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Barcode Booty: How I found and sold $2 million of 'junk' on eBay and Amazon, And you can, too, using your phone Paperback – July 22, 2011
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Check prices instantly, and know your potential profits before risking a dime. Learn to resell on eBay and Amazon, and rake in the profits.
Find bargain inventory virtually anywhere--yard sales, retail stores, outlet malls, warehouse clubs, wholesale dealers, bargain basements, and online bulk suppliers. Learn to specialize in books, videos, games, toys, electronics, grocery, fashion, health and beauty, auto parts, niche regional products--or take them all!
Many books promise to teach you how to start an online business. Look closely, though, and you'll see that very few are written by someone who's really done it. Author Steve Weber has been a full-time, five-star seller on Amazon.com and eBay for 10 years!
- Feed your e-commerce business with a continual stream of hot products.
- Learn how to leverage the "Long Tail" of retail for low-risk, high-return profits.
- Uncover niche products online shoppers want to buy.
- Diversify your product line.
- Learn to minimize sales taxes and write off the business use of your home office and car.
- Find new and hard-to-find products from real wholesalers.
- Know exactly how much potential inventory is worth, and how quickly it sells.
- Get dirt-cheap warehouse space.
- Get the best product research tools available for your phone.
- Outsource your fulfillment and customer service tasks.
- Benefit from advice from the most experienced, profitable online sellers.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book passes my first test of a superior volume. I found something interesting and useful within the first five minutes of reading. If this doesn't happen, whether its cooking or theology or hiking or computer engineering, I immediately assume 4 stars or less. The easter egg in this book is when Mr. Weber describing finding a toy at T. J. Maxx for $30, which he sold on Amazon for $280. The way he was able to accomplish this discovery, with a cellular phone camera with barcode reader and pricing applications, is the primary subject of this book. Otherwise, the book essentially follows the pattern of his earlier works. Thus, if you don't have his earlier books, this rates five stars. If you do, and you are familiar with the barcode reading abilities of cell phones, maybe three stars. I split the difference.
There are two kinds of people who may be interested in this book. The first is people who wish to imitate Mr. Weber's self-made career. The second are those who may wish to avoid the first kind of people, and find where this stuff can be bought cheap.
Since the Amazon page contains lots of detail, and since there are many reviews, I will stop there and end by repeating that Mr. Weber's task is not "easy". It requires a lot of hard work, but you have the advantage of working for yourself, and a reasonable certainty of good rewards for good effort. However, it does require some basic computer talent and a place to store inventory, at least some inventory.
I mean this guy is cutting edge! He tells you what equipment to buy, what software to use, and how to spot bargains waiting to be bought and resold from just about any retailer you care to mention. He literally explains how you can use your smart phone as a "treasure detector."
For example, he regales the reader with stories of how some of his students patrol stores like TJ Maxx, Big Lots, HomeGoods, Marshalls, and Burlington Coat Factory; picking up bargains from $0.25 - $0.50 on the dollar and reselling them on Amazon at full retail. It's safe to say that Barcode Body is the ultimate arbitrage tool for online sellers of all kinds.
Just because a manufacturer discontinues a brand or model doesn't mean it can't be sold profitably online. Manufacturing companies closeout merchandise all the time. That can spell big bucks for you if you know what to look for. Weber shows you how.
This compact 156 page book packs quite a wallop. If you're looking for a part-time or full-time endeavor, or if you want to branch out into new territory in your bookselling business, then this is one book you can't afford to pass up.
Joe Waynick, Author
"Internet Bookselling Made Easy!" series
For those curious about what my opinion is based on, I'll start by saying that Steve's book contains a lot of information that was new to me - so much, in fact, that I'm still in the process of absorbing it and sorting it all out.
By way of background, several years ago I discovered by chance that some things squirreled away in my closets had surprising value as vintage items on eBay, which led me to start going to estate sales and thrift stores to try to ferret out more! My success was encouraging enough that I went on to write a book about what I'd learned, "Estate Sale Prospecting with craigslist and eBay". I also had a first try at selling used books on Amazon.com, but was unsuccessful in figuring out how to do that on my own, so in that book I expressed a negative opinion about the business potential of online bookselling.
Then I ran across Steve's first book, "The Home-Based Bookstore." Reading it I soon realized that I'd misunderstood online bookselling on Amazon. I'd assumed it was like selling at auction on eBay when it's actually quite different in several important ways. Following Steve's advice I did much better selling used books on Amazon, so much so that I've turned my efforts in that direction for the last several years, eventually writing a book on that business that I've just published, "Musings of an Online Bookseller".
As I progressed in online bookselling I purchased a laser barcode scanner, a pocket computer, and a database subscription.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book! It has helped me make some nice money lately! Check it out!Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great info in good format...grateful for his "showing the way to FBA! "Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It was a very detailed book about selling online. I am just starting so have not yet tested the suggestions!Published 2 months ago by tina
So much great information! Now I know how and where to begin selling online. I can't wait to get started.Published 2 months ago by Vanna Pecoraro
Was a pretty nice informative book and I was able to do a few of my own sales. It was good to get you a foot into the world of buying and selling using cell apps.Published 3 months ago by Huamani Family
Barcode Booty by Steve Weber shares some great tips and advices into the world of online selling. It is worth the read.
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