Nearly all tangible items in our homes have value. As ReSellers, it is part of our job description to figure out what venue will bring us the most money. I refer to this process as Channels to Market.
Today I want to talk about Books. My main source of income is from books. I sell books in various places although the books that I sell do best on Amazon. I also sell on Alibris, Biblio and eBay.
With my large task of spring cleaning, I am running into an excess amount of books. My house is filled with them. Hallways are either lined with banker boxes full of books or they perch on window sills waiting to be researched. If I had to admit a thrifting vice, it would be books. I love them, adore them, collect them and love to read them. I grew up as a bookworm, getting lost in the stories, sometimes even confusing real life with fiction. I escaped into the pages that provided a safe, magical land for me to explore. Now as adult I made my childhood hobby & love of reading into a money making business.
My office currently has stacks and stacks of books waiting for me to process. I thought I'd share my Channels to Market process with you.
- Auction Houses - perfect for valuable first editions, signed edition, rare books.
- Antique Book Fairs - Kara of Little Sages Books recently wrote about her experience here.
- Amazon - type in ISBN numbers at Amazon to find out Used book price value.
- eBay - do a completed search of your book to find out the value. Good photos will help sell your books.
- Sell books at Flea Markets - my friend Jim of Acorn Books does very well selling books & ephemera.
- Powell's Books - enter ISBN number for books in Good condition. They'll give you an immediate trade or paypal value for your book. You'll ship a large box to them at their expense.
- Sell Book Lots by subject/author on Craigslist
- Local Used Book Store - take your box of books in for store credit or cash
- Paperback Book Swap - enter the ISBN and start swapping books. You receive credits for each book that you mail. Consider that you will be paying for shipping costs for the books you mail.
- Local paperback book store - credit is usually less than an overall used book stores.
- Sell at a Yard Sale
- Damaged Books with vintage illustrations - salvage the illustrations & sell as ephemera
- Donate to a Thrift Store for a tax receipt
When I sit down at the computer I begin researching books at Amazon. After discovering a book doesn't have enough online value to sell it, It usually goes into a box marked Powell's. Every couple of weeks I'll go through the Powell's box. The books that Powell's will not buy next goes into a large bag marked Used Book Store. Once a month I'll take my books to the used book store. Our local store Copperfields buys books for cash or store credit. They especially like books on local history. I always take the credit and I buy books for my ReSelling business like this one:
What the used bookstore won't buy I'll next take to the local paperback book store. They mostly deal with paperback fiction but also take some non-fiction. I usually take store credit so that I can buy books to add to book lots that I sell on eBay.
What books they don't buy I'll add to a box marked "Yard Sale" and sell them at our next yard sale.
Lastly I donate books to a thrift store and use the tax receipt when we file our taxes in April.
While this may sound like a lot of work once you have your system down, the process can go very smoothly. Again, I adore books and handling them is simply a pleasure for me.
Do you have a Channels to Market to add to this list?