Skip to content

Don’t overlook boxed sets!

March 2, 2014

boxedcartoonHey everyone! Sorry for the long delay between posts. What can I say – I’m a very, very bad blogger. No excuses!

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:

Harry Potter Box Set 1-4harryboxed

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:

The Second Chsecondchronboxronicle of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson

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!


From → Uncategorized

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Joseph Nebus's work in progress.

Another Blog, Meanwhile

Joseph Nebus's Sense Of Humor

Hank Talkin'

Just another weblog

Just Listen to Ezimen

whatever I say here comes with a disclaimer to go

La Tour Abolie

An eclectic mixture of personal essays, stuff about writing, stuff about books and far out philosophy from an old baggage in a book-tower.

Zombie Flamingos

A journey into bloggerdom

One woman's adventures in online bookselling - and buying

A Workout Routine

One woman's adventures in online bookselling - and buying

Trail to Peak

Hiking, Travel, Photography, and Gear Review

Shrine Tower

Saints, Shrines and Sacred Places


Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.

Atypical 60

A Typical Blog. A Typical Woman. A Typical Take On Life. With An Atypical Twist!


Reducing stress one exhale at a time ...exploring Southern California and beyond

C. Lehman, Bookseller

One woman's adventures in online bookselling - and buying

One woman's adventures in online bookselling - and buying

Mary Worth and Me

One woman's adventures in online bookselling - and buying

%d bloggers like this: