ALLELUIA! After 7 months, FINALLY COMPLETED LQD!!

This isn’t a question-it’s a celebration-and a VENT!!
TODAY, I actually came to an END!!

Some of you may recall that a section of booksellers were deluged by Listing Quality Dashboard demands and complained in the past iteration of the forum. BOTS demanded category, price, publisher, edition, # of pages, dimensions, the list goes on. Approx 12-15 questions per title though the dashboard deceptively states(in smaller print) 3-8.

I was one of the most vociferous complainants-because, to begin, our dashboard contained 11,000 titles(out of 14,500+ inventory). Daily, BOTS added the titles we just listed/just sold/shipped(how are we supposed to answer their questions when the title is long gone?) Calculated we provided info for over 12,000 titles! Mind you, we didn’t originate 99% of these listings.

Many commenters told me to ignore the LQD-- and I thought the advice excellent…Then our sales vanished!! Gone, zero, zilch! Rather than term me paranoid, a forum leader pulled a representative sample of offerings-or tried to. We weren’t suspended-officially-, but listings(especially those on the LQD) weren’t VISIBLE!!

Began this slog on Nov. 4 and completed today. Near 7 months of wasted time, average of 2 hours daily, sometimes up to 5 hours. Worthless waste when AMAZON already had many of the answers on product detail pages .Apparently, programmers couldn’t figure out how to extract/combine the info!!

As I age. I’m noticing a certain lethargy. Thank you, Lord, for giving me the strength to battle TPTB and their moronic, ill-programmed BOTS!! Plus those members who answered my cries for assistance on the previous forum!!

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I’m so sorry that you had to do this very stupid thing, and I’m so thankful that it’s DONE! I bet there were moments where it seemed impossible and useless, but you kept going. Wow. :star_struck:

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Glad to hear the storm has passed.

Glad you had the strength and motivation to fight the battle.

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Thank You!!

I’m sure we made no friends by giving daily negative feedback to the department responsible!! I firmly believe the dump was, at least, partially retaliatory( adding more daily titles.) Took days- weeks- to make a dent- As the titles reduced, orders returned

Frankly, though we specialize in “quirky” books/vintage mass markets and southwestern/frontier history/diaries/fiction, I doubt our inventory is totally unique! Many of the LQD titles had less than a dozen offerings, about 15% less than a half-dozen. Perhaps the BOTS couldn’t get anyone else to provide the info!!. That’s the most charitable view!!

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I’m wondering if we have some of the same items listed because I did nothing and mine got cut in half. Thank you for your persistence if you helped my LQD get reduced by 50%. :hugs: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Great News!

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I don’t have your volume (less than 2000 right now)

However when that crap started I had over a thousand Listing Quality alerts, with the number growing every time I looked.

I did correct a number of them. My own notes in my database made it possible to correct them correctly. I am 100% confident that most of the other sellers working on those corrections had no such concerns.

I got tired of it and quit. Then the numbers just started dwindling. (32 right now).

I never saw any connection to orders (but then I don’t get many through Amazon anyway)

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OMG. You are now officially the book selling Mighty Mouse. Cape and all.

I tried to fix some of those (thankfully my number was small) but gave up. I don’t tolerate nonsense well.

You have now proven to me that it can indeed be done. I am in awe.

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The last couple of days, were surprising reductions-150+ titles to 72, then from 50+ to 11.Must have back-loaded ours instead of a daily reduction(when fighting monotony even the tiniest encouragement can serve as incentive.)

Noticed many HB books now listed as weighing 1 lb. or 1.1 pounds, when the avg. is closer to 2 .Hope it doesn’t bite booksellers later…

GLAD it’s over-and fear what martyrdom the BOTS have in store.

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@TEXASEXILEBOOKS Congratulations on reducing the Listing Quality Dashboard numbers! That was quite an accomplishment! :tada: :clap:

Your post inspired me to look at my own dashboard. Although I didn’t have as many listings needing “improvements,” I did find something odd. One of the items was for nail polish. I don’t sell nail polish. I have never sold nail polish. So why is it in my LQD?

When I copied and pasted the ASIN in Amazon search, it came back as “No results” but when I click on the link, it shows the product.

It will be interesting to see how long this (non-existent) item remains in my LQD.
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More strangeness… I have an LQD item that needs eight improvements. But the link goes to a dog page. How can I improve an item when the page doesn’t exist?

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Though we never had anything but books appear on the LQD, had dog pages occur under “Optimize for Advertising”. category. Though p to 10 in that category at any one time, only 2 actually appeared without the bow-wows. Thrilled when anything appeared there-since I could usually skip those(included in the grand total).

Received a notice after a day or so stating(more or less) if unable to locate title, was an internal issue. Would be removed by team within 48 hours. Ha-though they actually did go away, eventually…more like a week or so!!

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When the LQD first came out, I tried to go through and update the info, but a lot of it didn’t apply to our products. I got tired of selecting attribute does not apply, and since I thought that it didn’t have a negative effect, I ignored it. After reading your post, I went through and updated as many attributes as I could on our branded listings. We had been experiencing much slower sales the last couple of months, but the week after I finished going through everything, our sales are picking back up. Definitely seems worth the time I spent, so thank you on making this post.

One of the things that I really wish they would fix about the LQD is them filtering out brand controlled listings. What’s the point of having it there when I can’t be the one to update the information?

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Feel like this should have a flashing neon sign!

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