Capturing Valuable Information: The Key to Reselling

- by Bruce E. McKinney

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All these options begin by simply entering your books into your personal database. That is your first step. From there the world opens up to you.

Now join me in a tour of the Collector’s Database. For database and auction notices subscribers the Collector’s Database is immediately available. You can try entering some books today. And you can upload images to these files as well. It’s very flexible.

Today we’ll show you what a small collection of material about the Hudson Valley looks like when it is entered into the Collector’s Database. If you are already a qualified subscriber, as soon as you sign in, you’ll find links on your personal home page which are now installed under FACILITIES on the menu bar. For the time being we are also providing a link in the home page text. If you are not yet an AE Database and Auction Notices member (still $74.50), please join. If you are signed up as a free member and wish to upgrade your membership, sign in to get to your personal home page and then click on MEMBERSHIP + on the menu bar. If you are not a free member simply choose BECOME A MEMBER on the menu bar to sign up. This software is available to use for free until August 1st.

Next month we will introduce "Wants List" Software which will help you find and efficiently purchase books on the web. This software will allow you to mark records in our database as “interesting.” Members will in turn be able to sort and categorize these lists and select material to post both to the web and to all upcoming book auctions as “of interest.” Your lists may find immediate matches but the strength of this process is to uncover, within a few hours of their being posted, the rare and obscure and possibly undervalued item that is a fit with your collecting interests. Almost 50,000 new book listings are posted to the web every day so there are always interesting items coming into the market somewhere in the world. Someone always finds the great books listed on the web and often it is almost by accident. Soon you’ll be able to develop highly specialized lists of material on virtually any subject in the Americana field and post these lists for a year while maintaining the ability to amend your lists as often as you wish. As well we provide a form for you to add to the "Wants List" Module other materials of personal interest that will be matched against internet listings every day. AE Database and Auction Notices members will receive a two month free trial of the "Wants List" Software beginning June 1st.

Now join us for a brief preview of the Collector’s Database (Click Here). It’s a great tool for anyone with a love of books and history. Here is my HUDSON VALLEY Collection (Click Here).