Yesterday, I suggested everyone buy used books online. I specifically gave some tips to college students on how to buy books. Today I want to suggest that college students should resell 60-80% of their books at the end of a semester.
Why Sell Used Books Online?
- Many of your books you will never look at again. This is especially true over the first two years where you are taking required courses that likely will not overlap with your chosen profession. If you do decide you want to buy it later, then you can. It’s not like you own the only copy every made.
- Text books often introduce new editions taking 60-80% off the value of an older edition. If you really want your book, sell it while it is a new edition and then buy it back at a fraction of the cost when it is an older edition.
- Reselling your books each semester dramatically decreases your total book cost.
- Text books are great for school, but most people prefer a different genre of books when trying to learn new principles after school.
Fees for selling used books on Half.com:
All items sold on half.com are listed at no charge. This means you only pay a fee if your item is sold. You do pay a commission fee on the sale price of your item (excluding shipping). The commission fees are as follows:
- If your item sells for $0.75 – $50.00 you pay 15.0% commission.
- If your item sells for $50.01 – $100.00 you pay 12.5% commission.
- If your item sells for $100.01 – $250.00 you pay 10.0% commission.
How to sell books on www.half.com?
When you sell something on half.com you will see the following screen on the home page. Simply, click on “Sell My Stuff” to get started. If you do not have an account you will eventually be prompted to open an account..
After you click on ‘sell my stuff’ the following will appear:
You will notice your options of items to sell on half.com (Books, Movies, Game systems, music, video games). For this illustration I will show you how to sell your books.
Notice that at the bottom of the page you have two options (for individual sellers) “Quick Sell” and “Multiple Items Listing”. Enter your ISBN number in the Quick Sell section if you only have one book. If you have multiple books to sell click on that section.
Your ISBN number is typically located on the back cover of your book on the bottom right hand corner. It is also the area that has the bar code. An ISBN number usually looks something like the following 1-8024-6383-5.
If you get the following error code, try re-entering your ISBN number (in case you made a mistake). If you get the error again that means Half.com does not sell the book you are trying to list.
Now you will need to fill in some information. You will need to list the product condition, comments, and description.
Below I have included conditions guidelines posted by Half.com to help assist you in determining the condition of the book.
- Brand New – New; Unread and unused; Perfect condition; No missing or damaged pages
- Like New – Shiny, undamaged cover; Dust jacket included for hard covers; missing pages; All pages undamaged (no creases or tears); No underlining/highlighting of text; No damage to binding; No writing in margins; Is or could easily be mistaken for “Brand New”
- Very Good – Books that have been read; Books with remainder marks; Books with these marks: Autograph, Name of previous owner in cover, Underlining on 10% of pages or less, Highlighting on 10% of pages or less
- Good – Very minimal damage to the cover (no holes or tears, only minimal scuff marks); Dust jacket not necessarily included; Minimal wear to binding; Majority of pages undamaged (minimal creases or tears); Minimal pencil underlining of text; No highlighting of text; No writing in margins; No missing pages
- Acceptable – Books with missing dust jackets; Library books; Books with creases or tears; Books with damaged spines; Books with these marks: Underlining on 10% of pages or more, Highlighting on 10% of pages or more.
- Unacceptable – These items cannot be sold on Half.com: Books without covers; Books with missing pages; Books with stains
Condition: Regarding the condition, if you are in doubt list the item under a lower condition. It is better for a customer to be impressed with the condition rather than frustrated by the condition.
Comments: In the comments section you have the opportunity to say something about the quality of the book. You might write “Book is in great condition. There is some underlining on 6 pages, but otherwise in great condition.” Be honest and include as much useful information as possible.
Description: I typically just leave this section blank. People often know about the book already or they wouldn’t be trying to buy it.
At this point if you are not signed in you will need to sign in. If you do not have a half.com account you will be prompted to open an account.
You will now need to set your price. This price is only for the sale of the book and the buyer will also be charged a set amount to cover the cost of shipping.
How you set the price depends on how quickly you want an item to sell. The average sell price will result in the median sale time. It is impossible to predict how quickly your item will sell. If you want to sell an item quickly, then select the price at or below the current lowest price. Remember, you can always go back and change the price if you want to change it in the future.
When your item sells:
You will be notified by email that you have sold a book. You will have a set time frame to confirm the transaction. Confirm it as quickly as possible.
A note about shipping:
When you list an item, half.com will automatically add a set shipping price. When you mail your item be sure to say you want it sent “Media Mail”, unless of course you have offered your reader the opportunity to upgrade to another form of postage (which I recommend).
When packaging try to reuse boxes you have had items shipped in. This reduces both waste and cost.
Ship your item as quickly as possible and send your buyer a confirmation email.