Great Places for Sourcing Books to Sell on Amazon FBA and Make Money Online

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so you think about selling books on amazon which is awesome but now you’re not really sure where to get the books you know how to source them you know how to keep your inventory always stocks you don’t run out on this video I want to share with you some of my tips and tricks and some of my sources that i use to keep books coming into my inventory let’s get started hey guys this is Lenny from sam says resale right go ahead and share my experiences selling on Amazon specifically books but I go ahead and yell share my stories and kind of the apps and the programs that i use and maybe even do some tutorials on them so i really hope you enjoy the videos and definitely check out my youtube channel but in this video we’re going to talk about sourcing books where do i get my books where do most people get books when they sell on amazon or pretty much anywhere that’s a big question because you know it’s kind of tough to to hone in on a specific place because everyone is different you know for example my top place and I get books from may not be the same for you or someone else so I’m gonna go through the list of the different places that i use starting with the you know my number one choice and just kind of going down from there so the first place that I go to his goodwill you know a thrift store and or any equivalent but the goodwill is you know pretty well known in the u.s. maybe there’s other store names that are like that but fortunately for me i have about 10-12 Goodwill’s in my area i live in South Florida so it’s pretty easy i have the closest one to me is maybe five minutes away and there’s probably a good eight 10 and 20 mile radius for me so that makes my life a lot easier but that might not be the same for you so as I go through the list here think about the different place the different sources and mentioning and see how convenient that is for you and I’ll go into an example on one person i’m talking to right now he’s asking for my help you know each and every now and then he’s in a particular situation which you might be in as well so i want to share that with you too but the first place is goodwill why mainly because there’s so many around me right there’s eight to twelve you know in a very very short distance for me makes it very easy for me to go to but not only the distance the google experience itself is is relaxing you know there’s no pressure there’s no one over your shoulder asking questions it’s really kind of calm place to go especially if you’re starting out so if you have Goodwill’s you know Google Maps go on your phone search for you know goodwill now when you search for them there’s a few different kinds there’s the goodwill donation centers are able to drop off places those you want to kind of do a little more association on maybe when you search for them call them see if asking because we’re looking for are in the super stores or the stories themselves you know the retail stores if you want to call them that where you actually go and they have books and clothes and stuff like that because some of the goodwill listings when you search maybe donation centers which is just like a big trailer which you can go and search for books on in so doing research before you go out driving around so don’t waste your time but you want to look for the google super stores and the goodwill outlet stores those are probably best to goodwill type of stores the goodwill stores they have the i have two things all the time books and clothes for sure so you want to probably start with books because that’s kind of what I’m kind of getting into so when you go you’ll probably have a couple hundred books you can easily look at and it makes it so much easier for you because there’s no one bothering you it’s very relaxing really cares what you’re doing you know only thing I do ask because you may kind of wind up you know maybe someone might say something if you’re looking at booking pulling out you’re looking at them put them back make it nice and neat you know because people do spend most their day putting books on the shelves and people that work there and you know making sure they’re nice and neat so make sure you do that this behind you be considerate but the books are pretty pretty good condition for the most part i mean i-i everything good and above very few books made almost no books with milder mold some might have stickers some might have some writing in them but that’s ok can you can easily sell those for a certain condition depending on how it is but good was a great resource to to scout out because it’s easy no one’s bothering there’s no pressure what else can i say about the goodwills are so do some research see if there’s any girls around you there are go one day not really going to look for books we just go take a look at it you’ll see where the books are see what kind of books they are and i’ll do another video what type of books you should be looking for but this video’s is mainly on on where I source so good wheels my top choice is it yours I don’t know you gotta do some research my second choice would be probably salvation army I think Salvation Army is very similar to goodwill and they may have cheaper prices this there’s only two salvation army’s around me so it’s it’s not my top choice and just kind of keeping I guess the thing in the category that I that I’m in three stores i guess the Salvation Army is a good resource don’t go there is often because you don’t have as many books and the books aren’t as good condition as goodwill but the Salvation Army is another place because they’re there’s only two but they’re pretty close to me so if I’m driving home from work or have a couple minutes is fair you know if I’m going out to run errands i’ll just stop by and check it out so salvation army and you may have some around you and check them out you never know yard sales garage sales so your tails and garage sales are a great resource you can find pretty good out of books depending on where you live so I live in cordova really not