One genre of books that can be a real minefield is children’s books. However, rest assured, selling children’s books on Amazon can extremely profitable…
At one time I really was not bothered with buying these books to resell – it just seemed too much bother to sit and list books that I perceived to have low profitability.
Now, I know different and always take the time to peruse any bookcase laden with children’s books (typically mismatching in size and colour!)
But! I would never advocate buying any old children’s book – some are just not worth the effort, especially in the case of larger heavier books where the postage costs end up negating your overall profits.
I would say that Amazon sales rankings are quite beneficial when deciding to list children’s books. I tend not to bother listing a copy if I can see there is little or no demand for that particular title.
When buying children’s books to resell condition is King. Personally I don’t bother with books with any sort of major defect (such as names inscribed inside), after all many children’s books are bought by family members for Christmas and birthday gifts and little ‘Jane or Harry’ will not be pleased to see that little ‘Tom or Laura’ pre-owned their book!
Take special interest in old-fashioned books such as those by Enid Blyton, books about ballet and horses from past generations; many parents that enjoyed these books when they were little and will like the idea of their own children enjoying the same books.
Here are some writers and genres I pick up as often as I can:
I especially look for the following writers as I know their books just fly off the shelves:
Enid Blyton (even old copies from the 1970s tend to sell well)
Michael Morpurgo, particularly:
Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter (any from this series)
Roald Dahl, (any titles, but look out for poetry books such as Revolting Rhymes as these often sell at a premium)
I also look for baby books in very good condition such as Usborne Books and Nick Butterworth-very popular and much in demand
And don’t forget to look for books with characters from TV e.g. Spot the Dog, Fire Man Sam, Charlie and Lola etc.
Not all children’s books will fetch high prices but some are so light to post they will still bring in a profit.
Good luck and happy hunting!