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What I learned buying a video store, confessions of an Amazon seller

What I learned buying a video store, confessions of an Amazon seller
Confessions of an FBA seller who bought a video store: Approaching the two year anniversary, I share the lessons I learned driving cross-country for 3,000 DVDs. (If you’re not in the mood for a cool story about a big score, skip to the...

I can’t believe it: They found my #1 secret book source

I can’t believe it: They found my #1 secret book source
A retrospective and obituary, after two sellers discover my #1 secret book source. (Apologies for the delay between posts. Big things in the works. All will be revealed soon….) It happened. I mean, it always happens, but I never thought...

A really awesome estate sale book-goldmine. Finally.

A really awesome estate sale book-goldmine. Finally.
The story of one estate sale and an herbalism-book cash cow. This was the ad on Craigslist: “Mom died and we’re cleaning out her house. She had some nice things, but there’s nothing super expensive. Mom was into alternative...

Whole Foods arbitrage: media sourcing in aisle 11

Whole Foods arbitrage: media sourcing in aisle 11
Two stories on finding profitable media in the most unlikely of places (i.e. the bulk foods section). Part I: Whole Foods arbitrage The hidden benefits of “compulsive scanning syndrome” I scan everything compulsively. It...

My magic formula for identifying poorly-ranked books that actually sell

My magic formula for identifying poorly-ranked books that actually sell
How to separate the obsolete books from ones that will actually sell on Amazon. Readers of this site know I am a proponent of two closely linked things: The theory that “almost everything sells on Amazon, eventually.” Not being...

Textbook buying frenzy starts TODAY: Everything you need to know

Textbook buying frenzy starts TODAY: Everything you need to know
The textbook rush has begun. Here is everything a Fulfillment by Amazon seller needs to know about maximizing your profits. If you’re selling books on Amazon, this is the day. Students around the country are flooding back to...

Inside the mind of a madman: Why I spent $60 on books ranked 8 million

Inside the mind of a madman: Why I spent $60 on books ranked 8 million
How I knew 10 books with terrible Sales Rank’s would still sell. (Get past the boring title and subject matter and there’s a valuable lesson here, so take this bitter pill. You may even enjoy it.) I took a road trip to Iowa...

The garage sale experiment that would never work…. but did.

The garage sale experiment that would never work…. but did.
I blindly look for books at two-dozen random garage sales, and track the results. Here’s an idea: How many books would you find if you visited 25 random garage sales, pulled out of a hat? Recently I decided to find out. My anti-garage...

How I profited off the world’s worst library book sale

How I profited off the world’s worst library book sale
Recently I attended a library book sale about 45 minutes from my home. And it fit the profile of the “World’s Worst Library Book Sale.” What does that mean? Let’s look at the list of factors that might make a library...

Book Sourcing Secrets has arrived…

Book Sourcing Secrets has arrived…
The day has come. At midnight, Book Sourcing Secrets went live. After hundreds of hours of writing, editing, and research; and seeking the input of dozens of readers (and even one copy of the book getting out before publication), Book Sourcing...

Book Sourcing Case Study #3: University infiltration

Book Sourcing Case Study #3: University infiltration
In this post: Book Sourcing Case Study #3 (final in the series). FBA Mastery gets hacked? Book Sourcing Secrets leaks. By now, you’ve already read case study #1, of another who sources entirely through dumpsters while working just 8...

Book Sourcing Case Study #2: Recycler Riches

Book Sourcing Case Study #2: Recycler Riches
What’s in this post: How I met a man who made $25,000 a month selling books. Announcement #2. Book Sourcing Case Study #2: Recycler Riches. The following is a true story. Nearly half-a-million dollars in gross profits over two years. A...

Book Sourcing Case Study #1: “Trash cash” – the interview

Book Sourcing Case Study #1: “Trash cash” – the interview
First, an announcement. For the “inner circle” on the FBA Mastery email list, you’ve already known about this for 3 days. For the rest of you, I’ll just be blunt: ____________________________ I’M RELEASING A...

9 sites for Amazon sellers that are better than this one

9 sites for Amazon sellers that are better than this one
I’ve been keeping a secret for a long time: There are many sites for Amazon sellers that are better than this one. Here are nine of them: Honest Online Selling Jordan Malik is best described as “legit.” His blog, Honest...

Selling CDs on Amazon: Lightning Round Q&A With an Expert

Selling CDs on Amazon: Lightning Round Q&A With an Expert
In last week’s post, I covered buying a large lot of CDs on Craigslist, and admitted my general ignorance about selling CDs on Amazon. Some of the biggest questions I was left with were: Can Fulfillment by Amazon sellers charge more than...

The time I bought 1,000 CDs on Craigslist

The time I bought 1,000 CDs on Craigslist
Two weeks ago, I saw the ad: “1,000 CDs – Prog Rock, Metal, Psychedelic, More – $100.” This one seemed too good to be true. And on Craigslist, that means it usually is. You’ll see CD collections for pennies on the...

From $1k to $9k a month in 3 months: The Ryan Grant Interview

From $1k to $9k a month in 3 months: The Ryan Grant Interview
Ryan Grant quit his job in September, 2013 and threw himself into selling via Fulfillment by Amazon (and eBay) full time. He took his business to $9,000 in net profit in just a few months. He tracks his online selling journey on his site,...

