Listing books one-by-one on eBay* may get the most cash, but it’ll take some time. One of the best options for selling old books is Amazon* Marketplace, as you need only search for the book and write a short description. Your listing stays up till it sells.
Amazon provides full reviews of most from its database – if you’re listing a few in one go, this saves time. It automatically adds £2.80 for delivery, so ensure your sale price covers postage if it’s a heavy tome. Amazon charges 86p when your book sells, plus an extra 17.25% on top (see a full list of Amazon fees).
Also popular with MoneySavers is online second-hand bookshopGreen Metropolis, which is especially good for old paperbacks. All books cost £3.75, of which the site pays sellers £3. The £3 must cover your postage costs too, though you can add an extra fee for heavy books.
Use trade-in sites for less hassle. If you need speed and ease, trade-in websites let you enter details, they offer a price, and you post goods free. For books, two of the best areWeBuyBooks.co.uk and Amazon Trade-In*. But prices can be lower than selling them yourself.
For more on how Amazon Trade-In prices compare with other methods, see the Amazon Trade-In launches MSE News story. See the Quicker cash for old CDs, DVDs & more section for a full list of trade-in sites.
How much? Potentially £100s if you’re selling pricey textbooks, less if it’s old paperbacks.