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    Pratty
    Music Magpie - Book Alternative? Selling books etc?
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    • 22nd Oct 09, 7:36 PM
    Music Magpie - Book Alternative? Selling books etc? 22nd Oct 09 at 7:36 PM
    Ok, music magpie format for those who don't know, you whack in the barcodes of games, dvds, cds and get between about 30p - £5 for each item, they send you a packaging label, you send off the stuff, you get a cheque.

    Just wandering if there is a book alternative, seeing as I have a massive stack not knowing what to do with them.

    Not too bothered about a lot of money, just want to get rid of them.

    What are my options, maybe a music magpie alternative? eBay any good for that sorta thing? What about Amazon? Will charity shop it if not.

    Thanks in advance.
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  • flipper_2010
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 3:56 PM
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 3:56 PM
    I need one of these too for all my 1p nasties that i cant get rid of. Ebay is a no for books as of this week. Can try amazon, i list all my expensive books on there, but don't bother with the 1p's
    • trrk
    • By trrk 12th Jan 10, 10:24 AM
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    • 12th Jan 10, 10:24 AM
    CEX paid me 50p per book for a pile of books that had failed ot sell on Ebay and Amazon. Of course this option is only good if you live near a CEX store as postage would outweigh any benefit.
    • paulfoel
    • By paulfoel 12th Jan 10, 10:34 AM
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    • 12th Jan 10, 10:34 AM
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    • 12th Jan 10, 10:34 AM
    CEX paid me 50p per book for a pile of books that had failed ot sell on Ebay and Amazon. Of course this option is only good if you live near a CEX store as postage would outweigh any benefit.
    Originally posted by trrk
    Did they look at what the books were? Were some of these the 1p ones on amazon?

    Previous poster - why are books no good on ebay now? Have they made these free P+P as well?
    Cymru am Byth !!!
    • jwil
    • By jwil 12th Jan 10, 1:26 PM
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    • 12th Jan 10, 1:26 PM
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    • 12th Jan 10, 1:26 PM
    Someone on another forum mentioned www.fatbrain.co.uk as a site similar to Music Magpie. I've had a look and put in a couple of books which they seemed to be offering reasonable prices for, but then other books I searched for, they 'weren't currently buying'. My guess is that if it is high on amazon's chart they will probably buy it, and if not, they won't. However, I did notice that they were selling a textbook I own for much more than it actually costs to buy so can't see how they will survive like that!!

    I haven't heard anything about them, and don't know if they are any good - I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who's used them.
    • steviebabes
    • By steviebabes 12th Jan 10, 1:45 PM
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    • 12th Jan 10, 1:45 PM
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    • 12th Jan 10, 1:45 PM
    I have had some success with http://www.greenmetropolis.com
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    • 12th Jan 10, 3:16 PM
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    • 12th Jan 10, 3:16 PM
    Did they look at what the books were? Were some of these the 1p ones on amazon?

    Previous poster - why are books no good on ebay now? Have they made these free P+P as well?
    Originally posted by paulfoel
    Yes books are now 'free' Postage so no point in listing any unless you know they will sell, but at the moment ts free listing up to £4.99 so you can list some books as long as they are light. But I think the £4.99 listing only lasts until the 24th.
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    • 12th Jan 10, 3:43 PM
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    • 12th Jan 10, 3:43 PM
    Someone on another forum mentioned www.fatbrain.co.uk as a site similar to Music Magpie. I've had a look and put in a couple of books which they seemed to be offering reasonable prices for, but then other books I searched for, they 'weren't currently buying'. My guess is that if it is high on amazon's chart they will probably buy it, and if not, they won't. However, I did notice that they were selling a textbook I own for much more than it actually costs to buy so can't see how they will survive like that!!

    I haven't heard anything about them, and don't know if they are any good - I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who's used them.
    Originally posted by jwil
    What books did they offer on? I've just searched about 50 books and they don't want any of them
    • trrk
    • By trrk 13th Jan 10, 12:53 PM
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    • 13th Jan 10, 12:53 PM
    Did they look at what the books were? Were some of these the 1p ones on amazon?
    Originally posted by paulfoel
    Yes, most of them were 1p ones on Amazon. All had failed to sell on Greenmetropolis, Ebay and even Bookmooch. None of the books were on their system so they scanned the barcodes and sent an email away. A response came back a few minutes later (clearly not enough time for the person on the other end to have done any research on what books they were) with 50p per book. Who knows maybe it was even a mistake....

    I don't expect this to last as they will realise it is unprofitable so try it quick if you are going to.
    • kelda_shelton
    • By kelda_shelton 2nd Mar 11, 12:46 PM
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    kelda_shelton
    anyone got any other idea around this?

    Thanks!
  • TUS
    I have had some success with http://www.greenmetropolis.com
    Originally posted by steviebabes
    I've had books on here for years and not a single sale.

    Music Magpie isn't great IMO.

    RE: Books - just freecycle them. You'll never make much from selling them.
  • benhardyment
    Try Zapper.co.uk
    We buy books, CDs, DVDs and games all in one place.

    If anyone here feels the link to be useful please actually post a link as the system won't let me as a newbie!

    Thanks

    Ben
    Last edited by benhardyment; 11-11-2011 at 10:27 AM. Reason: didn't put link in correctly!
  • sparklysushi
    Have any of you tried Bookmooch?
    I am not sure if it's your cup of tea but if you are a keen reader you can list your books on the site and then someone 'mooches' them and in return you get points which you can use to 'mooch' books off someone else. You have to pay postage to post the book to the other person though but it's great!
    • RFW
    • By RFW 11th Nov 11, 1:53 PM
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    RFW
    There are some recycling companies that are buying books, not much value to them though, I think it was £2-£3 per kilo. I only know of one and had a problem with them (nothing to do with books) so I won't give a link. Also given the small value it would probably better giving to charity.

    You could always campaign for the US chain Half Price Books to open in the UK.
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    • hermum
    • By hermum 4th Dec 11, 10:41 AM
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    hermum
    I tried this site and it worked well. It had a high acceptance rate and the prices offered were very fair. I tested them against competitors and it came out best - webuybooks . co .uk
    Originally posted by mikewlane
    It's great that you want to share with us but you aren't allowed to use the forum to advertise your own company.
    It's easy to find out that you're Revival books.
  • klemutot
    I tried this site and it worked well. It had a high acceptance rate and the prices offered were very fair. I tested them against competitors and it came out best - webuybooks . co .uk
    Originally posted by mikewlane
    The problem is that I tried 15 different books with that site. Some old, some very recent and a couple of new ones.

    They would not buy any of them - said there was no demand.
    • Kite2010
    • By Kite2010 4th Dec 11, 6:57 PM
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    I smell a spamster.
    • Obviously the best
    • By Obviously the best 4th Dec 11, 7:15 PM
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    Obviously the best
    try http://buyback.abebooks.co.uk/
    OTB

    Always happy to help (ba-da-ba-ba-ba ching ching)
  • klemutot
    try ]ht tp:// buyback. abebooks. co. uk/]
    Originally posted by Obviously the best
    Once again. Tried about 15-20 books i didnt want.

    Wouldnt buy any of them.

    I simply cant find a book in my house that this site will accept!
  • klemutot
    Anyone had any recent experience of these?
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