Pickup Artists Named and Shamed in “Book Off”

The “Book Off” chain of shops in Japan sells second-hand books, games, CDs and DVDs. Its amusing name leads to pun-laden exchanges such as this:
“Where are you going?”
“Book Off.”
“Well, there’s no need to be rude. I was only asking.”
(Their sister-store sells hardware, and goes by the even more ridiculous name of “Hard Off.”)

In Book Off’s CD section, they draw attention to popular musicians with signs which say “Pickup Artist.”
This is to recommend that customers “pick up” a copy of the CD but, at first glance, appears to condemn the likes of Sting and David Bowie as womanizing gigolos.

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11 Responses to Pickup Artists Named and Shamed in “Book Off”

  1. skagirlie says:

    heh, I never though of it that way.

  2. vincentkcng says:

    Woo..that’s so strange. I came to this blog thinking that it was about picking up woman, but this turned out to be a lot more entertaining!

  3. freedomwv says:

    Back in the day I am willing to bet that Bowie was a real pick-up artist; of both man and women. Hell, it is my company which owns book-off. Yeah, the name is meant as a joke.

  4. roaf says:

    Yeah, Sting, too, I suspect! I was going to take more photos but the staff told me not to. Weird policy!

  5. shibushibu says:

    I always had the strange urge to shout a profanity everytime I walked past one of those shops.

  6. freedomwv says:

    What sparks a need to shout profanity at a book store I wonder?

  7. PudgyM29 says:

    Don’t bother with the CDs.
    Head for the section with the used JAVs and eroges. I found a remarkable SoD anniversary 2-disc compilation for ¥500, and the “Bible Black 2” eroge for only ¥350.
    This was the Book Off in Honancho (at the end of the branch of the Marunouchi Line), not one of the more trafficked locations.

  8. Lamont Wyont says:

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  11. Oh how I wanted the music penalization from the decade, everything seemed to be way writer originative than punishment.

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