How to Become an Online Bookseller

Even a Dummy Can Make Money Selling Used Books Online

Used Books Into Gold


If you’re looking for a way to make some extra money or even start a new career, then you should consider becoming an online bookseller. Getting into the used books business is an easy and profitable venture. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme, but with a little hard work, you could be on your way to making a nice income.

Your first step should be to start buying used books in your area. Unless you’re using your personal collection, you’ll need to buy books from estate sales, library sales and garage sales, which is a great way to get a large number of books for pennies on the dollar. Most people are just eager to get rid of these books, so they’ll often accept an offer like, “Would you take $60 for these 50 books?”

Another great place to look is wholesalers. Many are available online, such as A1 Overstock and Book Depot. You can find a lot of books for $1 or $2 each. Most require you to order a minimum amount, such as $200, but you stand to make a large profit.

Next, you should purchase some shipping materials. In most cases a bubble envelope will do. If you’re shipping a more expensive or fragile book, consider purchasing an Easy Fold Mailer, from It’s made of cardboard that can adjust to the thickness of the book, providing better protection than a bubble envelope. Though, in most cases the bubble envelope will do just fine.

Now you’re ready to set up your store on Amazon is the recommended place to sell used books online. It’s easy and gets a lot of web traffic. Simply find the book you want to sell on the Amazon web site, click on “sell yours here” button and you’re on your way.

When pricing your books, don’t feel you need to pick the lowest price possible. A good way to figure out a price is to look at the prices listed, discard the highest and lowest, and take the average of the rest. This “middle of the pack” pricing helps you get a fair price, yet keep the books selling.

When grading your books, be honest. If it has some dog-eared pages, don’t say it’s “like new.” You want to keep your customers happy. If they receive the book and it’s not in the condition you said it was, they are more likely to leave you a negative review and rating on Amazon.

Now watch your books begin to sell. After you get an order, ship it immediately! Don’t put it off for a few days. Ship it that day if possible. This will help keep your customers happy and keep those positive ratings and reviews coming in.

With a little hard work, you could begin to see the profits rolling in. Ship your books with care and ship them promptly. Be honest when you grade the books. Price them at a reasonable rate, but don’t feel like it has to be the lowest price possible. Do these things and you’ll continue to thrive in the used books business as your bookselling income grows. To learn more, read Used Books Into Gold.