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The Paperless Future?

March 25, 2013

A wonderful video sent to me by prolific reader and new friend Caroline:

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Oreo Cookie Separator Machine

March 2, 2013

This has absolutely nothing to do with books or book selling but it could be the most entertaining 4 minutes you will ever spend on my blog.  In fact, I’m pretty sure it will be.  This is the hottest YouTube video currently circulating on the cooking blogs and just can’t be missed.

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5 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Used Book on Amazon

February 23, 2013
  1. imagesAlways read the seller’s feedback.  Look for a five-star seller but also read the comments.  If there are negative or neutral comments, don’t just take them at face value.  They are there so you can decide whether you can trust the seller.
  2. Make sure you know exactly what you are buying and understand any defects.  If you have any questions, contact the seller before you make the purchase.  If the seller doesn’t bother to respond or doesn’t satisfy you, stay away.  Don’t buy from somebody who doesn’t treat you and your question with respect.
  3. Don’t automatically choose a book with free shipping.  Sellers using Amazon’s FBA program allows them to offer free shipping, a great deal, but they have to raise their book prices to compensate for the additional Amazon fees.  You will often find a book in better quality at a better price if you just scroll down past all the free shipping choices.
  4. Know your seller’s return policy before you make your purchase.  As before, if you have any questions, email the seller.
  5. Last and most important, keep in mind that good feedback is essential for Amazon sellers.  If you are unhappy, don’t just post bad feedback.  That won’t help YOU at all.  Contact the buyer and ask them to resolve the issue.  Be respectful and expect the same.  Bad feedback should only be the last resort.  Remember that you can only hold the seller responsible for their processing time, not the shipping time.  That is out of their control.

Most Amazon sellers (especially me!) want to treat their customers exactly the same way they want themselves to be treated.  I hope your shopping experiences will all be great!

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Online Booksellers – Are you using Dropbox yet?

June 9, 2011

One of the several tools I find most useful when listing books is Dropbox.  Dropbox is a free service that allows you to store photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to your home computer, work computer, smart phone, iPad and the Dropbox Web site.  And it is free!

I scan a lot of my book covers to enhance my listings.  Storing the scans in Dropbox allows me to add them to my listings when I have time, and from whatever computer I am using at the time.  I don’t need to be hooked to my scanner.  If I’m out looking for new books and scan ISBNs, I can store those scans in Dropbox until I can use them.   If a customer wants additional photos of a book, I can put them into a folder in Dropbox and share the folder.  If I want to work collaboratively or share a file with a coworker, yup, you guessed it.   They back up the files, safe and secure, and allow me to access them from both my Windows and Mac machines.  This is honestly the one little gem I tell my friends about so I thought it long past time to share it with my readers.  Try it!  You won’t be sorry.

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Free Shipping on all Videos!

March 14, 2011
Free Shipping on all videos in my collection. Two weeks only on eBay. I have 100 videos left in my collection and I’m clearing out.  There are some hard to find videos, some that are really worth collecting, and yes, there are some that are pretty easy to find but I sure would like to sell them.
Who doesn’t love Bob Hope?  Or Alfred Hitchcock?  Or great kids movies. I have videos on learning golf, a video about Easter, classics like “On the Beach” and “Anna Karenina.”  And that’s far from all.  There are 100 in all, the prices are low and the shipping is free.
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Are Video Tapes Dead?

February 12, 2011

I used to sell at least a dozen or so video tapes each month.  They were mostly children’s videos, exercise videos or educational/travel videos.  But lately, those sales have all but stopped.  Now, I might sell a single video a month and those are almost collectible, hard to find, videos.  So….is the format finally dead?  Or am I doing something wrong?  Is it time to donate all those videos to Goodwill?

What are other booksellers doing?  I’d be grateful for your opinions.

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Billy the Kid Cook Book

May 15, 2010

Billy the Kid Cook Book – Recipes and Folklore from Billy the Kid Country by Lynn Nusom.  This is probably a must-have book for anybody hooked on the Billy the Kid legend.  This copy is signed by the author, a noted food columnist with a specialty in Southwest cuisine.

Buy this book from me on eBay.