The Alibris Exchange is a platform which enables buyers and sellers to interact through the internet, while making available real-time priced merchandise from over twenty different manufacturers. The system uses an advanced mechanism of auctioning wherein the potential vendors to post their current prices along with the items they are currently listing for sale. Potential buyers can then browse through these listed items and bid on the ones that meet their specified requirements. Upon a successful bid, the buyer will have the option to purchase the item at the posted price or “sell” the same to another buyer. For sellers, this system provides them the opportunity to have their inventory listed and displayed to a wide variety of potential buyers, which increases their chances of making more sales.
In order to begin using the Alibris Exchange, you first need to open a free “buyer tab-delimited” account. Upon opening the account, you will be able to view your available listings which are divided into categories including product type, style, brand, and style. Once you have browsed through your available products, you are encouraged to click on each category to view the available items and make a purchase. There are currently two types of payment options, which include the option to pay with PayPal as well as checks.
The interface of the Alibris Exchange is very easy to use; however, it does have its disadvantages. The main disadvantage of the exchange is that the inventory data feed can only be accessed by the seller with the “robot” feature. This means that if you are not an active member of the Alibris Alliance, you are unable to access the inventory features and browse through available products. Another major disadvantage of the software is that the software cannot be used for multiple user accounts. The reason for this is because it requires a unique IP address to log in each user account.
In order to enable the use of the Alibris flat monthly inventory software, you need to purchase a one time membership through the website. After purchasing your membership, you will then be able to access the inventory features via your password protected portal. If you have multiple user accounts from different websites, the password protection will ensure that only you can access your inventory.
In order to complete transactions using the Alibris inventory software, you will be required to login to your secure online account through the secured gateway. Once logged in, you will see the interface consists of a standard password area along with drop down menus for categories. If you wish, you can also have additional drop down menus for categories such as store, category, and latest buys. When browsing through the items on your shopping list, the icons indicate what the item is and the price. To add items to your list, simply highlight the one you wish to add and copy the HTML code.
The item type drop down menus allow you to choose which product type you wish to list, such as: apparel, kids’ clothing, accessories, men’s handbags, ladies’ handbags, shoes/wrist watches, women’s cosmetics, sunglasses, sports, etc. Once you have selected your product type, you will be able to see the list of items available for sale. If you want to save an item that is not currently available for sale, you can create a listing for it. You can also add an optional photo to your listing by highlighting the item and clicking on “Add.”
A tab-delimited listing allows you to manage your inventory and view sales prices simultaneously. In addition, you can also add a list of keywords to your description, so when your customers use these keywords to search for items, the Alibris inventory will automatically display. This is a very useful feature for many Canadian sellers. With the tab-delimited listing, Canadian sellers can easily manage and display their inventory information. To access this tab-delimited screen, click on the “My Alibris” icon in the left-hand navigation bar at the top of your web browser.
As an independent Canadian seller, you can benefit from many different online business tools, including an Alibris account. By using these tools to manage your inventory and handle payments, you will be able to efficiently manage your business. You can also find other helpful resources for Canadian sellers on the Alibris website. Learn more about the latest Canadian products, and tools and resources to help you succeed with your business partners, through the Alibris website.