Limited Time Deal on Pricing Used Books for Profit on Amazon!

Hey everyone!

I’m pleased to announce the second book in my Sell Books Fast Online eBook series has just been released on Amazon and will be offered for the bargain price of $0.99 until February 2, 2017!

This latest book, Pricing Used Books for Profit on Amazon, focuses on how to create prices for books you list on that will always earn you a good to fantastic profit on your Amazon book sales.

After February 2nd, this book will go back to its regular price of $2.99, so please make sure to buy it early for only $0.99 and save some money!

Pricing Used Books for Profit on Amazon

As many of you who have sold books online via Bookscouter know, while flipping books for profit with buyback companies can offer you a fast, steady cash flow, there is one big disadvantage to making extra money by selling books this way.

Namely, since you can’t set your own price for the books you sell to buyback companies, you may often have to settle for a much lower price quote if you sell all your books exclusively to buyback companies.

That’s why it makes sense to list some of the more valuable books you find on Amazon for higher prices than buyback companies are offering. It might take longer for some of these books to sell, but your overall profits will be greater since you’ll have an additional income stream.

That’s where Pricing Used Books for Profit on Amazon comes in. With this short, fast-paced eBook, you’ll learn a set of easy pricing strategies that will teach you how to:

• Set a minimum price for your books so you always earn a decent net profit
• Work out high prices that can attract customers and make you a 1000% (or greater) profit
• Keep your books competitively priced by raising your prices
• Use the Amazon Best Sellers Rank to find books that sell fast
• Know when to sell your books on Bookscouter and when to list them on Amazon

With these simple strategies, you’ll never sell books for pennies on Amazon or sacrifice profits for sales ever again.

This is the perfect book to learn how to make more money selling books online with less effort. Buy it for the bargain price of $0.99 (and please leave me a review!) today!

About My Sell Books Fast Online eBook Series

After receiving so many emails and questions about how to sell used books on Amazon, I decided to answer these requests by creating my Sell Books Fast Online eBook series.

Each book in the series provides in-depth coverage of a different aspect of selling books on Amazon – from setting competitive prices to earning excellent customer feedback – that other online bookselling guides might gloss over.

That way, if you have questions about a certain part of bookselling (or want to improve your skills in a specific area) you can choose from any of my easy-to-read guides that will help you the most.

In addition to Pricing Used Books for Profit on Amazon, you can now check out:

How to Write Descriptions That Sell Used Books on Amazon

This eBook reveals how you can quickly write short, detailed descriptions of any books you sell on Amazon that will attract customers and help your books sell faster and for higher prices. (You’ll even learn techniques for how to make your used books’ flaws look attractive to the right customer).

As a bonus, I offer an Appendix full of ready-to-use description templates so you can immediately create eye-catching pieces of copy, even if you aren’t a natural writer.

Future Books in the Sell Books Fast Online eBook Series

Right now, I’ll be releasing a new eBook every month, on subjects as varied as finding better books to sell online to creating an online filing system that will make shipping your books easier.

If you’d like to know when each new book will be released, feel free to subscribe to this blog to receive notices. You can also go to my Author Page and click on the orange “Follow” button to get updates.

For now though, please check out Pricing Used Books for Profit on Amazon – and please leave me a review if you found it helpful!

Thanks guys! I hope you like my books!

Why I Share My “Secrets” of Selling Books Online for Cash

Recently, I received a very nice email from one of my readers thanking me for sharing my methods of flipping books online for profit on this blog. Like many of you, she’s interested in earning money by selling books and was eager to try out many of the techniques I teach.

She went on, however, to ask why I was sharing my “secrets” so openly with everyone online. Wouldn’t giving away all my tricks make it harder for me to earn extra cash selling to buyback companies like Cash4Books or Sell Back Your Book?

Well, no. It hasn’t. As a matter of fact, since I started this blog way back in 2013, my profits from online bookselling have increased substantially. I’ve even encountered several booksellers who use similar methods to mine, yet we’ve never gotten in each other’s way.

Let me explain why I feel comfortable about giving all of you such detailed articles on online bookselling – and why you shouldn’t worry about competition.

Online Bookselling is a Growth Industry

First, let’s look at the practical side of why sharing information about online bookselling doesn’t hurt my bottom line.

If you’ve read my articles about making money from gold dust books, you’ll know there are thousands of books out there that you can sell for a profit online every day.

Some of these books will earn you a small profit, others will offer a massive payday, but my point is there is no way I’d be able to find, sell, and profit from more than a small fraction of them, even if I spent all my time searching for books.

Plus, when you take into account how there are more and more thrift shops, estate sales, and library bookstores opening up every day, the number of potential suppliers for a bookseller’s inventory is constantly expanding. Even if a competitor did try to buy all of the profitable books from a store or if one of those shops overprices their books, I could easily find a new supplier in no time.

Frankly, if I ever tried to take more than my fair share from all the books out there, I’d burn myself out and collapse from exhaustion – and what fun would that be?

My advice? Make what you want using Bookscouter, but don’t feel like you have to compete with other booksellers or spend all your time looking for books to sell. Relax and have fun – and if you ever have to stop for a few days or weeks, don’t worry! The books will be there when you come back.

My Personal Reasons for Running This Blog

Of course, knowing there are more books out there than I could ever hope to sell isn’t the only reason I run this blog.

The truth is, I enjoy sharing what I know and helping people learn about unusual things – and making money by selling books online with Bookscouter is definitely one of the most unusual ways I’ve ever earned extra cash!

And at the risk of sounding like a spiritual guru (or a Disney princess), sometimes the best thing to do with your knowledge is to “let it go.” I’ve had a lot of fun being an online bookseller, and it’s nice to know you guys will continue to benefit from my methods as long as this blog is up.

