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1simon.sayz
Dez 4, 2012, 3:53 pm

Hi guys,

I am new to the community and slowly building my library but can already say that LibraryThing seems like a good way to find great new books. Its always hard to find the next great novel ;-)

I am about to launch a new online used bookstore and I would love to have your feedbacks on what should be done to make things better with online booksellers. Example: for me, shipping fees are awful right now at Amazon and let's not even talk about book condition ("condition: good" is not what it used to be; missing pages, pen mark, etc.)

My first idea was to make all used books 4.95$ with free shipping and condition: above good (we include detailed description of the book condition). No matter the size of the book or where your are, they are all 4.95$.

What are the feature you would like Amazon, Abebook, etc.. to have that they don't right now?

The bookseller: http://495books.launchrock.com

Thanks
Simon
495books

2varielle
Dez 7, 2012, 7:30 pm

Good luck. I've often thought I'd like to do this too. Work keeps getting in the way, maybe when I retire.

3rudel519
Dez 7, 2012, 8:49 pm

I wish you all the best! You will need to limit your sales to Canada or the US; you wouldn't want to provide free shipping to Australia, for example. And you would need to find a steady supply of good books at a low price. If you can do that, you'll do fine.

4Africansky1
Dez 9, 2012, 12:00 pm

Hope you'll do well .. Some things that make me nervous about ordering on line books are the often vague descriptions of conditions and words like "may contain " etc either a book does or does not. However when I have ordered books from Alibris I have been well satisfied. I note that some books are v cheap but postage seems to be where there is a profit strange as it may seem . How though will you handle postage to remote parts of world ? Returns are not possible from the far reaches of the globe. So if you offer accurate condition descriptions, a fair price and as you build a customer base to alert clients to new finds, plus offer a discount of postage for say purchases of over $25, I am sure you will find a demand.

5ThomasHarrington
Jan 4, 2016, 5:12 pm

Did this ever get off the ground? The website still says to leave your email address to be informed when the store is launched.

6ThomasHarrington
Set 15, 2016, 4:10 pm

Given that it's now over nine months later with no response, and no change in its website, I'm guess this endeavor either never got started or quickly failed, which is a shame.