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Title: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: EverythingNice on April 29, 2012, 02:53:02 PM
I have so many books and decided to try Amazon. I was surprised how easy it is to list. Do not have a pro account (or whatever they call it) yet, but will if I start selling. Here is a link to my listings.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/shops/storefront/index.html?ie=UTF8&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&sellerID=A1APHWORKQDYAK (http://www.amazon.com/gp/shops/storefront/index.html?ie=UTF8&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&sellerID=A1APHWORKQDYAK)

If anyone has any advice, I would be most appreciative. <--- never mind, just found a thread here on ASM that will read. It should help.  :077
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: biggfredd on April 29, 2012, 05:08:36 PM
I've helped several people get going, just email if you have ?

Don't race to $0.01.  I listed a book for $50 when the only other one was listed for that.  When it sold, I checked for competition, and there was one listed at $9.99.

Book rate is not always cheapest, I think 5 oz and under.

If you like simplicity of listing, you'll love order fulfillment.  You hear nothing until they have the money, and tell you to ship.

Unless they've changed, you get no money for 15-45 days, then a lump sum to your bank account.  There were two kinds of accounts.  The original allowed you to withdraw daily once past the initial holding period.  The other, you got a transfer every 15 days, period.  They may only have that type now.
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: planetsuze on April 30, 2012, 08:01:23 PM
I've sold books on the River.  :h0161 As long as they aren't mass-produced pop stuff (AKA 1 cent books), they do well. Even then you can make a buck or so with the $3.99 shipping, if they were cheap enough to you and not too heavy. In my case, getting some stuff out of the house was the goal, lol. So although the goal is usually to make a lot of bux, getting the mass-produced stuff out of my house with a bit of profit was OK.  :laugh: But I did OK with the other stuff. I love the River.  :heartkiss
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: EverythingNice on April 30, 2012, 08:16:16 PM
Thanks for your offer of help if I have ?s BF.  Suze, nice to hear of your good experience on Amazon as well.  My thoughts have been that I have too many books that are just sitting, better to make some money, even if only a bit.

BF, I'm not rushing to the $0.01.  For now at least, makes no sense to moi.  Think I'll read up on order fulfillment.....may have questions then...  :)
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on May 01, 2012, 09:15:34 AM
I had a great experience selling books on Amazon, too.
Book selling is what brought me to sell on the river.
I still have a domain URL for selling books...need to do something with it eventually.

Don't forget about DVDs...I did really well with that media, also.

Best of Luck!

Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: EverythingNice on May 04, 2012, 06:41:32 PM
Sold two books. I have listed some CDs too. I have 52 listings now. It's so darn easy to list with Amazon. I'm a happy camper so far.
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on May 08, 2012, 03:41:12 PM
WOOHOO!
Onward and Forward!
Good for you, Good for you!
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: EverythingNice on May 09, 2012, 07:04:35 AM
WOOHOO!
Onward and Forward!
Good for you, Good for you!

Thanks Donna! Sold one more thing Monday...up to three sales now. Waiting for first feedback which I hope, of course, is positive. 
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on May 09, 2012, 12:52:47 PM
Waiting for first feedback which I hope, of course, is positive. 
It will be.
<smile>

Feedback from a customer via Amazon purchase is very, VERY low.
Average amount of customers that leave feedback is somewhere between 10% and 20%
20% is high in my opinion...I figure it to be around 10% to 12%
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: biggfredd on May 09, 2012, 06:08:33 PM
Amazon's FB rating would get them thrown off any legitimate site.
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: biggfredd on May 09, 2012, 06:09:54 PM
EN-

Amazon's dead, three sales since you started is excellent.
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: biggfredd on May 09, 2012, 06:26:14 PM
http://www.thelisticles.com/art-history/best-inspiring-novelists-of-all-time/
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: EverythingNice on May 10, 2012, 09:16:32 AM
Up to 4 sales now..., the 4th being Donna. You are such a dear heart Donna! I cannot thank you ENOUGH.  :up

BF, I'm one of those peeps who has not taken the time to leave FB on Amazon. I feel differently about that now...obviously.

Thanks for the encouragement everyone!  :)
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on May 10, 2012, 09:54:29 AM
You're welcome!
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: biggfredd on May 10, 2012, 11:48:54 AM
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BF, I'm one of those peeps who has not taken the time to leave FB on Amazon. I feel differently about that now...obviously.

AZ FB is a PITA and toadly unnecessary.  A-Z claims covers everything, so it doesn't matter who you buy from.
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: EverythingNice on May 10, 2012, 12:12:37 PM
AZ FB is a PITA and toadly unnecessary.  A-Z claims covers everything, so it doesn't matter who you buy from.

Good to know BF. 
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: BTPS on May 10, 2012, 10:47:31 PM
FBA, FBA, FBA
LOL

Seriously we haven't had time to even look back since we join Amazon and went fulfilled by Amazon.  Today's pay day was the highest since Christmas.  Triple what we've ever done anywhere else easy!
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: biggfredd on May 11, 2012, 02:02:22 AM
Now all you gotta do is stockpile during the dead months, so when you get hit hard, Amazon can do their thing while you do yours.
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: EverythingNice on May 11, 2012, 01:14:08 PM
FBA ..... guess I need to read up more about that WHEN I HAVE TIME (which is not too abundant at the moment....)
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: biggfredd on May 11, 2012, 08:31:40 PM
Fubba-

You ship your stuph to Amazon, and they sell it at your price and ship it.

