So, since we want to open a consignment bookstore at some point in the near future, Tyler and I have decided to throw ourselves pretty heavily into selling books on eBay and Amazon. I'm in charge of eBay and he's in charge of Amazon. We're having a hard time figuring Amazon out. I mean, penny books? How do you make money selling books for a penny?? Also Kickstarter didn't accept my proposal. I didn't think they would, but man it would've been nice!
We met a girl today who sold us a box of books that were left over from her yard sale (saw the ad on Craigslist). We paid $10.00 for about 30 books. In it, there were 11 YA books, Christian devotional type books, some cook books, etc. Now, most articles you'll read on selling books on eBay say to focus on nonfiction books, like photography, biography, sports books, cook books, etc. On the flip side of that, they'll also tell you to stick with a genre you know and like. I love YA (young adult) books. I strongly believe in getting teens to read and making it interesting for them. Even though I'm a science teacher, kids have often told me I have more books on my classroom bookshelf than some of their English teachers!
So I was very excited to see a collection of The Clique books in the box. They don't sell like crazy, but there enough to make a lot, so I did it. I'm doing this one as an auction. We'll see. They look brand new!
I also put up a lot of devotionals (along with a Purpose Driven Life...I don't think I've ever seen a book flood the market like that one has). And I put up a Chinese food diet cookbook. I've got a fair amount of books up. According to the statistics*, 33% of the books you post will sell in the first month and 15% will sell after that. The rest will just languish, I guess until you can get them out of your house.
I've made good sales this week:
*Coach purse, paid $10.00 after THREE RELISTINGS, sold it for $70.00
*LPS random pets, paid $10.00 for a big lot, sold some of that lot for a total of $40.00 so far.
*Kid's polo clothes, paid about $3.00 for what I sold (sweater vest, button up, dress), sold for $32.00 total.
*Apologetics Study Bible that we've never used, paid ?, sold for $25.99
*Revere Ware 8 qt stock pot, paid $7.00, sold for $29.99. As I was packing this, I realized that it's in worse shape than I thought. I would be really surprised if the person I sent it to didn't want a refund.
So my profits this week were respectable, although considering the two prior weeks of crap sales, I was due for some profit. We'll see how these books do!
*I could not tell you where I read this. I saw it this weekend. Those are real numbers someone smart has come up with.