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Make Bucks Selling Books on Amazon

Over the years I have made thousands of dollars selling books on Amazon. Becoming an Amazon bookseller is easy. Take any book you no longer want, look up the title on Amazon. Next to the title on the right hand side it will say, “More Buying Choices” and underneath that “Have One to Sell?” Once you have clicked “Have One to Sell”, fill in the fields for book condition, price and shipping. If you don’t have an account, Amazon will help you create one and if you do have an account, Amazon will guide you to add your bank account information so you can get paid. It’s easy and fun to sell books, you no longer need. And there is no overhead as you can do it from the comfort of your home. However, if you want to make bucks selling books on Amazon, and turn it into a full or parttime business, you need to know where to find books, how to select books that will sell and how to the price books you have for sale.

If you look at the many of the books on Amazon, you will see that sometimes used copies, do not sell for alot of money. Some books are even listed for one cent. People often ask me how a seller can make a profit off a one cent book. The answer is volume. “Penny Sellers” who sell books for a penny or just a few cents have a Pro-Merchant account and sell mass quantities of books. They make bucks selling books on Amazon in the shipping fees. They collect the shipping fee from Amazon which is a little more than what it costs to actually ship and they make a tiny profit off of each book. It is a tough business and only for those who can sell a ton of books.

It’s a lot easier to build a profitable Amazon book business selling fewer books that sell for more. So it’s key that you know what type of books to look for. Time and study will help you hone your instincts You will learn to know when you look at a certain book, if you can sell it for a profit. In addition to getting a general overall feel, I also recommend you develop a niche area to specialize in. I specialize in one niche area and over time have been able to locate many of the same titles and sell them over and over for hundreds of dollars because I know exactly what to look for. I have pre-ordered these books at used book sites such as and if they came available, at the price I list, I am automatically sent the book. Just this past week, I was sent a book, I had pre-ordered giving a top price of $30. The seller asked $12 for it and I will be able to resell it for close to $200.

In general when you purchase books for resale, look for quality non-fiction books. Avoid fiction, diet books, cookbooks and book of the month club books. Run from anything that has an odor to it, is soiled and damaged or a former library book. There are always exceptions, I sold a very unique book on magic for close to a hundred dollars that was a former library book. As a rule of thumb, you want to find something unique that someone is looking for. The latest fiction book has already been discounted in new condition by Amazon and there are probably dozens of copies flooding the market, so stay away from that.

Build your book business with a small inventory of books. When you start out and don’t know what you are looking at, keep the prices you pay low. There are tons of sources for books including friends who will give you their books, rummages sales, thrift stores, yard sales and when you know what you are looking for, you can buy and resell off the internet. I have also purchased brand new books at outlet stores and resold them for a hefty profit.

The next step is pricing your books. If you see that a ton of people have the same book listed on Amazon. Go with the lowest price you can and get rid of it. On the other hand, if there are few listings and a strong desire (look at the Amazon sales rank), you can put a heftier price tag on the book. If no one is buying, price your copy low so its the first one that sells.

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Packaging books is key to if you will make a profit or not. I use newspaper end rolls (free from my newspaper) to wrap my books for protection. I buy bubble mailers in bulk from eBay. This is crucial. A bubble mailer can cost $$$ at a regular retail store but be very cheap when purchased in bulk. If the buyer ordered expedited shipping, keep in mind that many books can easily slip into a flat rate priority mail envelope. This is usually much cheaper than sending it in a regular mailer, expedited shipping. And priority mail envelopes are free at The less your shipping costs, the greater your profits.

With each book you send, include a little thank you and your email for the customer to contact you about future books. If you have built a niche site, this is an excellent way to build your business and make bucks selling on Amazon. If a customer orders a book in a certain genre, and you have others in that genre, mention them in your email when you acknowledge their Amazon order. Recently a customer ordered a book on France for $30 and ended up ordering several more books after I mentioned some others I had on France.

You can make a tidy profit selling books on Amazon, get started by selling a few books you own, but no longer want, today!

For more ideas check out Steve Weber’s book,

The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site

Amazon Affiliate Tips

Amazon’s affiliate program offers a great way to monetize your blog and other web content. Though the commissions start at 4% it quickly scales up as you sell more goods. I have a few online friends who make $10,000 a month and that is net not gross. You can read about them here; Paula and Wanda Amazonian Profit Plan.

My income from Amazon since implementing the techniques in their ebook has skyrocketed. Amazon is not my primary source of online income but thanks to the ebook it is a pretty hefty chunk of change for me each month.

There are a lot of great reasons to sell on Amazon.
Here is why you may want to consider becoming an Amazon affiliate;

1. People trust Amazon so they are more likely to buy.

2. Amazon offers consumers a great value. The prices are usually among the lowest you will find and shipping is often free.

3. Amazon offers excellent customer service. You don’t have the headache of dealing with returns and complaints.

4. Amazon is reputable. You don’t need to worry about your readers being hit with auto rebilling they were unaware of, or shoddy goods.

5. Amazon offers a 24 hour cookie. You get credit for whatever is ordered when someone clicks through your link for a full 24 hours. I have sold all kinds of items that I was never trying to sell this way from guitar picks to expensive electronics.

