Let me tell you how you can save some money. Inventory control.
Its not even Thanksgiving, and we are already too full with stock. As in, boxing up stock and storing it off site too full. As in the fire marshal has already written us up too full. For every single box we put out last night, we have to box up a full box of overstock.
You have sent us more copies of the Marley and Me Christmas hardcover then what we sold all year, when people are asking for it in paperback.
We have a total of 70 copies of Egyptology, Wizardology and Dragonology, all which have been out for a Christmas season or more. But we only have in 2 copies of Piratology and we have a waiting list of people who want it.
We have a cookbook going at 50% off on black Friday with 4 copies in stock. Yet you sent us 40 copies of Everyday Italian, which has been out for almost 18 months already. Apparently, you felt the 20 copies we already had was not sufficient, despite the fact we haven’t sold any copies at all in 3 months.
You have restocked us on all the books in the George RR Martin series, except for the newest, Feast of Crows, of which we sell at least 3 copies of a week.
Oh, and the dictionaries. Why, in bloody hell, do you think that we need more dictionaries then my undergraduate library that serves 17,000 students would even dream of owning?
Or Nora Roberts. As of last night we had no less then 6 overhead bays of NOTHING but Nora Roberts. That is just fucking insane. There is no other way to put it.
And what else….Thomas Friedman. Oh, that ass. No one is buying his “new revised” book either. People ask for it because they think it is out in paperback. They put it back as soon as they find out it is still in hardcover. Stop sending it to us. Its choking us. We have 40 copies and we have sold 1 copy in 6 months. Every month when we scan we would offer virgin sacrifices in hopes the gun would make happy beeps. We don’t want anymore. We will start using it to prop up the copies of Marley and Me that we have so that we can make decorative displays for the fire marshal to sit on when she comes write our reports and tickets.
Now I will assume some of these books are selling somewhere, or else the company would not be buying them. But they are not selling here. Send them to the stores that are and send us the things we need. Bonus: We will save even more money but cutting down on our ever escalating SPO and return costs!