There’s another benefit I get from writing all of these blog articles. By taking the time to go over all of my tricks and techniques in detail, I’ve found I’ve gotten even more creative about the ways I sell books online.

Over the last few years, for instance, I’ve developed strategies that have allowed me to sell books faster and for higher prices on Amazon. This is great since you can earn even bigger profits from Amazon book sales than Bookscouter, and those profits will keep coming in even when you’re not spending your time looking for books.

I’m currently sharing many of these techniques in my Sell Books Fast Online eBook Series. If you enjoy reading my blog, I highly recommend you check out my eBooks (and please leave me a review!)

So that’s it guys! As long as I’m running this blog, you can always depend on me to be open and forthcoming about my bookselling methods. Remember, to me these aren’t “secrets” – they’re techniques everyone should be able to try out on their own!

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Weird Forgotten Things I Found in Used Books

Hey guys!

Since I’m in a goofy mood today, I thought I’d take a break from my usual informative articles about selling books online for money and let you know about some of the more… weird things you find inside books while searching for used books to sell for cash.

As many of you who’ve sold books online with Bookscouter probably know, being an online bookseller is a lot like being a treasure hunter.

Think about it. You get to go to strange corners of thrift shops and library sales, flip through dozens and dozens of run-of-the-mill books, and uncover those hidden gems that will earn you a lot of extra cash online.

And while the ultimate goal remains finding valuable books you can sell to buyback companies or on Amazon for a profit, sometimes flipping through so many books on a regular basis will cause you to find some unusual items, ranging from the very valuable to the just plain bizarre.

Most of these items were used as bookmarks by the previous owners (although as you’ll see, I’d think twice before sticking some of these things in a book and then forgetting about them).

Here, in no particular order, are some of the weirdest things I’ve found inside of used books:

Dried Leaves Art

Remember those grade school nature walks or arts projects where your teacher showed you how to press tree leaves by flattening them inside the pages of a book? Apparently some people forgot to take their leaves out of their books (or thought they’d make fun bookmarks) because I sure sweep a lot of them out of my books!

What’s remarkable is the type of leaves I find – while many are ordinary leaves you can find on any tree, I’ve found some very exotic leaves and flowers pressed between the pages of a book – like Canadian maple leaves and palm tree fronds.

It’s gotten to the point where I’m thinking of starting my own leaf collection – using the unusual plants people keep leaving for me!

Fortunately, no one’s decided to hold their place in a book with a piece of poison ivy yet (who says this isn’t a high risk job?)

Love Letters and Postcards

Sometimes, the items I find tend to be of a more… personal nature. From vacation postcards sent from mother to daughter, to tiny scrawled notes that were probably passed between school desks it’s remarkable what people feel comfortable leaving inside their textbooks and novels.

More than once, I’ve come across several drafts of half-finished love letters, leaving me wondering if the finished products ever reached their intended recipients.

Don’t worry – all of these finds get immediately shredded once I find them. I figure I should value these people’s privacy (even if they don’t seem to…).


And speaking of personal items, I’ve found more than a few… interesting Polaroids stuck between the pages of a book.

No, not that kind! (get your mind out of the gutter!). Still, you have to admit it’s weird opening a book and finding yourself staring at someone else’s vacation photos or graduation pictures.

Frankly, considering how we’re moving more and more into digital media, it’s amazing people still choose to print these hard copies. Sometimes I wonder how old these photos are – and if some of those kids in the high school photographs aren’t nearing retirement age by now.

Store Gift Cards

Apparently people will use anything as a bookmark these days – including a brand-new H&M gift card with more than $100 in store credit. Yes, it’s true – sometimes the items you find inside a book can be worth much more than the book itself!

(By the way, if any of you nice people out there like to donate books – I like free movies and restaurant meals).


Now here’s a forgotten bookmark I can get behind! Quite a few people like to slip a few bucks to save their place in a book, and then end up donating their books before finishing them.

A surprising number of those bills tend to be $2 Thomas Jefferson bills that are used at the racetrack (which makes me wonder if there’s any link between people who like to read and people who like to bet on horses).

Unfortunately, in recent years, it’s become fashionable to cut up your money and only leave half a dollar bill in a book. I’ve tried to exchange this cut up money for new currency at the bank, but apparently you need more than half of a bill for it to be considered legal tender. Darn!

Trading Cards

Back in the day, lots of kids used baseball cards as improvised bookmarks.

These days, however, you can find all sorts of trading cards stuck between the pages – from Pokemon cards, to Magic the Gathering game cards, to old Fleer baseball cards.

And while I haven’t found any priceless Honus Wagner baseball cards yet, I am in the process of developing my own exciting RPG card game that involves teaming Michael Jordon and Pikachu against the Manticore from Magic the Gathering.

Greeting Cards

I’ve also found some gorgeous greeting cards in books (usually right after Christmas and New Year’s). Some of them are so fancy, I’ve been tempted to re-use the ones with just a little writing in them (Don’t worry, I’m not that cheap).

The only sad part about finding greeting cards in my thrift store finds is when I find a birthday card in a book that was clearly intended as the card’s gift. Apparently not all grandkids like receiving dictionaries as gifts…


One of the things I love about working with used books is thinking about all the places they’ve traveled to before arriving at my local thrift shop – and nothing fires up my imagination like finding an old plane ticket or bus pass in a book.

From England to Hawaii to the Caribbean, there seems to be no end to the places a book can come from, or end up.

Once or twice, I’ve even come across someone’s entire itinerary folded in the pages of a book, and realized some of my books have traveled more than I have.

