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selling books

any good suggestions? there's a couple of hundred books, some sf, some some history books, some of pilgrim's crap.

atm, i'm listing on amazon as it looks like the best option. it's high fees, but ti's lookng relatively idiot proof and ti's a no monthly fee. so i don't pay if they don't sell.

any othe suggestions?
Sally Too

To be honest Amazon is hard to beat... If I'm looking for an obscure title then it is the best place to find it. Others will know that too. Smile
DawnMK

I was told of a site that just deals in second hand books all geners but I cant for the life of me think what it was called sorry, it made the news recently as a very rare book became listed there Question
sorry not much help but my brain is frazzled at the moment too much going on to think about Rolling Eyes
Nick

eBay? No sell, no fee there, either.
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eBay? No sell, no fee there, either.


iirc, only if i catch it the right weekend.
Nick

Ah, maybe you're right. It's just no selling fees if you don't sell. But, you can relist forever, for a single fee.

But, yes, catch the right weekend.
DawnMK

www.webuybooks.co.uk
http://uk.momox.com/
http://www.usedbooksearch.co.uk/
Nell Merionwen

Selling books? What is this concept?
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it's what you do when you have too many books for your place and need a bit of money.
Nell Merionwen

it's what you do when you have too many books for your place and need a bit of money.


I think I would be more likely to build an extension out of the surplus books and fill it with books Laughing
I have a sneaking suspicion that my book fetish is slowly driving BA bonkers Laughing
sueshells

Ah, maybe you're right. It's just no selling fees if you don't sell. But, you can relist forever, for a single fee.

But, yes, catch the right weekend.

The no relisting fees doesn't apply to items with a Buy it Now price. For books you can list these for up to 30 days for 20p - but the 20p is payable each time you relist.

Depending on the books a BIN price plus an "Offers" option might work. It would be best for books over a certain price.

Also on eBay watch the weight of the book - if it is over a kilo the postage you can charge (max. 4 for a single book) will not cover the cost of sending the book so you need to include some extra in the asking price.

The postage credit you receive on Amazon is even worse so be careful. Your buyer is charged a flat rate of 2.80 postage for any size book. You receive part of this when you sell the book - but Amazon inflicts "charges" on this amount so you actually only get about 2.31. When you list on Amazon you will see the amount of money you will receive for the whole transaction, including postage, on the "Submit Your Listing" page. You have to be sure that the money you receive covers costs and leaves something for you.

Also with Amazon - don't be tempted to match the price of the "megasellers" - Awesome, Betterworld Books, etc.. They have repricing software which will automatically undercut the lowest price - this is how so many books end up at 1p - they keep undercutting each other. They can also make a profit on sales as they have Royal Mail contracts giving then favourable rates - they average out their postbags which means that they can send huge books as cheaply as paperbacks.


Sorry - long post - but I sell books on eBay and Amazon and know some of the pitfalls!
JB

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/ is worth a look, but one the whole Amazon is the way to go. Amazon might not be the best and they might have relatively high fees but they have the great advantage that if someone is looking for a book then they will probably start by looking on Amazon. Lower fees elsewhere is all very well but no damned use if it means noone finds your stuff to buy it. toggle

what put me off abe was the monthly fees. it dosen't seem worthwhile for the amount i have to shift. and I don't think i'd ever thought to look for books on ebay.


as for the heavier books, there's a fair few 2 and a half inch thick hardbacks here. there's also 2 secondhand booksellers. i'll take the best that i'm offered between them.

what i've listed so far is mainly the collection of 50's/60's sf magazines. judging from the prices that the professionals are offering them at, then i can get good money for them as long as i'm prepared to be patient.
Mithril

Another vote for amazon. Jamanda

Our lovely little book shop is closing. Sad Another Amazon casualty.

