap place to shop but good fun.
Gerald / September 15, 2014 at 02:37 pm
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Great recommendations. I hope that CDs won't die off. As a child of the 90s, I still like listening to music CDs. I also have this desire to have a physical copy of the music, and going to these stores will definitely help with that! I've even wrote about this on my blog here: http://goo.gl/IOdkvp . Anyway, thank you for sharing your helpful list. It's very much appreciated.

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