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Joseph M Erhardt

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On timing price changes for promos when you've gone wide
Posted: Dec 31, 2017 11:35 AM
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I've finally decided to go D2D instead of SW for my wider distribution, mainly because D2D offers EFT whilst SW only offers PayPal.

I have an upcoming promo coming on Jan 13-14. I know that a price change for Amazon usually runs through in 3-4 hours. What kind of time lag do I need to allow for, for the D2D setup?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: On timing price changes for promos when you've gone wide
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 5:42 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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Joseph M Erhardt wrote:
I've finally decided to go D2D instead of SW for my wider distribution, mainly because D2D offers EFT whilst SW only offers PayPal.

I have an upcoming promo coming on Jan 13-14. I know that a price change for Amazon usually runs through in 3-4 hours. What kind of time lag do I need to allow for, for the D2D setup?

Thanks in advance.

They're slower than the Zon; I generally allow at least 2 days. US prices update quicker than international ones. Also, keep in mind that some stores (Nook?) don't process any requests over the weekend, even though D2D does.
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Re: On timing price changes for promos when you've gone wide
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 6:50 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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May I ask why you think you need extra distribution? I'm Kindle exclusive yet sell books all over the world, and they are available for Kindle, Windows, Android, and iOS devices. The only mainstream devices my ebooks aren't available for are Nooks, and I wasn't a fan of their service.
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Re: On timing price changes for promos when you've gone wide
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 6:53 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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writerbn wrote:
Joseph M Erhardt wrote:
I've finally decided to go D2D instead of SW for my wider distribution, mainly because D2D offers EFT whilst SW only offers PayPal.

I have an upcoming promo coming on Jan 13-14. I know that a price change for Amazon usually runs through in 3-4 hours. What kind of time lag do I need to allow for, for the D2D setup?

Thanks in advance.

They're slower than the Zon; I generally allow at least 2 days. US prices update quicker than international ones. Also, keep in mind that some stores (Nook?) don't process any requests over the weekend, even though D2D does.

Thanks. Ever have any troubles with the Zon complaining about mismatched prices (or Ko*bo complaining, or any of the others?). I guess I could just change the prices both both Zon & D2D two days in advance. AMS ads don't seem to be doing me much good right now, so I wouldn't be losing too many sales to lower prices.
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Re: On timing price changes for promos when you've gone wide
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 7:03 AM   in response to: B.L. Alley in response to: B.L. Alley
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B.L. Alley wrote:
May I ask why you think you need extra distribution? I'm Kindle exclusive yet sell books all over the world, and they are available for Kindle, Windows, Android, and iOS devices. The only mainstream devices my ebooks aren't available for are Nooks, and I wasn't a fan of their service.

I don't think it's a matter of "needing" the extra distribution as it is that it is free, so why not have it? As to getting out of Kindle Select (KU on the customer side), I had way too many 1-page reads on my collection, and it ain't a quality issue, with a 4.3 rating based mainly on organic reviews. What I suspect was happening (but cannot prove, of course) is that people were reading a short story and resetting back to the ToC before exiting, thereby giving me only a 1-page count. I got tired of that quickly. I still don't trust the KU page-counting mechanism, and Page Flip is also a known and admitted (by the Zon) issue.
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Re: On timing price changes for promos when you've gone wide
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 5:26 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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Joseph M Erhardt wrote:
Thanks. Ever have any troubles with the Zon complaining about mismatched prices (or Ko*bo complaining, or any of the others?). I guess I could just change the prices both both Zon & D2D two days in advance. AMS ads don't seem to be doing me much good right now, so I wouldn't be losing too many sales to lower prices.

Not so far, for limited-time promotions. The one time I had a problem was when I had a promo running on Goo*gle Play for a reduced price, and I forgot to end it (it has to be done manually, for various reasons). I got a slap on the wrist for violating the KDP pricing agreement, but the KDP reps didn't tell me that in so many words and kept feeding me boilerplate responses. It took several rounds of e-mails and escalation to ECR to figure out what the problem was.
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Posted: Jan 2, 2018 8:26 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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Thanks for the info! :)
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