For those who list in Books for Sale there are no commissions because the simplicity of this approach makes it possible to provide integration in a direct and simple way. For years, as the rare book business has become more difficult and listing fees escalated, dealer prices have of necessity risen in compensation. In this approach dealers list on a commission free basis and those interested to buy, if they are accessing the AED, can see both our estimates of current value and probability of reappearance. The goal is to both improve dealer margins by lowering listing costs while providing information about current value and probability of reappearance that encourages negotiation and purchase.
All of these tools require some experience and intelligence. The good news is that the rare book community is uncommonly smart. In developing current valuation and probability of reappearance calculations we understand that experienced people will select appropriate rather than single or random records. We providing the methodology. Members, with experience, will run searches and then eliminate inappropriate preliminary results before creating current value/probability of reappearance indexes.
Those who say that books are casual and unimportant will wonder why we continue to add precision that fills gaps in knowledge. The answer is simple. It matters. Those who first acquire books do not always think to ask if an item is priced appropriately to its value. In time, if random purchases become a collection, this invariably becomes very important as the collector or their heirs years later seek to recover fair value. We simply believe there should be clarity going in to avoid disappointment when selling. For buyers this transparency when buying significantly improves the prospect of a successful exit and should empower broader collecting.
We believe in this approach and make this offer to those who would like to list in Books for Sale. The cost for up to 10,000 items, is $340 a year, $185 of which is a research subscription. There are no commissions and we provide this unlimited satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason during your listing year you are unsatisfied with Books for Sale we will refund the listing portion of your subscription. No questions asked. Simply stated, it works or your money back.
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