This is my fourth month into book selling FBA on Amazon and I am starting to get serious about finding inventory! I am a bit hooked on the email that is familiar to FBA sellers that starts out with “Amazon has shipped an item you sold.” As a matter of fact, I check my email every couple of hours and that is the message I scan it for. I LOVE making money while I’m sleeping, driving, eating, watching my daughter’s soccer game, etc. I sold three books during the MSU vs. UofM football game last night! As happy as I was with my team winning, I was honestly happier that I sold three books while I watched a football game.
In sourcing books (or anything else I imagine) it is easy to fall into a rut or to think you are sourcing all the possible inventory in a town or area. I think I entered that rut a couple of weeks ago. I started to write off my local Goodwill as “tapped out” or “cherry picked” because I hadn’t come away with much in the most recent visits. I couldn’t seem to find great local library sales and made excuses about driving to get to them.
Thank goodness I got inspired when Connor came to town and outsourced me!
Connor M., a very close friend of the family, is a Purdue student with an entrepreneurial spirit. He follows this blog and already has a product on Amazon. He asked me if I could demonstrate book sourcing while he was home on fall break. We went to our local Goodwill and much to my surprise, he pulled about 18 great books from this “tapped out” source. He scanned items I would usually skip and had an open mind. He re-inspired me to finding inventory at my Goodwill. That inspiration began my best yet book sourcing week.
After picking up 8 items at the Goodwill with Connor I went home, got online and got really serious about library sales. I used BookSaleFinder and decided I had time to travel. I ended up traveling to three book sales during the business week. One book sale started late in the day, but I went to the town early and cleaned out their Goodwill and their Goodwill outlet. In an effort to end up with a solid 250 books by Saturday night, I attended an estate sale in my town on Saturday morning and grabbed another seven books. Still a few books short, I stopped at my closest library and scanned their “for sale” shelf, which I hadn’t done in months. I don’t think anyone else has scanned it in months either because I scored 14 books there!
I am going to attempt to source 250 books each week going forward. I do not have as many library sales during this upcoming week, so I am already thinking creatively about how I might do this. I have renewed my ad on Craigs List indicating that I buy books and I am scanning the Craig’s List ads in my town. I will look hard at the Estate Sales in my town this week and consider traveling to get to them (if you want to be alerted via email when an estate sale is near you, go to EstateSales.net.) I am ready to take books to the next level!