After quite a while resting on my more or less laurels (past listings) it's time to get a move on and put up some more listings. My goal is five books every day from now on. This should be achievable, but not according to my past performance.

These books get listed in three places: on Amazon, Biblio, and Half. Books without ISBNs (older books) generally will not be listed on half. My prices might vary between these three places. Amazon and Half tell me competing prices, so I peg mine on them. Thus, if the lowest price for Deadly Percheron is $98 on Amazon, I might peg mine at $95. If it weren't my only copy maybe I'd be more reasonable. In fact, I think my Biblio listing is more reasonable.

Going forward (and possibly backward), links to titles of books will send you to the main Amazon listing. My listing will be somewhere amidst the other maybe 237 listings. This is where my photo of the book can be seen, which will probably be a better one than the one Amazon features. Half doesn't let me attach my own photo—at least I don't think it does. Photos are also at biblio. Lots of older listings still don't have photos. Nor updated prices.

I've been lousy at selling direct via email. Sorry about that, if you've tried me. Listing through the major portals keeps me honest—also prompt and reliable.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

11/20/04 SAT:
---Converted most recent catalog files (as of yesterday) to text, RTF, PDF files and put them in a folder that can be dragged with ease onto a CD-R and burned. Now I can send a CD copy of my complete catalog inventory to anyone who wants it--and maybe a few others too. Don’t know why it took me so long to exploit this capability. I’ve been burning music compilation CDs for a couple years now, but I never bothered to figure out how to burn data. Basically, I never had all my information from the downstairs (business) computer available on this (family) computer. Only when that computer started to misbehave, causing me to back up all my data to a zip disk and transferring it to this computer, to see if I could still get work done up here, did it dawn on me that I could be burning something else than what I had been burning. I’m a slow learner, I guess.

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