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How To Sell Books On Amazon FBA For Beginners (2022 Full Guide)

Published on: November 30 2022 by Carter Maxwell

How To Sell Books On Amazon FBA For Beginners (2022 Full Guide)

How To Sell Books On Amazon FBA For Beginners (2022 Full Guide)

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00:00:00 00:00:03 what's up everyone carter here and i
00:00:02 00:00:06 also have the
00:00:03 00:00:07 financial with with me today and we're
00:00:06 00:00:08 gonna break down how you can start
00:00:07 00:00:11 selling
00:00:08 00:00:13 books on amazon as a beginner so to give
00:00:11 00:00:16 a little context i actually flew out to
00:00:13 00:00:17 wisconsin to meet the financial wolf and
00:00:16 00:00:20 actually teach him
00:00:17 00:00:22 how to sell on amazon as you can see the
00:00:20 00:00:23 books we have with me you can show them
00:00:22 00:00:25 we found quite a few books at the thrift
00:00:23 00:00:27 stores today and honestly
00:00:25 00:00:28 i just want to give a quick little guide
00:00:27 00:00:30 a tutorial um
00:00:28 00:00:31 i'm just kind of the best information
00:00:30 00:00:34 you know tips
00:00:31 00:00:35 that you can use to really start your
00:00:34 00:00:37 book selling business
00:00:35 00:00:39 on amazon because the best thing about
00:00:37 00:00:41 books they're super cheap to purchase
00:00:39 00:00:43 the profit margins are great and it is a
00:00:41 00:00:45 great item for beginners
00:00:43 00:00:46 to really start their journey reselling
00:00:45 00:00:48 on amazon so we're gonna go ahead and
00:00:46 00:00:50 start with step
00:00:48 00:00:52 number one and that is to obviously get
00:00:50 00:00:52 your amazon seller account created now
00:00:52 00:00:54 will you
00:00:52 00:00:56 you just did this within the last week
00:00:54 00:00:58 or two do you have any tips or anything
00:00:56 00:01:00 how's that how's that process for you
00:00:58 00:01:01 yeah so honestly getting the amazon
00:01:00 00:01:03 seller account set up is super
00:01:01 00:01:05 straightforward all you got to do is go
00:01:03 00:01:06 to seller.amazon.com get that account
00:01:05 00:01:08 set up
00:01:06 00:01:10 um the only thing is you need to be
00:01:08 00:01:12 above the age of 18 years old
00:01:10 00:01:13 or you got to get the help from a parent
00:01:12 00:01:15 or guardian so
00:01:13 00:01:16 that's super important perfect so that
00:01:15 00:01:18 is step number one is getting your
00:01:16 00:01:19 amazon seller account created so step
00:01:18 00:01:21 number two
00:01:19 00:01:22 is you need to find locations where you
00:01:21 00:01:24 can find used
00:01:22 00:01:26 books now william i what stores did we
00:01:24 00:01:27 go to yesterday yeah so yesterday
00:01:26 00:01:29 we visited a bunch of different thrift
00:01:27 00:01:30 stores such as goodwill and salvation
00:01:29 00:01:32 army and we found
00:01:30 00:01:34 all of these different books and some of
00:01:32 00:01:35 them were very very profitable
00:01:34 00:01:37 of course and there's so many great
00:01:35 00:01:38 locations you can find books
00:01:37 00:01:40 we recommend thrift stores it's
00:01:38 00:01:42 especially better for bigger cities
00:01:40 00:01:43 you know you have your standard big big
00:01:42 00:01:45 you know thrift stores like your
00:01:43 00:01:46 goodwill and your salvation armies now
00:01:45 00:01:48 depending on where you live
00:01:46 00:01:50 you might have some other second-hand
00:01:48 00:01:52 stores um that aren't goodwill and that
00:01:50 00:01:53 aren't salvation army that you should
00:01:52 00:01:55 definitely check out as well because
00:01:53 00:01:56 majority of thrift stores are gonna have
00:01:55 00:01:58 a used book section
00:01:56 00:01:59 and that brings also other locations you
00:01:58 00:02:01 can source books you know
00:01:59 00:02:02 book sales i recommend looking around
00:02:01 00:02:03 your house you know i was in
00:02:02 00:02:05 high school and college you know my
00:02:03 00:02:06 friends had old textbooks i didn't use
00:02:05 00:02:08 so you know i would
00:02:06 00:02:10 i'd give them cash for their textbooks
00:02:08 00:02:11 and i would resell them back on amazon
00:02:10 00:02:13 um so honestly you just have to get a
00:02:11 00:02:14 little bit creative when it comes to
00:02:13 00:02:16 you know finding different used books to