College dumpster diving: End-of-the-year trash free for all

College dumpster diving: End-of-the-year trash free for all
End-of-the-semester trash insantiy: I spend a day capitalizing off of what college kids throw away behind their dorms. I’ve been indulging in the end-of-the-semester trash feast my entire adult life. For those unaware, at the end of...

Opening day of garage sale season: Full report

Opening day of garage sale season: Full report
There’s no official “opening day of garage sale season”.  I just made it up. There is, to some extent, a season for garage sales. Every year, in the less temperate parts of the country, when the weather starts to get warmer,...

Hidden profit: 3 book types most Amazon sellers don’t know are profitable

Hidden profit: 3 book types most Amazon sellers don’t know are profitable
Here are three types of books it took me a long time to learn had more value than I realized… Old math books. What? Am I wasting your time with mundane info like this? Hold on, let me explain… There is one thing that separates math...

Ninja library book sale secrets: 7 tricks for making the most money

Ninja library book sale secrets: 7 tricks for making the most money
Use these 7 tricks at library books sales to maximize profits and destroy your competition. Conventional wisdom for the lazy bookseller goes something like this: Profit at a book sale is determined by the randomness of the universe, who...

Three types of books I used to ignore but learned to love

Three types of books I used to ignore but learned to love
I break down three types of books I used to ignore, but learned to profit from (at least a little). A book is not a book is not a book. A lot of booksellers get very opinionated about what kinds of books “aren’t worth the...

Creating your own product page Part II: The part I left out

Creating your own product page Part II: The part I left out
How to get your own UPC number: The missing link to creating an Amazon product page. A few weeks ago I posted an article titled How to Add A Book to Amazon’s Catalog. In it, I explain how to create a product page for an item that...

Guest post on “Book to the Future”: My recycling center bombshell

Guest post on “Book to the Future”: My recycling center bombshell
I’m thrilled to have a guest post up this week on my favorite bookselling blog: Nathan Holmquist’s Book to the Future. It’s a true story titled “How a Trip to the Recycling Center Yielded $3,000 in Books.” It...

Cracking the Code on Amazon Sales Rank

Cracking the Code on Amazon Sales Rank
Sales Rank is among the most misunderstood yet important elements of selling on Amazon. You scan a book. It’s ranked 700,000. How much information can you learn from this number? You can extract more meaning from it than you think…...

How to Add a Book to Amazon’s Catalog (And Why You Should)

How to Add a Book to Amazon’s Catalog (And Why You Should)
This is one of those things you don’t know you need until you learn it. Then you don’t know how you lived without it. Over the years I have scanned or keyed-in many hundreds (maybe thousands) of books that came up as one of the...

The story of a book ranked 6 million: A lesson in Amazon sales rank

The story of a book ranked 6 million: A lesson in Amazon sales rank
I track the sales rank of a book after a single sale, and am floored by the results. I’ve mentioned before that one of my side businesses is publishing. I have about 10 titles in print, most of which are very “long tail”...

Two quick tips for profiting off VHS tapes

Two quick tips for profiting off VHS tapes
Here’s a quick tip for media sellers looking to pad their inventory just a little with oddball “leftover” items most overlook. VHS tapes are a strange thing. They’re cheap and everywhere. They’re also very rarely...

My detailed account of a perfectly average trip to a thrift store

My detailed account of a perfectly average trip to a thrift store
I profile all the twists, turns, and finds from a perfectly average trip to the thrift store. (Or maybe just a little above average). I noticed I’ve done a lot of posts on “outlier” stories of big yields and exceptional...

It’s getting crowded in here: FBA competition surges

It’s getting crowded in here: FBA competition surges
Sellers feel the competition as FBA merchants rise 65% in one year. First, the good news: Prime memberships are up to 20 million. As an FBA seller, these are your customers. Two things to note about this figure: This is the first time...

Selling vinyl records with FBA? Yes. Seriously.

Selling vinyl records with FBA? Yes. Seriously.
The Amazon vinyl experiment. I’m really into finding the weird little blindspots and commonly available “leftover” items that most people overlook. Recently, I’ve dabbled in selling vinyl through Fulfillment by Amazon....

The Zen of Bookselling: Sourcing Books, and the Profit-Perception Equation

The Zen of Bookselling: Sourcing Books, and the Profit-Perception Equation
How two booksellers with the same tools and same knowledge achieve greatly different results. There’s a reason I write so loosely about sourcing tactics, and other things a lot of sellers won’t discuss for fear of inviting...

“Feedback Mastery,” the Amazon feedback repair guide is out!

“Feedback Mastery,” the Amazon feedback repair guide is out!
Feedback Mastery: The Amazon Annihilation Feedback Repair System has arrived.  I’m not going to take a lot of your time here, because you already know if you want this… I spent the last 3 months researching, testing, and writing an...

10 facts about Amazon feedback no one talks about

10 facts about Amazon feedback no one talks about
1) A lot of negative feedback isn’t your fault. In fact, it’s your fault probably less than half of the time. You will get negative feedback, and a lot of it you won’t deserve. To fully appreciate how unwarranted much feedback is, here...

4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Care About FBA Fee Hikes

4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Care About FBA Fee Hikes
Every time I see chatter on Amazon forums about increased fees, and how the sky is falling, and Amazon is a greedy monolith bent on destroying small sellers, I just roll my eyes. Specifically, I’m talking about the people who complain...