Monday, September 26, 2011
Starting the new week
The sale is taking my time these next few days. I've been going through all the books left over from the shop and have been pricing them. Next will be the needles and notions. The yarns I want to sell are mostly down at the old shop building, so that will be Thursday's work, sorting and pricing. This is all priced to sell, well below wholesale; I know there's not a lot of money around right now and I'm more concerned that people who will love this stuff get it sooner than later.
I have a question: do any of you understand the Amazon book selling system? I've been selling books (occasionally) over the last few years but have had something happen this time I don't recall happening before. That is, I price a book, and within a couple of minutes another bookseller underbids me by say, maybe, two cents. I played with some of my listings yesterday long enough to decide that there's something hinky going on. My husband suspects maybe these larger sellers have some sort of bots watching to keep underbidding the new listings. I can find nothing on Amazon that supports this theory, for either the hobby level seller such as moi, or the pros. It is annoying at best. I seem to recall something like this happened to eBay sellers long ago (foggy memory based on no particular evidence). As a result, I've pulled most of my listings for now. I already don't play well with others, but when I think someone's doing me a dirty, I'll step out of the game for sure.
And now, a gratuitous photo of Bob (in the left corner, weighing in at around 20 lbs.) and Haus (in the right corner, weighing in around 110 lbs.). My boys; lovers both.