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2,473 Views 3 Replies Last post: Jan 8, 2017 7:44 AM by Lighthouse24 RSS
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Jan 7, 2017 6:04 PM

Getting around "Non-returnable item" in bookstores

Hi everyone. I hope there is someone here who can help with this. I went to a few Barnes & Nobles in hopes of doing a book signing/workshop for my book and they wouldn't let me hold an event because the book comes up as a "non-returnable item." I know there has to be someone who has found a way to go around it. Since I am the publisher, couldn't I offer the store a discount back? I called CS and they said there have been a few authors who have gotten around this. My question is how???

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1. Jan 7, 2017 6:18 PM in response to: Travelwithliz
Re: Getting around "Non-returnable item" in bookstores

Get to know the Manager.

Offer them books on consignment so they deal directly with you and don't have to deal with CS/Amazon.





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2. Jan 7, 2017 6:50 PM in response to: Magic_Man
Re: Getting around "Non-returnable item" in bookstores

MM is correct.  But, bear in mind that unless your books sell within 30 days you'll have to buy them back.  You could potentially lose a lot of money.


This is the reason POD is so popular.

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3. Jan 8, 2017 7:44 AM in response to: Travelwithliz
Re: Getting around "Non-returnable item" in bookstores

If your sales strategy relies on placing books in B&N bookstores, and  if you don't want to supply them yourself as suggested above, then IngramSpark  may be the better option than CreateSpace. IngramSpark provides the ability to set a trade  discount and allow returns -- which brick-and-mortar bookstores normally require. But be  careful. The unit profit margin with print-on-demand is relatively low,  and once bookstores decide to stock a title, they tend to order more copies than they ever expect to sell -- so the returns can end up costing you more than you make.


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