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  1. Walmart certainly isn’t appealing to me. The nearest store is too huge and I typically find they either don’t have an item (because it sells too rarely) or had an entire aisle of almost identical products (i.e laundry detergent). It’s not worth the trouble, particularly since Kroger’s seems to have prices that are as good and doesn’t have a parking lot the size of a big city airport.

    Dressing up and going out isn’t that big a deal for me. I do my grocery shopping on Wednesday when I get a discount. I do all my other shopping in one big circuit on Saturday. If I forget something, it just waits until the next week.

    For Amazon, I avoid paying the usual price. I find what I want there and then paste the link into

    http://camelcamelcamel.com

    Setting a price I’m willing to pay. For most items, Camel offers a price history, so it’s not hard to set one that comes up every few months. All things come to him who waits.

    My hunch is that, in this rapidly changing marketplace, the public needs to rethink how they shop, selecting what works best for them. Generally, one retailer isn’t best for everything. And don’t forget that the best way to save is to now wait until you have to buy. Start looking for a deal well in advance.

  2. David, the little guy is gone. I worked in the building industry as a salesman when South Jersey had numerous small and medium sized builders. Monthly dinners, golf outings, picnics, luncheons, cooperation imbedded in competition. Diversity of houses. Easy financing. No more. The big guys tie up everything. The camaraderie is gone. It’s a new way of life in so many ways. Now I’m finishing my 1st book, at the age of 86. It’s a blessing to know of a thing called Indie. Forget the big pub houses. I’m a little cracker box. I like your web. Very instructive and honest.

  3. Why the insuation that Ingram’s time is limited? Who currently handles print on demand or traditional distribution better or on a bigger scale than Ingram?

  4. Ingram still charges for ISBNs [they always were free], their proofs are expensive and unnecessarily difficult to produce, and their procedures are archaic for presses that are no longer used. They’re using printing quality copiers just like everyone else. Someone will come in and do it better, cheaper, and more easily. They need to forget returns because that level of wholesaling will disappear when the book store does [and it’s almost gone now]. All book sales will be online fairly soon [except for a few isolated indie bookstores]. There’s nothing in B&N now. Createspace can do it all—the industry is just prejudiced against them because they are so big. Createspace will distribute through Ingram.

    The problem is that Ingram’s distribution means nothing without the constant availability of Amazon, iBooks, B&N, and Kobo to get the sales going.

  5. Do you mean Ingram charges for the ISBN itself, or to insert it in the book file? I’ve always bought my own through Bowker and have never heard of them being free in the U. S.. I have heard that they are free in Canada to Canadian residents.

    I used Createspace to produce the print version of my last book and plan to use Ingram’s IngramSpark on my next one.

  6. Neither: they require you to buy an ISBN. This is a sizable, and unnecessary, cost for the self-publisher—in my opinion. ISBNs didn’t exist before 1970. I do not know when they started charging for them.

    I use Createspace and/or Lulu for my print versions.

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