Most Profitable Online Businesses
Don't Have Margins Like Booksellers

By Joe Waynick
October 21, 2012

One of the most profitable online businesses I know is reselling inventory from well-stocked used book sales. Consequently, I've never met a book sale I didn't like.

And this week of book scouting was positively terrific. For one thing, it was half price day at one of my favorite thrift chains.

Half price! I mean on everything. Who can resist that?

I was already pulling a lot of $50.00 and $70.00 books out of that place and paying $3.00 - $4.00 for them. But yesterday, I was able to do the same thing for only $1.50 - $2.00 each.

I believe that if you use as many small ways to save money as possible, like the one above, that they eventually add up to big bucks.

Sometimes, determination and commitment are the only things standing between you and success.

I even found a half dozen old library books for sale that were being listed online for $15.00 a piece. Also, I was able to buy and sell used DVDs cheap. As I said, it's one of the most profitable online businesses I know.

The reason I mention this is because I want to stress the importance of maintaining a positive mental attitude. You see, I really didn’t feel like going out to scout books that day and adding new inventory to my Amazon seller account.

There were several days this week when I rolled out of bed and the thought of driving around town just wasn't very appealing.

But I was determined to maintain my schedule and I psyched myself out to do it anyway -- and it was one of the best weeks I've had in months. Everything seemed to go "just right."

I guess it really is true that when you least expect it, you enjoy your greatest successes. That's how this week of scouting felt to me.

I hope your week was great too, and I hope you enjoy being in one of the best businesses for the small seller in decades.

Good hunting.

Joe Waynick is author of several eCommerce books covering the bookselling and publishing industry. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeWaynick.

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