Finally Sold a Book on Amazon!

@patgalca (13962)
Orangeville, Ontario
December 23, 2015 2:16pm CST
But I am less than thrilled about it. Amazon charged the customer an estimated amount for shipping. An estimated amount that turned out to be half of the actual standard postage price. Know what that means? Not only did I not make any money on the "sale" of this book (though Amazon did), I lost money. I complained to Amazon and they said since I wasn't a professional seller they couldn't do anything about it, that I could go in and change the prices of the books I still have on there to make up for the postage. Okay, I'll do that. But I'm not selling on Amazon anymore. And I told them that.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
23 Dec 15
There is very little value in second hand books these days.
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@Marcyaz (36125)
• United States
23 Dec 15
I can go to the second hand store and buy paperbacks for as low as 25 cents apiece and hardcover depending on what it is as low as 50 cents and up. You are right there is little value in second hand books. @boiboing
@patgalca (13962)
• Orangeville, Ontario
23 Dec 15
This book was like new. I read it and that was it. Not very used.
@pgntwo (21500)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
24 Dec 15
Shipping charges alone make the various second-hand book-swapping sites like Bookmooch.com an uphill struggle these days too.
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@Raelove (15159)
• Saco, Maine
23 Dec 15
I've published a few books on Amazon and haven't managed my account lately. I had to lower the price of my books to 99 cents to get any interest. You don't make much once they take out the fees. I sell strictly e-books, but am trying to get one into hard copy. Hopefully will get that done once the holidays are over. Not hoping for much at this point, as the competition is so stiff.
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@patgalca (13962)
• Orangeville, Ontario
23 Dec 15
These are not my books, just books in my house I am trying to get rid of for a little money, certainly not take a loss.
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@Marcyaz (36125)
• United States
23 Dec 15
@patgalca If you have Craigslist there you could put some books up for sale there in your area then they would have to come and pick up the books and you would have no shipping expense.
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@patgalca (13962)
• Orangeville, Ontario
23 Dec 15
@Marcyaz I could also use the Facebook page for our region's Buy/Sell/Trade. I'll think about it after Christmas. I think that if I put a collection of books all by one author on eBay, I might get a bidding war going on and could make some good money.
@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
23 Dec 15
In case it is your own book, why not try their Kindle versions? The big advantage I find with Kindle is that these are downloadable and as such there are no shipping or extra (hidden) costs. Of course, there are some extra inputs that need to go in with formatting books for Kindle but then, t becomes easier and hassle free in the long run. But yes, if it is a book in print (that) needs shipping, costs get added to the book. Sad that they did not mention this right on day one.
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@patgalca (13962)
• Orangeville, Ontario
23 Dec 15
No, it's not my own book. I am trying to get rid of some of the hundreds of books in my house. I think ebay may be a better option. I can get them the shipping price after they've agreed to buy the product and then send the invoice.
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@Marcyaz (36125)
• United States
23 Dec 15
@patgalca That sounds like a better deal then you had on Amazon.
@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
24 Dec 15
@patgalca Okay, I get it. Maybe you should also consider- selling in a specific region. That way you can have a control on the pricing (inclusive of shipping) and still have some profits. I mean, if you put it online and say someone from India or farther, purchases one of your books, it would only increase the shipping costs (and this cannot be foreseen). So a wiser (or rather a better) way out would be to restrict the countries from where people can buy. That way you will know what is the highest possible charge and include it in your prices.You can consult the Support before offering the next set(s).
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@amadeo (46242)
• United States
23 Dec 15
I do business with E bay
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@patgalca (13962)
• Orangeville, Ontario
23 Dec 15
I sold one thing on eBay and it was okay. I will try with them again. I can at least give them the shipping amount after they've agreed to purchase the book and not take a hit.
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@youless (86612)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Dec 15
Oh... I don't know what's the difference for a professional seller in Amazon? Will Amazon charge them less? In fact it will be a long term relationship if both sides also earn from it. Amazon shall think about it. Besides, a book can be heavy and therefore the shipping can cost more.
• Philippines
29 Dec 15
Yeah the book can be heavy and cost more. But I think Ebay is more better than amazon. Do you think so?
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@youless (86612)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Dec 15
@jvincent_129 I ever bought stamps from Ebay but I haven't received them. Since the seller sent by normal post, I didn't know what's wrong with it. But my foreign friends sometimes sent me parcels or mails, they all arrive. The seller said he sent them, but the truth is I have never got them. After that, I haven't bought from Ebay any more. There are better online shopping stores here and I will never choose Ebay.
• Philippines
29 Dec 15
@youless Yeah I know there are local online shops there in China common to you and tested already. I think the seller sent the item to you but there are circumstances that maybe the item got lost on the way to your country. Did he show you proof of shipment?
@dodoazo (10187)
• Philippines
24 Dec 15
Good you have learned a lesson. Experience is the best teacher.
@dodoazo (10187)
• Philippines
7 Jan 16
@ivyparkgirl I wish the best of luck too especially in your writing career.
@1hopefulman (19623)
• Canada
30 Dec 15
Sorry to hear that your experience was not a positive one.
@kevin1877uk (36118)
24 Dec 15
Well done on selling your book, sorry to hear about the charges.
@lokisdad (4307)
• United States
24 Dec 15
We don't buy on there too expensive.
@paigea (21037)
• Canada
24 Dec 15
Wow, how annoying. I hope you find a better place to sell your books.
@Marcyaz (36125)
• United States
23 Dec 15
I really can't blame you if you lost money on the sale of a book. Why had they not told you about this before you put a book up for sale.