Insiders Reveal The 'Dirty Secrets' Of Their Industries


When you spend a few years working in a certain industry, you discover some dirty secrets that would have horrified you when you were applying (and still horrify the friends you tell to this day).

A recent Reddit thread asked people to name the "dirty little (or big) secret" about their industry they thought people ought to know.

Some of these stories might even help you save some money from businesses that try to trick you.

Since we can't verify the identify of the Redditors or their employees, some stories should be taken with a grain of salt.

Here are some of the best dirty industry secrets that came out:


Big chain bookstores throw massive amounts of books away. Via Reddit user allosaur:

Mass market paperbacks are cheap to manufacture and get shipped out in huge volumes. For some publishers (particularly ones that put out new mysteries or romances quarterly) when the bookstore wants it off the shelf to make room for something new, it's just not worth the cost of taking them back and finding someone else to sell it ... So as a bookstore employee I spent hours ripping the front and back covers off of books, then tearing the book at least in half so that no one could read it later. The covers get sent back to the publishers, and the books that could have been donated to a library or school get put in a locked recycling container out back. A manager had to come back and check my work to make sure the books were not left intact.

I almost cried the first time I had to rip up a load of kid's books (in a city with high child poverty rates and underfunded schools)."