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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Jun 9 2015 11:01 AM

Sometimes there are books you want in Vyrso, but the price ain't right. This happened to me a while back when I learned that Vyrso carried The Anabaptists and Contemporary Baptists: Restoring New Testament Christianity by Malcolm Yarnell. The "list price" shown in Vyrso is $29.99. The steady kindle price for the past year and a half was $28.49. I don't remember what Vyrso was selling the resource for, but I picked it up today for .99. Here is how I did it.

  • Visit ereaderIQ (a price tracking website for kindle books) and search for the book
  • Scroll down to view the price history chart. Some books go on sale from the publisher regularly and you can see that pattern. In any case, you can use the chart to figure out a price point to be notified of. In my case, the book had never gone on sale, but I chose a price point of $5. If the book ever met that criterion, I would be sent an email... which is what happened this morning. 
  • Under the "notify me" section, click "Log in to be notified when the price of this book drops." (Log in means giving them your email address. If you have visited the site before, you may not need to do this step)
  • Once you are logged in, you can type a price point and click the "set notification price"
  • If you want to view the books you are tracking, click the "my watch list" tab and then click the button under the "price drop watch list" section.

FWIW - There is also a great price tracker for non-ebook resources called camelcamelcamel. Dumb name, great site.

As a reminder: This technique is only good for Vyrso books, and will only help you when the price drop is related to a publisher sale. If Amazon is selling the book as a "loss leader", Vyrso won't "price match." If you don't see the Vyrso book at a similar price, check a few other sites such as nook / cbd / apple books and see if the price is in line with Kindle. If so, feel free to create a thread asking about pricing in the Vyrso Forum (NOT in the general forum, or you are likely to have a thread go unnoticed by the Vyrso team). 

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 9 2015 11:06 AM

I didn't know that. How about putting "Tip" in the heading so it is easier to find again?

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 9 2015 3:06 PM

alabama24:
There is also a great price tracker for non-ebook resources called camelcamelcamel. Dumb name, great site.

Your link goes to the Vyrso forum, not the camelcamelcamel website.

I wonder why the site is called camelcamelcamel? Maybe it's because if you line up three camels end to end, their collective profile is shaped kind of like a graph of prices going up and down.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 9 2015 3:10 PM

alabama24:
This happened to me a while back when I learned that Vyrso carried The Anabaptists and Contemporary Baptists: Restoring New Testament Christianity by Malcolm Yarnell. The "list price" shown in Vyrso is $29.99.

What a great tip for getting Vyrso books. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I just ordered a copy of that book too.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 9 2015 3:35 PM

Thanks for the tip and the book. Now to find time to read it.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 9 2015 6:12 PM

Rosie Perera:
Your link goes to the Vyrso forum, not the camelcamelcamel website.

Fixed. Thanks for the assist. Smile

Rosie Perera:
I wonder why the site is called camelcamelcamel? Maybe it's because if you line up three camels end to end, their collective profile is shaped kind of like a graph of prices going up and down.

I don't know, but it is an interesting theory! Smile

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Cynthia Tucker | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 9 2015 6:40 PM

But it shouldn't be necessary to go through all of this. Why does Vyrso not have a Wish List feature? I had put several things in my cart for later, but then I needed to purchase a free book so I had to move them all back out. Now I'll have to remember what they were. Logos is losing money by not having a Wish List or Save for Later.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 9 2015 6:53 PM

Cynthia Tucker:
But it shouldn't be necessary to go through all of this. Why does Vyrso not have a Wish List feature?

...I agree that a "wish list" feature would be nice and it is needed... but it still wouldn't do this. I am unaware of any sites with "wish lists" that send you emails when prices drop to a price point you select. That includes Apple, Amazon, Logos, etc.

Here is a bonus tip: You can use Amazon for Vyrso wish lists. See HERE for Amazon's universal wish list. You can add books right from the Vyrso site with the browser add on. 

[In most cases, I would probably still just use ereaderIQ since it will notify me of price drops to my price range].

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Cynthia Tucker | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 9 2015 7:03 PM

alabama24:
Here is a bonus tip: You can use Amazon for Vyrso wish lists. See HERE for Amazon's universal wish list. You can add books right from the Vyrso site with the browser add on.

True, most wish lists don't send notifications, but Logos' kind of does. I sometimes get emails saying that a price has dropped for an item in my wish list. I don't know if it does that all the time or for every drop in price. Vyrso and Logos should work the same, period! [end rant]

Thanks for the reminder about Amazon's Universal Wishlist. I've never used it, but I'll give it a try now. I wonder what Amazon gets out of offering this.

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Daniel NM | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 9 2015 7:13 PM

Cynthia Tucker:

I sometimes get emails saying that a price has dropped for an item in my wish list. I don't know if it does that all the time or for every drop in price.

It would be helpful if those e-mail messages would include the actual title/wish-list item that did drop in price. Smile

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 9 2015 7:13 PM

Cynthia Tucker:
True, most wish lists don't send notifications, but Logos' kind of does. I sometimes get emails saying that a price has dropped for an item in my wish list.

I get those notifications too... but for me they are always pointless. 30¢ here, 40¢ there. It isn't notifying me of when the book reaches my "sweet spot." 

Cynthia Tucker:
Vyrso and Logos should work the same, period!

I agree that it would be nice. I agree that I want those features in the Vyrso store (where I make most of my purchases). I do understand, however, that FL makes little on those titles. Perhaps if Bob goes through with the "everything in the world" store, there will be a trickle down to Vyrso. 

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