a city area this is more residential so any streets i go down on saturday and sunday are usually pretty good and I can probably right now it’s a saturday i can probably in my house in the morning around nine o’clock and i can guarantee at least 6 Grosch shells easily without even thinking about it I just live in that type of area which is good for me now the only reason why I don’t go out that much is because it takes time no I have a family I don’t want to spend half my Saturday morning going to garage sales but there’s some time when I can do it I’ll definitely do it but they’re good because you know there’s there’s around me there’s there’s a good amount of them the only issue of garage sales that might be uncomfortable for some people some people might be a little more introverted shy you know going in front of a stranger looking at their stuff maybe kind of weird to you just a different experience that’s why i say goodwill just easier to start off with is to get familiar with the books in the process but the garage sales can be very rewarding as well because you can get books very cheap there most of the time and you never know because maybe like two or three times when i go out to garage sales I’ll stumble across an estate sale so that’s another kind of item in my bowl in my list for today’s video is not go through the garage sales yard sales and also estate sales and estate sales basically there’s someone’s house and they need to leave the house very quickly and they’re selling everything in the house everything you know you go and you walk in the house maybe a mess it may be organized there maybe prices on everything so what you do is you walk around the house and you see what there is to buy and i usually go right for the books i’ll ask the person that’s running the thing in my head you have any books yeah sure they’re in they’re scattered across the house so i’ll just walk around the house and I found some pretty good books there but there’s not an estate sale every single weekend so it’s kind of like just a bonus when I go out so the yard sales the garage sales and estate sales you know require me to go out i don’t really know what’s going to happen i don’t know how many are going to be so it’s kind of a guest kind of a mystery so that’s the only issue i guess one of the issues with garage sales and yard sales and those types of sales is you don’t know you don’t know how many are going to be doing how long you gonna be out there maybe I go out one morning and there’s only one maybe we’ve got one morning and there’s too many and 11 of time so i do that kind of what I can but I don’t really focus too much on on those types of sales but they can be rewarding like I said you can get books no under a dollar most of the time you can negotiate easier because the goodwills and the salvation army’s you really can’t negotiate their pretty pretty strict in their prices what I’ve done it Goodwill’s as I walk into a good will that has maybe eight hundred books and i’ll spend maybe an hour to scanning a bunch of books and let’s say I pull out under books i’ll pull them aside and then I’ll go and ask the manager asked for the manager will my k mander you know I’m a book collector i like that i pulled out a hundred books i’m interested in would you give them to me for a dollar apiece now I say a dollar piece because usually a good wills they’re a dollar for paperback and two hours or hardcover and three dollars for like specialty books like cookbooks and the big table coffee table books so I’m liking what i can do on for everyone for a dollar that’s fine so ask the person manager she really wasn’t me and she really given to my negotiation so like I know what I’m not gonna cause any beef because i’ll be back here again I asked and that was it you know the worst they can say is no so I bought them 12 dollars each wasn’t a big deal i still got a pretty good deal the Prophet was I think the net profit on those was a couple hundred hours and i spent maybe less than a hundred i think it was depending on how many books like that but it was it was a pretty good it was a pretty good haul but anyway so there are some differences in the different types of places to source the other thing you can do which really works for me is craigslist what you can do I know other people use this tactic i think it frizzy frizzy resellers uses this to something I got this from him Thank You easy is google website if then if this then that I think that’s what it’s called yeah if this then that go to that website what you do is you sign the account it’s free and you kind of attach another website to it like craigslist and you what you do is you go to craigslist you search for books and then you see the URL that comes up you copy that URL you put that into if this then that and then every time a new book is posted on craigslist you get an email you have to sit there and look through craigslist all day all morning all night to look for books around the area so that’s what I do so I get an email every time a new book posting comes up whether it’s the only South Florida and there’s three different counties here so whichever the three-county the book comes in on craigslist I get an email i take a look at it om maybe this is too far for me maybe this is like two hours away and may or may not go depending on the book so if this then that is a great website you can hook up your craigslist listings to that so when cradles the post comes up from someone you get an email it makes your life a lot easier so look into that so craigslist is great i’ve gotten many many awesome books on craigslist one time I got a book or a bunch of books i paid fifty bucks for eight bucks i think it was but they were pretty new like college-level box and I least made for hours on that so awesome roi but you don’t find those that often but they’re they’re the most of time on craigslist some people are selling you know they’ll post individual books and people post vocal books so what I do is what you can do it you when you look at the listings you’ll start seeing that if there’s individual books are posting some of them looks as