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J.T. Marsh

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Returns and their effect on sales rankings
Posted: Sep 19, 2017 1:19 AM
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When someone returns an ebook, do your sales rankings fall? If so, is the fall equivalent to the increase your rankings experienced when the person originally purchased your book?
Notjohn

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Re: Returns and their effect on sales rankings
Posted: Sep 19, 2017 2:22 AM   in response to: J.T. Marsh in response to: J.T. Marsh
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Interesting question. I've never thought of that, but I assume the net effect must be zero. And the lower you rank, the less often sales ranking seems to be updated, so if it's a fast return you may never see a change.

It's very curious, but I haven't seen any returns for at least three months -- well, two and a half. I can't remember about June. I always used to consistently run about 2 percent. I hope they don't all turn up at once....

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Ward Rogers

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Re: Returns and their effect on sales rankings
Posted: Sep 19, 2017 6:17 AM   in response to: J.T. Marsh in response to: J.T. Marsh
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Unless you're in the Top Hundred, it's not worth thinking about, and probably not worth it even if you are in the Top Hundred because they shift every hour, no matter what. If you get so many returned that your sales rank plummets, then sales ranking is the least of your worries.
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Re: Returns and their effect on sales rankings
Posted: Sep 19, 2017 8:00 AM   in response to: J.T. Marsh in response to: J.T. Marsh
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J.T. Marsh wrote:
When someone returns an ebook, do your sales rankings fall? If so, is the fall equivalent to the increase your rankings experienced when the person originally purchased your book?
I have a pen name that periodically gets targeted by serial returners, until the Zon wises up and shuts them down. I don't think I noticed a big change ins sales rankings after the returns showed up.
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