Get Your Bargain Book Orders in Early for Q4
The “dog days of summer” are upon us. Most of us still have our thoughts on our recent vacation or maybe we are still looking forward to one coming up. School days will be here before we know it and as the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, the reality sets in that the fourth quarter will soon be here! The summer days will disappear so quickly it’s as if they’ll be gone tomorrow.
The last three months of the year are a make-it-or-break-it time for most retailers, and booksellers are rarely an exception. Publishers are ramping up their big author releases for this time of the year. Stores start to extend their hours of operation. Black Friday (or Cyber Monday) can’t get here soon enough. So what can you do in the lazy, hazy days of late summer to prepare yourself for the fall season?
Here is one tip that I can share with you: don’t wait until the last minute to stock your shelves with great bargain titles that you hope to sell during the run into Christmas. The nature of bargain books is that they are here today and gone tomorrow. A savvy bargain book buyer is checking in on a regular basis with their supplier to see what is new and exciting. Book Depot is unique to most bargain book suppliers in that we are adding hundreds of new titles to our inventory every day. That is not an exaggeration. From the day that I am writing this blog I have gone back four days through our New Arrivals page on our website and we have added 184, 208, 186, and 235 new titles respectively to our inventory. These numbers just represent the titles that are still available with inventory, so if you add on the ones that are already sold out and have been removed, they would be even higher. And with the changes we have recently made in our sorting capabilities, we are looking to get those numbers even higher still.
Get Them Today, Before They’re Gone Tomorrow
So why not take a look every couple of days, or at least once a week, to see what’s new? Put in an order and take advantage of our consolidated shipping options or get it delivered to you right away, whatever you prefer—but don’t wait! I hear it so often from my customers that they load up their cart with all kinds of great books and then leave it for a couple of days only to come back and find that all the titles they wanted the most have already been snapped up. How sad is that? While everyone else is still in holiday mode, take the opportunity to get your orders in early and have the best selection possible for Q4. Just because those titles are here today does not mean they will be available a month from now, a week from now, or even tomorrow. Grab them while you can!