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2020 is drawing close to an end, and while many of us are extremely happy about it- some people are parents and have to go book list shopping for their kids.
If the year wasn’t already hard enough, or even book shopping for that matter, parents now have to think about getting all their kids’ school supplies in time while still being safe- which seems almost impossible when everyone is going to be at your local bookshop.
To come to the rescue, we’re here to introduce you to a new solution, as well as some things you should keep in mind before you go out shopping for your next book list. We’d like you to meet PothKade, a stationery bookshop under Lanka Traders that you’d find nestled in Dam Street of Pettah. When it comes to our checklist, we’ve found that PothKade ticks all of our boxes. Without further ado, here are our 5 things to keep in mind while you go book shopping for 2021.
- Make sure they have everything you need
Nothing is worse than spending way too much time on the road and sitting through traffic to get to a book shop only to realize that they have nothing on your list of things to buy. Be it those Botany exercise books or that foot ruler, luck seems to always ensure that you get there just as soon as they run out of their stock. While that seems somewhat acceptable, some book shops may not even sell what you need at all.
PothKade definitely wins our approval here. Their collection of stationery stretches to over 2500 items, many of which belong to brands you may already recognize, like Nataraj and Maped. This, of course, means that you’re most likely going to find everything you’ve been meaning to get on there.
- Quality over quantity
Have you ever had the absolutely irritating experience of sharpening a pencil only to realize that the lead seems to be broken in several places? Or your eraser ripping your paper instead of ridding it of your mistake? Or a sharper that’s just too blunt to sharpen or a pen that just won’t right? If you have, then you’ve also probably bought multiple at a time- leaving you stuck with a bunch of useless stationery that you thought was good.
As aforementioned, the brands you’ll find at PothKade are well known and trusted stationery producers. Apart from that, if you visit them in Pettah itself, you could even give their items a little testing by yourself. If the quality proves to be good- then go ahead and stock up.
- Expensive doesn’t always mean better
It’s easy to assume that that 400 rupee pen you bought from that one over-priced bookshop will work wonders on a piece of paper, but realistically, the 20 rupee pen from the little bookshop on top of your road could probably do the exact same thing- maybe even better. Plenty of us tend to be a little gullible when it comes to shopping, and always assume that a higher price must mean higher quality, but that is simply not the case, and we end with a bill that is significantly much higher than it needs to be.
Again, PothKade wins our approval here by taking away this problem as a whole. Although they are a retail store, PothKade offers all of its products at retail prices- which could cut your expenses down by half, or even more. So think about, when you can get the same products for the same quality for a much lower price, you have no reason not to purchase them.
- Make sure you have options for payment
Book Shopping is somewhat easier when it comes to more modern bookstores that take card payments to buy your load of stationery, but sometimes you may end up doing so at the little bookshop on your lane that only takes cash. In times like these, handling cash is not really the best option, so you’re going to want to make sure that it’s not your only option.
When it comes to PothKade, they offer their customers several methods of payment. Purchases from the store can be made via credit card, debit card, cash or even bank transfer- which makes the whole process of paying less of a hassle.
- Choose online shopping
These are uncertain times, and no one wants to be standing in a queue, clad in a mask but still breathing in the same air as a bunch of strangers who also came to do their annual book shopping. Needless to say, moving around outdoors is just not safe, and not the best option for you or your family- which is why you should choose online shopping.
This has to be our main reason for choosing PothKade. If you feel like the streets of Pettah are not for you, then all you have to do is head on over the PothKade site, which is extremely mobile friendly, and make your purchases there. If you feel like you might order on a regular basis, you could even download their app that is available on the Apple Store and Google Play Store for IOS and Android devices.
Apart from that, the site holds everything that PothKade has to offer, meaning that you could search for all of your items much easier. To make it even better, the store delivers island wide and even delivers on the same day to Colombo and other suburbs for orders placed before 4 pm.
So there you have it, our list of the 5 things you should keep in mind before you go book shopping, which also happen to be the very reasons why we stand by PothKade as our go-to stationery store. Save yourself the trouble and head on over to their site now, or even download their app for that back-pocket-convenience. With that, we wish you all a very happy new year, and hope to see that PothKade continues to play a growing role in your lives as 2021 comes.