I made about $400 in the first week of selling some of my old books on Amazon! That’s after commission and shipping. I’m stunned, actually.
These were decent books, of course. They were mostly computer books, still topical, just not in areas I still pursue. Several were adoption books, useful while we were adopting, but now, not so much.
All together I spent about four or five hours, watching TV while listing books and packaging sold books. Shipping is definitely a pain, with most of the time being used up in labelling and buying postage. Since I still have about 20 more boxes of books to sell, I’ve decided to spend half the money made so far on a label printer and a postal scale. I’m going to use the excellent Endicia online postage service to buy and print my postage. I will then be able to print labels rather than hand-write them, and I’ll be able to drop off my packages rather than stand in line to buy postage. This should vastly speed up the whole procedure, and make the next few weeks even more profitable.
The most amazing thing about selling my books is the intense sense of liberation I feel. I really did not expect this. In fact, I thought I’d be a little sad. I’ve always been one of those "look at my awesome library" guys. I’ve moved those books across the country more than once. I’ve carefully packed, shelved, repacked, shelved (on and on) some of these books a half dozen times.
So, getting rid of them is literally getting rid of a weighty anchor and a sense of responsibility. I’m loving it, and I really like the money. I just listed a few books last night which have been out of print for twenty years. They sell for $150 or more. C’mon Amazon collectors, buy them! You’ll love them more than I do.