How to Sell Your Used Books Online

Sell Used Books Online

If you’re like many people you probably have a stack of unused books lying around the house. Whether they are paperback or hard cover books, you may have a landmine sitting in your closet or on your book shelf. That’s right. You can sell your used books for cash and holding a yard sale to do so isn’t necessary. Like many other items, you can sell your used books online.

How to Sell Used Books Online

Selling books doesn’t sound like you need a “how to” but selling used books online can be a little intimidating. After all, there are billions of websites out there and each is different. You can sell just about anything online though. Selling books is no different. There are some online book sellers making hundreds of dollars a month so if you’re looking for a way to earn extra cash this may be your chance. You’ll want to be sure you take the necessary steps to successfully sell your used book online though…

Make sure that your description of the book is complete and accurate. If the outside of the book is worn, let the buyer know. If there is writing in the novel, let those who are viewing your post know. You will also want to include keywords that will help a search engine find your posting when a buyer searches for your title. It is also generally a good idea to view other listings similar to yours so that you may offer a competitive price and include all the necessary information.

Where Can You Sell Books Online?

Posting a used book for sale online is pretty easy but how do you know where to post it? There are so many websites where you can sell things it can be hard to choose. Here are just a few places you can sell used book online:

  1. Amazon: You’ve probably used Amazon to purchase items in the past. What you may not know is that Amazon is a great way to sell used books online (or make extra money period). All you have to do is submit your title to Amazon. If they accept your title you will receive the value of the book in the form of an Amazon Gift Card.
  2. AbeBooks: Similar to Amazon, AbeBooks buys books back. Sellers are required to have at least $15 worth of books to sell to get cash though. AbeBooks offers payment through PayPal or paper check.
  3. eBay: If you have ever sold anything on eBay you know that it is a fairly easy process. You can sell your used books online through eBay as well. You simply set up an account and put your book up for sale. eBay processes payments through PayPal.
  4. Powell’s Books: Powell’s is a well known place to sell used books. The company is based in Oregon and buys books online to keep their shelves fully stocked. Their minimum selling requirement is at least $9 worth or seven books to sell. You can receive your cash through PayPal or receive a Powell’s store credit.
  5. Most college students have heard of It is a great place to exchange your textbooks, of course, but the site accepts other kinds of books as well. You will have to have at least $10 worth of books to cash in and then will send you your cash via PayPal or check-by-mail.
  6. A private site: If you’re interested in turning your online book selling into a side hustle you may want to think about launching your own site. Professional sellers head to local used bookstores and scan the books to see what they are worth. If they are able to turn a profit, they purchase the book and flip it on their website or Amazon. Some people have made up to $800 a month selling books this way.

Where Else Can You Sell Used Books?

Selling online can be a little overwhelming. You may want to find a way to sell your used books without getting on the internet. If that’s the case there are still plenty of ways to sell your used books.

  • Book Swaps: There may be a book swap event near you. Book swaps are held to either swap or sell used books with other people in your area.
  • Donate: If you don’t need the extra cash and just want to get rid of your used books you can always donate them to your local library (it’s a tax write off).
  • Local Bookstores: Many local secondhand bookstores offer cash or an in-store credit for used books. Check your local bookstore out and see if it is an option there.
  • Yard Sale: If you have more than just old used books to get rid of, consider holding a yard sale or garage sale.

If you’re looking to get rid of used books or anything else the internet is a great place to turn. Whether you’re looking to sell your used books online or your own custom printed t-shirts, the worldwide web has changed commerce completely. If you have tips on how to sell used books online or any other item online let us know in the comments below or write to us.

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Lilly Singh’s Net Worth

Lilly SIngh's net worth

Youtube stars are becoming more and more common it seems. Although Youtube launched less than 20 years ago, many people have been made into millionaires through the video streaming site. Some of them, like Lilly Singh, have even gone on to star in Hollywood roles.

Singh, who just landed a role in the upcoming film “Fahrenheit 451,” is another Youtube success story. She has been able to make people laugh through her videos and now she will even get to appear on the big screen. So, how has all of this impacted Lilly Singh’s net worth?

About Lilly Singh

If you haven’t heard of Lilly Singh, don’t worry. Many Youtube stars aren’t recognizable to people who don’t frequent the site for entertainment. Many people, however, do find Singh to be extremely entertaining. In fact, the 28-year-old comedian has 11 million subscribers on her Youtube channel and 1.9 billion views.

The channel, IISuperwomanII, which was launched in 2010, was essentially Singh’s claim to fame. She was born and raised in Canada but moved to Los Angeles to further develop her comedy career (and expand beyond her Youtube channel).

Her move to LA in 2015 seems to have been a good decision for Singh as well. In recent years you may have seen or heard Singh in a number of films. You may have even seen her appear as a background dancer. Singh’s more popular work has been in her cameo role in “Bad Moms.” She also voiced a character in an “Ice Age” movie.

It is probable that when Singh began her Youtube channel seven years ago she never thought it would lead to parts in movies but it has been her reality. So, how has it impacted her net worth over the years?

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Lilly Singh’s Net Worth

Lilly SIngh's net worthLike many other Youtube stars, Lilly Singh’s net worth has been directly effected by her success on the video streaming site. Her net worth is estimated to be about $9 million. Billions of people viewed and enjoyed her content over the years. It is because of this popularity that Singh’s wealth has risen steadily.

Although her $9 million net worth is only an estimate it is pretty impressive for a 28-year-old Youtuber. Other Youtubers like Singh make six figures (or more if they have multiple channels) through the streaming site. So through that regular income and her additional cashflow from background dancing, albums, standup and films Singh has been able to create a substantial nest egg for herself.