When busy season hits and you can't keep up, it ain't your problem.
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: BTPS on May 12, 2012, 02:26:29 AM
one thing I learned about FBA too late was ... do not sign up on your own.  Call and get an FBA rep ... wait until August or Sept ask about any specials.  Last 2 yrs those that signed up with a rep .. if they have so many inbound shipments and sold so much they got a portion of their inboud shipping fees back.  Some folks got back like $700.
Unfortunately, we did not about it and just signed up on our own therefore we did not qualify

Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: biggfredd on May 12, 2012, 09:14:41 AM
Are you using Amazon's account to ship to them?
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: EverythingNice on May 18, 2012, 02:42:53 PM
Sold two more items on Amazon in the past week, that makes 5 total in the past 3 weeks.  Still a happy camper.   :h0161 No payment to my bank account yet, but I'm not sweating it.
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on May 22, 2012, 07:55:10 AM
one thing I learned about FBA too late was ... do not sign up on your own.  Call and get an FBA rep ... wait until August or Sept ask about any specials. 


BT is right.

I have a rep. and I think she's the "bee's knees".
I was approached by her to sign up for FBA and she's an email/phone call away.
She walked me through my first 3 shipments, step by step and has answered my questions promptly and politely.
I've referred her to several others (there is no referral kick-back for me) and all of them agree that she's great.

My rep was on vacation and the automated response to my email gave me her back-up's email and phone number.
Called her back-up and received the info I needed in a timely manner.

I'm not sure if you have to ask for the specials.
I didn't ask and still received the perk.
It had been mentioned to me during my first convo with my rep that there would be perks in Aug/Sept and it would be taken care of.

If anyone wants my rep's name...lemme know via PM and I'll hook you up.
She's a doll!

BTW, I'm on the road back and forth to Cedar Key and The VA in Gainesville...alot.
SO if I don't answer immediately, know that I'll get back with you when I can. 
(One of the songs I've been singing more often then not is...On The Road Again.)

 
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: biggfredd on May 22, 2012, 12:09:59 PM
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Sold two more items on Amazon in the past week, that makes 5 total in the past 3 weeks.  Still a happy camper.

I like standing in line at the front of the PO listening to ppl grumble about holding up the line, when they bring up up a carrier of stuff from the loading dock, and then mentioning this was the third trip for the day.

Seeing five-figure deposits to the bank account is cool, too.
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: EverythingNice on May 22, 2012, 08:23:38 PM
Thanks for the support and info everyone!  Sold 4 more items on Amazon in the past 3 days. I'm lov'in rolling down the River....

I just may jump in with both feet in a few months, not sure yet. So many other things in my life, including my pain issues which are ever present. 
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: Lilygiftsandmore on October 19, 2013, 12:30:00 AM
How is your website doing?  I think that was a fabulous idea.  I sell tos and stuffed animals on my website and opened my Amazon site in Septembet 2012.

http://www.amazon/shops/Lilygifts777 (http://www.amazon/shops/Lilygifts777)
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: Lilygiftsandmore on October 30, 2013, 08:28:07 PM
 :hi. I am interested in selling books too.  Can anyone provide some advice as to which books sell more than others.  I heard non-fiction books sell very well.

Lily
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on October 31, 2013, 09:06:54 AM
LMGTFY (http://lmgtfy.com/)

On a more serious side, I don't know what books are selling but I do know that by scanning a book with your smart phone or portable scanner will get you the current price the book is selling for.
You can use the Amazon app and scan the book UPC and it will show you the current price the book is selling for.
Or you can use an app.
One current popular app is: Profit Bandit (http://sellerengine.com/software/profit-bandit/)

How to scan books for profit <--- Search out youtube video's

You should hit garage sales, thrift shops such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, library sales, etc

Textbooks used to be a hot item for me, but now a good amount of schools are going to eBooks.

Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: Lilygiftsandmore on October 31, 2013, 11:28:15 AM
 :hi

I have heard that non-fiction books sell extremely well on Amazon.

Lily
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on October 31, 2013, 11:41:09 AM
If you search out the Amazon catalog section for books, there is a best selling list on each section.
The best finds are obscure and hard to find titles, first editions, etc.
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: planetsuze on November 02, 2013, 09:55:10 AM
LMGTFY ([url]http://lmgtfy.com/[/url])
ROFL!! I had never seen that one before!  :up Love it!

As for books, you probably already know this, but a lot of mass-market stuff winds up going for $ .01 + $3.99 shipping. I have been in that position with some books and wound up paying to get rid of them after the fees and shipping  :( so I have no idea how sellers manage to do that and make anything at all.
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: springintoscooters on November 03, 2013, 07:40:03 AM
On the serious side, you can't go wrong with books that you know from personal experience are popular. Start with what you know.
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on November 03, 2013, 11:33:08 AM
Specialty books are always popular, too.
I'm rabidly reading anything that has to do with fibromyalgia (minus the hucksters books).
Cookbooks, too. ( I know most use the internet now, but I love them)
There was a motorcycle book that was hard to find...anybody remember that was oh so worth selling?
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: WayOutWest on November 03, 2013, 02:01:20 PM
two stroke tuners handbook http://www.amazon.com/Two-stroke-Tuners-Handbook-Gordon-Jennings/dp/0912656417 (http://www.amazon.com/Two-stroke-Tuners-Handbook-Gordon-Jennings/dp/0912656417)

sales may have dropped some, though, because a pdf is now out there on the net
Title: Re: Wish me luck. Just started listing books on Amazon
Post by: Lilygiftsandmore on November 07, 2013, 11:31:02 PM
 :0191I would suggest looking at Amazon's Trade in section on Textbooks and other books.  Look at their top picks and the books they are willing to pay top dollar for so next time you are bargain shopping for books at either Waldenbooks or Borders or even the Goodwill stores or Savers, you have a better idea of what books customers are looking for.

Hopes this helps bring you in more sales.

Lily :hi