Successful Online Selling

How to Sell Used Books on eBay

selling used books on ebaySelling used books can be one of the easiest and most profitable ways to get your eBay business up and running. Most of us have old books lying around the house, which we've read and don't want any more.

It's simple to list these on eBay and if they are relatively popular, you should be able to sell them easily, and make some money.

Selling your old books is a great way to recycle and make some extra cash, but what if you want to turn it into a proper eBay business?

Here's a quick look at how to sell online and make money from used books on eBay.

Books being sold on eBay usually fall into two categories - general or antique/rare books. Unless you have some specialist knowledge of antique books, you will probably want to stick to selling normal books.

You could probably make a more profit if you were successful at selling antique books, but the risk of getting it wrong (especially if you're new to it) is greater.

You can still make good profits concentrating on everyday books, and you'll have a much larger market to sell to and make money on eBay.

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First, you are going to need some stock. People have been recycling second hand books for years and there are plenty of places where you can by good condition, used books for a fraction of what they cost new.

Keep an eye on yard sales in your area, you might be able to pick up a box of used books for just a few dollars. Visit your local Salvation Army or Charity Store.

These usually carry a good selection of books in all sorts of different categories, and they normally charge a low price for each book.

Pay particular attention to books by popular authors, or the kind of books that are always in demand, such as recipe, lifestyle and gardening books. You want to make sure the books are in a good condition, so they sell easily.

Once you have your books to sell, you need to list them on eBay. Normally, if you were listing a volume of small items, it would be quite a headache.

However, as long as the books you are trying to sell were published in the last 30 years or so, they should all have an ISBN number - which is basically a registration number unique to each book.

When you come to list your books on eBay, simply type the ISBN number into the description, and in most cases eBay will be able to supply all the information you need for your listing from its stock catalogue.

You can leave the stock listing as it is, or edit it to include any additional information. You can include your own image of the book to show its condition (especially if it's an expensive book that might have a bit of damage).

You need to decide on a price for each book, one that's low enough to attract customers, but high enough to make a profit.

You can check eBay's completed listings to see what other sellers have been able to sell the same books for, or check the used books market on Amazon to get an idea of the kind of price you can charge.

You don't need to make a lot of money on each book to make this a profitable business.

If you buy a book for $1 and sell it for $3, that's a 200% return - not bad in any business.

Of course you'll have to turn over a volume of books, but using the ISBN to list them makes it quick and easy, and you might get lucky every now and again and find a book that makes you $10.

With plenty of ways to find stock, cheaper and easier listings on eBay, and the kind of profit margins you don't find in many other businesses, selling used books on eBay could be a profitable side line and even a full-time business.

Have I got you excited about selling used books? If you are not sure what to sell on eBay, start off with used books as it is one of the easiest product to sell. Well then, your next step is to find a supplier offering great deals on wholesale lots.

Lucky for you, I know a place where you can find AMAZING deals on used books. It's called SaleHoo and it's my #1 place for product sourcing - you've probably noticed that I have mentioned them before.

And there is a good reason for that: SaleHoo is where I launched my career as an online retailer.


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