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I Sold My First Book!!!!

January 23rd, 2007 at 06:26 pm

While trying to figure out what I would do for this year's $20 Challenge, I decided to give Half.com a try. With last year's challenge, I dipped my toe into selling on E-bay and was a bit scared to do so. This year was no different when it came to Half.com.

I listed 12 books last week. Today when I checked my email, I found the notice stating that a book had sold! Smile It was the Culinary Institute Gourmet Meals in Minutes. The price was $17.99, but I won't add that full amount to my challenge as I found out I have to basically pay shipping.

Strange, Half makes money off both the seller and the buyer, I see. Although I'm alotted $2.78 for shipping, they charged the buyer $3.70. Then they also charged me $2.70 for selling the book. So, Half is making about $3.62 off that same book.

I figure, after shipping, including packaging, I'll have made about $15.00. Oh, I need to take off the $1.50 the book originally cost me. OK, so about $13.50 to the Challenge. Smile

Now I need to figure out the best way to package the book for mailing. I know that because it's a heavy book it shouldn't be sent in just a plain manilla envelope. I don't have any padded ones, so I think I'll try to find an appropriate box. The book has to be sent out by Friday. Guess I'm going box hunting tomorrow. Smile

4 Responses to “I Sold My First Book!!!!”

  1. alianora Says:

    Dont bother with boxes, it will make it heavier! Wrap the book in newspaper, several thicknesses, then bubble wrap if you have any. Finish off with a layer or two of kraft paper.

    And dont forget to specify that it needs to be shipped Media Mail!

    I love selling on half.com! Its a lot less intensive than ebay, and that means I dont stress myself out over it.

  2. Amber Says:

    Way to go on selling, i sold my firsy book a few weeks ago. I agree, when it comes to the shipping it seems like the seller looses, hope you sell the others

  3. koppur Says:

    If you ship media mail, you'll be good on shipping. I've been seing on half for years and I almost aways make a few cents on the shipping deal. Send it out media mail. Any book can go media mail and it is way cheaper. Send the book on a padded envelope (I get mine at the $ store) or do what alianora suggested w/the newspaper. Congrats! Smile

  4. threebeansalad Says:

    I concur with the others. Padded envelopes cost ~ $0.50 / piece at the Dollar Tree and other Close-Out stores. At the post office, they cost over $1.50 / envelope. Also, make sure to go to the counter and say you want to ship media mail. The machine in the lobby of the post office do not have an option for media mail (at least in my town).

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