Things have been pretty quiet around my blog lately…and for good reason. Earlier this week I attended one of the best book sales I have ever attended since I started dabbling in selling books on Amazon. I mentioned in my last post that I planned to attend two major sales this month and this happened to be one of them.
I am slowly making my way through my purchase, but I wanted to set aside some time to share my experience with the sale and some of the awesome books that I purchased. Hopefully after reading this, many of my regular readers will understand that I may be on hiatus from this blog for a while as I sort through hundreds of books and prepare them for shipment to Amazon.
Not Your Typical Book Sale…
I tend to shy away from Friends of the Library sales. In fact, I have only attended two of them since I started dabbling in selling books. I generally stick to my usual sources for books which includes thrift stores, estate sales, overstock stores and liquidation stores. Occasionally I will follow up on an interesting Craigslist ad, but those instances are very rare.
This particular “book sale” was actually apart of an estate sale. I had known about it for at least a week and after glancing at photos of the sale, I knew that I had to attend. Thousands of books were up for grabs and these were not your typical run of the mill books (as you will see later).
The month of July is in the bag and I must say I am very happy! After shipping two of the largest shipments that I’ve had since I started selling through Amazon’s FBA program, I must say I was pretty much on pins and needles during the latter half of the month due to encountering almost $400 in shipping charges to ship those items to Amazon’s warehouses. My numbers looked so scary that at one point I wasn’t even sure if I was going to meet my goal of paying an extra $700 towards my student loans.
…you’ll have to continue reading to see how I fared.
As I preface in all of my income reports, the figures that I report below are from part-time re-selling (anywhere from 2 to 10 hours per week). My first and full-time job is my family and my home. Re-selling is something that I do on the side to help make accelerated payments towards my student loans. I have no intentions of turning this into a full-time career — I just want to pay off my loans and enjoy a little treasure hunting while I’m at it. With that in mind, if you can dedicate full-time hours to re-selling, your numbers will in all likelihood be higher than those that I report on this blog.
With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s jump into last month’s sales…
As I mentioned in my previous post, I have resumed selling on eBay again. It took me a month to jump back in, but I am thankful that I did because it helped me remember just how much I actually enjoy selling on eBay because no other marketplace allows you to reach a worldwide audience and sell just about anything.
This week I want to change the way I review my week of reselling. I plan to experiment with a few different layouts and this week I would like to include some actual figures (numbers), a few tips, and even some great sales that I had. This type of post is still a work in progress and I would greatly appreciate any feedback you have about the way the content is presented.
With that said, let’s jump right into what happened in my world of reselling last week…
I am proud to say that I got my eBay mojo back! 🙂
I’ve managed to list over 20 new items this past week. That’s 20 more items than I listed in the past month. 🙂 In fact, it had been over a month since I sold anything on eBay. Once I sold the book that I talked about in my previous post, I decided to get busy listing more items on eBay. Having shipped over 34 boxes of inventory to Amazon over the course of 2 weeks, I more than needed a break from listing, labeling and shipping! To my surprise, eBay has been a welcomed break. I am slowly making a dent in my backlog of inventory and I have seen sales slowly trickle in.
Lately I have been focusing on listing mostly auctions over on eBay. Out of the 12 items that I sold from the 27th through the 2nd, only one item was purchased via “Buy It Now.” (Looking back, I probably should have listed that item as an auction too.)