How to sell used books online
Got loads of old books or used textbooks lying around, gathering dust on your shelves? Selling books online is a great way to make some extra income – if you know how to play it right.
We all know how criminally expensive textbooks and academic books can be. So, if you can make some of your money back from them, it’s got to be worth a go.
The sooner you sell your used textbooks, the better. They become outdated quickly and, the more relevant they are when you sell them, the more money you can make.
Below, we’ve listed the best places to sell your books. On top of that, there is some advice on what to look out for when selling textbooks online.
5 tips for selling second-hand books
Here are the best ways to maximize your profits when selling books online:
1. Consider postage and packaging costs
Postage can be pricey. Because of this, it’s possible to make very little profit when using websites like Amazon and eBay to sell your books. That’s where other sites like WeBuyBooks.co.uk are a bit more transparent. They cover the postage costs, so the valuation they give you should be the exact amount that you’ll receive when your books are snapped up. That is unless they decide your books aren’t in good enough condition to sell.
2. Check the book’s edition before listing it online
You might have a super old and rare book on your shelf without even realizing it. If you’ve got a really early edition of a book, particularly one that’s fiction and therefore pretty timeless, it could be worth a small fortune. The edition of a book could be the difference between a price tag of a few quid and thousands of pounds. It’s definitely worth checking it out before listing the book online. Still, got some books from when you were a kid? Depending on the edition (and the condition), they could be worth thousands.
3. Compare book-selling websites to get a good price
It’s likely that your book valuations will vary widely from one site to another, and each site mentioned below has its own advantages. When researching each book-selling website, think about whether it would suit your particular type of book. For example, if you’re looking to sell a textbook but you can’t see any other academic books on the site, it’s probably not the right one for you…We suggest where to sell books for good prices below.
4. Photograph your books before sending them to the reseller
When reselling your books online, you’ll need to send them in for the site to evaluate them – but be wary. You have no control over how the books will be handled during postage. We’ve read some angry reviews from users claiming that their valuation was reduced substantially due to water damage that wasn’t there when they posted it. Before you post your pre-loved books, be sure to take lots of photos to prove their condition.
5. Profit from out-of-print fiction books
While selling textbooks should bring in a decent amount of cash, the market for second-hand chart fiction and children’s books is pretty much dead. If you are selling fiction, you’ll make more money with the more obscure titles in your collection, or books that are out of print. There’ll be much less competition in the market, meaning the price of yours should be higher.