I have been following this board for a number of years, and do not recall much in the way of discussion regarding how online booksellers determine how to set a price on certain types of books. I am not looking for trade secrets.
I have recently been working on a project where I am going through my inventory, removing the low value books and repricing the higher value books that remain unsold after several years on the shelf.
I think I have an idea how to price items on ebay, with the price dependant on how good of a keyword I can come up with to gather attention.
My issue involves older biographies or historical books that may only have 4 or 5 fixed price listings total. If I am not familiar with the book itself, I have no idea if the book just is not in demand, or if it is scarce.
For example, if the lowest listing besides mine is $30.00 on the river, addall or abe, does that mean it is worth something near $30, or does that just mean other sellers have not pulled their listings?
Thanks for any suggestions.
I awoke this morning to mother sun shining upon a bookshelf in my slumbering quarters. The reflections and shards of essence divided into rays of hope and good blessing. The knowledge on those shelves spoke for itself. One day these volumes would pass on to someone who would cherish their contents, or their beauty, nearly as much as I. In the early morning delight I am reminded of the importance of my function as a bookseller, to my fellow man and to my inner being.
I find great honor and peace in the heritage and traditions that I embody. I find great tranquility in knowing that my services have transformed lives, mostly in little ways, mostly unknown ways, but always tangible to me in some sense. It is an honor to know the truth as to my quest to enlighten the world through my efforts. I am but a lone man on the mountaintop, creating, inspiring, beautifying, envisioning, and beholding the truth that is passion. God spoke to a bookseller this morning through light rays and he was kind.
The dawn brought with it a renewed expectation that indeed, booksellers, may be the luckiest creatures on the planet.
Today. count your blessings kind bookselling souls, for we have created a paradise of mind that shall follow long after we have passed through these mortal coils.