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THE STANDARD

The IOBA Standard is the journal of the Independent Online Booksellers Association and covers the book world, with a special focus on the online used, out-of-print, and collectible bookselling markets.

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From Rags to Riches to Rags Again, to Riches… Maybe

March 21, 2022 By Greg Gibson



Back in the old days, whether you were a catalog dealer or a brick & mortar seller, you probably worked with book scouts. These were people who haunted other shops, yard sales, auctions, and flea markets in search of what they knew to be desirable items, which they’d then pass on to those of us who had more elaborate means of marketing our wares – like in a shop window or on a catalog cover. Some of these scouts were brilliant at what they did. A few of them even made money, though many barely scraped by. Of course, as with so many other things, the rise of the interweb made book scouts relics of the past...(continue reading at The Bookman’s Log)

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