How do I go about getting a website designed without getting taken to the cleaners, as I know next to nothing about the process?
I am a bookseller that currently sales on Amazon, Half, Valore, etc and after years of steady increase in sales and profit I have kind of reached a point where in order to grow my business more I will have to find new sources for getting inventory. One thing that I want to start is buying books from the general public through a website similar to this one
. Basically, the seller would list their ISBN's and the site returns a quote for the books.
Here is a list of 5 ISBN's to try out on the site:
As you can see, it rejects some but accepts others. I assume it uses an algorithm where it checks resale price and sales rank and (possibly) compares with the companies current inventory to come up with the price. Then it has a kind of inverted checkout process where they send a mailing label and the seller sends the books in and money is dispersed back out. The business part of it I can do, it's the tech part that I need help with as I know nothing about any of how this works and I don;t want to go into a meeting with a company/person who does this kind of thing and get fleeced because of my ignorance.
So, how much would something like this take? How much maintenance is required? What am I looking at cost wise? What are the questions I need to be asking, etc?
Anything you can tell me is greatly appreciated.
*Special thanks to Jessamyn for helping me frame this.