I even find some show tickets in a book from time to time – the problem is the shows are usually in Las Vegas and closed down three years ago. Sigh…

Other Forgotten Treasures Found in Books

Remarkably, these are only a few of the strange things I’ve found in books over the last ten years – and I’ll undoubtedly discover some even more unusual finds in years to come as readers become more creative with the type of things they use to hold their place in books.

Now if only someone would get the bright idea of using winning lottery tickets as bookmarks…

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How to Write Descriptions That Sell Used Books on Amazon


Hey everyone! Hope you’re all having a good holiday!

After four years of offering free tips for selling books online, I’ve received many emails from readers telling me how they’ve enjoyed making extra money selling used books with resources like Bookscouter.

A lot of these people are also interested in selling used books on online marketplaces like and have asked me questions about selling on Amazon.

But while I’ve tried to answer some of their questions in my articles, many of my most effective Amazon selling strategies take a lot more room to teach than a short blog post.

That’s why I’m thrilled to announce the release of my new eBook series, Sell Books Fast Online – a series specifically designed to show you easy and effective strategies for selling books faster and for higher prices on Amazon.

And best of all you can get the first book in the series – How to Write Descriptions That Sell Used Books on Amazonfor only $0.99 from December 13th to December 14th!

How to Write Descriptions That Sell Used Books on Amazon

Did you know that writing great descriptions of your used books can help them sell faster and for higher prices on Amazon?

Many Amazon sellers don’t realize this. Most just copy and paste the same vague description on all their used book listings. (Think about all the times you searched for a used book on Amazon, only to find a bland description stating the book “may or may not contain highlighting, underlining or notes”)

Some Amazon sellers don’t even bother to describe their book’s condition at all, leaving that entire section blank.

Yet by passing up the chance to spotlight key features of their books, these sellers are ignoring one of the easiest ways to make more money selling used books on Amazon.

By writing a great book description, you can:
• Tell customers what they want to know about your book
• Highlight special features about your book and online bookstore
• Make your used book’s flaws appear attractive to the right buyer
Attract customers who will pay higher prices for your books

Best of all, writing descriptions that sell used books can be quick and easy – if you have the resources I provide in this short, fast-paced guide.

After reading How to Write Descriptions That Sell Used Books on Amazon, you’ll know how to create a basic template specific to your online Amazon bookstore that you can use on all of the used books you want to sell.

You’ll also learn how to quickly modify that template to describe key features of each of your used books, allowing you to attract more customers and make more money online!

Even better, I include a series of copywriting templates at the end of the book that you can use to help create your own book descriptions.

These templates are book descriptions I’ve personally used over the years to help me make thousands of dollars on Amazon. Using them as your guide, you’ll be able to create eye-catching descriptions of your own in no time – even if you’re not a writer!

How to Write Descriptions That Sell Used Books on Amazon is a fantastic resource for college students who want to resell their textbooks on Amazon, book collectors who want to get into the online bookselling business and anyone who wants to turn some of the used books in their home into cash!

Plus, at the sale price of $0.99 (regular price only $2.99!) it makes a great stocking stuffer or last-minute Christmas gift for the eBook reader in your family.

Sell Books Fast Online

The best part is that How to Write Descriptions That Sell Used Books on Amazon is only the first in the Sell Books Fast Online series.

Every month, I’ll be releasing a new eBook that focuses on a different aspect of selling used books on Amazon – from getting great customer feedback, to finding more books to sell, to pricing your books competitively – and offer simple and effective strategies that you can use immediately to become a better Amazon seller.

That way, if you have questions about a certain aspect of selling books online – or if you’d like to improve your bookselling skills in a key area – you can choose from any of the Sell Books Fast Online guides that will help you the most.

If you’d like to know when each new book will be released, feel free to subscribe to this blog to receive notices. You can also go to my Author Page and click on the orange “Follow” button to get updates.

For now though, please check out How to Write Descriptions That Sell Used Books on Amazon – and please leave me a review if you found it helpful!

Thanks guys! I hope you like my books!

How to Earn Extra Money for Vacation with Bookscouter


The college semester is almost over! Time to have some fun and take that exotic trip you’ve been dreaming about the whole year.

But wait! Hold on! There’s a problem…

How are you going to pay for your vacation activities?

If you’re like a lot of college students, your vacation fund is probably a little… sparse at the moment. That’s understandable. College is expensive and between dorm room fees and food costs (not to mention those expensive textbooks!) your expenses have been draining your wallet for the last few months.

Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to raise some money before your vacation time starts – and it can be done anytime, anywhere with minimal expenses.

It’s called selling books online with Bookscouter.

Making Money for Vacations with Bookscouter

If you’re already a subscriber to my blog, you’ll know that most of my articles show readers how to generate a steady source of income by selling books online using Bookscouter, a free price comparison website that reveals which book buyback companies will pay the most for your used books.

What’s cool about this unusual way of making money is that it can also be done on the short term – for people who aren’t necessarily interested in making a career out of online bookselling, but do want to earn a few hundred (or even a few thousand) dollars to pay for upcoming holiday expenses.

Because selling books to book buyback companies allows you to immediately sell (and profit) from all the used books you buy, you don’t have to invest any time, money, or space into storing your books and waiting for them to sell (which you would need to do if you tried selling them on Amazon).

Instead, you just pack your books carefully, ship them out (using pre-paid shipping labels supplied by the buyback companies), and wait for your payment to be deposited into your PayPal account (usually in two weeks or less).

This is a fantastic way for college students to sell their textbooks for extra cash – plus since this is peak buying season for buyback companies if you go on Bookscouter right now, you’ll likely find a lot of great offers for your books (I personally recommend selling your books to, Sell Back Your BookCash4Books, and/or Valore – they give good prices and fast, reliable payment).

