How to Buy Books Wholesale

Written by sharon mcelwee
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In order to buy books wholesale, you must own a business and be planning to resell the books. Some places may give you good rates if you buy a large quantity, but they still will not give wholesale prices. Today we will explore how to set up your business so you can buy from wholesalers.

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    Check out your county's website and find out the requirements for operating a retail business. Generally, you will need a business license and State resale license.

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    Obtain a business license from the county that you will be selling in. Don't forget to go to zoning and make sure your location is approved as well.

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    Once you have a business license, you may contact your State's Department of Revenue or Tax Collector and obtain a resale certificate. This is usually free.

  4. 4

    If you have a particular author or type of book you would like to sell, contact the publisher directly. If you buy a large enough quantity, they may sell to you directly at wholesale rates.

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    Explore the web. Depending on what kind of books you are looking for, there are several places where you can begin. DollarDays has books, calendars, journals and other items for wholesale prices. eBay also has a page that specialises in lots of wholesale books. See resources for some vendors. Make a list of your potential vendors.

  6. 6

    Contact the vendors individually. Work out arrangements that work best for your situation.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember that many times you will have to pay shipping. Make sure the discounts you get are not going to be cancelled out by the shipping price.
  • Try contacting the publisher directly if you have a particular book in mind you are interested in getting.
  • You may also try contacting bookstores to see if you can buy their overstocks at a discounted price.

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