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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Are all sellers created equal?

We've always heard rumors about some sellers on the main listings services receiving preferential treatment in terms of lower commissions. I recently had the chance to confirm that eFollett received a significant discount on their Abebooks commission compared with other sellers. I find this troubling because it seems to be an off the record arrangement, with most sellers unaware. It is hard enough for independent sellers (a term used trumpeted frequently by listings services) to compete with megastores... Are we fighting an uphill battle with sites we once thought were our greatest allies?