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, May 21, 2005

05/21/05 SAT:
---I hate it when booksellers are over-zealous in thinking up new schemes for how to sell their books. I try to keep myself from being that way too--but I can’t help it sometimes. I’ve figured out that I should make my discounts available to everyone that orders from me directly, instead of adhere to the fee-based Membership Discount Plan that has been a fixture with me for years. Now I am dickering with how to give people more of a say in what publishers I order from and when. At my present admittedly less ambitious bookselling pace (than when I was issuing regular printed-peper catalogs). it can be a long haul between orders to the many different publishers where I have accounts. I always think it won’t--or might not--be too long before I can send an order to any given publisher, but sometimes--or lots of the time--my thinking is wrong. A few people have given me the idea that if they have a credit amount in account I can try harder to get the books they have ordered. Basically my discount plan applies to books I have in stock--by no means a complete inventory of what I ought to have in stock (being more complete, perhaps, in what I ought not to have); but I don’t want to discourage special-orderers, because I like to know what people want, and because when I send orders to publishers it is nice to know that I have some of the books already spoken for. Anyway, without coming up with some actual scheme, I might mention that anyone with a credit in account--achieved by overpaying for books (which is maybe anathema)--will have more say-so in what books I can actually get (and in more timely fashion). This does not mean that someone who orders six books from six different publishers and prepays for them will necessarily get me to order from all six in a much timelier manner, but it will make me look at which order I can send out to a publisher will make the biggest dent in (or overwhelm) that credit. My computer has been doing a pretty good job, I think, of keeping track of peoples’ credits, so even if I’m slow and prone to lapses in memory myself, there shouldn’t be too much risk that in the long run you won’t get something for your money--and a pretty good deal too. This isn’t really a scheme to try to suck extra money, but to enable me to be more efficient in ordering from publishers. Well anyway, that is something I have been thinking about.

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