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How to sell a rare and possibly valuable manuscript?

I have come into possession of a handwritten manuscript by Cecil Day-Lewis, noted British author and poet (and father of Daniel Day Lewis). I have been asked to determine the value of the manuscript, and sell it. It was inherited by a family friend, who wants rid of it. Aside from contacting rare book people (which I have done/am still doing) do any mefites have ideas on how to get the most for it?? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Dec 8, 2009 - 8 answers

What metrics are sales professionals guided by?

What metrics are sales professionals guided by? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 - 6 answers

How should we pay our web ad rep?

How should we pay our web ad rep? [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup on Oct 26, 2009 - 2 answers

Money + Art = Profit?

Best way for a hobbyist photographer to sell prints? In NYC. [more inside]
posted by kathrineg on Oct 22, 2009 - 12 answers

I hate my job, and I don't know what to switch to... how screwed am I?

I need a new job, and I need one by the end of the year, because I'm very close to walking out of the one I have now. Help me, hive mind, as I'm at my wits end. What the hell can I do that's in Philadelphia, doesn't require a car, isn't sales, and pays around $30k? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Oct 20, 2009 - 22 answers

Hiring marketing professional for freelance business

I am a freelancer in a sub-genre of graphic design. In a bid to get more clients, I'm attempting (through Craigslist) to hire a marketing professional (or professionals). My general idea is that they would work to get me more clients, and I would give them a percentage of sales resulting from my work with those clients. My question here is what the specifics of the deal should be. My initial thought was 15% of income for life on the clients they bring me. Does that sound reasonable? Too much? Too little? The wrong way to go about it entirely? I really like the commission model, at least for now, because I don't have money to lay out up front and I like that we both benefit or both don't. Is there any kind of standard for this kind of relationship?
posted by The Dutchman on Oct 7, 2009 - 13 answers

Do online companies need toll free numbers?

Do online companies need 800 numbers if most of their sales are online from their website?
posted by ckohrman on Oct 2, 2009 - 14 answers

What should my counter offer for a used car be?

I'm in the middle of negotiating with a dealer for a used car. I need to know what a good counter offer would be and how many offers I should be expected to make. [more inside]
posted by FairlyFarley on Sep 28, 2009 - 9 answers

My boss can't keep a promise or make a commitment

How do I politely get my boss to follow through and keep promises he makes to my customers? [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv on Sep 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Jumpstarting a marketing plan for a web development team

I'm with a small web design/development team, and for the past three years we've done pretty well almost entirely by word of mouth. We really need to be more proactive in getting work in - we've known this for a while, just never been quite sure how to go about it. I've been put in charge of figuring it out. And of course, how to do it on a limited budget. We're in contact with our old and current clients, and have asked them for referrals. Our local isp sends us a good bit of business. What all should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by korej on Sep 15, 2009 - 10 answers

How to start my sales team?

Growing my business...what are my options for building a sales force? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Sep 14, 2009 - 3 answers

Guilty Downloader Here.

Just curious: If I buy the vinyl version of an album, will the artist be supported just as much as if I had purchased the CD instead? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Sep 1, 2009 - 11 answers

What are good data sources for laptop and PC sales?

Where can I find detailed sales data on best-selling laptops and PCs? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Aug 25, 2009 - 1 answer

Suggestions for starting a small event photography business?

Considering freelance event photography as a sideline. The kind where you take the photos, and then sell them later online. Any advice - including talking me out of this - is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Aug 15, 2009 - 19 answers

Third Party Logistics

How does a third party logistics provider typically charge their customers? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Aug 6, 2009 - 3 answers

How to mitigate the damage of a dreaded interview question?

Question-for-a-friend filter: How do you truthfully answer a job interview question about a previous job that you were asked to resign from, because you were an idiot? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Jul 30, 2009 - 13 answers

If a sale is advertised ,does it have to be honored?

If a company has a sale item on their website with no end date and the checkout takes an order-are they required to honor the sales? [more inside]
posted by plumberonkarst on Jul 10, 2009 - 11 answers

What's the deal on California food taxes?

I've noticed when I buy food in California at different restaurants, sometimes there's sales tax and sometimes there's not. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jul 2, 2009 - 13 answers

Want to trade ads for ads

Help me plan a mutually beneficial, strategic partnership with a sponsor for my podcast. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2009 - 0 answers

Company B is really awesome.

I'm working part time at two jobs right now - they worked together to hire me so that I could have enough income until Company A can hire my full time. Too bad I want to stay with Company B. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2009 - 5 answers

Blue Collar vs No Collar

Are there more car salespeople than automobile manufacturing people in the United States? [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Jun 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Store Window Advertising 2.0

Which hardware and software to use to display ads on screens in store windows? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 18, 2009 - 7 answers

How to get an Online Ad Sales job?

How do you get job in the Online Ad Sales industry? [more inside]
posted by mspisces on Apr 14, 2009 - 1 answer

Did I get over on AT&T or did they get over on me?

I just had a very interesting transaction with AT&T Wireless about switching up my phones, but somehow I feel like I am going to lose in the end..... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Apr 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Where to find Storage Auctions? Need help with resources to find where they are at, best practices...

Where to find Storage Auctions? Need help with resources to find where they are at, best practices... [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Apr 8, 2009 - 2 answers

New Furniture Price Haggling

Is it possible to 'haggle' / negotiate prices on new furniture? [more inside]
posted by mctsonic on Mar 26, 2009 - 9 answers

Where can I find affiliate program agreement text?

Where can I find a sample agreement for an affiliate program? [more inside]
posted by junger on Mar 18, 2009 - 2 answers

What is a reputable, low-cost, non-PayPal merchant account to accept credit cards online?

