Don’t overlook boxed sets!
However, today I’ll try to make up for it by offering some real, practical advice for those of you that, like me, sell books on Amazon and/or eBay: BOXED SETS!
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about – this boxed set of Harry Potter paperbacks at Amazon:
Now what’s interesting about this set is that it isn’t what you might think of as “valuable”, for several reasons:
1. They’re paperbacks.
2. They’re not first editions.
3. They’re not the complete Harry Potter series, just the first four.
Yet check it out – even if you’re not selling through Amazon FBA, you could still charge $20 or more with a reasonable expectation of getting it. For an investment of about $5.00 at at your local Goodwill store, that’s not too shabby!
Also, take a look at the seller listings for these paperbacks. Notice how many of them say “No Slipcase” or “No Box”? Amazingly, a lot of your competitors don’t seem to feel any compunctions about offering a “boxed set” without a box!
So think about it: if you’re a buyer, and you want to buy a BOXED SET, wouldn’t you be more likely to buy from a seller who says, “BOX INCLUDED!” and posts photos to prove it? I would!
Another issue with boxed sets is that more than once, I’ve found one in a thrift store where one of the books was missing or in bad condition. Here’s an example that I just sold:
I purchased this boxed set from a local Goodwill store for $5.99. When I got it home, I found that one of the books had sustained some serious damage and brought down the condition of the entire set from “Very Good” to “Acceptable”. So I purchased another copy of it, the cheapest one I could find on Amazon ($3.99) and replaced it in the set. It sold for $25.00 – not a huge profit, but a decent enough return.
So don’t overlook boxed sets – if it has a good sales rank on Amazon, and you can get it for less than $10.00, it’s worth your attention!
Thanks for reading! Tune in next time when I’ll have some tips about Book Club Editions that can be surprisingly valuable!