Oh the fun and humor of Amazon Marketplace

So, I finally managed to get the nerve up to officially publish my first book, Blood-Lines:

Book I – Blood-Lines

Available on Amazon/Kindle Now

For you see, in order to create your author webpage both on Amazon and at other places, you actually have to have had something published on Amazon for them to verify your identity, which makes perfect sense.

Where the humor comes in is that I opted to publish Blood-Lines at about two in the afternoon my time and simply had to wait for things to transfer over and begin to pop up properly which they eventually did.

As I went about setting up my author page, I happened to go back to the listing for my book only to find four other vendors already were selling it for less than I had it listed for – which didn’t bother me as Amazon obviously makes deals with various distributors which undoubtedly include discounts along the way.

In reality such marketing does not affect me as my royalties are paid by CreateSpace through each order received for a printed book.

What surprised me, however, was to find a vendor listing my book as “used” for almost two dollars more than what I have it listed for. At first I was a bit confused as even I don’t yet have a released copy of my book let alone a used one.

So I took it upon myself to write to Amazon and ask about that. Apparently however vendors wish to list their products is acceptable until someone complains about it which makes sense. In this case, even if someone were to order my book as used they would be getting a brand new copy which undoubtedly would not bring complaints and even then it would be with Amazon and not me.

But now as I peruse Amazon for items of interest, I now know that sometimes used things are necessarily as used as one might expect.

As usual, keep in mind the price your paying for something whether it’s new or used.

It’s all in the marketing 8)

Author: admin

Bob Sellers and his family live in Southern Minnesota (USA) where he is employed as a Senior Programmer Analyst who enjoys bleeding purple and gold while cheering for his Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. As part of his many hobbies, he is also an avid motorcyclist and enjoys competition barbecue whenever possible. Many years ago, he ventured into fan fiction while he participated in several events that were organized by fans of the Forever Knight television show and further went on to enjoy the hobby while as a member of the on-line writers groups once offered by Kelley Armstrong. With the discovery of Wattpad and his more recent involvement as part of the Rochester MN Writers Group, he has enjoyed learning much to take his stories to the next level, both in content and design. A long time fan of the supernatural, he’s always been interested and enjoyed the darker tales of things that go bump in the night.

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