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The Top 3 Places to Sell Used Books and Textbooks

There are many opportunities to make money reselling used books. Although more and more books are becoming available as e-books, there is a still a growing demand for traditional books. This is especially true for both college textbooks as well as any regular books that may be out of print.

The obvious places to sell books online is through the Amazon.com Marketplace, eBay, or the eBay company Half.com. While there is definitely some pros and cons to using these sites, the process for selling books, managing your book inventory and following the special shipping procedures required by Amazon and eBay adds extra work and effort and minimizes your profits and ability to turn items around quickly for a profit. There is also a lot of competition selling books through Amazon and eBay and in order to sell your book quickly you may have to drop your selling price to such a low price that you lose all potential profit.

Fortunately, there are a number of other websites that will purchase your books outright and even pay the shipping. Some of these websites only deal in college textbooks, others deal in traditional books as well.

Whether you buy your used books from your local library annual sale or from the bargain bins at your local Goodwill store, these three online merchants will provide you with the best prices and fastest turnaround times for you to get your cash in hand.

 

  1. Valore Books
    To sell your books to Valore Books you will need to go on their site and enter the ISBN numbers of the books that you want to sell. If Valore Books is interested they will make an offer for your book. The turnaround time from when you get a price quote from Valore Books until the time you get paid can be a few weeks to a month, sometimes longer depending on the shipping times. Once Valore Books receives your shipment they evaluate the books that you send and will send your payment. Valore Books pays you with either a check or via PayPal.
  2. Book Scouter
    Book Scouter is an aggregator for multiple book buying vendors and is one of the more popular book buyback websites that has been around for many years. Their process is similar to others. You first enter the ISBN numbers of the books that you would like to sell and they will present you with a list price quotes from various vendors for your books. You select an offer from a vendor and are taken to that vendors website to complete the sell back transaction. Book Scouter also has a smart phone app that allows you to quickly and easily scan the bar codes from the books that you want to sell.
  3. Cash4Books.net
    Cash4Books promises fast cash for your used textbooks. From the Cash4Books website you can enter the ISBN numbers of the textbooks that you want to sell and they will give you an instant offer for what they will pay you for each of your textbooks. If you accept the offer from Cash4Books you can then print out a shipping label, put your textbooks in a box and schedule the shipment for pickup. Cash4Books will pay you either via PayPal or check, depending on your preference, after they have received and inspected your books. The Cash4Books process is simple and straight-forward. The average turnaround time from when you ship your books to Cash4Books to the time you receive your payment is typically 13 days. The turnaround time can vary depending on the shipping method that you use. Cash4Books also has a smartphone app that can be downloaded for easy ISBN scanning on the go.

While there are plenty of other sites that will buy back your used books and textbooks the top three represent the most seamless process, highest payouts and the fastest turnaround times.

Make money by reconditioning batteries

Batteries are something that we all rely on everyday. Whether it’s to get our car started in the morning, keeping our laptop’s powered throughout the day, our cell phones connected, or even getting our lawn tractor started, batteries are all around us everyday. Over time, a battery becomes less and less effective at holding a charge and keeping a useful charge. Eventually, all batteries die and a dead battery is not only expensive, but inconvenient.

Most people dispose of batteries when they fail. Often times, they are just tossed in the trash along with everything else. Occasionally, they are recycled or in the case of car batteries, returned to the auto parts store for the “core” charge. When taking a battery to a metal recycler they will give you cash for the battery based on the weight of the metals inside the battery, typically $5 to $10.

What if there was a way that you could take dead batteries that people are disposing of and recondition them and give them a new life? It’s possible to take an otherwise dead battery, refurbish it, then resell it for a huge profit.

