Well 2017 has begun and the New Year resolutions are already out of the window! But I have had to make some decisions regarding Books From Sharon and how I move forward.
During the run up to Christmas, I struggled to keep pace and whilst this is not a complaint, it made me realise that I do have to find a way to lighten the workload. Discussions with my daughter highlighted areas where I could make substantial time savings, the key one being photographs. Up until now I have photographed all incoming stock and spent time editing to create an acceptable picture. (example below).
As someone who would not purchase from a listing with a stock photo, except when buying from large, well known companies, I assumed that my potential customers would be the same. To this end, I spent a large amount of time editing pictures, which is fine when a book has a distinctive coloured cover but is a real chore when the cover is white. This meant that the quality of the edited pictures was inconsistent. I tried various techniques including coloured background, light box and more but still with poor results.
My daughter, Victoria, suggested that I use stock photos. Shock, horror! Stock photos?! She conducted a quick poll via her Facebook account and to my surprise, the result was unanimously in favour of stock pictures.
As a result I am making 3 changes to the way BFS works.
- In most cases the items will be listed with stock pics.
- Victoria is now a named user on my website hosting package and is doing some of the work for me from her home.
- Where B/B items are listed, the generic description given in the terms & conditions will now be added to the item page and will read as follows:
Condition – Unread / Shop damaged
All Bargain Basement stock will have shop wear or age damage. This includes, but is not limited to, tanned edges, knocks & bumps and other external damage.
Unless specifically stated otherwise, all Bargain Basement items will have;
- Unbroken spine
- Clean, undamaged reading surfaces
- No missing or loose pages
- Generally tidy appearance.
Of course, it will take a while for these changes to take effect but they are already filtering through and I hope that you will like the result.