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Subject: Help selling school cookbooks??
Date Posted: 1/14/2009 12:40 PM ET
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Can anyone offer me suggestions to help move the last 50 copies of our school cookbook?  They were published in 2005/2006 and every parent has a copy.  I'm sure every grandparent too.  We've tried the local events and the library without much success.  Our school only has about 200 kids total K-12 so our population isn't very large.  Is there a site that would help sell these?? 

I posted on the main board and they suggested other area libraries so I'm going to try that.  We don't have many businesses other than a bank and postoffice.

Thanks so much for your help!


Date Posted: 1/23/2009 11:37 PM ET
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Subject: Moving school cookbooks...
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 12:08 PM ET
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Libraries are a good idea. Other local stores, especially grocery stores, might be willing to purchase some for resale. Local craft or bake sales - especially bake sales where you highlight one recipe from the book - also help sell books. You can add a short booklet geared towards Valentine's Day or Easter/Passover and focus on remarketing them. Adding a small collection of "new and exclusive recipes" does work surprisingly well for sales, especially when you are dealing with a saturated market. Especially if you target new parents who would not have contributed to the first book. Marketing them as gifts can also work well, but we just passed that season and Mother's Day - the other big selling time for community cookbooks - is still pretty far away. You can package other things with them - like coupons to local businesses or even just coupons clipped from the paper to create added value to the books. Unfortunately, leftovers are a very common problem when it comes to community book sales - either that or they sell out completely and people or clamoring for more.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 11:50 PM ET
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or here. how much are they? btw - community cookbooks sell pretty dang well on ebay. and there is a woman on there who sells nothing but - search around and find her and see if she will take all 50 off your hands. but, srrsly - how much?
Date Posted: 2/18/2009 11:15 PM ET
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Type in craigslist and see if it works. It's free to list everything. Good luck!

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 10:36 PM ET
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Have you thought about selling them on Amazon?

For an individual seller account, there are no out-of-pocket fees. Once your items sell, then you would owe them a $0.99 transaction fee, a closing fee which varies based on product, but for books it is $1.35, plus you owe them a commission of 15%.

They deduct the fees before they pay you, so the money that you get from them is all yours!

If your sell the book for $10:

$1.50 goes to commission

$1.35 goes to closing fee

$0.99 goes to transaction fee

You make $6.16.  (They buyer pays shipping.) So that's about $300 for all 50 copies.

Here's the link if you want to check it out yourself:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=1161240



Date Posted: 2/24/2009 10:30 PM ET
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I'll buy one, I collect this type of cookbook.

PM with details.


Date Posted: 2/25/2009 6:27 PM ET
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You could offer one free with any PBS order...

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 12:33 AM ET
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I bought one of these and they are very nice - come on cooks, buy yourself or a friend a cookbook!  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 1:12 PM ET
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I would also be interested in buying one of these cookbooks..please PM me with the cost, Thanks!!

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 3:18 PM ET
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Me too. Let me know how much.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 10:33 PM ET
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PM me with the cost, shipping charge, place to send, etc....I'll buy one.





Date Posted: 4/7/2009 2:18 PM ET
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I would like 2 copies.

PM me with full information.