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Can The Distribution And Sale Of Used Books And Novels Thrive In Nigeria?

I would like to know if there is a virile market for used books and novels in Nigeria?

I see marketers under Ikeja Bridge selling used books cheap and I wonder if their suppliers or they themselves are making reasonable profits.

Does anyone have any idea of how they do it? What is the structure of the market and if possible contacts. Thanks.

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Guys!!!

You can get buyers for your books in Nigeria at www.flegz.com/books/

That place just started and it's growing like wild fire.

There's advertisement on campuses for used books.

So you don't need to travel before you get a buyer.

Cheers

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Thank you guys for the info.

What I have in mind is to open a shop where people can come and borrow and buy -- all these will be classified of course -- used books and new ones if available.

The problem is having a regular supplier. I have other side attractions of course, e-books and a reading cafe. Call it a kind of coffee house.

Additional info will be appreciated. tnx.

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Seun you ve a very good idea and if you really want to start that idea. just focus mainly on your target market that is schools. You would be surprise it could blow up and in no time you cud be giving advert placements from these schools.Just tried and make it cheap and if you can make it like cartoons. I remember when i was in primary school there used to be a magazine like that and i enjoyed reading it and people used to buy it. Guess it was binta my daughter but i think it was from wale adenuga.And for that business you would have to develop a good marketing and distribution network.I believe there is no harm in trying and you never can say how far you can go unless you have tried.You will suceed,

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I picked up the idea of selling imported fairly used book from what I saw under the bridge in Ikeja. From experience, doing this is profitable especially when you have the opportunity

of selling at a central business place or close to higher institutions. The genre you choose will also determine how big and fast you make profits. ICT and personal development stuffs do make it well.

When I started I chose my own prices and attracted people with the banner inscription that says "Imported Books, Magazines and Tapes Selling Fast Here at Half Price". Even, the dollar labels on the books were tools I used to extra-ordinarily sell.

I added some other 'tricks' for people to buy.

My advice: Just start small.

If you are interested in getting to know how I probed to have necessary insider information of the business or in knowing where to source your books, magazines, novels and audio/video tapes in Lagos, do not hestitate to contact me.

I will also share with you some uncommon ways to sell to students on campuses.

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Nttinghill,

two years ago a thot about this idea and did a little research to see if there was a market in Nigeria for used books and novels etc. The result was that the market was there but my problem was when it came to getting the supplies at the right price. Also the cost of shipping books from UK to Lagos then was not cost effective.

Other pressing issues then made me abort the the project temporarily, but this seems like another opportunity to look at it again. If you interested in any sort of partnership let me know.

If set up and done well it will be a success story, the cost of new books is prohibitive for most nigerians. Other areas i explored relating to this was a book club similar to video clubs where people can rent novels at a price for a period, after paying a membership fee.

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If you can get used copies of bestselling books, they will sell, because Nigerians can't afford new ones.

Ayn Rand novels, Marvel and DC comics, John Grisham novels, textbooks for university students, et cetera.

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