Green Metropolis – A Place to Recycle Books and Earn Money
I have been looking for a way to get rid of few thousand books from my collection. My initial idea was to sell them on eBay. After checking the eBay’s pricing policy I was disappointed. Since I was planning to sell the paperbacks for around £1 each on eBay, after paying the insertion fees, final selling fees, receiving money fees, transferring the money in bank account fees – and maybe other hidden fees I don’t know in this stage- there will be nothing left at the end.
So I have decided to look different places. My next stop was Amazon.Amazon’s arrangement seems better than eBay, but the books I would like to sell every single of them is already listed there not one or two hundreds of them. It seems most of the sellers are happy to sell them 0.01p each. Undoubtedly these are professional book sellers they just want to get rid of the books and/or if they can make few pence from the posting they are happy with that.
My quest to look for a site to sell my books keep going. After few search on the net I found a site called GreeenMetropolis. They claim to be an ethical site to recycle books. The first look of the site seems promising. Easy on eye. Not many advertisements. Colour theme is green.
Their slogan is Where Book Grows Trees. Anyone can buy books and sell them again using this site. Any books will cost £3.75 each. If you sell any books you will receive £3.00 including the posting fees. They keep 0.75p for each sell as running cost and donation. If you have a bulky book to sell you can add extra postage, similarly if you think your books is not worth of £3.00, you can give discount on the book price. Super plain and simple.
On top of that, for every book sold, they donate 5p to the Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity to help support Woodland Creation. In August 2008, after four years of launching the website, there are 1m books on the site listed to sell.
After signing up the site, which is relatively easy to do. I started to list my books to sell. Listing books on the site was surprisingly easy. I just needed to enter the ISBN no of the book. It brings the book description, picture, pages, weight etc. I just needed to declare what is the condition of the book.
Done ! Its live on the site and ready to sell!
Since I just started last night, and I have a “I Am New” badge on my account name so I am unable to tell the pros and cons of this site in detail. But I will be keep updating this post once I come across them.