00:02:14 00:02:18 buy brings us to step number three so
00:02:16 00:02:19 when you're at these thrift stores
00:02:18 00:02:21 you're probably wondering
00:02:19 00:02:22 what books should i be looking for so do
00:02:21 00:02:24 you want to tok a little bit about that
00:02:22 00:02:25 because it was your first yeah
00:02:24 00:02:27 you know shopping for books so
00:02:25 00:02:29 essentially carter told me that to
00:02:27 00:02:31 find books to scan you want to get the
00:02:29 00:02:32 at least the amazon seller app
00:02:31 00:02:34 downloaded on your phone there's also
00:02:32 00:02:35 some other apps that you can go ahead
00:02:34 00:02:37 and use but you know for beginners
00:02:35 00:02:38 amazon sellers app is great what you
00:02:37 00:02:40 want to go ahead and do
00:02:38 00:02:41 pretty much scan every single book
00:02:40 00:02:43 inside the thrift store you don't want
00:02:41 00:02:45 to miss a single one because
00:02:43 00:02:47 a lot of times the most random books are
00:02:45 00:02:50 actually very profitable such as like
00:02:47 00:02:51 you know this book right here model
00:02:50 00:02:53 rules of professional conduct like i
00:02:51 00:02:56 would have no idea usually
00:02:53 00:02:57 that this book was profitable but um it
00:02:56 00:02:59 actually is i think it's selling for
00:02:57 00:03:00 like 40 bucks on amazon we got it for
00:02:59 00:03:02 two dollars i mean
00:03:00 00:03:03 i really like to stay within the
00:03:02 00:03:05 non-fiction section the thing with
00:03:03 00:03:06 fiction books is most of them are mass
00:03:05 00:03:07 produced so there's potentially
00:03:06 00:03:09 thousands or millions and
00:03:07 00:03:11 millions probably millions of copies out
00:03:09 00:03:12 there so usually they don't sell for a
00:03:11 00:03:14 premium price so yes once you have your
00:03:12 00:03:16 amazon seller account created you can
00:03:14 00:03:18 actually download the free amazon seller
00:03:16 00:03:18 app and it's going to allow you to be
00:03:18 00:03:21 able to actually
00:03:18 00:03:23 scan the barcode on a book and you'll be
00:03:21 00:03:25 able to see the listing on amazon
00:03:23 00:03:27 how many sellers there are what people
00:03:25 00:03:28 are currently pricing it for so it made
00:03:27 00:03:30 it very easy
00:03:28 00:03:31 for me to be able to teach the wolf aka
00:03:30 00:03:33 william
00:03:31 00:03:34 you know i'll be able to show him um you
00:03:33 00:03:35 know what the books were selling for and
00:03:34 00:03:39 that brings us this tip
00:03:35 00:03:41 uh step number four which is to analyze
00:03:39 00:03:42 the sales rank of the item so obviously
00:03:41 00:03:44 you want to look at pricing if the
00:03:42 00:03:46 book's not profitable then don't buy it
00:03:44 00:03:47 but if the book is profitable and you
00:03:46 00:03:49 can make some money
00:03:47 00:03:51 purchasing it and then reselling it back
00:03:49 00:03:53 on amazon um if you're doing fba
00:03:51 00:03:54 you really want to pay attention to the
00:03:53 00:03:55 sales rank now we're going to tok a
00:03:54 00:03:57 little bit more about this but the sales
00:03:55 00:03:59 rank is essentially
00:03:57 00:04:01 a unique number that amazon provides for
00:03:59 00:04:02 every single item on amazon that has
00:04:01 00:04:04 sold
00:04:02 00:04:05 and that item represents how often that
00:04:04 00:04:07 item
00:04:05 00:04:09 sells on amazon so the lower the sales
00:04:07 00:04:10 rank the more often it sells so do you
00:04:09 00:04:11 want to tok about your experience kind
00:04:10 00:04:12 of
00:04:11 00:04:14 scanning books and the different sales
00:04:12 00:04:16 ranks that you came across yeah so as a
00:04:14 00:04:18 rule of thumb as carter mentioned
00:04:16 00:04:20 sales rank under a million is typically
00:04:18 00:04:22 you know where you want to go towards
00:04:20 00:04:23 but obviously if it's a super profitable
00:04:22 00:04:25 book and you're
00:04:23 00:04:27 gonna buy it for two bucks to sell it
00:04:25 00:04:28 for 40 you could go a little bit over
00:04:27 00:04:30 that number because
00:04:28 00:04:32 i mean if you're gonna like triple
00:04:30 00:04:34 quadruple or even five extra money it's
00:04:32 00:04:35 definitely worth it to hold on to it for
00:04:34 00:04:37 a bit
00:04:35 00:04:38 and uh scanning a lot of these books i
