My 10-year-old son brought home a book from our park’s free library box. It was a biology textbook – teachers edition. He said it looked interesting and hey, it was free (having no idea you could sell it). I scanned it in my Amazon seller app and realized it was worth around $150. He was so excited. We listed it for sale for $130 and it sold! Going to tell him, he just made $130!
The Guardian is a very popular and forward-thinking online publisher. Recently, they decided to conduct an unprecedented experiment. They decided to buy all of their own ad inventory and monitor where all of their money went. We’re assuming they did this to better understand this space and position themselves accordingly. What they learned in their experiment was stunning.
Businesses from all over the world provide us with paid surveys for you to complete online. We then reward our users who successfully complete each survey by giving them a percentage of what we earn. So you get paid for simply giving your opinion and you don’t even have to leave the house! To date we have matched thousands of participants with hundreds of different businesses.
The same goes for when Amazon starts selling a product against you. The best retail arbitrage opportunities are when you're competing against other third party sellers – because it's a level playing field. However, if Amazon decided that Skyline Chili sells so well that they want to start buying and selling it directly, they'll probably have a retail price similar to your local store.
Competition is stiff, but if you are a savvy designer, this is a good way to pick up extra dollars. Even better, if you are an artist, this is a good way to make your art skills pay off. Consider that every design will need to have a reason why the customer should buy the book or follow that person on Twitter to have a real impact. Twitter backgrounds, in particular, are in hot demand right now. For measurements and caveats of Twitter backgrounds, read “How to create your own Twitter background.”
Another site worth checking out is BookScouter, which will check the selling price on 55 different vendors. The list will include the offer price, how they pay (Paypal, check, etc.) as well as whether they pay for shipping and under what terms. If you have a lot of books to sell, they can search up to 3000 ISBNs in a single request if you upgrade to BookScouter Pro. There is also historical prices too in case you want to review trends.
Fixed-price advertising is when you set a flat fee for your ads, a setup that tends to attract smaller advertisers with a very specific budget. I’d also recommend BuySellAds for this due their extensive range of tools that can help the smaller website (those with less than 100,000 impressions) sell their inventory directly to advertisers. Fixed pricing = clear expectations.
Not only will this multiply the money you’re bringing in in a serious way, but it protects you against any sudden changes in the market or in your business. Remember that old saying about putting all your eggs in one basket? A few hours a week committed to just one or two of the following opportunities will put you in a much stronger position to be financially safe and independent.