Category Archives: Getting Started

Create a Listing

Amazon has a straighforward, easy to complete form to list a book for sale. (The process is similar for the other sales venues.) There are things to consider and choices to make in the process, so let’s use one example to illustrate some of those points. Once you’ve done a few, you can work quickly through a stack of books. Continue reading

Package and Ship

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Packaging is an art. Proper packaging, that is. Packaging that will protect the book as it travels to its destination, encountering unknown hazards and mistreatment along the way. USPS and UPS are your partners, but they’re not your friends. It’s your job to prepare a package that can be tossed, dropped, stacked, and bumped and still arrive with its precious contents intact. Continue reading

The Well Stocked Shipping Station

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We ship thousands of books, cds, and dvds each year and regularly receive compliments and appreciation for the care we take with each item. It’s not hard to wrap well and it doesn’t take any fancy equipment. It does take a little time and a lot of attention to detail. See the post “Package and Ship” for the how-to. Here are the tools and materials we use. Continue reading

Amazon vs. Ebay

Of course these aren’t the only two web sites you can sell with, but they are the biggest and will give your books the widest exposure.  In the dawn of online commerce the two companies were quite distinct.  They aren’t as different from each other now, as they both aspire to be all things to all people, but there still are distinctions which may make one or the other a better choice for your group. Continue reading

How do we start? Pt. 2

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Next, consider what you have to sell.  What kinds of materials are commonly donated, in what condition?  DVDs, audio cds, ephemera (pamphlets, maps, programs, advertising, etc) can be attractive sale possibilities.  As a general rule, current non-fiction sells better than fiction. Clean attractive copies will always sell better than basement refugees.  And no one wants old textbooks. Continue reading

How do we start? Pt. 1

All bookselling is divided into three parts: evaluate and select the book;  describe and price the book;  package and ship the book.  But before you pick up the first book, it’s wise to take stock of the who, what, and where that you have to work with.  You’ll need to evaluate resources in several categories.  Staff, inventory, and location will determine your sales strategy.  Let’s consider some points for each. Continue reading