What are some reputable, low-cost, non-PayPal merchant accounts that enable you to accept credit cards online? Extra credit question: what are the best designed and lowest cost Web store options? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Mar 17, 2009 - 15 answers

Understanding Commerce

What should I sell at this year's Stumptown Comics Festival? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Mar 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Quality source for number of United States iPhone subscribers?

Quality source for number of United States iPhone subscribers? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Feb 26, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I slow people down so we're more profitable?

We have a guy who's in charge of selling our products a group of customers. He has a list of artwork requests that's a mile long (e.g. put this customer's logo on item xyz, create a custom design to celebrate that customer's anniversary, etc). I noticed recently when I went with him to visit some customers that he has a tendency to put down art requests even when the customer doesn't seem very interested. e.g. He'll show the customer a product, get a *luke-warm* response (at least in my opinion), and offer "ok, we'll send you a sample and artwork." To me, that's part of the reason the list gets so long: because he keeps offering to send customers artwork even for products they might not be interested in. I mean, it's no skin off his back. He's sales, and getting artwork done is "someone else's problem." If artwork generates a sale, its to his credit. If not, then, again, it's no skin off his back.

Any idea how we can cut down "non-essential" artwork requests? [more inside]
posted by edjusted on Feb 25, 2009 - 22 answers

My artisan jewelry display looks drab!

Crafty girl needs advice on improving her jewelry business [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Feb 13, 2009 - 11 answers

Have to make baked goods in commercial kitchen in order to sell online?

I want to sell baked goods via the Internet. Do I have to prepare them in a commercial kitchen, or can I make them at home?
posted by Dansaman on Feb 10, 2009 - 11 answers

best time of the year to catch deeply discounted seasonal clothing at retail or online stores?

When is the best time of the year to catch deeply discounted seasonal clothing at retail or online stores? [more inside]
posted by l2yangop on Feb 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Should I buy it now? ... how about now? ... now?

Is there a general liquidation timeline I can use to determine when to purchase an item? I'm specifically looking at Circuit City. I was in there last week and saw that a DSLR (the Canon Xsi) I've been eyeing was at this location and was on sale for 10% off. I went again on Thursday and it was down to 20% off. I just came back from checking today and it was still 20% off and in stock. When would be the best time to purchase it? By "best" I mean lowest price but still in stock. [more inside]
posted by simplethings on Feb 2, 2009 - 12 answers

How does accepting Section 8 affect the future marketability of a two-family rental property?

How does accepting Section 8 affect the future marketability of a two-family rental property? [more inside]
posted by fishthefly on Jan 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Am I selling myself short?

My employer wants me to spend part of my day working in sales--but they won't pay me a commission like the "real" salespeople. Is it unreasonable to think this is unfair? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2009 - 23 answers

Purchasing department people: Credit card or purchase order?

I'm going to be selling two downloadable information products to businesses. One will be priced (at most) $495. The other will be more, about $1200. I hope customers will use credit cards, not purchase orders. Do I hope in vain? [more inside]
posted by PatoPata on Jan 23, 2009 - 10 answers

How many iPhones in the world?

Can anyone point me to any factual information, or provide a best guestimate as to how many iPhones have been sold, worldwide, to date.
posted by oxide on Jan 14, 2009 - 2 answers

international custom fees for online orders

I have a small online company in the US. Am I responsible for the custom fees other countries charge my buyers? [more inside]
posted by ChloeMills on Jan 6, 2009 - 15 answers

How to find out about clothing sales?

How do I find out about sales at clothing stores? [more inside]
posted by Durin's Bane on Jan 4, 2009 - 10 answers

I have blinds that don't fit. Now what?

Consumer Filter: I purchased custom made blinds from Home Depot, and they don't fit. Now what? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Jan 1, 2009 - 13 answers

What's the best way to sell a bulk CD collection?

OK, hypothetical situation: you've spent a long time building a huge collection of electronic music CDs (several thousand.) Some of them are "rare" and most of them are "meaningful" but now that you've moved to beatport, torrents & all digital files, real CDs just don't have the same value to you that they used to. And for that matter, there's probably very few albums you couldn't find again if you spent a little time. At what point do you finally say, "I no longer need dozens of boxes filled with CDs I used to love?" I just reached that point myself. It's time to purge ... but I don't know how to do it! [more inside]
posted by SteveEisner on Dec 12, 2008 - 34 answers

Can I get my money back?

Is it legal for AT&T to charge sales tax on the un-discounted price of a new phone (versus the actual purchase price)? Why? [more inside]
posted by FuzzyVerde on Dec 5, 2008 - 18 answers

How do I get this drink on the shelves

How do I help my mom sell her iced tea in stores? [more inside]
posted by Scientifik on Dec 1, 2008 - 3 answers

...international sales virgin

HoldmyhandFilter... I'm thinking of selling/shipping a rather expensive antique instrument to someone in Europe (I'm in Canada). [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Nov 25, 2008 - 4 answers

How to target sales people?

How could you target sales people? I would like to market a product that offers a benefit for them. I am especially interested in people who work in sales/international sales and go out in the evening with customers.
posted by yoyo_nyc on Nov 22, 2008 - 3 answers

What *else* can I do with a BA in English?

I recently got a job in a pre-sales position, and I'm a bit worried that it isn't going to work out. What else can I do with my English degree and skills, especially in this economy that does *not* involve going back to school? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Nov 11, 2008 - 12 answers

Getting rid of a dead car from far away.

My car died far from home. What's the best way to get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on Nov 6, 2008 - 12 answers

1. write book 2. ???? 3. Profit!

Whats the lowdown on selling ebooks? [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou on Oct 28, 2008 - 6 answers

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