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Friday, September 10, 2010

How to Become a Better Online Bookseller: Look for Slim Paperback Volumes

I found three identical (except for the light purple mark on the cover of the copy I just sold on Ebay) copies of this slim paperback volume at an estate sale after three or four booksellers had already been through the room.  This slim paperback volume has no title on the spine, and was located upon a slightly more detailed inspection of the contents of a shelf. 

All 3 volumes eventually sold in the $50-100 range.  The Very Good copy sold most recently for $62.05 during a Free Shipping promotion.  The picture below was taken before I purchased my most recent digital camera, and before I learned some invaluable new photographing skills from Craig at Boothink

His wonderful series on photographing books can be found here: http://www.bookthink.com/0028/28pho.htm

Also, please note the genealogical nature of this volume (Before Germanna) and the specificity of the subtitle (The Ancestry of the Blankenbaker, Fleshman and Slucter Families), both of which are major bookselling flashpoints.

Although these books measure only 45 pages in length and were purchased for one quarter apiece, they pack a nice punch for their slim size.  Keep looking in the nooks and crannies.

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