Before we decided to simplify things a bit for our book-sourcers (“book-sourcers” are the people we hire to buy books for us), our criteria was a tad too complex. It consisted of a chart. On the left side we had a purchase price range and on the left we had the corresponding sale price and sales rank that we would need to be within a certain range for the book to meet the criteria. Suffice to say, it was way too over complicated, so we came up with a simplified criteria:
That’s it! Very easy for our book-sourcers to memorize and apply and really captures the essence of what we are looking for in a book. Whether you source at thrift stores, or focus mainly on retail or online arbitrage, I would highly advise you to sit down and think up a simplified buying criteria. Not only if you’re planning on outsourcing your sourcing, but also to bring clarity to what you are really looking for in a product.
In addition to these three bullet points we also ask out book-sourcers to be mindful of these things:
How our book-sourcers answer these questions could help further assist them in determining whether or not to buy the book. When it comes to buying books split-second decisions need to be made. Sourcing books is a numbers game, and we want to set a foundation for success for our workers and help them have the information necessary to make those split-second decisions.
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