far as the person posting them you’ll see like they’re the same person so i’ll click on one and i’ll try to contact the seller saying hey I noticed you posted about ten books how many do you have total maybe they have 50 that haven’t posted yet so i kinda talk to them through craigslist whether to email or text messages or whatever but craigslist is a great place to go it’s just another source other places that I do source as well when I first started off I am I used craigslist but i also was it i think it was criticized found people are posting selling pallets now Gaylords the column of books on the big platinum big on pallets if you go to my my facebook page Simon Says resale and you look at the pictures there’s a picture of a pallet within the palette you can probably about 800 to 1,200 books so this guy was selling about 15 pallets of books about a 44 40 to 45 minutes north of me so i called him up and I said hey I’m interested in books you know I sell books I think you’re selling for two hundred dollars for a pallet of books which at the time this is when I first first started I was like awesome 200 booked under dollars for almost a thousand books let’s say on average is awesome let’s go you know it’s less than a dollar book which is kind of my goal so I Drive up there with my wife’s car she has a pathfinder you know it has the three rows i can put them all down so if I i went there expecting to buy a lot of books I am I got there and I saw the palate the guy and again like 15 pallets it was awesome i only had room for maybe one so i bought a pallet you think what pallets is you don’t know what you’re getting because you can’t sit there and individually pick out the books you’re more give me the whole box kind of thing so what i did is i put the seats down my wife’s car I loaded my wife’s car with as many books as I could at the time i got about half a pallet in my wife’s car before the pathfinder started to sink so I drove home unload all them went back the next day go back up there put the rest of the palette in the back of the car and then drove home that was my first experience with a palette really don’t know where you’re going to get I wasn’t super excited once I got home and looked at everything or as i was pulling it out because what happened was there were about who they were about maybe 400 calendars in there so it wasn’t just books it was books and calendars now this was if you look at my previous videos I only started doing amazon my signed up my seller account on November 11 2016 so not that long ago so i did this whole palette thing December beginning of december so I really wasn’t that experience with it but i want to share this with you just to kind of give you some insight so the the palette I God had about three four hundred calendars from 2016 so it was december 2016 so the years almost over and I have 400 calendars for years almost over wasn’t too excited and I talked to the guy like what is this you know how do is I’m not gonna be a mama knows him too much because I get what you pay for and it really isn’t appropriate to kind of get too into it with him so I didn’t too much but I can’t ask the question what I’m going to do with these he goes well there is a market for that you know some school teachers dubai older calendars for the pictures and like you know what whatever so long story short i get home i sort everything out after everything about that they are recycled everything that wasn’t good like maybe it’s ripped the hell or has mold or mildew whatever I said kinda get rid of those things so when all the dust settled i wind up with about 600 books and like 400 calendars is that a good the hall technically it could be because only paid 200 box and it still is pretty good pricing forward so i’m not super upset but I know I could have done better somewhere else maybe so so they were about 600 books and I think the profit for that was you know over a thousand dollars anything I remember it’s been a long time you know it’s been a month and a half and i processed at least 2,000 books since then but long story short is buying books and pallets and Gaylords is another source just try to be careful as much as you can that was my first one now i have i gotten pallets and Ben and Gaylords after that have been much better i have a contact at a distributor and a person that collects books for recycling he’s a director of salvage its kind of his title is kind of cool but I can go to him whenever i want so it’s not like I’m waiting for an ad on craigslist their kind of constantly throwing books around and he always has them and what he sells them he’s recycles them so they’re basically their books at the end of their kind of cycle for that company so they kind of get rid of them and they recycle them and they they sell them so i can go to him I can call them up right now and say hey I want a pallet or two and i’ll go ahead and set my time up and do that now the only thing pallets are great because you get a lot of books for a little bit of money which is awesome you’re putting us i don’t know what you’re actually getting but overall the expenses good it’s cheap it’s not much of an expense but the other part of it is the time to process and other additional expenses for example not that first example I use my wife’s car which will probably never do again because i can only fit about a half of a pallet in there but the second third and fourth time that I got books pallets i rented a u-haul truck which was was a good idea i I didn’t have to use my own car I’d got a bigger truck that can hold a lot more so I had rented a u-haul truck is my first time and new guy i rented u-haul truck expecting by one pallet for fifty dollars fifty dollars for one pallet was like well that’s an amazing deal so i bought a u-haul truck went through all truck went there actually bought two pallets instead of one because I can fit two and only 50 bucks so each so why not so i spent a hundred dollars on about 2,000 books that’s kind of what it worked out is no way the palate before they give it to you is just under a thousand pounds like 998 pounds so almost done i think