The Best Way To Ship Books Sold On Amazon
So you sold a book and got paid! Hooray! But now what? Do you need to go out and put a box? Or maybe you could just wrap it in paper? Well, we'd invite you to take advantage of our plethora of mistakes and use what we consider to be the best way to ship Amazon Books.
First however, let's talk about some of the costly mistakes we've made in an attempt to save money.
The Wrong Way To Do It
When we first started selling books on Amazon, a truly terrible person advised us to go out a buy a roll of brown paper. They told us that if we simply wrapped the books we sold in the brown paper, taped it up with packing tape, and wrote the address on the front then we could ship them super cheap! Thank our lucky stars that we didn't jump into it whole hog and tried it on a single book first. The $80 physics book we shipped totally went missing in the mail...but we did get the torn brown paper bag. Things get tossed around enough in the mail that it's far too easy for the paper to simply tear. Since the book doesn't have an address on it, it never makes it to your buyer or back to you! After receiving several angry emails, we ended up refunding the buyer and receiving negative feedback. Stay away from the brown paper trap.
The Right Way
After our disastrous brown paper attempt, we started looking for other cheap/free ways to ship the books we sold. After all, every dollar you spend shipping the book is a dollar lost from your profits. We investigated using recycled boxes from local businesses. Too unprofessional and unreliable. Polymailers? Damaged books. So what to do? After all of our trial an error, we have two methods that we keep on hand for shipping our books:
Books That Sell For Under $30
As far as we're concerned, bubble wrap poly-mailers are the wave of the future. They are simply plastic envelopes (so they don't tear), with bubble wrap lining the inside (so books so get squashed), and an adhesive strip on the top (so they're super easy to close). We keep two sizes on hand (8.5x11.25 and 10.5x16) and can drop a book into one and seal it up in less than 30 seconds. Check them out here on Amazon!
Expensive or Fragile Books
Since we love to sell antique books, we often feel they need a little more support than a poly-mailer has to offer. These books come flat but can be made into a box in 10 seconds or so. We typically keep only one or two sizes on hand at a time and, if the book moves around too much inside, we stuff the empty space with crumpled paper or bubble wrap.
If we sell a very expensive book ($200+) we'll typically put the book in a bubble mailer and then in a book box. Check out the book boxes we use here!
If you're serious, about selling used books online, here's our best advice: get off this website and go do it. There is no time like the present and it's about time you got started. If you're still a bit unsure, stick around for awhile, check out our blog, or add yourself to our mailing list so you can get our Amazon Book Seller's Guide when it's released later this month!