Looking to start a business in a bad economy? Think used. Think frugal. Think timeless. Think book resellers.
What if I told you how you could gather enough books to start a used book sale business or fill an eStore all for less than $100 including business set-up costs and inventory? Would you do it?
It does not take a lot of money to begin building inventory if you are willing to look for deals and giveaways. Books are cheap at yard sales, estate sales, and can even be found for free on places like Craig's List and Freecycler.
If you do not have the funds to start a walk-in used bookstore begin by selling used books in flea markets in your area, on a website, or set up a Shopify store.
There are several great ways to find used books, magazines, videos, and even video games - for free - enough to build an inventory to start your own business.
And the best part is that you can start a book reselling business for less than $100 if you are resourceful (and a little bit ruthless).
Why Used Books Sell Even During Tough Times
Books are an inexpensive way to escape reality and reading gives us all an excuse to spend a day curled up in a chair (as opposed to in an economic downturn induced fetal position). Book resellers are doing well because more people are selling their used books to raise money (or trading them in for other good-reads) and more people are buying them.
Why People Prefer Book Resellers Over Walk-In Libraries
Yes, there are libraries, but they often lack current best sellers, and you have to return books when you are done reading them. And, most libraries do not offer much in the way of magazines.
If you live in certain places, like Upland, California, where the entire city government is on a 4-day work week to save money, many libraries now have shorter hours and fewer open days.
In a tough economy, people look for ways to cut costs while maintaining a certain standard of living. Buying used books allows consumers to maintain their book habit without guilt.
Used books are one of the few used items you can purchase and give to someone without seeming cheap. Include a personal note about why the book was specially selected for the giftee and that purchasing used books is better for the environment and the gift will be even better received.
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