Sunday, September 11, 2011

Enter Amazon Trade-In


Selling books on Amazon, title by title, is nothing new.  By quickly entering the title, a book deacquisitioner (another name for someone cleaning out their library) can see if it's worth selling a book.  Amazon has added a per book fee, plus their percentage, so it is no longer sensible to sell a book unless it's going for $5 or more, and then mostly just to get rid of the book.
A new program called Amazon Trade-In is available for books with decent resale value.  If the book entered has a "Trade-In" button next to it, Amazon shows the standard trade-in value.  It's much less than the online used prices, since the reseller is a 3rd party who needs to include a profit, but it's a quick way to pass along a lot of books at once.  I am sending off 6 hardcovers, shipping is on them, and I will receive a $12 Amazon credit to my account.  It is a sensible, quick way to move books along.  Not a big money maker, but a good problem solver, and recirculates the books.
Their online forum suggests it is not working perfectly.  Let's see what happens.
Update:
I just received online notification of my credits from shipping 7 books at their expense.  One book was rejected, but according to my directions, they don't ship it back.  While I don't know what they do with books that are not resalable, but at least this one is not sitting in my house.  The books are worth very little, but it's great to send 6 books off for not a lot of work.  I am pasting the list, not to encourage you to buy them, but as a demo.

Selected Return Option: Do not return the item. If the item is considered to be in a lower condition, you will receive an Amazon.com Gift Card for a lower amount.

Item
Quantity
Condition
Value
Status
ISBN-13: 9780300078152, ISBN-10: 0300078153
1
Good
$6.10
Gift Card Deposited
ISBN-13: 9780029227916, ISBN-10: 0029227917
1
Good
$2.58
Gift Card Deposited
ISBN-13: 9780674015890, ISBN-10: 0674015894
1
Good
$1.29
Gift Card Deposited
ISBN-13: 9780300109368, ISBN-10: 0300109369
1
Good
$0.05
Gift Card Deposited
ISBN-13: 9780865715967, ISBN-10: 0865715963
1
Good
$2.67
Gift Card Deposited
ISBN-13: 9780807001295, ISBN-10: 0807001295
1
Good
$0.74
Gift Card Deposited
Total
6
$13.43
An Amazon.com Gift Card* worth $13.43 has been applied to your account

1 comment:

Valen said...

This is another way to sell books, books that were not making new money. It's just like old movies that were not selling as individual dvds. They are sold bulk digitally, thus making new money. The point of selling things digitally is to create a new revenue stream - the seller and the content creator both make pounds till the next pay day they were not making before. Nothing is actually being given away for free, people are still paying for it.