I’ve had inconsistent but regular success sourcing Barnes & Noble’s discounted book section for titles I can flip for a profit (although not so consistent that I’d be unwilling to broadcast this fact to a worldwide audience. Realistically, you probably won’t make much money off this.) Every once in a while, there’s a stack of books with no FBA (Fulfillment by
This week, I had my most interesting Barnes & Noble find yet. I was browsing the business section as I often do and found a rather tattered title that looked out of place. At a glance I could tell it was one of those books someone special ordered, then never came to pick up. In such a situation, Barnes & Noble will often just put it on the shelf. This book looked like it had been there for years. The subject matter was arcane enough, and the publisher obscure enough, that it looked like a title
Sales rank: 2.5 million.
Lowest merchant-fulfilled offer: $899
As I’ll cover in another post (And go into extensively in Amazon Autopilot), a rank like that is not all it may seem. Nearly every piece of info out there on Fulfillment By
Since then I’ve learned to identify books with a small but steady demand (books that sell “once in a while”) from books that are merely obsolete. This one had such an arcane subject matter, I put it in the first category.
I bought it for the cover price of $30. Will it ever sell? I don’t know, but it’s worth the risk. If I bought 25 such books with the same value, and only ONE of them sold, then every book that sold beyond that would be pure profit.
If it does sell, be sure I’ll be bragging about it in a very unprofessional way here.