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Internet Bookselling News & Views, Issue #003 - The Importance of determination and commitment
October 07, 2012

Hello Everyone!

Another week has come and gone and I must say that it was a pretty "light" week for me scouting wise.

I've been so busy with other projects that I only went out twice last week. Starting Monday, I'll re-discipline myself and scout daily.

Nevertheless, from two outings I scored 116 books which I listed for $1,465. That's an average of $12.63 per book. That means that despite increased competition I still picked up 58 books each day I scouted.

Imagine if I had gone out at least five days. I would have scored 290 books for a total of $3,623 worth of inventory. See what a little procrastination has cost me -- $2,198 in just one week!

I can't overemphasize enough the importance of maintaining the book scouting mantra:

1. Scout daily.
2. List daily.
3. Ship daily.
4. Answer customer correspondence daily.
5. Reprice often.

Drill those simple five little steps into your head and keep them there. They can mean the difference between success and failure. Whatever your scouting schedule -- stick to it. Even if you're just a weekend scouter. Then scout EVERY weekend!

If you scout just two hours each evening, then scout those two hours no matter what. The economy is still as sluggish as ever and if you want to make ends meet you have to remain disciplined.

Good hunting.


Oct 06, 2012
How to Write a Business Plan for Your Small Business

You want to start a business but don’t have a business plan? Shame on you! If you are a small business owner, you’ll inevitably face several situations where you are grilled under hot lights about…

To read the full blog post click here: Business Plan Basics


Oct 05, 2012
Post Office Closings

Post Office closings have been announced in response to looming federal budget cuts and declining mail volume. The USPS has decided to close more than 3,600 “unprofitable” post office branches and...

To read the full blog post click here: Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night, nor budget cuts…


Oct 05, 2012
Using Endicia Dazzle to Buy Postage Online

I've used Endicia Dazzle for my online postage system for over six years. Dazzle is one of the most popular automated postage systems used by Internet booksellers and I couldn't run my business…

To read the full blog post click here: Booksellers Dazzled By Automation


Oct 03, 2012
Amazon Vendor Benefits Increase with New FBA Labeling Service

Has anyone tried Amazon’s new labeling service? As an Amazon vendor you're privy to a wide range of business and management services. And Amazon recently announced that if you’re using FBA they’ll…

To read the full blog post click here: Label Me Now!


Oct 03, 2012
Goodwill Thrift Store Tightens Return Policy

While book scouting in a Goodwill thrift store today I encountered their new tightened return policy for the first time. I was only vaguely aware that the thrift chain had made a policy change.

To read the full blog post click here: Goodwill Turns the Screws


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Joe Waynick
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