08-09-2011 09:36 AM
In principle I agree, but if my book is offered at four times (or more) maybe the prospective purchaser feels it is too much and does not buy. Therefore lost sale (If the seller only buys when ordered - i.e. on demand). If the book was offered at twice as much then you might get the sale. If I have made myself clear!
08-14-2011 05:41 PM
I know this is an old post, but I want to chime in. When I saw this happen (three different sellers) I was offended then I thought it was just funny. Who in their right mind seeing a book listed as "NEW" fulfilled by Amazon for 20 bucks AND gets super shipper savings would spend 117.00 plus S&H from a seller.
I decided to let my head swell because they must know it's true worth.
08-18-2011 04:38 PM
I actually think that this 'oversale' phenomena may be illegal. Thinking in terms of books my first thought is that of a used bookstore. However something is odd here. Used books get cheaper. What is happening here is that a book is getting pimped for twice to ten times the price for no other reason than that it can be spammed automagically and ( chilling fact ) spam works. However, as many of my fellow Lulu.com'rs have pointed out ~ there is a defimation aspect involved here. Many of us are marketing more than a stack of paper. We are marketing a person, an expert, something to rely on. These Overprice product pushers may be giving us some dollar sales, but they sure as heck aint giving us a 50$ cut off their profits, and they are making those profits at a cost to some of our reputations.
That said. Does anyone have a link to show this behavior? I honestly have a hard time believing these things are happening at all! Who in their right mind would pay a hundred dollars for a novella? Do these people even know what they are buying? Is this some trick some kids are using to get money out of their parents? 'Nah mom I got a book from this website' click~click a hundred dollars goes to their paypal and fifty goes to Lulu.com to cover the expense?
08-22-2011 02:59 PM
I am pretty sure that one of the rules of selling on Amazon is you must have the item in stock to offer it for sale.
Obviously these people do not have it in stock, as they intend to only buy a copy from Lulu once someone has paid their ridiculous price.
08-27-2011 12:10 PM
08-29-2011 07:37 AM
My book was also promoted on Amazon by this company at a high price. I sent them an email asking them to remove it and they immediately pulled it the next day. If your title is being "advertised" with a high price tag, I suggest you do the same. Clearly their policy is doing no-one any favours other than themselves.
08-29-2011 06:55 PM
The thing with these "resellers" is that they are NOT on the main page when someone searches for your book on Amazon. If someone searches for one of my books - say "All About Eve,, Carol hightshoe" - it brings up the Amazon price on the search page and then the cheapest new and cheapest used price as well.
The customer has to go to the project page - which is the Amazon listing (at their price) and then click on the link for new and used to see what other resellers are selling it for.
And BTW while the cheapest new price one of the resellers is listing the book for is: $12.76 (the list is $14.99) - the highest prices someone is asking is $487.25 (plus shipping).
The only way I worry about these guys is if I believe they have gotten the book files and are printing and selling without buying. And as it has been reported by several bloggers that several of the Print on Demand companies that small press and self published authors use do have in their contracts that they can use 3rd parties for printing of our books, this is something that does have to be considered.
But assuming someone will think the author or publisher authorized that price when the price on Amazon (and the first one the customer sees) is the actual list price seems a bit much to me.