MMPB’s are they worth it? (Mass-market PaperBacks) on Amazon FBA

This is one of those areas, where you are going to get varying answers on both sides of the situation.

And I will state, that each person has to decide on their own how to run their business, and what they business model is.  There are no right or wrong answers.

MMPB’s are mostly worthless, and even if people give them to you, enjoy reading them, and then donate them on to someone else.  Spending the time to scan thru them, can be very very frustrating, as most are going to be sub-penny books.  Not worth your time to fool with them at any cost.
And to be honest, I have seen too many people take this path, get incredibly frustrating, thinking that it is too much work, and that they can’t make any real money, and end up giving up, long before they get to a profitable climb up.
So, for me, it would be much better to invest your time scouting for better inventory, even if you increase your inventory slower than you might want, you will be much happier with the results.

Think about how you are going to feel with all the work involved, selling MMPB’s for $2.20 or even $2.50 or $2.75 and making pennies or losing money, and at the end of the month seeing that you didn’t even pay for your Pro-Merchant fees.  You can easily get so depressed with your results, that it will hard to recover from and move forward.
It takes a very special type person to make this model work and a very special business model.  Definitely not for most people.

A penny book, is a book where you can list for .01 plus shipping cost on FBA, so you can make a little bit (not a lot and not a very healthy business model).
A sub-penny book is a book that they FBA’ers are racing to the bottom, with the price spiraling down.   For a HB/PB book, that is less than shipping costs of $3.99

Here are some examples:
Once A Cowboy (Harlequin American Romance)
an FBA cost at $3.79
A Baby In The Bunkhouse (Harlequin American Romance Series)
Several copies below sub-penny, one at $3.10
The Billionaire’s Fake Engagement (Harlequin Desire)
many copies under $3.50

Put these thru the FBA Calculator, and when you factor in any costs you may have, any time invested, shipping costs to get them to the FBA warehouse, any storage fees (even at 1c/month), and then see if you want to try to sell these types of items.

Take that last one, and assuming that it cost you $0.00, and only cost you 40c to get it to the warehouse with shipping costs and time (probably low),
and when you sell it for $3.38 (and this is one of the higher MMPB, not $2.20)
and your profit is  54c

When you factor in everything, you could work at McDonalds flipping burgers and make more per hour…  Sad, but true.
So do your own due diligence, and decide if even “for free” items are worth your time and effort.


typical MMPB's


About FBARocks Bob Willey

My name is Bob Willey and I own Bob's Neat Books & Bob's Neat Stuff & ***** We've been selling on Amazon using FBA since June of 2008, and on Amazon since 2005. We are mostly FBA and we use FBA to sell practically anything! When it comes to selling on Amazon using FBA, we don't discriminate. The only requirement is that the items are profitable! We sell toys, games, books, and media items such as DVDs, CDs, even VHS tapes! We've also been selling on eBay since 1998 with over 11,000 feedbacks (100% Positive)!! Have been an eBay Trading Assistant for over 9 years. Also sell some Media items on eBay. ***** I also provide Seller Coaching services, designed to be one-on-one via Skype video, to target your exact needs, not generalized training, but specifically what YOU need. ***** I also moderate the YahooGroup FBAForum (see link below): ***** My background is varied, as I owned a computer consulting business for 28 years, and a Brick-n-mortar Auction House for 5 years with a weekly auction filling a 15,000 sq ft building. Plus I have done over 150 Estate Appraisals. OK, I enjoy STUFF.... *****
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2 Responses to MMPB’s are they worth it? (Mass-market PaperBacks) on Amazon FBA

  1. Sharie says:

    If you come across a steady source and can accumulate a high number of these over time, maybe trade at a local small used book store for store credit where you can obtain some higher valued books for FBA in the process.

    Just a thought. 🙂

  2. Dominic J says:

    Putting resources into your image is successfully putting resources into yourself. I’d preferably put resources into myself than an Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Etsy, Pinterest, or the most recent pattern in-outsider stores store. I see both Amazon and eBay as negative to any business intrigued by building its own particular image. Immediately, Amazon could roll out an operational improvement that would render your business totally out of date. You could be offering cleaner and they could choose to buy a cleanser retailer and dispense with every one of the outsider cleanser postings. It isn’t so much that implausible. Yes, it’s actual that vendors will at no time in the future need to have passionate choices and rely on upon devices like JungleScout, Sellics, SellerPrime, AmZScout, it doesn’t ensure achievement.

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