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Initial post: Jun 20, 2012 6:49:22 PM PDT
Tasha says:
I'm a little hesitant to sell because it is online.
I would like some of the sellers feedback about how they like selling their books on here (would you rather sell through amazon and have them ship the book or sell yourself ?). Also I noticed if you are selling your textbooks you are responsible for the tax, how does that work?
Thanks ! :)

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 11:05:42 PM PDT
I like it a lot. Amazon deals with the money aspect, and I just package and mail to the given address. Thwy take a pretty good commision off the sale, but they let you know what your share is when you go to list an item. So, I can't complain, and I make more than most anywhere else (certainly more than from the college bookstore). They also deposit directly into my bank account, so I don't need to deal with any hassle with getting the money into my account. I wouldn't use the fulfillment by Amazon service, unless you have the sales volume to support it. You make less off individual sales, and need to get the inventory to them in the first place. It's mainly meant for those that sell so much that they can't handle the orders themselves, but may not want to or have the means to have a staff do it. If you're selling casually, you're not going to have the problem of too many orders to pack and ship yourself, so it's not worth the huge financial loss by having Amazon do the fulfillment process.

I don't know anything about the tax thing though. Sorry. I don't even remember reading anything about that when I read up before I started selling here, unless they added it afterwards. I don't even know how us being responsible for any kind of tax (other than shipping, and our own income through sales) would even work, since we have no ability to charge additionally afterwards, or report tax amounts in any way, or anything.

Now I need to go look up this new rule. I assumed Amazon charged taxes on orders going to states they charge taxes on, like always.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 2:41:44 PM PDT
A. Hernandez says:
Completely agree with Kleinhans above! I've also found that selling online through Amazon is super easy. Previously I was using Ebay, but since they require Paypal for most transactions it is a huge hassle trying to get your money after you sell. I've never used fulfillment by Amazon and also wouldn't use it if you're just selling a few books.
On a side note, though, if your college campus has some sort of communal bulletin board (usually located in the cafes or areas with a high amount of foot traffic) it may be worth a shot trying to sell your book there first directly to other people taking similar classes. It cuts out commission fees charged by online selling as well as shipping fees you'll be paying at the post office. I myself only sell on here if I haven't been able to sell on campus.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012 7:15:25 AM PDT
what apps does anyone use to scan a book and check on price on amazon? I am just thinking about getting started with selling on Amazon but see people scanning books at the thrift stores and not sure what app for my android to use. Any help out there?
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