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Re: (RE) Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:24 am
by Bob cruise director
LizD wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:47 pm
It's me, LizD! :D

Many moons ago I was a weekly muggle contributor. Then I bought a used bookstore and all my time and energy for crosswords went poof.

Today, I found myself jonesing for a meta crossword, and that's all it took. I'm back among my friends on muggle island. Have missed this crowd. Looking forward to reconnecting!
Where do you get your used books? and do you sell them on line. I get most of my books used and on line through amazon. How do you stay in business selling books for under $10?

Re: (RE) Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:49 pm
by LizD
Bob cruise director wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:24 am
LizD wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:47 pm
It's me, LizD! :D

Many moons ago I was a weekly muggle contributor. Then I bought a used bookstore and all my time and energy for crosswords went poof.

Today, I found myself jonesing for a meta crossword, and that's all it took. I'm back among my friends on muggle island. Have missed this crowd. Looking forward to reconnecting!
Where do you get your used books? and do you sell them on line. I get most of my books used and on line through amazon. How do you stay in business selling books for under $10?
Hi Bob! Thanks for asking!
I get most of my books from my trade-in program; Pre-covid I would go to book sales and yard sales to bulk up my inventory. But I honestly don't have any shortage of books just from my customers doing trade-in (I have about 40,000 books right now).

I do sell online on a site that is specifically for independent used bookstores. You can find my inventory at https://www.biblio.com/bookstore/a-nov ... e-franklin, and there are lots of used booksellers on this site. I recommend using it instead of Amazon, because Amazon is the "big bad" for booksellers. They are putting us out of business left and right, and Jeff Bezos doesn't need any more money. :P

Because I deal in used books, my profit margin is a bit higher than for a store that only sells new books. Their profit margin is VERY small. My observation is that it is easier out there for used booksellers than new booksellers. I often order new books for my customers and make very little profit on it. I do it mainly as a service so that folks will stay away from the big A. ;)

I am happy to talk books and bookselling any time! I love it!

Re: (RE) Introduce Yourself

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 1:54 pm
by jcbweaver
Hello everyone - John Weaver here - I'm 60 yrs. old, and live with my wife in Quarryville, PA, where I have been practicing as a horse vet for 30 yrs. - I have been solving puzzles since about the age of 10, when I used to do the NY Times Sunday puzzle with my grandfather every week - I mostly do the Times puzzle every day, cryptics from the Times, WSJ, and Games mag. (I love Bob Stigger's puzzles, and miss the forum he used to be a part of) - I started doing the WSJ and Gaffney contest puzzles recently - I love them, though I'm a little surprised I stuck with them considering my high rate of failure for the first month or so - I still want to do a victory dance every time I solve one - I am so grateful for the amazing work constructors do - puzzles are a huge joy in my life!

Re: (RE) Introduce Yourself

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:24 pm
by Bob cruise director
LizD wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:49 pm
Bob cruise director wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:24 am
LizD wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:47 pm
It's me, LizD! :D

Many moons ago I was a weekly muggle contributor. Then I bought a used bookstore and all my time and energy for crosswords went poof.

Today, I found myself jonesing for a meta crossword, and that's all it took. I'm back among my friends on muggle island. Have missed this crowd. Looking forward to reconnecting!
Where do you get your used books? and do you sell them on line. I get most of my books used and on line through amazon. How do you stay in business selling books for under $10?
Hi Bob! Thanks for asking!
I get most of my books from my trade-in program; Pre-covid I would go to book sales and yard sales to bulk up my inventory. But I honestly don't have any shortage of books just from my customers doing trade-in (I have about 40,000 books right now).

I do sell online on a site that is specifically for independent used bookstores. You can find my inventory at https://www.biblio.com/bookstore/a-nov ... e-franklin, and there are lots of used booksellers on this site. I recommend using it instead of Amazon, because Amazon is the "big bad" for booksellers. They are putting us out of business left and right, and Jeff Bezos doesn't need any more money. :P

Because I deal in used books, my profit margin is a bit higher than for a store that only sells new books. Their profit margin is VERY small. My observation is that it is easier out there for used booksellers than new booksellers. I often order new books for my customers and make very little profit on it. I do it mainly as a service so that folks will stay away from the big A. ;)

I am happy to talk books and bookselling any time! I love it!
Liz
Thanks. I am almost totally into nonfiction of one form or another. I am currently reading The Invention of Clouds by Richard Hamblyn. Behind that I have The Prefect Weapon by David E Sanger which is about cyberterrorism. I am taking a course at the University of Mass at Lowell through a group called Learning In Retirement Association. We used to meet in person but now are fully on line with Zoom. And because I get the WSJ in paper, I get an ebook a month through Glose. I can select one of four books and this month's selection is The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson.

I have bookmarked your site page so I can refer to it as I work my way through the pile I have going.

Thanks and welcome back to the group.

Re: (RE) Introduce Yourself

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:51 pm
by mikeh
Hi everyone. My name's Mike. I love the WSJ variety puzzles (they keep me much more engaged than standard crosswords these days), and I found out about this contest a few weeks ago. This week I finally came ashore (?), so I figure I'm in deep now and I should join the community!

Re: (RE) Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:38 am
by Olof
I'm Olof. Started doing the WSJ puzzle in July. Found this forum two weeks ago when stumped on "just a step more". I do the puzzles using the Black Ink app.