Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. I know I am, and sitting here intending to say something bad about what should be a good bookshop is not very nice at all.
I ought to say kind things about purveyors of books, because books are what we are both interested in, right?
National Book Tokens are a Good Thing. They are accepted everywhere, and the [more recent] gift cards are valid for a long time, and if one becomes too old, National Book Tokens will issue a new card if you ask. You should never lose the value of the token.
As for the old style paper tokens, they never grow old. Well, the paper obviously does, but it remains valid.
Topping and Company Booksellers are a good kind of bookshop; attractive and well thought of. They recently opened a large, new shop in Edinburgh. That shop is on the National Book Tokens map of bookshops where you can take your voucher.
Except when someone close to me went there, intending to turn a paper book token into a book, they were refused. No amount of discussion could make the bookseller budge.
As luck will have it there are other bookshops in town.