00:04:37 00:04:39 realized that
00:04:38 00:04:42 you know most of the books aren't worth
00:04:39 00:04:42 it to buy but you know you're gonna find
00:04:42 00:04:45 some of those
00:04:42 00:04:46 you know solid picks if you you know
00:04:45 00:04:47 keep going
00:04:46 00:04:48 that's a great way because i mean when
00:04:47 00:04:50 it comes to thrift stores you know
00:04:48 00:04:51 there's hundreds to potentially
00:04:50 00:04:52 thousands of books and honestly it's
00:04:51 00:04:54 just a numbers game like
00:04:52 00:04:56 i told william like scan every
00:04:54 00:04:58 non-fiction book and you know we scanned
00:04:56 00:04:59 hundreds and hundreds of books but we
00:04:58 00:05:01 found what i call
00:04:59 00:05:03 gyms you know the books you can buy for
00:05:01 00:05:03 a dollar two dollars that are selling
00:05:03 00:05:06 for
00:05:03 00:05:08 15 20. i think this was my favorite i'm
00:05:06 00:05:09 actually going to show the example real
00:05:08 00:05:11 quick on this set right now this is one
00:05:09 00:05:13 of the best items we found so i want to
00:05:11 00:05:14 show you guys an example of one of the
00:05:13 00:05:16 best items that we found and just show
00:05:14 00:05:18 you how profitable
00:05:16 00:05:19 buying used books to sell on amazon can
00:05:18 00:05:21 be now this
00:05:19 00:05:23 is an actual set so you can show them
00:05:21 00:05:24 this right here so it's actually a seven
00:05:23 00:05:28 book set
00:05:24 00:05:29 um we ended up paying 4.99 for it at the
00:05:28 00:05:30 store
00:05:29 00:05:33 i'll put a screenshot up there as well
00:05:30 00:05:33 but the lowest used fba offer for this
00:05:33 00:05:38 set
00:05:33 00:05:39 is 75.10 um the lowest offer right now
00:05:38 00:05:40 looks like it's 46 dollars
00:05:39 00:05:43 so i'll probably think we can probably
00:05:40 00:05:45 get anywhere from at least 60 to 70
00:05:43 00:05:47 fba our buy cost was five dollars so
00:05:45 00:05:49 it's a great find
00:05:47 00:05:51 a sales rank of 214 000 in books it
00:05:49 00:05:52 should sell very very quickly because i
00:05:51 00:05:53 guess this is
00:05:52 00:05:55 something people are still buying but i
00:05:53 00:05:55 just wanted to show you that example
00:05:55 00:05:57 because
00:05:55 00:05:59 you know like william said not every
00:05:57 00:06:00 book is going to be profitable it's a
00:05:59 00:06:01 numbers game you need to keep scanning
00:06:00 00:06:03 because the most
00:06:01 00:06:05 random books are going to be the books
00:06:03 00:06:07 that are worth money about just
00:06:05 00:06:09 kind of sometimes some strange um
00:06:07 00:06:10 subjects and topics but
00:06:09 00:06:13 yeah that was one of our best finds from
00:06:10 00:06:14 yesterday so the fifth and final step is
00:06:13 00:06:16 a little bit more difficult to kind of
00:06:14 00:06:17 show essentially after you've
00:06:16 00:06:18 accumulated quite a few books you wanna
00:06:17 00:06:19 be able to list them so what you're
00:06:18 00:06:20 gonna do is you're going to you can type
00:06:19 00:06:22 in the title
00:06:20 00:06:23 you can sometimes scan the barcode you
00:06:22 00:06:25 want to be able to find that listing on
00:06:23 00:06:27 amazon you're then going to select that
00:06:25 00:06:28 you're selling it use condition
00:06:27 00:06:30 so you can do two different things
00:06:28 00:06:30 you're going to select your price point
00:06:30 00:06:32 so
00:06:30 00:06:34 usually i like to click into the listing
00:06:32 00:06:36 on amazon i like to see
00:06:34 00:06:37 you know what the current pricings are
00:06:36 00:06:39 what the sales rank is so i can kind of
00:06:37 00:06:39 get a you know quick representation of
00:06:39 00:06:42 maybe
00:06:39 00:06:44 how quickly it might sell and then i'm
00:06:42 00:06:45 gonna mainly pay attention to the fba
00:06:44 00:06:46 offers because that's kind of what i'm
00:06:45 00:06:49 competing with
00:06:46 00:06:51 as an fba seller because as an fba
00:06:49 00:06:53 seller your items your
00:06:51 00:06:55 books are eligible for prime two-day
00:06:53 00:06:58 shipping so you can often charge a
00:06:55 00:06:59 premium price compared to non-fba
00:06:58 00:07:01 sellers which is one of the best
00:06:59 00:07:02 benefits about fba so essentially you're
00:07:01 00:07:03 going to choose your price point
