Hi to everybody who tries! I'm doing lots of research on self publishing for a long time (about two years) but one thing is not clear yet.
So, I would be grateful if anyone would be able to clear this up.
On amazon you can sell by the Advantage, this is the usual way for new books, or on the Marketplace. I downloaded literary hundruds of their small help texts but it wasn't clear yet. Finally I contacted them.
They write:
"Advantage titles will appear online as most of the titles on our site do; you will not be able to distinguish an Advantage title from one that is available from our main distributors. To purchase an Advantage title, a customer would only need to click the "Add to Shopping Cart" button. On the other hand, a Marketplace listing can only be accessed by clicking on a "used & new" link on an item's product detail page. If an item has more than one Marketplace listing, you will be competing with other sellers to sell your title."
And now about the pricing:
"While Amazon.com Advantage requires a 55% discount on ordered
titles, Marketplace requires only 15%, which we collect at point of sale. As an example, if you have a new book that sells for $10, you would receive $8.50 on a customer sale, rather than the $4.50 you would receive through Advantage. You will also receive a shipping credit to cover the cost of shipping the order directly to the customer. Marketplace does deduct an additional $0.99 fee per sale, which is waived for Pro Merchant Subscribers."

Well, it seemed to be clear. Financially it's much better to sell on the Marketplace, but then your book wouldn't sell on the site on the usual way, which is bad.

As the next step, I tried to distinguish new books on the amazon site. For example, when I make a search within books, and I search for "paperback thrillers" there are a lot of books coming up. I can't see any difference, but one thing: some books are fully priced, and some are discounted.

The big question:
Is this nowadays the only difference between the Marketplace and the usual way, or it's some other phenomenon? In that case, how it looks like when you sell your book on the Marketplace?

Perhaps I'm mixing up things, but I know that people who sell their new books on the Marketplace has alway full prices.

Let's see if someone knows the answer... ;-)