Below I have included photographs of the books that sold (only the first two of which I would classify as strictly academic), and a brief description to help you identify what types of books to look for at your next library sale. Clicking on any of the titles will take you to either the Amazon Catalog page or the completed Ebay listiong.
Sold to a customer in the UK via Amazon for $95. The spine of the book had the Greenwood Press seal, which is definitely one you should become familiar with if you are not already.
Published by Bowling Green State University Press. Sold for $250 to a university library acquisitions department via Abebooks. The sales rank has climbed to 400K during back to school season and the only other copy on Amazon is listed for over $600, yowza!
Sold via Ebay for $135 on a 10% off Store Fixed Price Listings sale. County history, cemetary recors and genealogy books are all some of my favorite Flashpoints. Much of this information is available in a digital format as well now, but the diehard genealogists still want a hard copy for the family library.
Published in 1962 by Louisiana State University Press, this just so happens to be the first book of immensely popular and now deceased historian Stephen Ambrose (author of Undaunted Courage, a personal favorite of mine). Although there are several copies available in the $30-50 range, a little extra information and a professional description netted me $150 via Abebooks.
In an upcoming article, I am going to write about a sale I attended where scanners were banned. Here is one of the non-ISBN gems I found, along with a handful of other Heinlein 1sts. This one lacked the dustjacket, but sold so quickly after I listed it that I worried I may have priced it too low. Again, I pocketed $150 on this one, but as you can see on the Amazon Product Detail Page, slightly less saavy sellers are willing to settle for much less!
Thanks for reading, and please comment on whether you have noticed an upturn in sales the last few days. Also, feel free to share your experience with any of the flashpoints, publishers or authors I have mentioned above.