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Elise Wong

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Parasite Marketer
Posted: Apr 28, 2017 11:40 AM
 
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How do I stop a Parasite Marketer advertising my book for more than double the price? I have unpublished the book and have no intention of republishing with KDP. I will get the book printed locally and sell locally.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Posted: Apr 28, 2017 12:22 PM   in response to: Elise Wong in response to: Elise Wong
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The short answer, You can't.

However, this does not make it smart for you to hurt yourself because of this. If anyone is actually dumb enough to order from the parasite marketer, the marketer would have to buy your book from Amazon (or have it drop-shipped) and you'd wind up getting your normal royalties anyway. Additionally, the main point of a parasite marketer is to be able to claim that they have your book (as well as many others') "available," not that they actually want to sell them (thus the prohibitive price). Their bit is to sell the high-moving books at some phantom discount.

Parasite marketers are part of the milieu of publishing on the Amazon platform. In the vast, vast majority of cases, they don't hurt the author.

4/30/2017--slightly edited for clarity.
jm14

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Posted: Apr 28, 2017 12:42 PM   in response to: Elise Wong in response to: Elise Wong
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I have unpublished the book and have no intention of republishing with KDP. I will get the book printed locally and sell locally.

That's a shame. It's stunningly self-destructive - akin to (if you were traditionally published) insisting that your publisher refuse to place your book in any Barnes & Noble bookstore because someone bought a copy from a B&N store and is trying to resell it somewhere else for twice the price.
Donald Roble

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Re: Parasite Marketer
Posted: Apr 29, 2017 3:16 PM   in response to: Elise Wong in response to: Elise Wong
 
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Elise Wong wrote:
How do I stop a Parasite Marketer advertising my book for more than double the price? I have unpublished the book and have no intention of republishing with KDP. I will get the book printed locally and sell locally.
Locally? That's a smart thing?
Jigsaw

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Posted: Apr 30, 2017 12:02 AM   in response to: Elise Wong in response to: Elise Wong
 
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Elise Wong wrote:
How do I stop a Parasite Marketer advertising my book for more than double the price? I have unpublished the book and have no intention of republishing with KDP. I will get the book printed locally and sell locally.
This question must appear on these forums at least once every single day, but still we get these imbecilic questions. The marketer is only advertising your book for you; having the higher price only means that potential buyers will think you must be worth the money, even though we all know you are not. The marketer doesn't have your book and isn't selling your book. If anyone is daft enough to pay that extra, the marketer will order your book from Amazon and you will get your royalty as normal.

So, instead of seeing this for what it is (free advertising) you are going to withdraw your book from being seen all over the world and pay for printing, then hawk it round all the bookshops in your local town. Excellent thinking! :( I would be interested in your results if you ever get any.
Ward Rogers

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Re: Parasite Marketer
Posted: Apr 30, 2017 7:45 AM   in response to: Elise Wong in response to: Elise Wong
 
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If B&N or Powell's sells your print book, are they "parasites" too? Sorry, luv, but no one needs your permission to sell books, on or off Amazon. By taking your book off Amazon, you've punched yourself in the face ... paying to republish and begging for buyers along the High Street might be considered shooting yourself in the foot, to complete your self-destruction. Guess you're not ready to be a real writer, much less any kind of publisher.

And the kicker ... you've unpublished your book, but since the "parasites" put a hold on copies, as they do on most every book going to POD, they can still order copies anytime they want. Ain't technology grand?
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