College is expensive. It’s a well-known fact. Even commuting to a community college will set you back a few thousand dollars a year. Tack on the price of textbooks and you can easily add a couple thousand dollars expense to your entire college education. In order to help ease the cost of textbooks, sell them when you’re finished and are certain you won’t need them again in the future.
Choose a Site
Do a search for your textbook on Amazon.com or Half.com, whichever you choose to use. Search for the title or ISBN number. Once you find it, look for the button on the page that says something like, “sell your copy.” Click it and follow the prompts.
Filling Out your Listing
Fill in all the necessary information such as a description, condition, shipping methods available, etc. You can offer just standard shipping or add expedited as an option. You’ll be reimbursed more and have more potential customers.
Make sure you fill out the description thoroughly. Buyers like books that have adequate descriptions with the edition, condition, and peripherals. Those sell faster, even if they cost a little more. Set a fair price to bring in potential customers without selling yourself short.
Sell and Ship
Once your listing is ready, it will be submitted and ready on the site. Once a buyer buys from you, you have 2 days to ship it out. It’s best to ship it through the Post Office by media mail. Media mail is used for books, CDs, DVDs, and other media. It’s cheaper because it takes longer and isn’t fragile.
When you package your books, always include a copy of the invoice they have you print. Right in bold letters “Please leave seller feedback, thank you!” This will help encourage buyers to leave seller feedback on your account. Seller feedback is critical to your book-selling success. You’ll notice more sales faster when you have more 5 star ratings because people trust you more.
You can also send them an email and ask for feedback. Send an email right after shipping to let you know it shipped. In the email, ask for seller feedback. If after 2 to 3 weeks, they haven’t left feedback, send another email asking if they got the package and if so, to leave seller feedback. Don’t be overly pushy, but drop a hint. Send a link to the section so they can do so quickly and easily.