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How To Find Half.com Best-Selling Books

We’ve discussed the basics of selling your books, DVDs, CDs and video games on Half.com so let’s go to the next step and explore what types of books sell best.

The easy answer to this is just to give you a link to a list of the 200 best-selling books on Half.com. But, that’s really not going to do you much good. Right now for instance I see that copies from the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” series are high on that list. However, used hardcovers of those books, in good condition, are selling for less than one dollar. Hardcovers in “like new” condition are listed for five to six dollars.

I don’t mention this to discourage you from listing those types of books, but I want you to go in with your eyes open. The are jillions of copies of the mega-best sellers out there and almost as many people trying to dump their used copies. You can sell yours and make a buck or two, but it might take a while.

If you have a used bookstore nearby, you might see if it will give you more value in store credit than what you would receive if you sold your copy through Half.com.

My wife is a kindergarten teacher and we’ve taken boxes of items I didn’t feel we could sell on Half.com to a nearby used bookstore and she has tallied up hundreds of dollars in store credit. She’s always buying more books for her classroom, so this works out well for us.

Anyway, back to the original question: Which books sell best? I would put nonfiction at the top of the list, and especially guides and educational books.

Here’s the way to think about it: Any book that a person needs fairly quickly for a specific purpose will perform well on Half.com.

For example, a couple of years ago my wife and I had to take some PRAXIS exams. These are tests required for aspiring teachers. We purchased a few PRAXIS exam preparation guides. These books sold within days—if not hours—after being listed on Half.com. We have also had this kind of success selling textbooks on the website.

TIP: When you purchase and use a test preparation book, write the answers to the sample tests on a separate piece of paper so you don’t mess up the test inside the book itself. This will allow you to resell your book with a higher condition rating and save you some wrist numbing erasing down the road.

I have collected a lot of theology books over the years. I looked at my collection and asked myself which ones would I probably never open again. These have sold well. Many of these books are printed in fairly small numbers, at least when compared to the Harry Potter books, and they don’t stay in print forever. Those qualities make them good candidates for selling on Half.com.

How about you? What has sold best for you? Let us know.

There’s Gold in those Old Books, DVDs and Video Games!

Okay, can we talk? When’s the last time you watched that 3-disk set of season one of “The Office”? It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Then, why is it still cluttering your shelves?

eBay’s sister site, Half.com, is a great way to get rid of your DVDs, books, CDs, video games and video game systems. Setting up an account is easy. You’ll need to enter some basic information along with a credit card number and bank account information.

Half.com only uses your credit card information to confirm your identity. When you make sales on the Half.com website, the money is deposited to your checking account. This is one of the main differences between selling on Half.com and eBay, which deposits money to your PayPal account.

One of the best things about selling on Half.com is the ease at which you can list your books, CDs, DVDs and games. Carve out a little time to your bookshelves for the tomes you’re never likely to read or need again.

TIP: If you haven’t touched it for a few years, get rid of it.

Now comes the easy part. Sit down in a comfortable chair with your stack of books, log onto Half.com and start entering your information. For books, you type in the ISBN number. For other items the UPC code is the key.

Unlike eBay, you don’t have to give your sale a title, upload pictures and answer a bunch of other questions. The Half.com system fills in most of the information. You just need to give each item a condition rating and if you think it’s helpful, describe or explain the condition. For a book you might add, “Slight crease on the back cover,” for example.

TIP: Be totally honest about the condition of your items. Nothing trumps customer satisfaction when you’re selling online. Never misrepresent your goods. It’s better to have a customer be pleasantly surprised by the great condition of your items than disappointed by items in unexpectedly poor condition.

Also unlike eBay, items listed here are not going up for auction. You set your price. Depending on the condition of yours and previous sales/listings of the same item, Half.com will often suggest a price.

Finally, to point out one more difference between selling on Half.com and eBay, whatever you list on Half.com stays there until it is sold, unlike eBay auctions which have an end date.

This should get you started. Next time we’ll talk about which kinds of items do the best on Half.com, shipping and a few other tips.

Are we the only people with DVR?

Dear Half.com buyers: Would you please stop buying the DVDs I listed over the weekend? For crying out loud, all these movies are on cable. Do you not have DVR?

On either Friday or Saturday I sat down with a pile of about 20 DVDs we decided to sell online. Half.com makes selling them very easy. Go to their multiple entry page and enter the UPC for each DVD. Tip: Although the interface says you can use the ISBN number for DVDs, don’t do it. It doesn’t work. I tried that first, then had to go back and enter all the UPCs.

After they were online about three or four hours, I got an order. Great, I thought. I packaged it up and when I was out doing some errands I dropped it off at the Post Office.

When I came back and checked my email, I had two more orders. More packaging and another trip to the Post Office.

This pattern kept up over the weekend. By the end of the evening on Sunday I thought I was caught up. Then, as I was about to turn out the light and go to sleep, the Paypal app I have on my iPhone pushed through a message saying that I had received an instant payment.

To make matters worse, when I woke up on Monday morning, I had three more orders waiting for me.

When will this madness stop?

Granted, most of these DVDs are just selling for a few bucks. My wife thinks we might be better off taking them to a used bookstore and selling them for store credit. Fair enough. But with store credit we end up with just more stuff to clutter up our home.

With a cash sale, I can buy a candy bar, or something.

You might be interested to know that I got the most money from a DVD that I remember buying off a bargain table. It was an old noir film that had been transferred to DVD. I think I paid about seven bucks for it and ended up selling it for about the same price on Half.com.

It looks like a video rental place bought it.