If you want to sell books online successfully, you should have a love of two things, which are books and money. You dont have to be a book expert to sell books over the internet, but if you have a general interest in books, it will go a long way towards success. In addition, if you like to make money, you’ll be motivated to sell good books, and if you do a little research, you’ll find out what the best ones are. I’ve made a few dollars selling books online myself, and it’s become something of a hobby for me.
I remember the first book I sold online. I was working in auto sales at the time, and I noticed a salesman cleaning out his desk because he was leaving the business. He handed me a book on how to sell cars that he had bought at a seminar, and said, Maybe this can help you make some money. It didnt help me at all. I took the book, listed it on eBay, and it sold for 75 bucks! The book did help me make money, just not in car sales.
Okay, maybe that one was just luck. You shouldn’t expect to make $ 75 with every single book you sell. Nonetheless, keep in mind that percentages count. If you buy a book for a dollar and sell it for two fifty, you have made a hundred and fifty percent profit!
There are lots of places you can look for books that you can then sell online for profit. For example, thrift stores are one place. Their stock changes from one week to the next, and sometimes they have truly hidden treasures. Paperbacks usually sell for about a dollar, with hardbacks selling for maybe $ 3-$ 4. Garage sales are another place you can look. And sometimes, there, you’ve really do find absolute gems. I know someone who found a particularly rare book there that she bought for a dollar, but she sold it (again, on eBay), for more than 80 times that price! How’s that for a profit? And once you get a little practice under your belt, you’ll be up to find these types of treasures, too — maybe even at used bookstores.
What types of books should you sell? What it comes to selling books online, what you sell is up to you. Informational books sell well, and that’s mostly what I deal in. Here’s the thing, though; if you want to do this for a living, specialize in one type of book, one that you truly love. This will let you focus on and get really good at finding the truly rare finds that will make you the most money. You’ll also have a passion and a knowledge for what you sell, which will come across to the people you sell to.
Avoid buying book club edition books. They’re just reader copies and not worth anything on the market. Books that are over 50 years old with dust jackets are almost always at least somewhat valuable, and first edition books are going to be your most profitable. Second edition books do sell, but you will make the most profit by selling first edition books.
Ive mentioned eBay quite a bit, because it is where I sell most of the books I buy. Its not the only site on the web, however. Amazon and Craigs list are also good sites to sell books.
As you get better at this, you’ll find more sites you can sell on, and eventually you can make some really good money. It’s quite easy to sell books online, and it’s really fun too, especially if you have a passion for the books you sell.
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