Despite being able to access almost all the information we need on the internet, and the increasing number of people who are purchasing Kindles, iPads, and other ebook readers, people are still buying books – so is selling dropship books an opportunity that offers some profit potential?
Where to source products
Unlike many other products, there are a number of factors in your favour when it comes to sourcing dropship books. For a start, most books that are going to be sold in the US, Canada and the UK tend to be printed in those countries, which makes finding local dropship suppliers a lot easier. Secondly, you don’t usually have to worry about quality issues, or possible fake merchandise. While this might sound great if you are thinking of selling dropship books, you need to bear in mind that there are huge, established online retailers in this market; and even with a reliable dropship supplier offering great prices, it could be very difficult to compete in the mainstream book categories.
A better idea might be to concentrate on specialist areas, such as education books for example. The lower sales volumes in these niches usually mean that big retailers are less able to offer huge discounts, which levels the playing field a bit. You should be able to find a number of dropship suppliers who can provide your with products in a range of specialist categories, like Dropship Books for example; and then you just need to decide how to sell them.
Where to sell products
While eBay has made a lot of changes in the last few years that make it easier to list media like books (simply entering the ISBN number can create much of your listing for you), if you’re planning on selling a wide range of titles, it could be quite labour intensive. Unless you invest in some of the eBay selling tools, like Turbo Lister and Selling Manager Pro, or find a dropship books supplier who offers the facility to ‘push’ their listings into your eBay auctions, you’re going to have your work cut out for you. Even if you are able to sell a good volume on eBay, with Final Value fees of 10%, and then PayPal fees on top, you need to be making healthy margin to make it worthwhile.
Of course, you could always list your dropship books on one of the most popular places buyers go whenever they are looking to buy a book – Amazon. But this can be a bit of a double-edged sword. Sure, you get thousands and thousands of customers, all hopefully looking to buy the book your selling, but with world’s largest online book retailer frequently able to offer huge discounts on many of the popular titles, it will be very hard to compete. The only way to sell books on Amazon will be to focus on a particular niche or specialist subject, where you will have less competition from Amazon’s own products.
Whether it’s high fees on eBay, or low prices on Amazon, selling dropship books can be be quite challenging. A better approach would be to keep your costs as low as possible, which you could do by creating your own website with any of the free ecommerce platforms like Weebly and eCrater. This way, by focusing on a specialist market rather than the mainstream book categories, you might be able to make selling dropship books profitable.