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How To Run A Successful Online Amazon Store

Updated on October 23, 2012

You Can Make Money Online Selling with Amazon

In Today's Economy people are looking for ways to make meny from home, or just money to survive. Online Opportunities are everywhere. Your mailbox stays full of emails promising you quick ways to make money Most klikely these ads will not make you money. It takes work.

Opening an Amazon Store is very simple. All you need are books to sale, a Payal account and patience. You are not going to get rich, I will be honest. It is a very simple way to make "extra money" and time will tell if you are successful enough to make it a Full Time commitment.

Things of importance

I owned my own online Amazon store for 2 years before my house and inventory burned to the ground. Here are some things I learned tat maybe you should consider before deciding to try Amazon, from personal experiences, customers can be rude more online than in person!

If you are allergic to mold or dust, be very careful where you get your books, especially when buying online. If it is not stated in the description, ask. When you order a bulk of books and you open the box and cough for three days that concept is not too hard to explain.

Harlequin Romance books flood Amazon. You can find 300 for a penny. If you find some nice ones, it never hurts to list, these books only cost 1.24 to mail and your shipping allowance is 3.99. Do the math, you just made money.

Children's books are a great seller if it is a teaching tool. Parents tend to be cautious when it comes to buying second hand so new books sale best.

Books for teen are usually ordered by a teen or parent for them and there are certain books that spark their interest, Little House on the prairie Books are a good seller, of course harry Patter is sill being bought through Amazon for those who collect books or hasn't been ale to afford a new one to read.. Target our audience, find out what they are reading search for those books, you are at risk if you buy lots of used books, it may take a long time to sale. It is stl money in the bank.

Self Hep Books, this catorgory is a big market. As wll as religious books and teaching books.

Used College books are also a great sale. Students will always check Amazon before purchasing a new book. Keep books on poetry, cliff notes and history for students of all ages to use as research.

Describing your books

After u join Amazon to sale you books, you Will be prompted to a page that ask for the ISBN number of the book. This is usually located on the back or inside. A picture of the book will appear and this is when you list the condition of the book. It will ask if the book is new, used, acceptable or A collectible. Make sure you describe the book exactly as it is if the bind or cover has creases or worn spots, you must include it Describe the book fully. This will pay off, the customer will know exactly what to expect and are not surprised when they receive a book that's not described well Your feedback will be low and hey may ask for a refund.

If the book is too old to have an ISBN, type in the name of the book and search for the correct one, a picture may not be available but can can take your own picture and upload it.


Shipping your books

The shipping costs vary, Amazon charges the customer for you according to regular shipping, expedited, or overseas. They always allow enough shipping to cover the charge with change left over, which is yours to keep. Occasionally you sale a large big book and the allotted shipping is 3.99, you may pay extra for the size and weight but your profits will even out. Try to ship your books on a schedule. If books are ordered before 12 noon you should take those to the post office with the books that are ordered the night before. Customers love fast shipping and that will be repeat customers and great feedback.

Use Manila envelopes that are cheap to purchase at dollar stores. Always tell the postal worker it is media mail, this applies to books, cds, dvd;s, and cassettes. Keep your overhead small. Always tape over the opening of the envelope to ensue the book is safe. Address the envelope in large letters and write on the back "media mail do not bend". A lot of hands will be touching your package before it reaches the customer so make sure they know not to bend it.

Little things count

After your book is sold, write a small thank you note to put in package, if customer orders more than one, include a bookmark or a coupon on their next order, run specials such as buy one get one free, if you feel the need to move books for inventory. Always get a confirmation number to email to the customer as it has shipped. If you take on this project, you will enjoy it, and it only takes minutes out of your day after you are set up and organized. Good Luck.

Amazon also has a program where you can send them your books and they will process and ship for you. You are still responsible for the description of the book. Personally, I would not go with this idea. Several customers have said they received their books faster and in better condition than purchasing directly from Amazon. Keep your books in a dry cool area to avoid heat exposure and moldy conditions.

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    • Maggie.L profile image


      7 years ago from UK

      Useful tips. We have been considering selling books on Ebay but might consider Amazon now, especially as you don't need to bother with uploading a photo, etc.

    • spsingh profile image


      7 years ago from

      great tips will try thanks

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Angela, it is well worth the time as long as you have room forlots of books!!! I loved it!


    • Singular Investor profile image

      Singular Investor 

      8 years ago from Oxford

      Thanks for the useful info. :-)

    • angela_michelle profile image

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      8 years ago from United States

      I'm going to have to bookmark this one. I have considered doing this, and now feel like I am more prepared to do so. THanks for the great advice.

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Veronica, I have ordered childrens book used and the germs scared me they were so bad. new is better!

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      This is such great information. I order books from Amazon pretty frequently, and I ordered a used book for the first time the other day. I agree with you, for kids, it's better to order them new.


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