Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How does Biblio stay in business?

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Biblio.com says it is "one of the world’s leading sources for textbooks, used books, and rare books. Established in 2003 in Asheville, NC, Biblio.com has grown to become one of the largest global book marketplaces, with over 50 million books for sale from over 5,000 booksellers in countries around the world. Biblio.com is wholly owned and operated by Biblio, Inc., a privately held company with a commitment to a triple bottom line, in part through its environmental program, Ecosend, and its work with Biblio Charitable Works, Inc."

While the company may be good for the planet, it doesn't seem to be good for its customers.

The illustration above shows the listing for the hardcover edition of my Stories I'd Tell My Children (but maybe not until they're adults).
  • Amazon sells it for $18.95, with immediate shipping (which is often free).
  • Barnes & Noble sells it for $18.95, with shipping likely within 24 hours for $3.99.
  • Biblio sells it for $30, plus $15 for shipping, which can take 15 to 30 days.
This particular book doesn't seem to be a fluke. I checked about a dozen books and all but one is grossly overpriced (by $10 - $15) at Biblio.

It's possible that Biblio may be a good source for rare books, but if you are looking for a book that's available elsewhere, you should probably buy it elsewhere.

(Strangely, the listing for my book indicates that it is being sold by a bookseller in Japan, but it is being shipped from Tennessee. "UPS Ground" shipping from Tennessee to me in Connecticut should not cost $30 or take 30 days.)

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