Tips To Sell Used Books On Amazon


Are your bookshelves overflowing? Do you frequent yard or estate sales? If so, you may be well positioned to sell used books on Amazon.com. Prepare for the secondhand bookselling business by paying attention to these details about setting up your shop and sales.
First, you'd better know "How to start your business online" before selling any products online.

Your business model defines your e-commerce business and, as such, can directly affect its future. Choose the right model, and use it as a blueprint to help guide your direction, choices and decisions from the very start. There are 4 steps to help you along the way.


Step 1: Decide what to sell .
Choose the products you want to deal in, also keeping in mind how you’ll handle shipping, breakage, inventory storage and insurance for these items. Consider the pros and cons of selling via your own
website, or signing on with an established marketplace like Amazon,
Jumia, jiji.ng and Mobofree and understanding their fee structures.

Step 2: Choose where your products will come from.
If you sell physical goods, you can create the products yourself – such as knitting sweaters – or figure out where to obtain them from others. Keep in mind that if you handcraft what you sell, you’ll be responsible for obtaining and managing materials for your creations, and you’ll need to decide whether to custom-make each item or build up an inventory you can draw from. For another example, if you deal in vintage books, you can scour thrift shops and estate sales on your own, or purchase from another book dealer with existing inventory. Alternatively, you may contract with manufacturers or wholesalers to create or provide your stock, or drop-ship, which involves product fulfillment via a supplier, and you won’t physically handle what you sell.

Step 3: Figure out who you’re selling to. Most e-commerce sellers sell directly to consumers vs. to other businesses, so spend some time thinking about the kind of customer you should be targeting. Here’s where online marketing and social media come in very handy – with these tools, you can establish your store’s online image, highlight products, connect directly with buyers and potential customers, and determine how
search engines are working to bring browsers to your site.

Step 4: Determine your competition …
and how to compete. Once you figure out who’s sharing your space in the marketplace, analyze how you can stay competitive – and, ideally, stay a step ahead. Decide whether your pricing is in line with what others are charging, how your product quality matches up, and how much shoppers have to choose from what you offer. Then get creative: Is there anything else you can differentiate your store with value-adds? These may include warranties,
free shipping, generous return policies,
special services like gift-wrapping, and getting to know your customers via social media.

Assemble the key elements of your e-commerce business model by following the steps above. Once you determine your products, sources, consumers and competition, you can use that information to craft your next steps and long-term goals. Well, "How to Sell Used Books on Amazon?"

Register to be a used book seller.

Amazon makes it easy to start listing your used books right away. Simply register on the Amazon Seller Central page, and you’re ready to begin listing and managing your inventory.

Collect your stock wisely.
This is easy if you’re culling your own shelves, but if you’re looking for other sources of used books for reselling, be sure not to pay too much for them. Look for thrift shops or garage sales that sell books by the bag or by the pound; if you choose to pay more for a volume, do your homework first to see how much in demand it is on Amazon so you can maximize your profits.

Look to wholesalers.

Wholesale booksellers may also be a good source of stock for your Amazon shop. Be aware you may have to place a minimum amount in order for the numbers to work in your favor

Do your research .

Have a copy of
Harry Potter to sell? So do hundreds of other Amazon sellers. Go ahead and list it, but understand that wildly popular volumes may be too plentiful to be desirable on the used book circuit.

Similarly, some topical publications may not be updated enough or of general interest except as a curiosity or prop, so think twice about listing that 2006 guide to Walt Disney World or a manual for an obsolete computer. A shortcut to this information can be found on every Amazon book listing that contains offers of used books; just click on the “Hardback” or “Used” listings or the “Have one to sell?” message.

Don’t price yourself out.
If you’re selling the same used book as other Amazon sellers, take a look at the high and low price points for the same volume. While you may not want to list yours at a higher price, don’t automatically meet the lowest price, either. Many shoppers are looking for that midpoint instead of the hardest bargain.

Consider condition carefully .

When you list your books, be ruthless in evaluating its condition. Bent pages and markings may not affect desirability or pricing as long as you’re upfront about describing your books’ condition accurately.

Ship speedily .
Don’t delay in fulfilling your orders. Consistently positive customer feedback will help highlight your Amazon used book shop for the browsers of the future.

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