So I talked to some shops today and I asked if once things get back to normal, will they continue to use eBay for pricing new book and or hot books? Some answer no other answered yes.
I asked them why? The ones that said no, said because they don’t use those tactics to get customer. They said that without customers they can’t sell books and they are in the business of selling books. They also said that they have been in business for a long time and have plenty of happy customers.
The ones that answered yes, said that, that’s the way they have been doing business and has been working for them. They said that the reason why they started to do this was because couple of people have done shelving clearing and don’t leave any for the other customers. They also said that if they are going to do that, they will have to work a little harder and there for they will up the price. They also said that the price gouging is not there decision but there bosses.
I asked the people that said yes if they will consider limiting there customers to 1 or 2 per person? They said no.
I also asked them how they find out when a book is hot or is going to be hot? They said they use speculation websites.
In all conclusion, I will keep my regular LCS as they are ones that will not be playing the game and keep buying my books to read and collect and maybe sell.
I have a question for both customers and shop owners.
Shop owners, will you be playing this game after the pandemic?
Customers, are there shops in your are that will continue to play this game?