For less than $50 you can buy a complete online course that will teach you everything you need to know about reconditioning batteries that you can resell for a huge profit. You can download the battery reconditioning course course today and start making money right away.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about battery reconditioning

  • Is Reconditioning the Same as Recharging Your Battery?
    No, reconditioning is very different from recharging. Importantly, in contrast to recharging a battery – which will restore its charge for just a limited time – when you recondition it, you can restore it to its full original capacity.
  • What types of batteries can be reconditioned?
    All types of batteries can be successfully reconditioned, from deep cycle/gel types to the usual 12V car battery. Even the newest car batteries available can be restored via standard lead acid battery reconditioning techniques.It is worth investing a little time to better understand the various battery types out there and how they are best handled to improve battery life to give you valuable background info before you take the next step of reconditioning.
  • How much money can I earn reconditioning car batteries?
    It depends. A new car battery costs somewhere between $60 to $120 depending on the type, size, capacity and manufacturer. Some speciality automotive or industrial batteries can cost as much as $500 to $1000 new. The amount of money you make from reconditioning a battery is going to depend on the size, type and capacity of the battery. But on the low end you can wholesale refurbished car batteries to local mechanics for $25 to $35 per battery. Depending on the types of batteries you are reconditioning, you can easily earn a few hundred dollars per day with just a few hours of effort.

Making Money Reselling Cardboard Moving Boxes

cardboard moving boxMoving between houses and apartments is one of those chores that no one really likes to do, but sometimes it’s necessary to do. One of the biggest expenses in moving (aside from hiring the moving company) is buying boxes and packing materials.

Moving boxes and packing materials can get expensive. Especially true if you are packing up and moving a 3 bedroom house. Moving.com estimates that to move an average 3 bedroom house with two adults it will take 45 medium boxes, 31 large boxes, 13 extra-large boxes, 9 picture boxes and 4 wardrobe boxes. With each box costing between $2.20 up to $12.00 buying boxes can add up quickly! In this case, $413! This is just for boxes!

This doesn’t include paper to wrap dishes or bubble wrap for wrapping valuables. Those are add-ons that add considerable cost to the price of moving.

After someone has invested all this money in boxes and has moved from one place to another, in most cases, inevitably, the boxes are then thrown into the garbage or recycling bin. Other times, people will post their moving boxes to the free section craigslist or one of the freecycle email list hoping that someone can reuse what they no longer need. This is where our opportunity is.

Collecting discarded moving boxes and reselling them for profit.

In most cases moving boxes can be reused 3 to 5 times before they start to fall apart. To collect boxes, just keep an eye out for online posts for people giving away free boxes. Once you’ve built up a decent collection of boxes you can post ads either online or in places like the post office, super markets, storage units offering your recycled boxes for a discounted price.

Be sure your ads show a comparison of prices between your price and the full retail price of a comparable new box so that the financial benefits are immediately noticeable by the potential buyer. I recommend pricing your boxes 30-50% lower than new boxes. The price difference, especially to a customer that knows they’re going to need a lot of boxes, will make a huge impact on their savings and will make the decision for them easy.

If you’ve got the space to store the boxes your inventory can almost be limitless. Once you’ve made a couple of sales you may be able to get a feel for some other things that people need for moving such as bubble wrap, plain newswrap paper, and packing tape. These items in bulk can be bought much cheaper from companies like uline.com and others.

For example, moving.com sells bubble wrap at a retail price around $0.20 per foot. Bought in bulk from uline.com that same bubble wrap can be as low as $0.13 per foot. There are also opportunities in tape. A case of 36 rolls of tape can be purchased for a little as $1.25 per roll while the average retail price is closer to $4.00.

In our scenario above for a 3 bedroom house, they would need at least 100 feet of bubble wrap and 3 to 4 rolls of tape. Add on items can easily increase the value of each sale by 10-25%.

Statistically people move more often in the mid to late spring months. If you plan ahead and stock your inventory through the fall and winter months you should be able to make 3 or 4 sales per week during the spring months. With the average sale $250-$300 you could easily earn $1,000 per week for very little effort.

Don’t forget to co-market your box recycling company with your ink cartridge and toner recycling income stream.