Going Commando at a Book Sale!

Let me clarify….when I say “going commando” I mean that I went and bought books WITHOUT a scanner.  Scanners and cell phones were banned at this sale 🙁  It was a 10,000 book FOL sale.  I got there within the first couple hours of them being open.

My goal was to find profitable books to sell on Amazon WITHOUT using FBA Scout.  Yikes!  The first aisle had all the supposedly “collectible” books.  Next it was onto the non-fiction area.  I especially looked at craft books, gardening and cooking.  Found a few good ones there then skimmed biographies, business and religion – nothing for me there.  I glanced up and noticed a section of CDs, audio books and DVDs.  I don’t know if someone wiped them out in the first hour or what – but the pickings were slim here with most being ex-library – nothing for me here.  Then it was off to the children’s book section – found a few.  Then I walked the perimeter of the sale looking for areas I may have missed.  I totally walked past the fiction area.  I don’t know enough about fiction writers to pick out the valuable ones without FBA Scout.  Then I  noticed an area with a bunch of puzzles – Neat-O!  And oh-boy…a sealed, NIB, photo-mosaic puzzle!  3 other opened ones and 2 cartoon themed regular puzzles (opened).  I did one more walk around and found some more possibly good books to sell on Amazon.

6 puzzles / $6 – I’m not going to talk about those here, check out my other site FBA Collectible Toys where I’ll talk about my puzzle finds.

$19 worth of books – kids books, craft, gardening, non-fiction.  I used FBA Power to look up pricing info and list them – quick and easy 🙂

Here is info about most of the books I found (except for the 3 I kept for myself 🙂

Note:  When I put the “non-FBA” prices, these include the shipping cost with them.  Since I’m listing the books FBA, the price I put is based on non-FBA prices with shipping.  Also, I listed many items at $25 even when that is way over what non-FBA sellers are selling the book for.  My reasoning for this is that $25 allows for Free Super Saver shipping for those folks that aren’t “Prime members”.  Plus – if I happen to be the ONLY FBA seller, then why the heck not price it at $25? Yes….people do buy them.  Of course, I do always have the option of changing the price at a later date.  And one other thing….many of these books are “long tail” meaning that they aren’t generally popular with everyone…but for those few that are looking for a book in that particular niche – bam – I’ve got the sale most likely.


5 kids books

Fisher Price book –  no FBA sellers – non-FBA ranges $5.29 – $6.35 – listed for $25

Blue Clues books with Buttons that make noise – no FBA sellers – non-FBA ranges$4 –  $97 – listed for $25

Disney pop-up book – 1 FBA seller $4 Acceptable – non-FBA ranges $4 – $140New – listed for $45

Board book with flaps – no FBA sellers – non-FBA  ranges $4 – $16 – listed for $25

Disney Christmas board book – 2 FBA sellers $3.30 Good –  non-FBA ranges $4-$292 – listed for $25

Disney Picture book – 2 FBA sellers $3.99 – $4.99 – non-FBA ranges $4-$6.99 – listed for $25

4 hard cover books

Craft – Needlework Book – no FBA sellers – non-FBA ranges $5.29 – $8.99 – listed for $25

Book from Public Television Show – no FBA sellers – non-FBA ranges $6.80 – $14.99 – listed for $25

Golden Picture book about the Solar System from 1957 – NOT SELLING – keeping this one for myself.  I really like the illustrations in the old Golden Picture Books and Encyclopedias….adding it to my collection 🙂

Self Defense book – 1 FBA seller $55.99 –  non-FBA ranges $4-$5 – listed for $49.99

soft cover books

Specialty teaching book – ex library – $25

Furniture craftspeople directory – $25 – 1 FBA seller $2.95 good. non-FBA ranges $4.99 – $43.99

Book about Antique linens and lace – $25 – 1 FBA seller $11.95 VG. non-FBA ranges $7.65 – $22.99

book about Faberge Eggs – $25 – no FBA sellers. non-FBA ranges $4.89 – $46

Foam craft book – $4.99 – Amazon is selling this one for $5.95.

Niche Architecture book – $75 – no FBA sellers. non-FBA ranges $7.99 – $85

Niche craft book – $12.99 – 3 FBA sellers ~$3. non-FBA ranges $4-$8.99

19 craft patterns (these were a few pages each)

None of these craft patterns had any FBA sellers on Amazon.  Non-FBA prices ranged from $4 up to $9.  I listed most of them for $12.99 and a few for $25.

3 other books I’m keeping for myself 🙂

Total spent = $19 on books

The box I sent to Amazon with 32 books in it is worth $688.74

Around 1/3 of that will be fees and what not – approximately $230 will go to Amazon in fees (storage, selling fees, shipping fees).

That leaves $458.74

Minus the $19 I spent on books gives me an expected profit of $439.74

Not too shabby!  I’m rather proud of myself 🙂  Did I leave a lot of potential profit on the tables at the book sale? – Absolutely!  Having my scanner with FBA Scout helps tremendously and would have increased my profit tremendously.  However, “going commando” forced me to hone in on the subjects that I was familiar with instead of looking at everything under the sun.

I think I may “go commando” at another books sale, but have my scanner in my pocket just to check 😉