so a lot of books oh i thought i was crazy but anyway we got a good deal hundred bucks for 2,000 books why the hell not so i can use a forklift they put the two pallets of books on u-haul truck came home unload all the books talking about two hours put the u-haul truck back came home and then kind of sort through all of them and i have a whole process will all go through later specifically to buying books and bulk that I do but again long story short with that is it can be very profitable so definitely look into that the buying books and palate and stuff like that so it was a kind of mine my top three four five places to get books across his fam there’s friends and family you know if we don’t the bottom too much ideas flyers I made flyers and put around my neighborhood so maybe do some marketing like that but there are many different ways to get the books just a matter what’s best for you now again if you have Goodwill’s and you have a car and it’s possible to do that go and do it if you have salvation army’s do that if you want to buy on craigslist that do that too if you’re able to do everything that’s amazing now the other bonus thing i want to mention too is I did all this myself in the very beginning but as I wanted to kind of build my company and build my business I started to back off from sourcing books myself so what I do now is actually pay book Sorcerer’s to go out and get books for me and I pay them her book and I’ll make a individual unique video just on that process says but long story short with that is i create an ad on craigslist I’m saying hey I’m someone that sells books online blah blah i’m looking for books Scouters i’ll pay you two hours and fifty cents a book based on the criteria that is met and it’s approved haha so what I do is I use my FB a scan app and i have a video on how to setup triggers an FBA scan for the book Scouters but I i want to do is I put the ad on craigslist i get people to interview and then I explained the situation to them and we meet and I put the FDA scan app on their phone I pay for my my money i use the 995 lowest plan to get unlimited scans that base can and then I kind of show them how to scan the books and I showing how to look at the books visually to make sure they’re okay and I send them on their way and there’s no quarter there’s no you know Lenny looking over your shoulder saying I need this many books a week is whatever they want to do just as long as there are making money making more than ten dollars a month because that’s kind of how much it is so long story short with that is I’ve been pretty successful i have almost ten books counters right now they’re constantly getting books are all over my area and also maybe a county or to north of me so I’m not going to have honestly haven’t been to a goodwill myself and maybe 2-3 weeks because I’m constantly getting books from them every week how many books well let’s say one guy he’s a good pretty good friend of mine I got him involved in this he’s giving me easily a hundred books a week without even thinking I have a college student looking to make some extra cash she’s given me at least a hundred books as well i have a single not to single mothers and accounting above our north of me that are both bringing in you may be at least 50 books a week depending on their schedule so it’s a process that I’ve gotten from watching videos and stuff like that I think Nathan and remember his last name I apologize but there is another youtube channel someone named Nathan remember his last name but he kind of started that whole process and I’ve kind of just tweaked it into my own and made it my own so thank you for that Nathan but it’s worked out very well because you have a family I have a baby coming in third child coming so i don’t have that much time to go out on the weekends and do this stuff but I do look at craigslist I’ll do jump into someone’s I’ll do reach out to someone on craigslist saying hey I saw your post you know let’s meet up and i’ll give you the money for the book so I use every resource I can’t imaginable and possible but this book sourcing thing you know basically they’re am hiring them as independent contractors which is great now I’m paying a premium for the books two hours and fifty cents but the way the triggers are set up in the app i always make money whether it’s a dollar or more i always make money when it comes to this stuff because the way I said the triggers so there’s more into that if you look at my FB a scan video you’ll see exactly how the triggers i set up and there’s a cool little hidden feature in the app where you know if you’re familiar with the scanning apps you see everything you see the Prophet you see the different prices and the offers and I don’t want my scanners to be like well this book is selling for twenty bucks and i’m buying it for a dollar goodwill why is Larry making all the money i mean yes there’s that you thought that they’ll probably have so to reduce that is in the app you can hide all that stuff so they don’t see anything that you see like a yes-or-no by or no don’t buy which makes it really cool and perfect for me but enough about that so the video i really hope this helps you guys out again many please the source from this probably i’m sure there’s more about his kind the ones that come to the top of my head but definitely do some research and not only do some research about yourself and you know look at the goodwill zygerria look at the Salvation Army’s now go to garage sales just the experience go ahead and do that they can be very rewarding and you never know what you’re going to find so thank you guys for watching you know definitely you have any questions ask them in the comments below like the video if you enjoyed it and please subscribe if you haven’t i’ll be putting out more videos on my experiences and tips and tricks and additional how-to videos how to use some apps and applications that i use and also something equipment that I use as well like my packaging supplies and my label machine and all this other stuff so thank you again have a great day

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