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Profitable Internet Income:Selling Books with Amazon

Updated on September 18, 2013

Selling Books Online

I have found a way to earn a living online.

I started trying to make money off the internet about five years ago.

I started out by getting suckered into the "get rich quick" schemes, and paying the $39.95 up front fees that went along with them, with absolutely no results..... of course!

It was on a Saturday about three years ago that I was having a garage sale. I had a pile of books for sale. A fellow came up and said, " You know, you ought to list that pile of books for sale on the internet at". I thanked him for his advice, and he went on his way.

About six months later, I came across a huge pile of books sitting on the side of the road, and remembered the guy's advice. I took the books, cleaned them up nicely and sat down at my computer. I was still quite skeptical, what with all the Kindle options, I figured that books were becoming extinct.

Wow, was I as wrong as I could be.... So listen up, cause this is the part that gets important.

I already had an Amazon sellers account as a shopper, so I only had to click on a button to instantly become a seller. 'Selling on Amazon' is a program that enables people to sell their products and inventory on Amazon.

Now, I chose to list books, but that's not what I was limited to selling. I was able to sign up to sell items in the following categories: Books, CD and Vinyl, DVD, Video/VHS, Baby, Beauty, Camera & Photo, Electronics, Grocery & Gourmet Food, Health & Personal Care, Home & Garden, Musical Instruments, Office Products, Personal Computers, Software, Sports & Outdoors, Toys & Games, Tools & Hardware, Video Games and Wireless Antennas & Boosters!

I signed up in November 2010, right before the Christmas Holidays. I could not believe my eyes! Within ONE WEEK I made over $1000 in sales! I printed the postage directly off the Amazon website, then packaged the books and dropped them off at the post office. It was that simple.

How I Got Paid:

Amazon Services first settled my account 21 days after I registered with Seller Central. Subsequently, the settlement process repeats every 7 days. Each automatic weekly disbursement reflects the net proceeds for orders I confirmed as shipped between 14 and 21 days prior to the disbursement date. Selling on Amazon worked for me and still does. It's easy, efficient, and lucrative.

There are two options: Sell Your Stuff/Less than 40 items/mo or Sell Professionally/ More than 40 items/mo

Customize shipping rates

Create new products

Load & track inventory in bulk

List promotions & special services

Access order reports

Enable Fulfillment by Amazon

Pricing: $0.99/sale + other selling fees or $39.99/mo + other selling fees

© 2012 Helen Kramer


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    Helen Kramer 5 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA.

    Hi Kellyteam. Thank you for your positive comments! Great to meet you on the hubpages. Remember, a great source for used books is your local public library. They cost between 50 cents to a dollar. You can get a ISBN scanner app on your smart phone to check current values of books. That way you can instantly find out what your profit margin is.

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    Willette 5 years ago from Michigan

    Another great hub MissCue. I will be sharing this info with the childrne that have moved out and my husband so we can generate some additional income. Thanks for the tips. Very informative. Thumbs up and useful.

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    Helen Kramer 5 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA.

    Ok, Writeyourwrongs...that is a valid question. Funny you ask why there are books on the side of the road. For me, that's not an odd place for books to be. Nor is it odd for old furniture, used clothing, household items, or any other such items to be sitting on the side of the road.

    In our town, everyone leaves their unwanted items outside for others to grab. Instead of driving it to the thrift store for donating, and such, things are disposed of on the curb, and it has been that way for generations, and as far as I can remember. It is an unwritten courtesy that we all do for each other. You know the saying, "One man's junk is another one's treasure"? Here, all we have to do to find our treasure, is to drive around the neighborhoods, and soon enough we come across items that have been set out. On Craigslist Free section people will post out a "curb alert" to give notice to others of their curb drops. Hope that clarifies my comment regarding my book findings.

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    John Crowley 5 years ago from Sheffield

    Let me get this right though... it started when you found a pile of books at the side of the road? I mean, did you not wonder what they were doing there?

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    William E Krill Jr 5 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

    Good, simple article! Voted up!

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    Helen Kramer 5 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA.

    Hi Cat R! It does work. Currently, my profit is about $100 a week!

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    Cat R 5 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

    Very interesting. Been wondering about that.