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Friday, April 08, 2005

Conflict of Interest at Alibris

Alibris again has left its booksellers scratching their heads. In a recent effort to clearance some of their warehouse inventory, the company has repriced books below their standard minimum of $2.95. The move seems egregious on a few levels. Primarily, they never told their sellers about such a move. An email expressing sincere motives probably would be enough to placate most of their sellers. Secondly, they are lowering the minimum price on select titles without giving sellers the opportunity to do the same. This seems to be a conflict of interest that goes beyond Alibris' normal selling tactics (placing their items first, etc). This new development, in the shadow of recent fee structure changes, has really left even its loyal sellers wondering what the hell is going on in Sparks.