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How To Create A Used Bookstore Online

Feb 25, 2008
Ever wondered what happens to all the new books after people buy them and have finished reading them? Well, they become known as used books, even though most of them still look brand new, and they are normally sold at very low prices compared to their retail price.

You too can start your own online used book sale business. This method of selling books is better than investing in a new bookstore, where your overheads can become very high. In an online used bookstore, all you need is a warehouse to store your used book inventory. There is no need for any storefront or sales staff.

You can make an attractive Internet site for your used bookstore. You can have your book collection listed on the site with the price printed next to it. This is a big advantage over any traditional bookstore, since the customer can access your entire book collection, while sitting at home. The same customer may not have that much time or energy in searching for books at an actual bookstore.

Do not forget to print the sticker price next to your offer price, so that potential customers can see the difference between both the prices. Before starting to sell, you will first have to build your stock of books. You can advertise on the Internet and also check out various bookstores, which may have overstocked on some titles.

You can check sites such as Amazon or Ebay, and even Half, which is an affiliate of Ebay and is selling used books at a fraction of the sticker price. These sites will give you information not only on which books sell, but also the prices at which they are being sold, old and new. This will give you an indication as to what prices to offer, when you are out to purchase and even sell your used books.

Once you have started listing your books on the Internet and their prices, you will start generating sales orders. You will have to tie up with an efficient courier company or your local post office to dispatch the books to your customers. Since you are dealing in used books, you might not have to offer any guarantee on your books, but you should ensure that your books are not damaged or unreadable. All the pages should also be present in the books.

Books are also located by their ISBN number which is a 10 or 13 digit code normally printed in the cover or the back of any book. This helps in searching books faster and should also be displayed on your website.

So, selling used books online is not very easy, since many individuals and bigger companies are now hopping onto it with very low overhead. With your nose up in the market, you can sniff out good deals and make a neat profit. The titles and the condition of your books is what matters the most.
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant about books. When shopping for books, we recommend you shop only at the best bookstores for used books, autographed books, and vedic books.
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