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Valuable tips and not just for selling books

  • Dec 9, 2005
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The advent of the web has generated many opportunities. One that many have taken advantage of is the ability to develop and manage an online business. The literature and news media is full of examples of people who are selling some type of wares on e-bay and other online auction sites. Weber has followed in the footsteps of Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com in developing an online bookstore. Bezos was a visionary when he realized that people would be eager to purchase new books online and then experienced a second flash of genius when Amazon developed the structure so that anyone could sell their used books online.
Weber is one of those who have been very successful in doing this and he shares his strategies in this book. He spends almost no time in demonstrating how to set up an Amazon account, which is not a significant omission. It is so easy to set up such an account that it would have been largely redundant to have included how to create such an account.
The strategy for a successful retail business is rather simple. Find a sufficient and affordable source of inventory and then sell it at a price that earns a suitable profit. Weber gives you some very sensible and effective tips on how to do both. His points about how to set the price for your product and how to cull your inventory are excellent. He also lists out many web sites other than Amazon that can be used to aid your selling of books. These tips are the most significant in the book, as there are some that were totally unexpected.
While it is true that the tips are about the selling of books, many of them can also be applied to other products. Well worth the price, it is a book you should read if you are running or contemplating the start of an Internet based business.

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review by . December 19, 2005
Everyone who sells books on the internet would benefit from reading Steve Weber's "The Home-Based Bookstore." My husband and I began to sell books through this site (the 800 pound gorilla of online book sales) when we ran out of room on our shelves to store our latest acquisitions. We sold over $700 worth of books this year, without even breathing hard, out of a stock of around 200 books (some of them are duds).     This author started selling books as a hobby in 2001, made enough …
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Yes, I play around with selling a bit on Amazon. I've done OK, but I've had to learn as I went. Now everything I should have known up front is in a nice concise book... The Home-Based Bookstore - Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay, or Your Own Web Site by Steve Weber. Bottom line, you need this book if selling books is something you're interested in...    Contents: Why Online Bookselling?; Where to Find Books; What Books to Buy; Where to Sell Books; Grading …
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Want to know the most profitable, lowest-risk idea for your home business? It's selling used books online, which is growing 33 percent annually, according to a November 2005 study by U.S. publishers.

Here is the complete text of the most popular book about online bookselling of all time: The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site

Learn how to start your business part-time, then work as little or as much as you want. This step-by-step guide, written by one of the most successful and highly rated sellers on Amazon.com and eBay, includes everything you need to know:

-- Where to find books

Find books in your own neighborhood to resell profitably to a worldwide pool of ready buyers. Get the best sources for valuable used books at low prices.

-- Where to sell Learn

How to list your books to sell at the best price on Amazon.com and eBay, and even your own Web store. -- Which books to buy What to look for in fiction, nonfiction, and collectibles to resell at the highest profits.

-- Grading and pricing your books

How to describe and price your books. Learn what buyers are looking for.

-- Handling customers

Tips on handling online book buyers. See the author's time-tested scripts for responding to customer issues. Learn how you can get and maintain high feedback ratings.

-- Fulfilling orders

Easy-to-use ideas for storing, organizing, and shipping your books and handling returns.

-- Automation tools

Maximize your efficiency with these ...
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ISBN-10: 0977240606
ISBN-13: 978-0977240609
Author: Steve Weber
Genre: Business & Investing, Computers & Internet
Publisher: Weber Books
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