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The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site

The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site [Kindle Edition]

Steve Weber
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Want to know the most profitable, lowest-risk idea for your home business? It's selling used books online, which is growing 33 percent annually, according to a study by U.S. publishers.

Here is the complete text (the Kindle edition was expanded & revised in February 2012) of the most popular book about online bookselling of all time: The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site

Learn how to start your business part-time, then work as little or as much as you want. This step-by-step guide, written by one of the most successful and highly rated sellers on and eBay, includes everything you need to know:


~ Why Online Bookselling?

~ Where to Find Books
Library sales
Estate sales
Thrift shops
Used bookstores
Remainder distributors
Postal Service auctions
Treasury Department auctions
Book fairs

~ What Books to Buy
Learn to find unusual books
The trouble with fiction.
Textbooks to avoid.
Nonfiction to avoid.
How much to pay

~ Where to Sell Books
Amazon Pro-Merchant Subscription
Amazon zShops.
Barnes & Noble

~ Grading and Pricing Books
Assigning condition.
Pricing books
Amazon Sales Rank.
Title Z
Adjusting prices
Clearing deadwood.

~ Focus on Service
Prompt shipping
Working with the USPS
International shipping
Request negative feedback removal
Problem customers
Feedback on other venues
Delivery mistakes
Designing your SKU system
Tracking customers

~ Collectible Books
Modern first editions
What to look for
How to recognize a first edition
Collector’s editions
Children’s books

~ Advanced Automation
Pricing and inventory software
Seller Engine
Mail Extractor
AMan for Marketplace Sellers

~ Wireless pricing lookup

~ Taxes, Legal Requirements, and Records
Monitoring your business’s progress
Preparing financial statements.
Identifying receipt sources.
Sales taxes
Income taxes
Supporting documents
Business use of your home
Hiring employees

~ Appendix 2 New Book Wholesalers

~ Appendix 3 Shipping Supply Vendors

~ Appendix 4 Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)
Use FBA ‘Basic Fulfillment’
Competing with FBA
Drawbacks of Fulfillment by Amazon
Lost or damaged FBA items
Fulfillment by Amazon facts
Long-term storage fees for FBA
Best practices

~ Appendix 5 More Resources

~ Glossary

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 276 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Weber Books (30 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful book for the beginner book-seller 2 Feb 2009
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This book is aimed at those people that would like to learn how best to sell books on the internet or for those that would like to increase their online sales. Despite being only 158 pages long, it does cover a lot of topics including: where to find books, what books to buy, where to sell books, grading and pricing, service, fulfilment, collectible books, automation and a few others.

The first thing to note is that this book is American and so much of the specific advice is of little use to anyone based in Britain. Having said that, generally his ideas are useful so long as you are willing to search for British versions of the things he suggests. E.g. he lists the places where you can go to purchase books that have been seized by US customs. While not of much use to British booksellers, it does give you the idea of searching online to find out if HMRC does a similar thing. Unfortunately there are some sections that are just too country-specific to provide much help including the online postage, taxes and legal chapters.

The book covers many topics and doesn't go into great depth on any. While this may be a little bit of an annoyance to some, it does stop the book from becoming too heavy and allows you to follow up on the information/advice that you are particularly interested in without having to read through the bits you are not. Overall the style is easy to read and I felt like I actually retained a lot of the information I was reading!

Another thing to note is that the book was written in 2006 and as a result, some of the information (especially with regards to websites and payable fees) is out of date. However, it does give you an idea of how much you are likely to pay for things (once you've done the necessary conversions!
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction 23 Mar 2006
As someone who's sold a few hundred books on Amazon over the years, I was curious to see what a real expert has to say -- especially as I'm about to embark on liquidating a relative's 3,000-volume collection! Overall, this is a great little introduction for anyone who's thought about selling books online. Weber covers all the bases succinctly, with plenty of URLs and references to more specialist titles for further reference. Lots of handy tips and suggestions throughout. The one quibble I would have is with the pricing discussion on page 51. In the case of a book where there are plenty of copies on the market, Weber advises matching, but not "lowballing" the price. However, the automation software elsewhere makes lowballing so easy, and thus to pervasive, that one is often forced into the practice. My own experience is that if I have a book for sale and there are 10 others just like it for sale at Amazon, the _only_ way to sell it is to give it the lowest price. And since we're talking $8.95 vs. $9.95, I'm not particularly put out. This quibble aside, I found this to be a very practical, level-headed guide, with lots of good resources -- although I would have liked a little more depth and detail on some of the sections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Online Bookseller Should Read this Book!!! 11 July 2008
I've been selling books on the Amazon Marketplace as a hobby for about 7 months now. After reading "The Home-Based Bookstore," I could definitely make more money by employing Steve Weber's advice.

His advice includes:
-where to find books
-how to price them
-how to handle inventory
-how to handle shipping
-how to deal with problem customers
-and how to deal with legal details (taxes, etc.)

I made about $400 in two weeks after selling the most sought-after books. The most sought-after books are usually college textbooks.

In one part of the book, he says how college students are sometimes careless when purchasing a book. They occasionally buy the older edition, thinking it's the edition they need. When they receive it, they get angry. But it's usually their fault for not searching with the ISBN or paying attention to the details. There are, however, some sellers who list the wrong edition on Amazon's Marketplace. It may not be intentional, but listing the wrong edition is a violation of the Amazon Marketplace guidelines. I once purchased a textbook from a third-party seller who sent me the older edition. I didn't do anything about it. I was still able to use it.

After a few weeks of selling, I started getting some feedback. The first five were all positive, but I got one neutral feedback. The neutral feedback I got was fair. I sent her the wrong book. It was my fault. I entered the title instead of the ISBN when I searched for it. ALWAYS use the ISBN. To prevent negative feedback from this buyer, I issued a refund immediately and allowed her to keep the book I had sent her. I lost money when I did this, but I couldn't afford negative feedback at the time.
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