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Alibris Drops Tantalizing Ecommerce News before Site Goes Down

Alibris Drops Tantalizing Ecommerce News before Site Goes Down

Bookselling marketplace Alibris shared some news about a partnership with a Canadian retailer on social media on Wednesday. It didn’t provide a link to more information, and visiting its website revealed the site was down.

Alibris shared the following post on Twitter and Facebook just before 2 pm on Wednesday:

“We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Hudson’s Bay, the longest-running company in North America! The depth and breadth of their expertise in selling in the Canadian market is unmatched, and we look forward to bringing thousands of new and pre-loved books to customers all across Canada.”

The idea of a department store (the “oldest and longest-surviving company in North America”) offering out-of-print books was intriguing. Presumably it would be “The Bay” website that would be offering the books, music, and movie inventory from Alibris’s independent sellers.

The Hudson’s Bay media page did not have a press release announcing any new partnership with Alibris. Over the weekend, the Toronto Star newspaper published a piece about the Canadian retailer this weekend outlining the challenges it faces (“Hudson’s Bay is spending millions to reinvent itself as a digital-first retailer — but it may be too little, too late“).

The Alibris site was down for about two hours before coming back online at approximately 4:15 pm. As soon as it was resurrected, we sent an inquiry to the media department requesting more information about the partnership with Hudson’s Bay. We’ll update the article when we learn more.

Update: Upon searching for “Charles Dickens” on The Hudson’s Bay website, we found Alibris results, such as this listing for the title “David Copperfield.”

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.