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colleenhooverr

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Am I missing something?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 12:05 PM
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When I woke up this morning, the price of my book fell from 2.99 down to .99 cents. I called Amazon but they said I just have to 'wait it out' because it must have picked up a price change somewhere else. I also have my book listed on Smashwords and B&N, but it's still showing 2.99 there. Anyone have any suggestions on where else this price change might be coming in from?

So confused. :/
1001nightspress

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Re: Am I missing something?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 12:17 PM   in response to: colleenhooverr in response to: colleenhooverr
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How very weird! Did you have it at .99 anywhere, in the last month?

Can you tell if you're getting 35% or 70% royalties on the sale price? I suppose if it's just from today, there's no way to tell.

I hope it straightens out for you soon!

By the way, how did you call Amazon? What phone # did you use? I've never been able to find a phone # for publishing support.
publisher22

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Re: Am I missing something?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 12:22 PM   in response to: colleenhooverr in response to: colleenhooverr
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I am a new publisher so can't answer this myself, but I am interested in following your thread to see how it resolves. Best wishes.
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Re: Am I missing something?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 12:25 PM   in response to: colleenhooverr in response to: colleenhooverr
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I don't know if it works, but if it stays there another day I would reset the price on the actions. It then might resit in about six hours. Some one might have highjacked it and are selling it, or put it on a BiTorent for free.
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Re: Am I missing something?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 1:14 PM   in response to: colleenhooverr in response to: colleenhooverr
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[i]When I woke up this morning, the price of my book fell from 2.99 down to .99 cents. I called Amazon but they said I just have to 'wait it out' because it must have picked up a price change somewhere else. I also have my book listed on Smashwords and B&N, but it's still showing 2.99 there. Anyone have any suggestions on where else this price change might be coming in from?[/i]

Since you're on Smashwords, the books might have been discounted by one of their 'associates', although they say that their contracts preclude this. You could make the rounds and see if Diesel, Kobo, iTunes, Sony, or the other one Smashwords uses has listed your book at a lower price. The 'associate' might have simply made a mistake when setting up the book. I had that problem twice with Smashwords, which is partly why my books aren't there anymore.
colleenhooverr

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Re: Am I missing something?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 1:17 PM   in response to: 76year2 in response to: 76year2
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It's on lots of torrents for free. I don't even bother with those, anymore. Amazon says they don't effect their price change reflections.

It's weird, but that's a good idea about changing it in bookshelf again. If it doesn't list as 2.99 again by tonight, I'll re-upload the price page. It just really sucks because of my sales. I'm losing a lot of $ today. :( But,oh well. Amazon's been great, so if this is the worst of it, I'll take it.

And to answer the question about the phone #, I always call author central. They are soooo helpful and have been willing to answer any questions I have regarding my books. They also do a follow-up email every time.
1001nightspress

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Re: Am I missing something?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 1:26 PM   in response to: colleenhooverr in response to: colleenhooverr
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Wow, thanks for that tip!

I do know, on the 'free' thing, that if you are, say, cheaper the first week of May on Smashwords, Amazon might catch it and change the price after you've already gone back up. So that the discount might show up on Amazon in June, even though by then on Smashwords you're back at the normal price. Same with Barnes & Noble. I know because I had a friend whose book was free on Smashwords for a week, and then weeks later it showed up free (for a limited amount of time) on both BN & Amazon. And then reverted to its normal price.
kennydill

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Re: Am I missing something?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 1:58 PM   in response to: colleenhooverr in response to: colleenhooverr
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Good-bye, Colleen.

I will miss you most of all.
diamondlifestyle

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Re: Am I missing something?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 2:43 PM   in response to: colleenhooverr in response to: colleenhooverr
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From the SW site updates:

May 18, 2012 - Distribution items. 1. Sony is now selling Smashwords ebooks in Canada. Between early April and up until 1-2 weeks ago, Sony had a pricing glitch that caused Canadian dollar mispricings affecting 204 Smashwords books (out of over 80,000). After an eagle-eyed Smashwords author pointed out the error (their book had been mispriced to $.99), we contacted Sony and learned the glitch had already been fixed.

Possibly the cause???
colleenhooverr

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Re: Am I missing something?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 2:55 PM   in response to: kennydill in response to: kennydill
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Step away from the ledge, Dill. Don't do it. Don't dill yourself, it's not worth it.

And the price is back to 2.99 Hum. Thinking perhaps it was a late result of a 24 hour promo I did 2 weeks ago. Weird!

Thanks for the help, y'all!
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