00:07:02 00:07:05 you're going to choose your condition of
00:07:03 00:07:07 the book so you can say okay this is
00:07:05 00:07:08 you know used very good condition and
00:07:07 00:07:10 then you're going to add it to a
00:07:08 00:07:10 shipment and what you'll do is you'll
00:07:10 00:07:12 list
00:07:10 00:07:14 you know every single book that you have
00:07:12 00:07:15 in your um that you purchased
00:07:14 00:07:17 and you'll be adding it to a shipment
00:07:15 00:07:18 then once you have your shipment created
00:07:17 00:07:20 you're going to print out your little
00:07:18 00:07:22 individual late fn skus to cover up the
00:07:20 00:07:23 barcode so that once amazon receives
00:07:22 00:07:26 your shipment
00:07:23 00:07:28 um they'll scan that fnsku label and
00:07:26 00:07:30 it'll uniquely identify
00:07:28 00:07:32 that book as my storefronts or williams
00:07:30 00:07:34 storefronts when amazon receives it
00:07:32 00:07:35 um and kind of back to the process after
00:07:34 00:07:35 you list everything after you have your
00:07:35 00:07:38 shipment
00:07:35 00:07:38 um you then package everything in a box
00:07:38 00:07:41 after it's labeled
00:07:38 00:07:43 you ship it to an amazon warehouse they
00:07:41 00:07:45 receive it they scan it they check it in
00:07:43 00:07:47 it's then for sale on amazon.com
00:07:45 00:07:49 and yeah you just kind of wait for stuff
00:07:47 00:07:50 to sell you can you can revise
00:07:49 00:07:52 change your pricings price it higher
00:07:50 00:07:54 price it lower um and obviously that
00:07:52 00:07:56 brings me to the last
00:07:54 00:07:58 step which is honestly to just continue
00:07:56 00:07:59 to scale the business like what you know
00:07:58 00:08:01 what william i were toking about is
00:07:59 00:08:02 just you know consistently going to more
00:08:01 00:08:04 storefronts finding more books and
00:08:02 00:08:06 just growing the business and honestly
00:08:04 00:08:07 just by going to a bunch of different
00:08:06 00:08:09 thrift stores yesterday i think we hit
00:08:07 00:08:11 like five or six
00:08:09 00:08:13 i think we found like 200 worth of
00:08:11 00:08:14 profit just scanning every single book
00:08:13 00:08:15 and each of the thrift stores we went to
00:08:14 00:08:17 so
00:08:15 00:08:18 this is a really really good way to make
00:08:17 00:08:19 money especially if you're consistent
00:08:18 00:08:21 with it you know
00:08:19 00:08:22 going at least once a week to all these
00:08:21 00:08:24 different thrift stores you know it's a
00:08:22 00:08:26 great side hustle great full-time income
00:08:24 00:08:27 if you're really really going to put
00:08:26 00:08:28 effort into it so william now that i
00:08:27 00:08:30 have you here
00:08:28 00:08:31 what's uh you know one tip or one piece
00:08:30 00:08:32 of advice that you would give to a
00:08:31 00:08:33 beginner
00:08:32 00:08:35 amazon seller that wants to start
00:08:33 00:08:37 reselling books on amazon
00:08:35 00:08:39 yeah so the one piece of advice i would
00:08:37 00:08:40 give a new seller on amazon is to
00:08:39 00:08:42 absolutely
00:08:40 00:08:43 understand that this is a numbers game
00:08:42 00:08:45 you're not gonna find
00:08:43 00:08:47 a book that's profitable the first one
00:08:45 00:08:48 you scanned the key is to just scan
00:08:47 00:08:50 every single book possible in each
00:08:48 00:08:52 thrift store you go to
00:08:50 00:08:53 and hit up as many as you possibly can
00:08:52 00:08:54 plan out a route in the beginning of the
00:08:53 00:08:56 day
00:08:54 00:08:57 and say hey i'm gonna hit all five of
00:08:56 00:08:58 these and hopefully we'll be able to
00:08:57 00:09:00 find something because
00:08:58 00:09:02 pretty much in every store we went to we
00:09:00 00:09:04 found at least one book by just
00:09:02 00:09:05 scanning every single one in there so
00:09:04 00:09:07 just understanding it's a numbers game
00:09:05 00:09:09 and to be patient with it
00:09:07 00:09:11 um success will come awesome well that
00:09:09 00:09:13 is it for this video thank you so much
00:09:11 00:09:14 for watching william thank you so much
00:09:13 00:09:15 for the tips and advice that you gave as
00:09:14 00:09:16 well
00:09:15 00:09:18 um if you guys have any more questions
00:09:16 00:09:19 regarding you know reselling books on
00:09:18 00:09:21 amazon
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