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Make Money Selling Books On Amazon

Updated on November 15, 2012
Rummage sales can be great places to get books very cheaply to resell on Amazon.
Rummage sales can be great places to get books very cheaply to resell on Amazon. | Source

Making Money Buying Books At Tag Sales

I sell a lot of books and other items on Amazon. I source my inventory though a variety of places, but one place is often overlooked by many people who are out looking for bargains. Often times I get caught up with looking for the treasure at tag sales and I pass up on the easiest money there!


While at a tag sale, my eyes usually are attracted to the old advertising material, tools, and certainly jewelry, but the last place that many look is the book and media section of the sale. I always observe others skipping right past this section. I know, I know, most books you will come across are mass media market books, or fiction, but determination is key. Get right in there and rummage through that haystack because that golden needle is in there! I have found antique books (the oldest one I believe is from 1865) as well many modern textbooks (worth over $100.) You never know what will be there.

A row of books which you could probably find on Amazon.
A row of books which you could probably find on Amazon. | Source

When you are out picking at tag sales, obviously look for the text books and the antique books, but don't forget, you could easily be missing out big time! There are so many books out there, and once people are done reading them, they are generally considered worthless by that person. Books are the single greatest money making opportunity at a tag sale. Thankfully for a picker such as myself, they go hand in hand perfectly with what I do!

Check out the app "Ibookseller" on your Iphone. This app will tell you exactly what media is worth. I have found thousands of dollars worth of books in the past at individual tag sales, and tens of thousands total (more on this another time.) Really though, in this video, I show off some of the finds I got at a tag sale. I paid less than one dollar for each of these books! What a steal! The whole pile is valued at nearly $500 on Amazon. I will take home about $400 of that, so who is complaining? Not me!

When it comes time to list your books, you really should use a bar code scanner. Before I had one, listing was so much slower and involved typing in the ISBN manually. Now I just scan my books instantly to list them or to confirm their value at my computer when I bring them home. I can't suggest a specific scanner that is best, but I would say that you can't go wrong because they are a very simple device.

I hope you enjoyed this hub! If you liked it would you subscribe for more? Do you love treasure hunting, selling on Ebay, or just learning about cool vintage stuff? Check out my youtube channel for tons of videos about my adventures and hauls as well as tips, tricks, and countless bits of information!

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