For those of you who want to earn some serious vacation money (as in a few thousand), buying cheap used books and selling them immediately using Bookscouter is the best way to build a vacation fund short-term.

I have personally known people who used this method to raise enough money in a couple months to pay for an African safari. I myself have used this method to take trips to Disneyland, pay for Christmas gifts, and enjoy extra-long weekends hanging out with friends.

If you’d like to read a detailed explanation of how to use Bookscouter to make extra money selling books online, please read How to Make Extra Money Every Day “Flipping” Books Online. For now, however, I’d like to offer the following tips for using Bookscouter to raise money on the short-term.

Tip #1: Start Saving Money For Your Vacations Early

Considering that I’m writing this article at the beginning of December, this tip might not seem helpful now, but it is true that if you start selling books online early in the year you can raise a tremendous amount of money by your next vacation time.

I personally say you should start selling books online right now – and definitely when January comes around. This is peak buying time for a lot of book buyback companies (so you’ll enjoy higher-than-normal prices for your books).

Frankly, if you start investing just a few hours a week right now selling books online with Bookscouter, you can probably still raise some money for some holiday activities – and you’ll definitely have plenty of extra cash on hand when Spring Break and summer vacation come around.

Tip #2: Keep to a Bookscouting Schedule

Professional online booksellers like me can spend four or five days a week (or more) searching for profitable books at thrift stores and library sales.

Obviously you don’t want (or need) to invest this kind of time if you’re just selling books online short term – but it definitely pays to make and keep to a set schedule when you’re searching for good books to sell.

Make this schedule something you can stick to easily. For instance, if you pass by some thrift stores when you’re commuting to school or work, you can make it part of your regular schedule to spend a half hour searching through their bookshelves.

Alternatively, you can invest one day out of your week to check out all the thrift stores and library book sales in your area until you raise enough money for your vacation. You’ll be surprised how quickly this allows you to earn money — especially if you keep an eye out for sales.

Tip #3: Set a Goal for How Much Money You Need to Fund Your Vacation

How much money do you need for your next vacation? $500? $1000?

Work out all of your vacation expenses in advance – and then estimate how long it’ll take you to earn that much money based on the type of books you’re finding and selling.

Setting a goal will help motivate you to keep using Bookscouter until you’ve raised enough money for your trip and/or activities – and give you an idea of how much time you’ll need to invest to reach your target figure.

Keep in mind that not all of your book hunting days are going to be super-profitable (I’ve earned as little as $30 and as much as $300 shopping at the same thrift stores on different days), so you’ll need to keep that in mind when creating a time table.

That said, if you’re consistently not finding enough books to sell at your usual shops, you may want to check other libraries and thrift stores to see if they offer better books that can help you raise money quicker.

Tip #4: Keep a Separate Vacation Account

Once the money starts rolling into your PayPal account, it’ll be tempting to spend that extra cash immediately on a new pair of shoes or a night out with your friends.

Resist that urge. If you spend your money as fast as it comes in, you’ll never raise enough money for your vacation.

Keep the money in a safe place – you can keep the cash in your PayPal account, open a new bank account and deposit the funds there, or take out the cash and keep it with you until vacation time comes around.

Optional: Invest in Better Bookscouting Equipment

It doesn’t take much to start making money with Bookscouter – just a cell phone with a good data plan (I recommend Verizon) and a free barcode app you can download from Google PlayStore.

That being said, if you’d like to speed up your search for profitable books and/or find more books to earn more cash, you can invest in a professional barcode scanner.

I recommend the SP-2100 – it’s saved me a ton of time and increased my profits substantially. You can read my entire review of the scanner at Making Selling Books Online Easier with the SP2100 Laser Barcode Scanner.

Optional: Consider Selling Books Online for Trade Credit

If you shop online a lot and/or if you’re raising money to buy Christmas gifts, you can choose to sell your books for Amazon trade credit.

This is a great strategy that’s really reduced my holiday expenses over the last few years. You can learn all about it at my article Should You Sell Your Books for Amazon Credit?

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How to Use Bookscouter’s Pricing History to Find Books That Rise in Value

Price History 2

If you’ve been earning extra money by using Bookscouter to sell books online to textbook buyback companies, you’ve probably noticed that many buyback companies tend to purchase the same book titles throughout the year.

These books (which can include classic literature, self help books, and popular science texts) are known as “backlist books” and are considered required reading by several colleges, universities, and book clubs. As a result, buyback companies purchase these books on a regular basis, since they know there’ll always be a market for them.

That said, there will be certain times in a year (or even a month) where the price quotes for these backlist books will rise dramatically in value as buyback companies seek to replenish their stock. So depending on when you sell your book, you could be earning anywhere from $5 to $30 for the exact same copy of the book.

Things get trickier when you come across backlist books experiencing a temporary “dry spell” where no buyback company wants to purchase them – but which may still get a dramatic rise in price a few weeks or a month later.

This leaves you with a dilemma – naturally you don’t want to waste your money on books you can’t sell, but you also don’t want to pass up on a chance to buy several bags of books for pennies and then sell them all for huge profits a few weeks later.

That’s where using Bookscouter’s Price History features can really help you decide which books can help you make the most money.

Studying a Book’s Price History

If you go to Bookscouter’s home page right now and search for a book with its ISBN, you’ll notice two features that show the book’s price history.

The first is the View Price History feature, located right below the book’s publication information. By clicking on this feature, you’ll see a list revealing the maximum price, average price, and number of price quotes for that book over the last couple years.

