If you're on a mass decluttering mission or just looking to earn a little more cash, then selling books is a great way to go. Knowing how and where to sell them though can be difficult but here's a guide to get you going.
Go to a book dealer
If you have a lot of books to shift or anything that you believe might be rare or of high value, it is worth contacting your local book dealer first. They often submit books to be sold at auctions. A percentage of the sale fee is taken, however, the book dealer will take care of everything, even down to transporting the books to the auction!
Sell your unwanted books on eBay
You get 20 free listings per month on eBay (check your emails to be notified about this), so it could be the ideal platform for selling your books. You can look at completed and sold listings for your books to help you to decide whether listing them is worth it and what prices you should put on. Be sure to check out my 17 tried and tested tips for selling on eBay in order to get the most out of your listing.
Get an instant, hassle free quote for your books
If you are looking for a quick turn around then you might want to consider websites that offer you an instant quote for your books. Ziffit, Music Magpie, We Buy Books and Zapper are good ones to try. All you have to do is type/scan in the barcode of the book and you'll instantly be told whether your book is accepted and a price. These prices are often low, and only selected books are accepted.
Once you have met a minimum trade value (it could be a monetary amount or the number of books you are sending) you can complete the trade. You're given postage labels so all you have to do it package up your books and either drop them off at a collection point or arrange for courier collection. You'll be paid once they have arrived at the warehouse and been checked.
Sell books at car boot sales
If you have a large number of books to sell then taking them to a car boot sale is a great way to get rid of a lot of books all in one go. The only disadvantage of this method is that they don't tend to sell for a lot of money. This is for the simple reason that a lot of people don't tend to bring a lot of money with them so you may see books in the price range of 50p to £1 with box sets maybe getting around £5 at most.
Sell books on Facebook
Facebook isn't just for photographs of cats and children – you can also join local selling groups and offer your items for sale. This isn't just for books, you can even sell furniture! It's a great, modern marketplace. If you aren't sure how you can sell on Facebook then I have a guide full about selling on Facebook.
Sell your books on Amazon's Marketplace
We are all familiar with Amazon; the world's biggest online retailer. Did you know that it's also a great place to list your books for sale? You can reach millions of buyers easily but you have to be patient for them to sell as there might be hundreds or thousands of copies of that particular book. Listing your items for sale is really easy, click here to view my full guide to selling on Amazon's Marketplace.