Amazon.com, according to Wikipedia, is the world’s largest e-commerce marketplace. I realize I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know. However, with such heady powers at their disposal, I was surprised to see this….
You would think such a massive online presence as a marketplace would be able to stay on top of such things and reload their inventory in a timely fashion. Geez, it makes you wonder who’s minding the store.
Of course, I kid. Truth is I can’t complain as Lee Marvin Point Blank has proven to be a perennial and has also sold well internationally. In the English speaking countries there’s only one hardcover left n the U.K., none in Canada, and five left in Australia. Sales have been brisk in non-English speaking countries, too. Amazing fact considering that it’s only available n English.
The thing is, authors rely on Amazon for weekly sales info as publishers (in this case Schaffner Press) give author’s regular sales breakdowns only on a semi-annual basis. The publishers gets the data from the distributor, IPG and is sometimes slow with that data. In the mean time, I mentioned the ‘temporarily out of stock’ info to my publisher and received an interesting response. According to publisher Tim Schaffner, “Amazon doesn’t inform us directly and generally the orders appear a couple of days after the fact. Ingram often supplies Amazon and the have ordered some, I’m thinking about 20 recently.”
Bottom line, Amazon will be restocking on the hardcover of Lee Marvin Point Blank soon and when they do, the ranks will be thinning to practically NONE as it will not be going back for another printing. In other words, grab it while you can ’cause when it’s gone! You can do what Lee himself would’ve done in such a situation….
– Dwayne Epstein