The second is the 52-Week Pricing History graph that appears above all the buyback company price quotes. This graph shows the average price quote for that book for every week in the last year.

I recommend using the 52-Week Pricing History graph when you’re debating on whether or not to purchase a potentially profitable book. You’ll be able to see, at a glance, if that book has been selling for high prices in the past. This will let you quickly decide whether to buy the book or leave it.

One thing I love about using the 52-Week Pricing History graph is that you’ll be able to find books other online book scouts will pass up. Since most book scouts only look at the current price quotes offered by buyback companies when looking up prices on Bookscouter (and not their potential future price quotes), you’ll be able to buy more books to sell for money, which will vastly increase your profits.

Using the 52-Week Pricing History Graph to Make More Money

When looking at the 52-Week Pricing History Graph, you’ll want to watch for certain key signs.

First, check to see if there are any dramatic rises and falls in the book’s price – and if these price fluctuations show up on a regular basis. If the graph reveals that a book consistently sells for $20 every three weeks but then dips down to $2 between these high points, then you’ll probably want to buy the book and wait for it to rise in value again.

On the other hand, if the graph reveals that a textbook was selling for $20 six months ago but has been steadily dropping in value over the last several weeks, you’ll probably want to pass it up (or sell it quickly if you can still make a profit).

Also, don’t underestimate your own hunches. If you’ve been selling the same copy of the book multiple times to buyback companies over the last several months, odds are that title will continue to be in demand – which should factor into your decision to buy or pass up a book.

Selling Potentially Profitable Books

If you do end up buying a bunch of potentially profitable books, be sure to keep them in a box next to your laptop. You can look up their current price quotes on Bookscouter while you’re selling your other books – which will help make sure you sell them for their highest price.

And if you find you can’t sell some of these books – don’t worry. You can still profit off of them (read my article How to Make Money From Books You Can’t Sell Online to find out how).

Final Thoughts

In general, while I find Bookscouter’s Price History feature to be a useful way to spot more books to sell online for cash, it can be confusing for someone who’s just started selling books online. For this reason, I consider using Price History an intermediate technique for book scouts who are already comfortable making money by selling books online and want to increase their profits even more.

So if you’re new to this business – stick with learning the basics. Read my article How to Make Extra Money Every Day “Flipping” Books Online to get familiar with the concept of “flipping” books for profit. Learn which buyback companies are the best ones to sell to (I recommend, Sell Back Your Book, and Cash 4 Books) and pay close attention to the condition these books should be in to make you money.

Then, once you start making some money by selling books online (trust me, it won’t take long), start using more advanced techniques like Bookscouter’s Price History. You’ll be amazed by how much you’re profits will increase!

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How to Earn Money When You Can’t Sell Many Books to Buyback Companies


Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve posted an article, and I wanted to share something that’s allowed my book dealing business to generate a constant cash flow even when I can’t find many books to sell to buyback companies to earn fast extra cash.

The strategies I describe here are especially relevant if you want to make online book dealing a part time (or even full time) business – but “casual” booksellers can benefit from the tips I share as well.

As those of you who have been following my tips to earn extra money by flipping books may have realized, summer is a very busy time for buyback companies since they need to purchase a lot of books to sell to students when the school year begins.

For online book dealers, this is both good and bad. On the plus side, if you can find a lot of untapped thrift stores, library bookstores, and garage sales and buy hundreds of popular books cheaply, you can make a lot of money fast by going to Bookscouter and re-selling those books to buyback companies that offer the best prices for them.

Unfortunately, summer is also the time when finding good books to sell is difficult since a lot of people who don’t normally sell books online (especially college students reselling their textbooks) are using Bookscouter to make extra money from books for their education and vacation funds. This means the pickings at your favorite thrift stores can get sparse as your competition rises.

For those of you who encounter this problem – take heart. Much of this competition is temporary and you’ll soon find you can buy tons of books again to resell to companies like, Sell Back Your Book, Cash4Books, and Valore for quick cash.

In the meantime though, how can you still make money selling books online during these potentially “lean” times?

The answer lies in doing something very simple throughout the year.

Using to List Your Stockpile Valuable Books

Much like a squirrel stores nuts to prepare for the winter, the smart book dealer doesn’t sell all the books he or she finds for an immediate profit. Instead, he or she lists the really valuable books on Amazon, realizing that sometimes, it makes more sense to wait weeks, months, and yes – even years for the right book to sell for the right profit.

If you read my article Should You Sell Textbooks on Amazon or to a Book Buyback Company to Make Money? you’ll see I provide a detailed explanation for when you should sell your books to a buyback company like Valore, and when it makes much more sense to list your book on Amazon and wait for it to sell for a higher profit.

For now, however, you should realize that keeping a collection of highly profitable books listed on Amazon is the best way to ensure your books continue to make you money even when you can’t find a lot of books to sell to Bookscouter’s buyback companies.

I’ve personally sold several hundred books on Amazon during these “lean times” for several times the profit I would have realized if I’d sold them immediately through Bookscouter. (Most of the books I sell through Amazon give me a nice net profit of $20 – and I’ve sold several books for hundreds of dollars via Amazon that most buyback companies would have only bought for $15).

As an added bonus, packing and shipping one $200 book you sold on Amazon is a lot faster and easier than packing 20 or 30 books to ship to a buyback company (which is something you’ll appreciate when the summer heat picks up!).

To ensure you have this stockpile (and keep profiting from it) please follow these tips:

Make Listing Books on Amazon Part of Your Regular Routine

To ensure you find those valuable books (which I like to think of as rare “diamonds” or “golden nuggets” you find among the “gold dust” books you sell to buyback companies), make sure you get a free Bookscouter account.

