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Feb 13, 2018 10:47 AM

Book signing book return question

A group is ordering books from me for a signing. They want 50. They've asked if they can return any that don't sell. What are your thoughts?  I'd rather not deal with that. But, wondering what you all have done.

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1. Feb 13, 2018 1:23 PM in response to: mzladyj
Re: Book signing book return question

It's standard procedure for bookstores to return unsold books. As for a "group," it's your call.

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3. Feb 13, 2018 2:49 PM in response to: mzladyj
Re: Book signing book return question

If you do a lot of signings and can take the others with you to the next one, then I'd say yes. 

 

If they would rot in your garage if they return them, I'd say no.

 

This is why POD is such a good deal, no financial risk.

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4. Feb 13, 2018 3:30 PM in response to: mzladyj
Re: Book signing book return question

Since they want 50 books for the signing, if you decide to go ahead, you should perhaps put in a restriction regarding the number or percentage of returned books you would accept.  This would hopefully allow you to reduce your risk and perhaps cause the group to determine how many they actually need and how many buyers actually exist.

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5. Feb 13, 2018 5:23 PM in response to: BooksAndMore
Re: Book signing book return question

Good idea.  Or maybe a "restocking fee".

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7. Jul 18, 2018 11:53 AM in response to: BooksAndMore
Re: Book signing book return question
Since they want 50 books for the signing, if you decide to go ahead, you  should perhaps put in a restriction regarding the number or percentage  of returned books you would accept.  This would hopefully allow you to  reduce your risk and perhaps cause the group to determine how many they  actually need and how many buyers actually exist.

 

That is how I would look at it. I direct an organization that occasionally sponsors readings and lectures by authors. We always obtain the author's book, but I never order as many as 50 copies. Sometimes I order the minimum number that the publisher will permit.

 

We usually don't sell out. Sometimes an author offers to buy the remaining copies at cost, if s/he has other events scheduled where the sponsor isn't ordering books.

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