Customer #2: “Hi. Do you have the all-in-one Sandman?”
Me: “The what?”
C#2: “Someone recommended The Sandman to me.”
Me: “It’s very good.”
C#2: “I want the all-in-one book. Not the expensive one. But the cheap all-in-one.”
I show him the various formats it’s in: the regular trade paperbacks. There’s ten of them. I show him the huge, beautiful hardcovers. It’s the whole collection in four volumes, but each volume is about $100.
C#2: “What about the fifty dollar one. It’s got the whole collection in it.”
Me: “I’ve never heard of that. Let me look it up online.” I check. As I suspected, it’s not a real thing. “Sorry. The Absolute Sandman is the most concise set of volumes.”
C#2: “What about a boxed set?”
Me: “That’s pretty much what those Absolutes I showed you are.”
C#2: “Can I buy them all?”
Me: “Of course.”
C#2: “But in one book?”
I am unsure if I am the one having problems with The English language this morning.