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The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site Paperback – July 23, 2011
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From the Back Cover
~ Why Online Bookselling?
~ Where to Find Books Library sales
Postal Service auctions
Treasury Department auctions
Lower priority sources
~ What Books to Buy
Learn to find unusual books
The trouble with fiction.
Textbooks to avoid.
Nonfiction to avoid.
Other books to avoid
Books by comedians.
Know what buyers want
How much to pay
~ Where to Sell Books
Amazon Pro-Merchant Subscription
Barnes & Noble
Your own Web site
White Oak Books
~ Grading and Pricing Books
Amazon Sales Rank.
~ Focus on Service
Working with the USPS
Provide a tracking number
Describe items accurately
Enclose your contact information.
Solicit feedback after delivery
Request negative feedback removal
Feedback on other venues
Your return policy
Your Fulfillment System
Designing your SKU system
~ Collectible Books
Modern first editions
What to look for
How to recognize a first edition
~ Advanced Automation
Pricing and inventory software
AMan for Marketplace Sellers
The Art of Books
~ Wireless pricing lookup
~ Online Postage
USPS Shipping Assistant
~ Taxes, Legal Requirements, and Records
Monitoring your business's progress
Preparing financial statements.
Identifying receipt sources.
Your business's legal structure
Limited liability company
Business use of your home
~ The Future of Bookselling
A proliferation of sales venues
Opening a brick-and-mortar shop
Appendix 1 Remainder Book Wholesalers
~ Appendix 2 New Book Wholesalers
~ Appendix 3 Shipping Supply Vendors
~ Appendix 4 Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)
Use FBA 'Basic Fulfillment'
Competing with FBA
Drawbacks of Fulfillment by Amazon
Lost or damaged FBA items
Fulfillment by Amazon facts
Long-term storage fees for FBA
Smart FBA shipping
Use Amazon as a drop-shipper
Imports and exports
~ Appendix 5 More Resources
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Top Customer Reviews
Before I opened this book, I posed some questions I thought the book should answer. These questions, with the author's response follow:
1. What are the criteria for choosing Amazon.com, eBay, or one's own site for selling a particular title?
The author clearly prefers Amazon over most other options, although he gives some good reasons for setting up your own web page.
2. How do you pick titles to sell? Some obvious examples, such as Stephen King hardcovers are really poor second hand sellers.
The author gives some very general suggestions on which titles to pick and which titles to avoid. I agree with him almost entirely, although I can think of some exceptions to most of his titles to avoid; however, that is based on special knowledge of certain fields such as cookbooks.
3. How do you acquire interesting titles cheaply? Whenever I browse a second hand bookstore, 99 out of 100 titles are pure junk. I have yet to find, for example, an important out of print cookbook at any used bookstore.
The author provides many good sources, including every one I could think of, plus one or two I did not think of.
4. How do you track your stock so you can quickly determine whether or not you have a title OR where you may be able to acquire a title for a book hunter.
The author gives many useful answers to this question, including some new technology options that really surprised me, based on accessing the Internet through your cell phone.
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For example, Mr. Weber recommends giving the customer a tracking number but doesn't make it clear how to get one. I'm sure this is idiotically simple to anyone familiar with postal transactions. That's probably why Mr. Weber didn't give a hand-holding description of the process.
I was clueless. I took my first shipment to the post office and asked for a tracking number. The clerk started pulling out forms for costly and complicated types of service and began to spout arcane postal jargon. I couldn't cope with the information overload so I shipped my books without the all-important tracking number.
My next trip I learned that you have to get DELIVERY CONFIRMATION. Look for the small lime-green form. It has a bar code label (with tracking number) that you attach to your parcel.
I could have used some help with book terminology, i.e., the verbiage to put into the "comments" field of your Amazon listing. If you browse the listings, you see myriad descriptive terms. Is there a right or wrong way to list your book? The book does not address the topic.
The book is rife with listings for pricing and inventory software, online postage services, and the hand-held scanners you can use for automated scouting at book sales. It's puzzling that the author would present these listings without commentary regarding which ones he found useful, or if he used them at all.
The author could have summarized how he was able to quit his job in three months and sell books full time.Read more ›
This book, though, is almost unique among how-to business books. It's written by a successful busienssman, and it's a real, practical nuts-and-bolts guide to setting up an internet-based used book store. In fact, it's so detailed you have to wonder why the author is going to such pains to help set up his own competition.
There are chapters on where to buy books, what books to sell and which to avoid, how to grade books, the best selling venues, how to describe books, how to set up an inventory system, how to deal with problems- if you can't run a business using this book alone, you shouldn't be running a business, period.
Now reading this book won't guarentee you can make a successful go of an on-line used bookstore; you still need the kind of drive and perseverence that characterize all successful business owners. This isn't something you can make a go of in a few hours a week; it requires dedication. And you need to be flexible; I suspect that this business model won't be profitible forever, as the publishing market changes. But it's a good model for more than just books. I could see applying the same model to other used goods.
If you are, in fact, the kind of person who has the drive and the devotion to make a business work, and you're looking for a good business model to start with, you could do a lot worse than to get a copy of "The Home-Based Bokstore". I strongly suspect that this book will spawn a lot of new Internet entrepenuers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Information was relevant and engaging. Style is conversational, not stuffy. Well worth the time to read if you are looking for that first step into the online book world.Published 17 days ago by Poincianablaze
Excellent book!! gave me many tips for my new book selling businessPublished 2 months ago by Yisleni Zurita
Hard to understand and the processes described were not clearPublished 3 months ago by Joe Mitchell
I found the book very useful. A lot of good information for a 165 page book.Published 6 months ago by Art Lumley