|Some of the Books I'm Selling at Homeschool Used Book, © B. Radisavljevic|
A New Site for Homeschoolers to Shop and Sell
Before I started blogging, I was a homeschooling mom. When Jason died in 1991, I became a homeschool vendor, exhibiting at conventions on both coasts. That adventure ended in 2015 when Hubby's knees gave out. So I turned to selling online.
I built a website, and sold on many used book listing services. In 2014 I had neck surgery and couldn't ship in a timely manner. I had to take my books offline. It's amazing what two months without a web presence can do to your customer base. So I retired the business and started blogging. It hurt to have to sell the same books sitting in my warehouse as an Amazon affiliate instead of selling them direct and shipping them.
That's why I was so happy this week to discover a new way for homeschoolers to shop for and sell their curriculum and living books: Homeschool Used Book.com. Since I still have a house and shed full of books, I read the vendor friendly terms and signed up to sell. I have temporarily turned half the guest room into a shipping area until I can redo my office.
I started listing on July 13 and sold my first book the next day. Homeschool Used Books sent my shipping label the next night and I shipped the book the next afternoon. I couldn't be happier.
|Book Labeled and Ready to Go, © B. Radisavljevic|
The Pros of Selling on Homeschool Used BookFirst, Homeschool Used Book is not for selling just any used books. It's a specialized marketplace designed for homeschoolers to help each other out. Those who are homeschooling know what is useful to homeschoolers. They know what's popular and what's hard to find. They list what they have used or thought they would use and list it when they no longer need it. It is not a place for general booksellers who have not been part of the homeschooling community to expand their markets.
These are the reasons I believe Homeschool Used Book is a good deal for vendors.
- They don't have to build their own sites
- They don't have to collect money
- They don't have to pay for a shipping account to print postage and drop off packages without standing in line at the post office
- They don't have to maintain a database themselves
- The listing interface is simple and easy to understand
- Payments can come either through PayPal or as credit to buy books on the site.
- Vendors pay fees only when they sell something. No listing fees.
- When a sale is made, the vendor gets the listing price minus a 12% commission.
- Each vendor gets a "store" space to introduce themselves and let customers see all their books in one place.
The Cons of Selling on Homeschool Used Books
While trying to compare my prices to those of other vendors and to see if the book I want to list is already there, I've used the search function a lot. It returns a lot of inaccurate results, but that could be due to vendors putting their products into too many categories just to get them seen by more people.
So Far It's Been a Smooth Experience
|My Hall Bookcase Stores Part of What I'd Still Like to Sell. © B. Radisavljevic|
I'm actually enjoying being a bookseller again. This abundance of books has stolen a lot of my joy, not to mention how much of my house I can use. I want my living room back. If you need children's books or homeschooling materials, I hope you'll visit my store at Homeschool Used Book. While you're there, you can check out the other vendors, too. And if you've got used curriculum to sell, give the site a try. You've got nothing to lose and you may have much to gain.
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