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|Selling Books Online: Book Listing Services vs. eBay
Bookselling has always had an aura about it that many people find attractive. The sellers, variously stereotyped as garrulous old scholars, frustrated writers, postgraduate bookworms or gentlemanly 'Hugh Grant types,' are purveying a respected product. This image, and the sheer love of books, has compelled people into the bookselling trade since the invention of moveable type. Simultaneously, many others, including the barely literate, are attracted to bookselling by its mathematics. Few commodities, particularly among collectibles, can be found so readily and converted into a profit as easily as books.
In the past, many people fulfilled a dream and opened brick and mortar bookstores only to find they could not pay the rent with walk-in traffic, or were squeezed out of business by chain stores such as Barnes and Noble and Borders.
With the advent of online bookselling, all that has changed. Droves of brick and mortar bookstores have sprung up in obscure backwaters and are able to support themselves with the worldwide market for books provided by the Internet. In fact, there are now few entry barriers to selling books online beyond the acquirable knowledge of what sells and what doesn't. Anyone who possesses or can buy, beg or steal books can have their own bookstore online - limited in size only by their ability to scare-up books and store them - and their willingness to do the work.
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