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An eBay Book Seller Travels The World
How To Become A World Traveler With A Postage Stamp
I have been selling online for many years now. eBay has been my primary focus for the last ten years but I also have used AbeBooks and Kijiji. Selling online can be an adventure while, at the same time, provide you with fun and interesting challenges. It is also a place that does reward you financially and, often, will present you with some surprises along the way.
For most of my life I have been an avid collector of books. I own thousands of volumes and it can be an expensive hobby depending on the types of book one collects. My collection consists, mainly, of non-fiction first edition hardcover books which tend to be the more expensive side of book collecting. One day it occurred to me that eBay might be a great way to cull some of my books while, at the same time, providing me with the cash to finance further additions to my growing collection. It turned out to be a great experience and has worked out very well.
In the early days my book sales were modest but, before long, I was earning enough profit from those sales to allow me to go out and acquire more books. In time my collection got to the point where it was, for the most part, financing itself. For me it was a win win. I could, for example, buy a box of books from a yard sale or flea market...keep the ones I wanted and sell the rest on eBay. I would recover my costs with the online sales and would add new volumes to my collection at little or no cost, What could be better than that?
I was , at first, reluctant to list any of my books on eBay. It can be very hard to choose which ones to keep and which ones to sell. You can become very attached to your books. Only a serious book collector could understand the attachment you can develop with all your books.....regardless of how many you have.
In the early days I was a bit tentative and listed just a few books at a time. Sales did not come right away but about a week after listing my first lot of books... I got a sale. I still remember the book. It was titled "Towers of Clay" and dealt with the corruption of the banking system. The buyer was from Dallas, Texas. As I wrapped the book for shipping it dawned on me that my book was going to Texas. I, myself, have never been and may never get the chance to visit Texas but my book would soon be on it's way there. For some reason that thought gave me great pleasure.It was like a little piece of me was travelling with the book. The money I received was still important but I also received an added benefit that I had not expected......this was fun and I wanted to sell more. Very quickly I had over a hundred books listed for sale on eBay and they were soon selling to buyers from all over the world.
Most of my book sales are made to just everyday people....like me. To fellow collectors, avid readers or those who have been looking for that special volume and my book happened to catch their attention as they browsed eBay. Every once in a while, however, my books are sold to places and people that just make me smile. My books have found their way into the private collections of celebrities and politicians and in many of the most famous libraries around the world . Some of my military volumes are now resting on the shelves of the Sandhurst Military Academy in England, West Point in the US, The Royal Canadian Military College in Canada and at last count about 40 universities worldwide. I have sent books to buyers from more that 60 countries to date and every sale gives me so much more than just money. My books have made it to places that I will, probably, never see or experience. I still feel a connection to all the books I have shipped to all those faraway destinations.
I started out with an idea for selling books........What I found and experienced was much more than I could have imagined. I have been told that to be a "professional" seller it is not a good idea to get personally attached to the products you sell. I can't help myself I love books and I enjoy sharing them and introducing others to the joys of reading and collecting.
Selling books on eBay would not be a good choice if you are looking to strike it rich. . It is a lot of work and will take up more time than you might imagine. There is , however, something to be gained for those who sell on eBay. Money is part of it but for many sellers it is the full process of the sale that is so rewarding. Interacting with people from all over the world on subjects close to your heart is.........well... priceless!
As an eBay seller the entire world is my marketplace. It is an awesome place to "learn" the online selling business.You can start out small with just a few listings or go all in and open your own eBay store with hundreds or even thousands of items for sale...it's up to you! Ebay provides excellent training and how to guides for the beginner or the seasoned pro. There are also some great "ebayers" that are always willing and able to offer a helping hand if you would like the personal touch. If you're looking for a challenge or perhaps a rewarding new career....give eBay a try...there's a whole world out there just waiting for you!!