With less than 24 hours to go until Thanksgiving day, I want to wish every one of my readers a heartfelt “Happy Thanksgiving!” I truly have a lot to be thankful for and I intend to spend this time surrounded by the family that God has blessed me with.

I feel it is rather befitting to write this post just before Thanksgiving day because I’m actually really thankful for Amazon FBA this year — and rightly so since¬†I am also thankful that I can end this estate sale update series on a positive note. That’s right… I am officially “in the black” thanks to the last 30 days worth of sales. ūüôā

If you remember my last update, I encountered a problem with hundreds of books that I sent in not being available for sale. Once I fixed the problem with my stranded inventory, my book sales resumed to the level where I felt they should be.

It has now been 3 months since¬†the books that I purchased from one of the best estate sale book hauls I‚Äôve attended so far this year have been checked in and have begun selling. As I mentioned in the first and second update, I will continue to share the results of this haul until I become profitable…and that time has finally come.

Sales Outlook

Here are the figures for the last 30 days worth of sales:

It’s that time again for me to sum up my month of reselling. This post has certainly been a work in progress for over a week. I actually wrote it in bits and pieces in between sourcing, bookkeeping, and spending 12 hour days running around after my daughter who has finally mastered running away from me when I call her and climbing stairs. I finally have a little bit of time to crank out the last portion of this post which is long overdue.

I do¬†apologize if this post seems scattered. It will combine a lot of what occurred during the month of October along with my student loan progress and a few goals that I have going forward.¬†I’m not sure if I’ll be around to post much this month, so¬†consider this post my way of making up for the¬†potential lack of content.

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Disclaimer:

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) — although I did put in more hours during the latter half of this month. 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 ‚ÄĒ I just want to pay off my loans and enjoy a little treasure hunting while I‚Äôm 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.

It has been two months since the books that I purchased from one of the best estate sale book hauls I’ve attended so far this year have been checked in and have begun selling. As I mentioned in the first update, I will continue to share the results of this haul until I become profitable. You can read the first update here.

Unfortunately, I didn’t sell as many books in October as I did the previous month. I came close in terms of number of books sold, but I did not meet or exceed last month’s numbers. My gross sales were also down.

Something didn’t seem right about these numbers given the amount of books I sent in and it turns out that something had indeed gone awry. ūüôĀ

On October 28,¬†Amazon sent me an email that I had some items in my “stranded inventory.” I will be honest and say that I’ve never really clicked on the “Stranded Inventory” link within Seller Central — or if I ever did, I never had any stranded inventory so I completely ignored it. Lo and behold, when I went to check things out I had close to 400¬†stranded items and over 90% of those items were books. Over 200¬†of those books were from this estate sale. I had absolutely¬†no idea that I had so many books (and other items) sitting in Amazon’s warehouse without an active listing. I’m not sure how this happened and Amazon’s explanation wasn’t very clear.