How much should you charge for your ebooks? One of the dilemmas you face when selling your first ebook is trying to price it. Should it be $9.99 or $29.99?
You want to make it affordable it so it tempts customers into hitting Buy Now but you also need to make a profit, right? If you price it too low, you reduce the profit margin. If you price it too high, you may lose customers.
Or would you? Maybe you’d make more…
What’s the Best Price To Sell ebooks?
You need to work backwards. What I mean is that best price is the price that suits your customer.
But, here’s the catch.
You can persuade your customer that they need more that they want (I bet you see this in supermarkets all the time) and you can play with their emotions, for example, by creating limited editions.
There is a strong urge in humans to have something that others can’t afford, is unique, or hard to find.
Once you understand how these emotional triggers work, you can experiment with different pricing strategies.
What’s the Best Price To Sell?
Ok, the best price is between $9.99 and $33.99.
I’ve seen exceptions to this but the best selling ebooks are in this range.
If it’s less that $9.99, it’s seen as low-value and not worth the effort. The subtext in the customer’s mind is that if I do a Google Search, I’ll find a similar product for free.
If it’s less $19.99, customers think about buying the product. It has to be something of high value that solves an immediate problem.
If it’s around $33.99, then it has to be more valuable that the hardback (if it’s an ebook) and something they can justify to their boss, for example, when they claim it as an expense.
With this in mind, you need to consider the buyers:
- Sense of urgency
- Immediate problem
- Justification to superiors or peers
Emotional Triggers & How Buyers Buy Online
Most online sales are instant purchases.
- Look on Monday
- Get an invoice on Tuesday, and
- Buy on Thursday
It’s very direct. They have a problem. They do a Google Search. They find your site. Then it’s buy or no buy.
The only way to determine the price your ebook is to starting selling as soon as possible. Once you’ve launched three or four books, you will have a much better insight into what your target customers are willing to pay and also use the feedback to refine your products. In some ways, this makes things simpler.
You can see these ebooks to research your target market and use the data to build better products – that sell more copies.
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