This will ensure that you can see what that book is selling for on Amazon as well as to buyback companies (sometimes the price difference can be quite extreme). Be sure to buy these books even if they aren’t selling a lot on Bookscouter (just make sure they’re in at least good condition).

Then when you get ready to check your books on Bookscouter to sell them to buyback companies, make sure to set aside the books that command a high price on Amazon (you may want to double check these prices on the actual Amazon website as prices can fluctuate quickly).

Make sure to list these books on your Amazon Seller Account as quickly as possible. As long as you make this a regular part of your bookselling routine, you’ll soon have a substantial collection of books selling on Amazon for high prices that will keep your cash flow constant.

Check Periodically To See if Any Amazon Books Can Be Sold Through Bookscouter

Since prices can and do go up and down quickly on both Amazon and Bookscouter, you may want to compare the price of your Amazon books against the current bids for that book on Bookscouter.

This will enable you to still profit from your book if it starts to depreciate quickly on Amazon – and gives you another stockpile of books to sell to buyback companies during those lean periods where you can’t find a lot of books to sell through Bookscouter.

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2 Great Book Buyback Companies to Sell Textbooks To

Dollars in the Books RESIZED

With the school year just about to end, I thought I’d create another blog article promoting even more of the great book buyback companies I’ve sold books to. This list is geared particularly towards students since I know you guys are looking for good places to sell your textbooks to for extra cash over summer vacation.

These buyback companies tend to pay high for textbooks and have a long and reliable history of paying quickly for books, so they make a good choice to sell your end of the year textbooks to for extra money.

As always, you can find these buyback companies on Bookscouter!

Blue Rocket Books

Blue Rocket Books is located in update New York and pays very well for books – if you go to their website, you’ll see they’ve paid anywhere from $80 to $90 (and more) for textbook buyback packages of only 2 or 3 books.

Aside from textbooks, Blue Rocket Books will also buy books on religion, philosophy, computers, art, literature, travel, hobbies, gardening, and science (among other subjects) so students in a wide variety of majors can usually sell some or all of their books to this buyback company.

Minor highlighting, underlining, and written notes that appear in less than 20% of the book is considered acceptable (although workbooks should obviously be free of any writing). Make sure to include any CDs, DVDs, and/or computer codes that were in your book originally.

Blue Rocket Books does not accept ex-library books (if you have any ex-library books to sell consider sending them to, Chegg, or Sell Back Books.)

As always, water damage, stains, strong odors, missing (or torn) pages, major wear to the binding, and smoke damage all make a book unacceptable to Blue Rocket Books (or any buyback company).

This company has a $15 minimum buyback order amount which is slightly higher than other buyback companies, but since Blue Rocket Books offers high price quotes for books, this generally isn’t a problem (some of the books I sold to them in the past sold for $10 or more a piece).

Blue Rocket offers free USPS or UPS shipping labels (with tracking numbers that let you know when your books have arrived at their warehouse). Make sure to ship your books as soon as you finish your buyback order so you can get paid faster!

Payment comes in the form of PayPal or mailed check – and I’ll just add that I’ve never had a problem with being paid by Blue Rocket Books.

K-12 Book Buyer

I’ve only sold a few book packages to K-12 Book Buyer – however when I do, my payments tend to be larger than most of my other buyback orders and payment always comes promptly.

As the name indicates, K-12 Book Buyer purchases textbooks. While most buyback companies tend to purchase mostly college textbooks, K-12 has bought grade school, middle school, and high school textbooks from me in the past, so if you’re a teacher and/or home school parent with a lot of extra textbooks and clean workbooks, it might be worth it to see if this company will buy your books.

Aside from textbooks, K-12 Book Buyer purchases fiction, literature, and art books, as well as books on religion, philosophy, computers, travel, science, technology, hobbies, crafting, and cooking.

K-12 Book Buyer does not buy ex-library books (again consider selling those to, Chegg, or Sell Back Books) and you should make certain that any workbooks you send them are free of any writing, notes, underlining, or missing pages. Supplementary materials (like CDs or DVDs) should also be included in the books if you want to receive the full quoted price for those books.

K-12 Book Buyer has a minimum buyback order policy of $10 (which is pretty standard) and offers free USPS shipping for its packages. Payment comes via PayPal or mailed check (I recommend PayPal if you want to receive your money sooner).

Final Thoughts

I hope this gives you a few more options to sell your textbooks for cash once the school year ends. As always, you should become familiar with their policies before selling them your books, so be sure to visit their websites.

And if you’re interested in learning more about the best places to sell books online, be sure to read 8 Great Book Buyback Companies to Sell Books To and 2 More Great Book Buyback Companies to Sell Books To.

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How to Sell Books Online for Extra Cash to CKY Books


Hey guys! This is the second in a series of interviews with textbook buyback companies that pay cash for books you sell to them online.

Today, we’ll be talking with Todd Bradley, the Account Manager of CKY Books. Located in Central Kentucky, CKY has been a reliable book buyback company for several years and has provided me with fast, efficient transactions for all of the buyback orders I’ve shipped to them.

Let’s hear what Todd has to say:

How long has your company been in business and how long have you offered a book buyback program?

We started selling books online in 2001, through Amazon, Alibris, Ebay, Half, etc…[but] sourcing new inventory was always challenging. In 2004 we decided to create a venue where the average reader could sell their used books for a fair price and repurpose their books at the same time.

How can I sell my books online to CKY and earn extra money?

Once you create an account you are ready to create an order to sell CKY books, games, movies and music.

Creating an account with us is very simple – all we need is your name, address, email address and your preferred payment method [PayPal or check]. We don’t ask for phone numbers or any financial information.