6. Amazon affiliate links are allowed on a number of content sites including Hubpages and Squidoo.

7. Amazon offers a huge range of products, so they probably have what you want to sell.

8. Amazon’s physical goods are often easier to sell than digital merchandise such as Clickbank products.

9. Amazon has an excellent sales portal. Once the consumer clicks through your link, Amazon does what they can to sell them, offer up related good etc.

10. Amazon pays affiliates on time!

Are you read to give it a try? Here are some tips to successful selling on Amazon;

1. Amazon Widgets – forget about them. They just do not covert well. Instead download the photo of the item and upload it to your site. Make it clickable. Include contextual links through out your website.

2. Products – find products with great reviews and at a good price point. To find these simply do a search on Google using this format:
5..50 customer reviews product type $50..300. This will pull up items that have at least 5 customer reviews with a starting price of $50.00

3. Commissions – the commission level starts at 4% but increases by the number of products you sell, not by the price. This means you will want to mix in some fast selling items that have a low price point in order to get to the higher commission level.

4. Reviews – honest reviews that really detail a product work well. Many consumers can spot a fake review miles away. Don’t just rehash the Amazon reviews, add your own thoughts. If you have not used the product (and it helps if you have) research it.

5. What to Sell – think of how you write/wrote for content sites. People are interested in both evergreen and hot sellers. Use the tools i.e. ebay Pulse, Google Buzz, Yahoo Trends to get feelers for what is hot right now.

6. The trust factor – people are more likely to buy when they trust you. Develop trust with your readers by offering value.

7. Related good – keep goods related to your site. If you have a beauty site, don’t try and TV’s.

8. Offer up bestsellers – share the bestsellers in the niche you are in with your readers. Build an email list and periodically send out information on what you are up to and include product suggestions. I recommend Aweber for listbuilding.

9. Drive Traffic – drive traffic to your content. If no one see you, you won’t make sales. Visit my for Free Backlinks.

10. The sweet spot – Amazon has a 24 hour cookie. Anything that someone buys after clicking through your link brings you a commission. So your goal is to get them to Amazon. Share all the benefits of products and let them know why the product will benefit them.

Want more information including step by step direction on writing reviews and picking products? I recommend Paula and Wanda’s Amazonian Profit Plan. Since reading their book and implementing their techniques my Amazon income has skyrocketed. You can read my review here; Amazonian Profit Plan

Amazonian Profit Plan and BONUS

Paula and Wanda are two Aussie chicks who make thousands every month from Amazon as Amazon affiliates (over $10.000 each and every month). They have a complete membership site, Affiliate Tools HQ, where they teach you to build a blog, add affiliate products and drive traffic and sales. My favorite part of the site is the eBook that is included with membership, “The Amazonian Profit Plan”. This eBook is an amazing tool to help you learn how to make affiliate income.

AFFILIATE TOOLS HQ BONUS OFFER – When you think about the hours you save and the money you can potentially make with the Affiliate Tools HQ membership, it is well worth the investment. Though Amazon is not my primary online income, since using the ideas from Wanda and Paula my Amazon sales have skyrocketed. If you are serious about being an Amazon affiliate this is site for you!

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When I first read about Wanda and Paula’s Amazon profits I was shocked. These two Amazon affiliates make about $10,000 a month net profit and have made as much as $15,000 a month from selling merchandise at Amazon. And they don’t ship orders, deal with customers or any of that. They simply put Amazon affiliate links on their web pages.

Wanda and Paula are Aussie chicks who like many marketeers floundered around trying to make money for some time before hitting on their successful Amazon marketing method. At one time they promoted a number of products from different affiliate sites. One day the decided to try Amazon and were stunned at how much better the conversion rates are.

It is easy to sell at Amazon because Amazon has great prices, great customer service, a wide variety of goods and people trust them.
But some affiliates are hesitant because the commission rate is low to start at Amazon. What people don’t realize is, it is easy to sell lots of things from Amazon and the more you sell the higher your commission. Amazon’s rates raise not by the price of goods you sell but by the number of goods you sell.

I personally have sold thousands of dollars of merchandise from Amazon and earn a very good affiliate income from them monthly. I learned a lot on how to do this from Wanda and Paula.

With the membership site Affiliate Tools HQ, Paula and Wanda walk you step by step so you know exactly what to do to build a successful Amazon business and more.

With your the Amazonian Profit Plan book you will find out how;

– How to pick the right products to sell at Amazon.

– How to write a product review that makes people click the BUY button.

– How to get traffic to your reviews.

– Where to put the links in your reviews…
and much more.

And the membership site will teach you;

– How to build a blog

– Social Media Training

– How to Guest Blog

– Powerful traffic driving methods and more!

By following the steps at the site you will know exactly what works and what doesn’t.

One thing I love about being an Amazon affiliate is I only have to do the work once. I can write up a review, include my affiliate links and make money for months to come.

And with Amazon you earn a commission on everything the customer who clicks through your link buys. So if someone clicks through your book link and buys a TV you get a commission on the TV. Plus the cookie is 24 hours. So if someone checks out the merchandise and leaves and returns to buy it within 24 hours you get a commission.

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