“Oh, this one? You have to get one more book to go over $5…” She motioned her eyes seductively. “Oh, really…?” I wasn’t interested in purchasing any books and had just gone in to use a coupon good for one free book. “Lemme see. No. Just ring ‘im up.” The transaction was over and after that, my free book, and first new book acquisition in months felt also like a study in subtle manipulation in sales.