You can enter the ISBNs/UPCs [of your books, DVDs, games etc.] into our site and see the amounts we are offering. Once you get to a total of at least $20.00 you can finalize the buyback and access the free shipping labels. You pick your shipping method. Print your packing slip and shipping. Pack your books and send them to us.

Can anyone sell books to CKY?

Almost anyone. You need to be over 18 years of age [but] it is pretty common for a parent to create an account for a child to use with the adult supervising.

You need to have a US mailing address as our FREE inbound shipping only works from inside the U.S.

However we do have some small percentage of accounts where people find ways around this. Some Canadian customers somehow ship books from a U.S. address but have their checks sent to a Canadian address. Same for some other countries.

What types of books does CKY buy through its buyback program?

Current textbooks are almost always being bought, same with the newest fiction releases. Religion, Political, History, Art, Self Help, Parenting, Medical. CKY buys a bit of everything

On any given day, we are buying roughly 3 million titles. We have purchased between 500k-900k items each year over the last 7 years.

What types of books does CKY never buy through its buyback program?

Well, I never like to use the word never, because as soon as I do I will find an exception to the rule. Generally though, romance novels are bust. Popular fiction that is more than a year old usually has very little value. Everyone reads that stuff, me included, so the market is flooded with it.

There are many TYPES of items we cannot buy, including Teacher’s or Instructor’s Editions Textbooks, International/Foreign Edition Textbooks, Custom Edition Textbooks (textbooks printed for a specific school or university).

Advanced reading copies, uncorrected proofs, and promotional copies of books (books that state “review copy”, “free copy”, “sample copy”, “examination copy”, “complimentary copy”, “not for resale”, or “not for sale” anywhere on the book.

Books with one-time use access codes & subscription/registration-based software/online course materials.

Partial sets or incomplete sets (i.e. only volume 1 of a 2 volume set) cannot be bought.

Items where the ISBN the customer used does not match the ISBN of the item.

Pornography or otherwise offensive and explicit material.

Dated materials/books, calendars, daily planners, dated diaries or journals (this includes code/tax guides that are now obsolete or have been superseded by a newer version).

Book Club Editions and rebound books also cannot be accepted.

Are there certain times in the year when CKY buys more books?

CKY’s biggest buying times coincide with the beginning of college semesters due to the large numbers of textbooks. So January, May, and August are usually very busy.

Acceptable and Unacceptable Book Conditions

I understand you accept books with some highlighting, notes, and underlining in them. How much highlighting/writing and underlining is considered “okay” by CKY?

Great question. CKY does buy books with highlighting and underlining. [But] explaining how much is acceptable is the hard part. The determination of how much is too much is left to our inspectors and their experience in handling hundreds of thousands of books.

We tell our customers this, “If you look at the book and wonder if it has too much highlighting/writing or underlining, then we will likely have the same questions and you are better off not sending that item.”

Do you buy ex-library books with library stickers and stamps?

Yes, we do purchase ex-library books but your payment amount will be 30% less than the quoted price – please note that ex-library books frequently have issues and they make up the largest portion of all rejected items.

When is a book not considered in “good condition” – and unable to be sold to CKY?

This is again based on experience selling used books. Our inspectors thought process runs like this: they are trained to buy as much as they can while reducing or rejecting as little as possible. They understand that with every rejection or reduction we might lose that customer.

That being said, if we see a book that is visibly stained, or has pages that are wrinkled from water/liquid damage, we are not going to buy that book. If it is missing pages, we are not going to buy it.

Think of it this way, if you would not want to buy the book you are selling to us because it is in poor condition, we are not going to want to buy it either.

What do you do with books sent to you in poor condition?

Books that are rejected are held for 15 days in a special holding area. After 15 days they are either put on a pallet for donation or they are destroyed. It depends on the issue with the book and they type of book it is.

If you decide to not pay for a book will you send the book back to the original seller?

YES. Items not accepted/rejected by CKY will only be shipped back to the Seller at the Seller’s expense. Items not accepted will be held for 15 days; after that time, these items will be recycled, donated, or used to support the community and environment at CKY’s discretion.

CKY will post a notice of any deductions for items not accepted via email on the seller’s account after the customer’s order has been processed.

If the Seller would like their unaccepted items returned, the Seller must contact CKY promptly, through email ( or phone (877-311-9544), to provide payment for return shipping costs.

Packing Books to Ship to CKY

What should sellers pack their books in when shipping books to you?

We prefer sturdy boxes unless you are just sending a book or two.

What type of free shipping do you offer?

We offer FREE Shipping via United Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express Ground (FedEx) or United Postal Service (USPS – Post Office).

I would personally like to suggest that all customers use either FedEx or UPS as they are fast and reliable. Last year FedEx lost 5 shipments out of roughly 11,000. Last year UPS lost 13 shipments out of roughly 15000. Last year USPS lost/damaged 312 out of 2100 shipments.

Do you provide any shipping insurance for packages sent through your buyback program?

Yes. FedEx and UPS are both insured for $100 per package.

CKY may provide a fee paid FedEx/UPS shipping label. CKY does not accept responsibility for packages lost by the carrier.

CKY can file a claim for damages/loss on the shipper’s behalf if requested. It is the shipper’s responsibility to maintain a record that may assist with filing any claim that may arise. This might include photos of the items and packaging or other documentation. Failure to maintain such a record can result in rejection of the claim by the carrier.

Postal packages do not have insurance. We encourage customers to purchase shipping insurance at their own expense if they wish to use this service.

What are the biggest pet peeves you have about the types of books you receive through your buyback program?

