Monday, September 26, 2011

Starting the new week

I've been far more industrious than usual and can now happily report that I've gotten two sets of book cases emptied, cleaned, purged, and restocked.  If you see a glow in the sky tonight in my direction, it could just be my halo.

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.


sallyrae said...

Awwww...brothers. I sell on Amazon too, as a clearing out, but have not noticed any quick turnaround because mine sit there forever and then voila! they pick me because of who knows what, I am not usually the low price. Leave 'em on there a little bit longer would be my opinion. Cheapest is not always the best. I don't buy my used books because of price, I buy because of approval ratings and based on where they are...Have a great sale this weekend!

Taos Sunflower said...

Thanks for that,'re very right. I will just leave them inactive for now and go back when I'm not so annoyed. XXXXX

Ter'e said... more time.

Taos Sunflower said...

Ter'e: Yay! It worked!

RuthieJ said...

I've never sold on Amazon, so can't help you with that Martie. But I love your photo of Bob and Haus sharing a sunny cushion! They look so contented & well-loved.