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Friday, March 03, 2006

Why is Alibris Pricing Service So Off?

I was wondering last night, as I tried to pare down my Alibris inventory (gasp-to below 500!) why the pricing service is so poor.

Competitive prices and Amazon minimums are usually a week behind- that is to say the competitive price I see today, is in many cases the competitive price from last week (relative to Amazon).

Given the great open source information that is available from Amazon web services, I wonder why this reporting is so poor. My main concern is both for sellers who continue to rely on this service (yes-many do!) and for the competitive of Alibris across the net.