Selling books...need suggestions!

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  1. Mom2two

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    I have a whole stack of teaching ideas/professional Scholastic books that I no longer use and would like to sell. Anyone have any suggestions for me on how to go about it. Would you sell them online, as individuals, or as a set? They are useful, I have just aquired WAY too many!!!:thanks:
     
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    I've had HUGE luck with Amazon. I just price so that commission is taken into account. I find the books sell really fast!

    I have NOT had luck with ebay. You have to pay to post an auction, and there is not guarantee they will sell. I would do Amazon.
     
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    Jem- Thank you, that's exactly what I was wondering. Do you suggest posting at a certain time. Ex., I was wondering if I should wait until closer to the beginning of school, if teachers will be looking more then? Also, did you sell them in lots, or as individuals?
     
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    I don't think it really matters. I've been posting since March, and sales have been steady. Your books stay up until either they sell or you take them down, so I would put them up ASAP.

    I def. sold them as individuals. Just look up the book you have (by the ISBN-I've learned you can't always tell the difference between editions using the cover), and then click 'I have one to sell'. You will have to make a sellers account, and then you simply enter the condition and your price, and you're ready to go!
     
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    I've sold a lot on half.com also. Its a part of Ebay but you don't have to pay to post things and they reimburse you for shipping. I haven't had any problems at all with them. And, they deposit the money right into your checking account rather than paypal.
     
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    Have a "teacher materials" yard sale. I always go to those and they are usually very well attended. I just donated a ton of books to our new teacher flea market(our retired teacher's in our county have this every year during the summer for newcomers). I am too lazy to organize a sale!!
     
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    Jem- What do you generally put for a price. I see that Amazon gives you a price of what they are charging, do you go with that, or a little below or above? Also, they will credit you to ship it? Thanks so much for your help!
     
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    I sell most of my books on Sprout for around $7. If it's a college textbook and going for $50 or up, I might raise my Sprout price to $10 or $15. So this means I sell on Amazon for around $10. That covers Amazon's commission and still gives me what I would have made on Sprout. If I can't sell a book for $10 - perhaps that's the retail price, or there are a lot of sellers undercutting that price - then I don't list it. But if you're looking to just make some money and you don't care about that, I'd go about 50-75% of Amazon's retail price. If it's selling for $20, I'd do $10 or $15. I just keep it low because that's Sprout's mission, and I won't compromise that even on Amazon.

    Oh-and yes, they give you $3.99 for each book to cover shipping. If you send the book through media mail, it's def. enough. I always buy tracking as well, just to be safe.
     
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    I had good luck with amazon as well. I would go through them again before Ebay.
     

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