January 10, 2008

Cooking up some January sales!

Do you want to cook up some quick cash? You may have some serious dough sitting around on your shelves in your kitchen!

Since this is cookbook and diet book season what better time to purchase Family Business Ideas Cookbook files at a whopping 75% off?!

Their most recent cookbook sale was just the day before yesterday for $34. They paid $1 at a Friends of the Library sale. Julia Child has a following and many of her books can do well. Watch for the signed copies. You can have great success with French cookbooks, as well.


Julie Anna has over fifty titles selected and priced for you with the average final value price at $40. Everyone and anyone can make money selling cookbooks online. Don't forget you can send them through the mail at a discount service known as media mail, and media mail is travelling quite quickly now since the christmas backlog has cleared up, or upgrade to priority if your book is particlarily pricey.

Can you collect and assimilate this information yourself? Absolutely. But why spend the time when it has been done for you? Your time is so precious and could be easily squandered in information processing.

Julie Anna spent over six hours collecting and compiling this information. You are paying less than a dollar an hour for her time! Or think of it this way: For as much as a cup of Starbucks and a biscotti you can have information that potentially will make you hundreds of dollars each and every month.

This is a PDF or Excel file with all the bibliographic information for each cookbook title plus prices realized on eBay. There won't be links to pictures of the books like her private newsletter subscription provides. It's strictly text information.


To a prosperous book selling year!
Janet Langford

January 7, 2008

Velocity- Amazon Sales rank- the key to predicting a sale.

Many new sellers get excited when a new listing sells but ponder another listing that sits there for seemingly endless months. It is not a hit and miss happening that some may believe. It has all to do with velocity. Getting to know and interpret the Amazon Sales rank is probably the most important information you will need to learn. The ability to estimate when an item will sell could make the difference of buying it or leaving it on the table.

The Amazon sales rank can be found in the product details section on any sales page. Scroll down a bit till you find publisher info, number of pages, etc. This number can change frequently, sometimes even up to every hour but longer ranking items usually are a little more stable.

Amongst Amazon's over 5 millions titles listed it pays to know if anyone has actually purchased this book in the last year. The sales rank can be as low as #1 or high as that illusive five million. The lower the number, the faster you can expect a sale providing you have priced your listing competitively. If you list an item that has a rank of under 2-3000 you can usually expect it to sell within hours. If it is under 100 it could sell by the time you have listed it and flipped over to your email. Any listing that has a rank or N means that not even one has been sold in a year. If there are 32 items listed then walking away from that purchase at any price might be a good idea. Inventory criteria is going to be different amongst sellers but learning to establish your own boundaries are important for inventory space as well as your profitability.

It doesn't mean that you should rule out all high selling ranks. Some judgment will serve you well. If an item is in such short supply that that are none to sell then this will of course affect the rank. There could be buyers out there but none for sale. Be sure to do your research before listing it for 19.99 when in fact it could bring in much, much more. Keeping an eye on Amazon's published buyer waiting list could be more profitable than you think.