(Gratified that BW spent a good chunk of the money he was given to go to the fair with on reduced price books though.)
Blacksheep

How much less do you think you would/should recieve for books if you sell them to booksellers (I was thinking of taking a trip to Hay on Wye with boxes of books 400+) as opposed to selling through ebay/amazon when you take into account all the cost actually be worthwhile to sell these books myself?
Also would be interested to hear how long it generally takes to sell specialist titles through Amazon or ebay?
thanks for any advice
Hairyloon

I think I would be more likely to build an extension out of the surplus books and fill it with books Laughing
I have been thinking about that: they've got to be stronger than straw bales, and insulate nearly as well.
Would need a huge amount of books though, and may be trouble getting past planning. Confused
sean

Building instructions here. Cathryn

How much less do you think you would/should recieve for books if you sell them to booksellers (I was thinking of taking a trip to Hay on Wye with boxes of books 400+) as opposed to selling through ebay/amazon when you take into account all the cost actually be worthwhile to sell these books myself?
Also would be interested to hear how long it generally takes to sell specialist titles through Amazon or ebay?
thanks for any advice

Depends on what they are but I would try the local second hand bookshop first. If they are general interest they will probably give you a price for the lot. You can always phone a couple and ask for a price?
sueshells

How much less do you think you would/should recieve for books if you sell them to booksellers (I was thinking of taking a trip to Hay on Wye with boxes of books 400+) as opposed to selling through ebay/amazon when you take into account all the cost actually be worthwhile to sell these books myself?
Also would be interested to hear how long it generally takes to sell specialist titles through Amazon or ebay?
thanks for any advice

As Cathryn says - it very much depends on what they are as to how long they will take to sell. Specialist non-fiction titles, at the right price, will usually find a buyer fairly quickly (unless they are very obscure). There is now a much reduced demand for fiction, due to the advent of e-readers, so you would be lucky to get 5p each if all your books are paperback novels. I have about 150 - 200 paperbacks to get rid of - mostly good crime, literary fiction and SF and I will probably put them on eBay for 5 the lot Buy-it-Now, in the hope that someone will take them away!!

If your books are non-fiction, and potentially saleable, most booksellers would still want to offer you around 50p per book for general titles which might sell in the 5 - 10 range. It is best to do some research and check online selling prices to assess the value of the whole lot - but you will be lucky to get more than 10% of that from a bookshop, I feel.
Ren

Not sure if this is any good for you,

http://www.greenmetropolis.com/

I sold few through here a couple of years back.
mark

I have been generally disappointed with selling on Amazon!

The problem is you are always undercut by dealers with a bulk carrier deal who can make a bit of a profit on the carrier fees!
I've done better with ebay

if you have a pile of similar books you can auction them as a lot on ebay - and not pay separate postage on each one

Even better is if you can sell locally and avoid delivery charges which are prohibitive on single second hand books unless they are rare and valuable !

I offered stuff on Amazon as i thought great - no sale no fee - but I still got nearly all the books

I got loads of books to sell - so if any one has any really brill ideas tell me.
Blacksheep

thanks for advice, think I will try selling a few and see how it goes (should have the time having lost my job!!), mostly political books and vintage cars, as well as some very old books but these are mostly not in very good condition. We did get offered 70 for all 5 bound copies of the poster collector circular, 1899/1900 and then found similar for sale for $1000 on the internet so I suppose the 10% is about right for selling to a 2nd hand bookshop. sueshells

If your car books cover a single marque, rather than just being general "Classic Cars of the 50s" type titles then many of those are very sought after. This applies especially to the less mass-produced British makes - Morgan, Lotus etc.. With secondhand books condition is often a critical factor - although some rare old workshop manuals are the exception; oily fingerprints are acceptable but will still affect the price. Political books and political biographies are generally not good sellers but there are always exceptions. Signed copies, for example, depending on the political figure. Your poster collector circulars would probably do well in an eBay auction - a decent title and description would be essential to ensure that they reached the right audience. For something like that you could expect a lot more than 10% of the value, even from a dealer. Perhaps nearer to 50% as there is still a lot of profit left from a sale. Even a good auction house might be a possibility but you need to shop around as some of the sellers' fees charged are horrific! sueshells



Even better is if you can sell locally and avoid delivery charges which are prohibitive on single second hand books unless they are rare and valuable !