Forbes has listed Singh among the richest Youtubers out there, just behind PewDiePie and Roman Atwood. With her upcoming appearance in “Fahrenheit 451,” you’ll likely be seeing even more of Singh in the near future. So don’t be surprised if you see her wealth rise too.

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What Should You Do With $20000?

What to do with $20000
Coming into a windfall is always great, especially if it is a sizable amount of money. Many people don’t know what to do with a significant amount of cash when they come into it though. Oftentimes people wind up squandering it away on items they don’t really need or buying one big-ticket item. There is a right and wrong way to handle these kinds of windfalls though.

So, let’s say you come into an extra $20000. Maybe a relative died, maybe you won a small amount on the lottery or you got a sizable bonus at work. Whatever the case may be, you have extra cash and you need to know what to do with it.

What Should You Do With $20000?

There no clear answer as to what you should and should not do if you come into $20000. All of it depends on your current financial situation. Here’s how you should approach what to do with $20000:

  1. Save. Not many people have enough savings to cover small emergencies ($1000 or less). Make sure that if you come into any windfall, especially one as large as $20000, you put some of your cash in savings. Having a safety net like that will always provide peace of mind and help you generate some wealth over time (if your bank’s interest rate is good). If at all possible, try and put at least half of every windfall into a savings account.
  2. Pay off and pay down debts. If you have any debt, try to pay it down or off with your newly-acquired cash. People who are deep in debt should probably try to pay their debts off before anything else (after saving, of course).
  3. Invest. Lastly, if you have saved and paid down/paid off debts you can invest your $20000. Many people get nervous when they hear the word “invest” because they think it entails working with the stock market. That isn’t always the case though. You can invest your money in plenty of different ways.

How to Invest $20000

If you’re wondering what to do with $20000 investing is a great way to spend the cash. How do you go about investing $20000 though? It can be pretty overwhelming. Here’s a few ways to invest your $20000:

  • Invest in the Stock Market – Stock market investing can be a bit intimidating for many people. However, you can get started investing for much less than $20000.
  • Use an Investing App or Broker – There are many different apps, like Acorns, that help people start investing and continue investing over time. If you’re not comfortable using an app you can also contact a broker directly (I would suggest a broker if you’re looking to invest the entire $20000).
  • Invest in Yourself – Maybe you need to take a few classes for work or you’ve been meaning to go back to school, take a fitness class or even buy yourself something new to further your career (like a computer).
  • Make Some Renovations – If you own your home and are wondering what to do with $20000, make a list of things that need renewed and renovated around your home. $20000 can cover a lot of home renovations.

There’s no right thing to do with $20000 but there are some great things you can do to better your financial future with that cash.

Have you ever come into a large sum of money? What did you do with it? 

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Why Crowdfunding is a Bad Idea for Restaurant Financing

Whoever came up with the phrase “labor of love” either owned a restaurant, or would certainly feel right at home in the restaurant sector. Indeed, whether the challenge is to keep inventory and supply costs low, maintain proper staffing levels, keep demanding customers happy, or fend off and endless stream of competition, life as a restaurant owner is more of a calling than a vocation. You’re either totally immersed in it, or it’s wiser to check out now and find another career path.

Of course, you’re made of strong stuff, and as such you have every intention of ensuring that your restaurant survives, succeeds and thrives. And that means sooner or later (or perhaps right now), you’re going to need restaurant financing to cover a temporary cash flow shortfall, or cover a long-term expense that boosts your profitability and competitive advantage. And while there are some good options available to you (and I’ll highlight those in a moment), right off the bad you should cross crowdfunding off your list. Here’s why:

  1. You probably won’t get the funding you need.

Forget about the inspiring success stories you read about on the web, or hear about on TV. The overwhelming number of businesses (restaurants and others) that try to generate financing through crowdfunding fail to come even remotely close to their target. There’s simply too much competition, and trying to piece together a major cash infusion through $50 and $100 pledges at a time is usually an exercise in frustration – and futility.

  1. It’s not funding — it’s a trade.

Although it’s called “crowdfunding”, as PC World points out, it’s not actually funding because you aren’t borrowing the money. You’re making a trade, which means in the long-run your total cost of borrowing might become excessive and unsustainable.

  1. You don’t know who might be lending you money.

Having a good relationship with your lender (or lenders) is important, since issues and opportunities will come up down the road. But with crowdfunding, you can’t pick up the phone or send an email and have a meaningful conversation. The most you can do is post mass updates on your campaign page, website or through social media, which is hardly strategic.

  1. Your reputation is on the line.

With apologies to Shakespeare: hell hath no fury like a crowdfunder who believes that they’ve been scored (whether they actually have or not is beside the point, it’s all about perception). As such, if you decide to change direction – not because you’re avoiding commitments, but because you need to steer your restaurant in the right direction – then expect anyone and everyone who has even pledged $1 to become hostile, and shred your reputation online and offline. Remember: the vast majority of people who pledge money through crowdfunding aren’t experienced lenders or disciplined investors. They’re just everyday, ordinary people who might not even know how to plan their own personal finances, let alone know how to run a complex restaurant operation.

Moving Forward

If crowdfunding clearly isn’t the answer for your restaurant financing needs, then what is? Well, unless you have flawless personal and business credit, have been in business for at least two years, have ample collateral, and can afford to wait several months to get the cash, then your best move is to enter the alternative lending marketplace and explore a working capital loan, merchant cash advance, or business line of credit.

Any of these options can give you the quick funding infusion you need at a reasonable cost, so that you can continue your “labor of love” – while you boost competitive advantage, sales and profits.