If you’ve dropped by my blog before, you know that I sell new and used books on Amazon as a way to earn my mocha money. In one of my posts, I list where I find some of my books. One place that I get books to sell that I didn’t mention before is at Barnes & Noble. That’s right, I can walk into a Barnes & Noble store and come out with books that will put $30-$50 in my pocket. Not bad considering I only spend 20-30 minutes in the store!
Let me clarify….this doesn’t happen all the time. The strategy to finding books to sell from Barnes & Noble (I haven’t tried this at Borders yet), is to frequently visit your local Barnes & Noble store. If you’ve been there before, then you’ve probably seen their large Clearance book section. There isn’t much money in contemporary fiction books so I stick to the nonfiction books. I also find better books on the bookshelves and not on the tables. However, you may want to check if there are stacks of books under the tables. Sometimes these books are clearance books AND signed by the author!
You should still check out the books on the Clearance tables even though I’ve only had limited success with these books. (I found a large Dale Carnegie book on a Clearance table that had three of his bestselling books compiled into one large book. I bought a bunch of these and made $5 per book and they sold really fast!).
You want to visit the store often because new books are added to the Clearance sections all the time.
How do you tell what a book is worth?
You need to have an internet-ready phone to look up what a book is going for on Amazon.com. Just go to Amazon’s website and enter the ISBN number listed on the back of the book into Amazon’s search field. Find out if Amazon is selling the book, and if so, at what price. The next thing you need to do is check out what the Marketplace books are selling for. These are the books that booksellers are selling either new or used. Your book will be new so you want to check out these prices.
You also want to look at the Product Details page and check out the book’s Amazon ranking. You want a low ranking in order for the book to sell fast. Anything under 50,000 should do OK in this situation. The higher the ranking, the longer the book will take to sell.
If your book looks like it is selling fast (i.e. has a low ranking) and you can make some money on it, then buy multiple copies of it if they are available. I’ll buy five or more copies of a book at a time if I think they’ll sell fast and I can make a profit.
Will you visit Barnes & Noble with a whole new mindset now? I bet you will!