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Is Chrislands worth the $199 store fee
Mar 19th, 2006 at 12:13pm
 
Hi!
Can anyone please advise if they feel Chrislands is worth it?  Big expense just to try them and I don't see where they offer a free trial.
Thanks! Undecided
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Re: Is Chrislands worth the $199 store fee
Reply #1 - Mar 19th, 2006 at 8:33pm
 
I think Chrislands is worth it.... but hold off a few months before you take the plunge.

Be sure you have the patience to stick with it. Establishing your web site will take years,
not months; so be ready for the long term investment.

Remember, with your own web site, you must advertise it, and drive business to the site..
Once you have a core of customers, the site more than pays for itself.

I've had my Chrislands site for over 3-years...  and have been steadily growing our
customer base to where now we get an average of 40-50 orders a month ($800-$1000 a month)
and it's our third highest grossing venue after Amazon and Alibris/B&N.

But the first year or so, we were very disappointed in the results. Then we started putting
advertising in with every order that went out our door, enticing customers to try our
web site. We give them a coupon for a percentage off all books purchased at our web site.

Remember too, your own web site is a GREAT way to sell penny books for $2 or $3...
We sell Nora Roberts, Clive Cussler, VC Andrews, John Grisham, James Patterson, and others.
Lots and lots of books that otherwise are worthless (on Amazon, ABE, Alibris, etc..), sell great
on our web site.

The reason I say to wait... is a secret...
Ask Rodger

Mark
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Psst . . . Rodger
Reply #2 - Mar 20th, 2006 at 1:04pm
 
So what's the secret???  Smiley
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Re: Is Chrislands worth the $199 store fee
Reply #3 - Mar 21st, 2006 at 7:44am
 
Thanks Marc!


Rodger?????
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Re: Is Chrislands worth the $199 store fee
Reply #4 - Mar 23rd, 2006 at 1:07pm
 
A bump for Rodger.    Smiley
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Re: Is Chrislands worth the $199 store fee
Reply #5 - Mar 23rd, 2006 at 6:09pm
 
Dear Pagemaster,

Can you post a link to your Chrislands.com website please? I just wanna check it out. Thank you.  Smiley
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Re: Is Chrislands worth the $199 store fee
Reply #6 - Mar 23rd, 2006 at 9:13pm
 
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Re: Is Chrislands worth the $199 store fee
Reply #7 - Apr 23rd, 2006 at 5:03am
 
The reason I say to wait... is a secret...
Ask Rodger


Well I'm intrigued and some time has passed..... Anybody know what the secret is yet??


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Re: Is Chrislands worth the $199 store fee
Reply #8 - Jun 7th, 2006 at 6:05pm
 
Have I missed the secret??  Would love it if it was a free or discounted price to sign up!  Can anyone tell me if I am too late?

mimi Roll Eyes

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Re: Is Chrislands worth the $199 store fee
Reply #9 - Jun 7th, 2006 at 6:38pm
 
If you don't know anything about doing a website then sure.

As for this YaBB forum, I get 20+ emails everytime. Is there anyway to disable this as with other forums in your profile?
Wish that this forum had more standard options available.
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Re: Is Chrislands worth the $199 store fee
Reply #10 - Aug 30th, 2006 at 2:46am
 
Guys, check out this website - it offers online bookstores and there is no setup fee.

http://www.booksupply.org
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Re: Is Chrislands worth the $199 store fee
Reply #11 - Aug 30th, 2006 at 2:48am
 
By the way, I know a few people who use theartofbooks to post to http:booksupply.org FTP upload and it seems to work pretty good.
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Reply #12 - Aug 8th, 2007 at 1:02pm
 
I am researching this too. I have a brick and morder business as well and wondering if I can let me customer base know I am selling online if I create this. I wonder if it would be worth it since creating a whole ecommerce website is very expensive. Any advice??
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Reply #13 - Aug 13th, 2007 at 7:30pm
 
I am fairly pleased with Chrislands. I have been signed up with them since the end of November. Have made my set up fee and monthly fees back plus change. Not alot of sales but I am trying to make the site better plus drive folks to it. Have found the Chrislands folks responsive to any problems I might have.

Eventually I want to do AOB and multivenue stuff but putting my focus on my website first.

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http://www.thehauntedbookshoponline.com/
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Re: Is Chrislands worth the $199 store fee
Reply #14 - Mar 29th, 2008 at 11:01pm
 
barbara wrote on Mar 19th, 2006 at 12:13pm:
Hi!
Can anyone please advise if they feel Chrislands is worth it?  Big expense just to try them and I don't see where they offer a free trial.
Thanks! Undecided


As indicated by pagemaster - it is well worth the investment IF you work at it like you would any other business and realize that it will take time to get back your investment. 

The profit from the site paid for our initial investment in the first "several months" (I really don't remember the exact time but know it was well less than a year) and we were paying for the monthly costs within the first few months.  It is now, some four plus (?) years later a significant part of our business [we opened our Chrislands site when we finally decided the on-line book store was going to work out, maybe one or two years after first listing on Alibris where we first started].
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