Our biggest pet peeve is poor packing of the books for shipment. You would be amazed at how many packages we get with a single $100 textbook tossed into a big screen TV box with no padding or protection. Please take a few minutes to package your items safely for travel to ensure your get paid your full amount.

Selling DVDs, Music, and Games to CKY

What other products does CKY buy?

CKY also buys games, movies and music. What you earn is based on the value of what you sell. Newer games and movies etc are worth more than older ones.

Do you need a different account to sell non-book items to CKY?

No. You can use the same account to sell anything you might have.

If you have a lot of books, movies, CDs, and games to sell, can they be shipped in the same package, or should different products be shipped separately?

They can all be shipped together, to consolidate shipping. Just remember to pack them securely so nothing gets broken. We cannot pay for broken items.

Thanks Todd! Remember, if you’d like to contact CKY with more questions about selling your books for extra cash, you can reach them via email at or their Toll Free Phone number (877-311-9544).

CKY also has a “Leave a message” box on their website, in the bottom right corner that can double as a live chat feature.

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How to Pack Your Books and Ship Them to Buyback Companies


One of the biggest pet peeves buyback companies like and CKY Books have is when people send books in poorly packed boxes that get damaged in transit, resulting in torn up or even missing books.

The reasons for this damage can vary. Maybe the seller shipped the books in a flimsy box that fell apart on the way. Or maybe the box was too big for the book, causing the book to bounce around inside the whole trip until its binding broke and the pages tore.

Regardless, the end result is the same – buyback companies can’t pay for missing or damaged books, meaning you won’t get your money.

This can be a costly problem – especially if you’re a student who just sent out a textbook you expect to be paid $100 for, only to be informed that your book was damaged in transit and can no longer be accepted.

To keep you from encountering these problems with any of the buyback companies you might send books to through Bookscouter I’m going to take you step-by-step through how you should pack your books and ship them.

Please take the time to read through this article carefully – it could mean the difference between a nice payday and no money at all!

Step 1: Assemble Your Packing Materials

In my previous article, Finding Free Boxes for Shipping the Books You Sell Online, I showed you how to find, select, and store free sturdy cardboard boxes that are ideal for shipping books.

Once you’ve stored your boxes, you’ll want to keep the following items close by:

  • Strong Packing Tape: Be sure to buy a few rolls of strong packing tape, along with a tape dispenser if you don’t already have one. This is something that really makes the difference between a sturdy and flimsy package, so be sure to buy high quality tape. Never use scotch or masking tape.
  • Newspaper: Get in the habit of storing the newspapers you’ve already read in a separate box. You can also store junk mail (just remember to tear out any identifying information).
  • Plastic Bags: Fill up another box with plastic bags you saved from your trips to the grocery or thrift store. Make sure they’re all clean, dry, and free of any smells.
  • Scissors: You’ll need these to size up your shipping labels

If you want more high-quality packing material, you can also buy some bubble wrap or packing paper to secure your books.

One type of packing material you should never use is packing peanuts (those plastic or Styrofoam pellets some people use for packing household appliances). They’ll constantly shift in transit, resulting in damaged books. Shredded paper is also considered a poor packing material for the same reason – it won’t provide enough support.

Step 2: Choose a Box for Your Books

Once you’ve completed a buyback order and printed your packing slip (which lists all the books you’re selling and the prices the company will pay you for them) and your shipping label, it’s time to start loading your books.

Select a box for your books and fold up the bottom flaps so you can see how well the books fit inside the box.

The books should fit easily in the box – you shouldn’t have to squeeze them in (and possibly damage the edges). Make sure the box isn’t too big for all your books. Check out the photo below to see how the books should ideally fit:

books in box

If your box looks too big or too small, switch it out with another until you find a better fit. Once you’ve selected the box, seal up all the bottom flaps, including those at the sides, with packing tape.

Step 3: Secure Your Books

Take out each stack of books and slip them into a secure plastic bag (be sure to put the packing slip in with the books). Tie the bag and put the books back into the box. This will protect the books from the newspaper you’ll use to later pad the box.

Wrapped Books

Step 4: Pad the Edges and Top of the Box

Take a few sheets of newspaper and crumple them into some plastic bags to form some packing cushions for your books. Be sure not to over stuff the bags – the cushions should squeeze easily into any gaps in the box to keep the books from shifting.

Packing pillows in box

Now stuff one more bag full of newspaper and lay it on top of the books – this will protect the books from being damaged when the box is cut open.

Packing Pillow on Box

Putting the newspapers in plastic bags will keep the books from being stained by newsprint – however, if you’d like to use more quality packing material, you can use bubble wrap or packing paper.

Step 5: Seal up the Top of the Box

Tape the top of the box with packing tape the same way you sealed up the bottom – be sure to tape up all the sides of the flaps to keep the box from popping open.

Sealed Box

Step 6: Attach Shipping Label

Use the scissors to trim the shipping label to size and attach it onto the box with packing tape. (Be sure not to cover any barcodes with tape).

Take the package to your closest UPS, FedEx, or USPS drop off (depending on the shipping label you used). You’re done!

Final Tips

  • Try to limit the amount of books you put in each buyback order to keep your packages from weighing too much – 10-20 books per order should be okay.
  • Once you’re done packing your books, pick up the box and shake it a few times – if the books don’t rattle inside, they’ve been properly cushioned.
  • If you’d like to make your boxes look “cleaner” you can always turn them inside out – however I’ve never had any problems with sending my packages with markings on the boxes.
  • That said, do not turn the USPS Priority or Express mailers found at the United States Post Office inside out and use them for boxes. The free shipping labels provided by most textbook buyback companies will not cover the cost of priority or express shipping and the mailer must pay the extra cost.

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