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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Slow Spring Sales

We've received many emails from sellers frustrated with a lack of sales beginning late March and continuing into April. There is not doubt there was some problems with Alibris during their transition to the new fee structure (caused in part by the massive uploads/inventory changes). In addition, this tends to be one of the slowest times of the year annually. We have suffered from the same slowness. On the positive side, though, things seem to be picking up. Fight the urge to banish online bookselling to a perpetual downward spiral. Find new ways to add to your inventory, take calculated risks, and always plan. Most importantly, use the extra time to take extra care of your customers. Slow periods often serve to highlight loyal customers, take time to recognize them - it's worth it.