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Anyone else sell books on Amazon?


humdrum

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It used to be an agreeable little tickle. I would buy a book, read it and then sell it on. Amazon would charge a fee, I would get some of my money back and 99 times out of a 100 the punter would be pleased.

All was well.

But I have been out of the game for a bit and decided to flog some of the dreck cluttering up the shelves. So I opened a new account with Amazon and put the first book up for sale.

And was told that Amazon wanted...

A referral fee of        £0.96

A closing fee of        £1.00

A per item fee of      £0.75

Taxes of                    £0.55

 

I have padded a few bills myself over the years myself, so I would not complain were it not so bloody cack handed. Why three different fees? I can understand Jeff Bezos saying, well guys, I want to go to the stars so you can bloody well pay for it and I want a few quid off you to pay for the petrol, but this is sad stuff and nothing Delos D. Harriman would do

Anyway, I have looked at the few thousand other books on the shelves and reckon they will do nicely for the bonfire on 5 November

 

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Someone involved in selling secondhand books and dvds was telling me Amazon made it very difficult to sell them for everyone including the biggest sellers. I think they do have their own used book outfit but I don’t think it was to assist this. Considering with third-party sellers it’s just a case of watching the money pour in it seems an odd commercial decision he thinks, and TBH so do I, it’s part of a larger agenda to push to all digital.

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On 30/07/2021 at 21:16, SNACR said:

Someone involved in selling secondhand books and dvds was telling me Amazon made it very difficult to sell them for everyone including the biggest sellers. I think they do have their own used book outfit but I don’t think it was to assist this. Considering with third-party sellers it’s just a case of watching the money pour in it seems an odd commercial decision he thinks, and TBH so do I, it’s part of a larger agenda to push to all digital.

Agree, looked at the Amazon set-up a though "Forget it, life is too short for this nonsense"

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On 30/07/2021 at 19:54, humdrum said:

It used to be an agreeable little tickle. I would buy a book, read it and then sell it on. Amazon would charge a fee, I would get some of my money back and 99 times out of a 100 the punter would be pleased.

All was well.

But I have been out of the game for a bit and decided to flog some of the dreck cluttering up the shelves. So I opened a new account with Amazon and put the first book up for sale.

And was told that Amazon wanted...

A referral fee of        £0.96

A closing fee of        £1.00

A per item fee of      £0.75

Taxes of                    £0.55

 

I have padded a few bills myself over the years myself, so I would not complain were it not so bloody cack handed. Why three different fees? I can understand Jeff Bezos saying, well guys, I want to go to the stars so you can bloody well pay for it and I want a few quid off you to pay for the petrol, but this is sad stuff and nothing Delos D. Harriman would do

Anyway, I have looked at the few thousand other books on the shelves and reckon they will do nicely for the bonfire on 5 November

 

I may have posted something on this. No idea where!

A colleagues dad has a book shop.

Anyway books came up as a common subject.

His dad was pissed off by the tons of charges Amazon put on his books.

This was maybe 6 months ago.

Amazon.

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Been buying a few used books off Amazon for my mum from her favourite authors as she can't find them locally without paying new price.

Many are pennies with a standard delivery charge of £2.80. So not sure how this correlates to the charges listed above. I expect the postage includes the actual profit, so is the sell price of pennies how they get around the amazon fees?

Just bought a hardback book myself for just over £3 delivered, via an amazon marketplace seller. There are a few big sellers that often pop up on the used marketplace listings, including Music Magpie, so they must find it profitable, perhaps their volume puts them in a higher tier where the fees are workable, so they and amazon are just stopping small outfits competing.

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It's 15 years ago now, but when I was selling a few books on Amazon you could pay a fee per book (which was about £2.80 even back then IIRC) or you could pay a flat fee of something like £50 a month for as many listings as you liked. The guys selling books for 1p plus postage were all doing the latter (and presumably got a bulk rate on the post as well).

I considered doing it as at the time I had what seemed like a pretty reliable source of free books, but in the end figured it would be more arseache than it was worth (and I didn't really have the space to store a lot of stock as I was in a one bed flat at the time).

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On 18/08/2021 at 00:55, Rave said:

It's 15 years ago now, but when I was selling a few books on Amazon you could pay a fee per book (which was about £2.80 even back then IIRC) or you could pay a flat fee of something like £50 a month for as many listings as you liked. The guys selling books for 1p plus postage were all doing the latter (and presumably got a bulk rate on the post as well).

I considered doing it as at the time I had what seemed like a pretty reliable source of free books, but in the end figured it would be more arseache than it was worth (and I didn't really have the space to store a lot of stock as I was in a one bed flat at the time).

Sold all my CD's via amazon about that time.

Don't remember paying Amazon a fee but must have, but can't have been much.

Anyway my trick was a CD would fit in to a small jiffy bag and postage was the cost of a second class stamp. Worked out at about 50p to send one but Amazon charged something like £1.29 for P&P to the consumer. I think 50p was about as low as you could go sale price and still make a profit. However the low value stuff was the popular stuff and I didn't have a huge amount of that sort of thing, think I averaged about £4-5 a CD, quite a few in the £20s and beyond, highest was £90 for some special edition which I'd purchased on a whim for normal CD price in Ourprice, had no idea it was worth anything.

My other thing was I would by a box of new jewel cases at about 10p each, 9/10 times it took a rather beat up looking CD and turned it in to brand new condition (inserts were always fine). I had so many CD's that very few had been played much and even the ones that had just needed a wipe with a cloth.

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Stinky Wizzleteats

Don't know where the profit is for this any more but glad it's still going. P&P is often more than the book as noted above.

I've got a big list of books that I'm trying to get through, things that have caught my attention and I've taken a note. I'm now making an effort to shrink the list rather than grow it! A while ago I bought about 20 books for about £70 I think. Very gratifying to get a jumbo box delivered! They've all since been redistributed to friends, not worth the effort of selling them on IMHO

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