Actually despite the recent huge Royal Mail price hikes the cost of sending an average sized book by 2nd Class post has fallen. You can now send a parcel up to 750grms for 2.20 whereas it was previously, for books between 501 grms and 750 grms, 2.61. It was the only bright patch in a dismal repricing, the worst of which were the overseas airmail prices.
Bungo

Maybe with the better weather coming up a boot fair might be a way of shifting them , cutting out any middle men , and giving you a chance to haggle Exclamation paul1963

I was told of a site that just deals in second hand books all geners but I cant for the life of me think what it was called sorry, it made the news recently as a very rare book became listed there Question
sorry not much help but my brain is frazzled at the moment too much going on to think about Rolling Eyes

It's abebooks.co.uk Very Happy
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books on cars might be best sold through a small add in a specialist car magazine. i know there's one for lotus, cause pilgrim has written for them. please don't tell him you have the books though, or i will be gaining books otatop

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I was told of a site that just deals in second hand books all geners but I cant for the life of me think what it was called sorry, it made the news recently as a very rare book became listed there Question
sorry not much help but my brain is frazzled at the moment too much going on to think about Rolling Eyes

It's abebooks.co.uk Very Happy

iirc abe is one of the companies that charges a monthly fee. don't have the volume to be able to justify that
Blacksheep

thanks again for the advice, don't think I will find any more nearly as valuable as the poster collectors book, but glad we did a bit of internet searching to check the value, it wasn't listed on abebooks which I think the 2nd hand booksellers check to get a price guide, have seen some seperate issues listed on ebay in the states so it probably would be a good place to list them. At least the internet makes searching for a price guide feasible.
Also thanks for the advice re the car books, it sounds like the majority of the others will be harder to sell privately so at least I can sort into books to try selling directly and books(probably the majority) to take to a booksellers, they have taken over a room that I could do with having back sometime soon!
GreenerPlanet

Selling books

I have recently sold some books to www.webuybooks.co.uk.

I sold them some of my old uni text books and got 19.38, which i think is excellent, considering they were gathering dust! Very easy site to use and there is a free postage system! Would recommend to anyone!
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Re: Selling books

I have recently sold some books to www.webuybooks.co.uk.

I sold them some of my old uni text books and got 19.38, which i think is excellent, considering they were gathering dust! Very easy site to use and there is a free postage system! Would recommend to anyone!

thankyou
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decision is to leave the magazines and some of the othe older stuff up on amazon.

everything else will either go through the above website or through an amazon trade-in. my mother reads a lot and buys new books more than i do. so i should be able to trade the giftcard balence for books for her, particularly when she knows it's to fund my masters fees. I just found that i can get about 40 quid for various textbooks I have that i will never use again. Not much, but that is 40 quid i didn't have before and it all adds up.


pssssst, anyone want a boxful of late 50's, early 60's sf magazines?
Cathryn




pssssst, anyone want a boxful of late 50's, early 60's sf magazines?

Retro, don't knock it, be imaginative with their contents (or are they those sort of magazines?).
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aboout 30 or so copies of the british editions of astounding science fiction

a lot of content written by names that any SF fan would recognise. i do have them listed on amazon but i'd take a reasonable offer for the lot to get an easy and quick sale.
sueshells

Science fiction is a very good seller and those vintage mags will nearly always find a buyer on eBay. You can put them on with a "Collection Only" proviso, but that will restrict the number of potential buyers, or you could look at sending by courier. "Collect+" runs a delivery service where you can drop off parcels at local shops (which are participating in the scheme). Haven't used them myself but they should be OK:-

http://www.collectplus.co.uk/
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thankyou sue. sueshells

thankyou sue.

Hope I'm not just telling you things you already know Embarassed

If I am - apologies!
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nope, i'm flittering about at the moment trying to look for possibilities. i don't really mind how things get sorted just that i can and that i can get the money to fund my masters.
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