Sorry about the lack of posts recently. It has been a busy and adventure filled last few weeks. I wanted to get out a quick post about what has been happening recently.
First off sales have really been slowing down recently, I have been selling one or two books a day. This will be changing soon. I just finished boxing up Shipment 14 which includes 2 12x12x12 boxes and 60 books worth approx. $300. I will be sending out Shipment 14 on Monday, and then I plan to send out Shipment 15 on Tuesday which will be 30ish books worth around $200.
Selling books online is fairly easy, especially if all of your books are fulfilled by Amazon, the hard part is finding books. This is always a constant struggle for me. Rummage sales and thrift stores are great, but they just aren’t cutting it. Adam Bertram recently released his latest book about finding inventory and I look forward to reading that. I have a couple of ideas, and I am interested to see where he goes for books. Once I finish reading it I will post a review here.
Positive feedback continues to rise I am now at 55 positive feedback with a star rating of 4.9 which I am very happy about!
Recently I sold my most expensive book ever! The book was called “Assignment Selous Scouts: Inside Story of a Rhodesian Special Branch Officer” it sold for $195!! I still remember when Kathi first found this book in a thrift store a few months ago. At first we thought it was some kind of pricing error and that it was not worth anywhere near $200. Also the sales rank was around 2,500,000. We figured it was well worth the $1.49 that it cost to see if it would sell. This book is one of the few books that I decided to fulfill myself. I simply figured that it would never sell and I didn’t want to accumulate storage fees. When I received the “Sold, Ship Now” email from Amazon I was shocked. I did some more research and it seems like the book is a rare out of print book, and the price was quite fair. The buyer seems to be a rare book collector, based on the website in his profile. With the recent slump in sales to have a sale like this really made me happy.
Kathi and I were able to do the road trip like we originally had planned. It turned out to be a lot of fun and we found a lot of great books. I hope to have a more detailed post about the trip soon but the results were we bought 25 books for $30.60 and when sold the should bring in around $415!!
In other news I now have a part time job at a local thrift store. Kathi and I have been to this store a few times, and we would always have nice conversations with the owner, who is a very friendly guy. I have been interested in the thrift store business for a while now. I really wanted to learn more about how all of the processes work. So after some minor pestering I was hired to work a few hours a week doing everything, and I already have learned a lot! I also scanned through a few books that he was going to price at $1.49-$1.99 and found a few that were going for much more on Amazon, he really appreciated me pointing out how much more money he could make.
So that is what has been happening recently. Come on back as I will be posting more frequently now!