I’ve had some terrific emails regarding sharing experiences and tips so I thought I would put a few of them together for you to look at. These are all from fellow booksellers and should come in very handy.
Tip 1: Postage
David sent in this tip regarding postage. I have discussed this in the past but it is always worth repeating in case you missed it or are new to selling books on Amazon.
With so many post offices shutting it’s a great way to dispatch your orders.
“…Postage. I buy stamps online from Royal Mail where you can set up an account and feed it from a bank card. If you enter the weight it shows the type and postage due. By entering the addressee and Postal Code it completes the address label which you can print out to paste on – valid for 24 hours. You also get a receipt showing amount and addressee etc. by e-mail. Saves going to PO for those who are some distance away.” Thank you David.
Tip 2: Book Cleaning
This week Denise Alan and Sue sent tips on unusual methods of removing sticky labels.
A rather bizarre way of removing stubborn sticky labels or the marks left is to rub some peanut butter into it with your finger tip. Odd, but it works! Thanks Denise.”
“Hi Sharon Your newsletter today gave tips on removing price labels stuck on books by Charity shops (usually over the ISBN numbers have you noticed?). I have found the best thing is to lick a finger to moisten the label and it will come off quite easily in just a few seconds. BUT, the difficult to remove gunge is still left on the book and the best thing to remove that, and to shine up the cover, is an American product called ‘Goo Gone’. www.googone.com The book then is as clean and spruce as, for its condition; it is ever going to be. Thanks yet again for everything Sharon and Very Best Wishes Alan”
“Hi Sharon Just a little tip on cleaning books and removing sticky labels/marks….Baby wipes !…. they clean everything not just babies, marks on clothes, carpets, furniture . I have cleaned all my books and they have come up lovely, give it a try regards …Sue” Thank you Sue!
Tip 3: Grab A Bargain!
John has discovered a great way to grab a bargain using http://www.pricecutreview/uk
This site lists all current Amazon products selling at half price or less. New items are added daily. The most notable are added to the site’s ‘top picks'”. John picked out a copy of a book titled ‘The Complete Maus’. Maus’ (cartoons about Polish wartime experiences expressed through cats [Nazis] and mice [Poles]). He sold very quickly and had a quick reply from the buyer stating the book was going to be used by a teacher with ‘disaffected boys’ who was very interested to see how they would respond. That, Sharon, to me is the best part of selling. Kind regards John
Tip 4: Grab A Freebie!!
I thought the Laser printer deal from Kleen Strike last week was a very good low cost offer. However, you cannot get better than FREE so I am delighted to share this tip from Brian…
“Hi Sharon Last March my inkjet printer stopped working and needed a replacement. I also wanted a laser printer and found this a really good deal. Free laser printer hp1018 when you purchase 3 refills at a total cost of £84.95 (Many places charge you £30- £40 to refill the cartridge alone) The Print quality is superb and was really pleased with my purchase. Here is the Link, pass on to anyone who might want a laser printer especially as it is FREE. www.ijtdirect.co.uk Regards Brian”
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I find it useful to print off eletters and file them in a folder that is easily accessible. You can revisit your folder on a regular basis to remind you of tips and advice. Information that might not appear relevant can become vital to you at a later stage of your Amazon bookselling development!
Last week I discussed buying study books ready to sell in the new term for schools, colleges and universities. If you remember I discussed Letts /York notes study books in particular? They are usually quite cheap to buy as they are so thin charity shops see little value in them.
Don’t be put off if they have underlining or comments in them. Although if they do, list them as ‘acceptable’ and describe the ‘defects’. Most students are not put off especially if you can reduce the price a little. Like the York Notes I sold this week. I paid 10p in a bargain box and sold it for £19.99.
I could have asked more for it I think as my feedback is superior to others listed but my motto is ‘give a bargain’ I was certainly happy with the return I received for it. Ha Ha Ha!
It was only described as good and sold within a few days of being listed, York Notes on Roddy Doyle’s ”Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha” (York Notes) (Paperback) by Roddy Doyle. They are currently priced at:- 3 used & new from £22.00
Don’t forget if you have a tip to share with the Booksellers Profit Club community please do not hesitate to get in touch.