With the inflated costs of goods and services remaining high, people are looking for every way to save money.

A money-saving hack recently went viral after being posted on TikTok by user Jayel Marques (@jayelmarques).

In the video, Marques shares a money-saving tip on books he says he learned from his time working at Barnes & Noble. According to Marques, if a customer asks to match Barnes & Noble’s online price with the in-store price (which is often higher), the store must honor it.

Marques’ TikTok currently has over 310,000 views.

@jayelmarques only like two of my managers liked me #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #thoughts #rant ♬ original sound – Jayel Marques

Marques claims he is a former employee and shares the tip because he no longer works at the chain.

“If you want us to match book prices to our online prices, which are usually cheaper, we have to.”

He also claims to have matched the price of all of the client’s books in the last two weeks of his employment “because fuck my managers”.

In the comments, users who claimed to have worked for Barnes & Noble stepped in to validate the Trademarks statement.

“Yeah literally just ask,” one user wrote. “Almost all books cost at least $3 or $4 less.”

“Current employee I always say this to ppl also for music/dvd,” another user shared. “it’s ridiculous if not tbqh.”

“I HAD WORKED HERE IT’S TRUE DO IT,” said a third.

Others offered their own price-matching stories.

“No, I wanted this book but it was $50 and I said nvm,” one commenter recalled. “The girl picked it up and matched it at $20 slayyyyyy.”

Above all, users were simply grateful for the tip.

As one user wrote, “and that’s why your karma came to you 10 times, you are an angel.”

The Daily Dot reached out to the designer via Instagram direct message and Barnes & Noble via email.


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*First published: August 4, 2022, 8:50 a.m. CDT

Braden Bjella

Braden Bjella is a cultural writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazines, and more.

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