If you are in a rush to sell your books, this website is not for you.
You can register for free for an account and start listing your books for sale straight away. All you need is the IBAN code on the back that is on the barcode. When you enter the number the book will come up and you can then choose the condition, price and confirm any other details about the quality that the book is in.
I usually write scuffed corners and well read for a book that is still readable and not in ruins. The site takes 75p for a book priced at £3.75. If you add the postage on top the person buying it will end up paying about £5.85 for a large paper back.
You are responsible then for taking the book to the post office and making sure that you wrap it properly and that it is within 7 days of the book being bought. They recommend you get a receipt of postage and that you send it second class.
When the buyer receives the book they should log on and say received. This is where I have had issues as people havent complained that it is not received but they havent said either way so the money is suspended in my account for a month after posting.
I have £5 credit in my account and I can either spend that back on another book for myself or withdraw it straight to my bank account. You can only take money out once a month as it costs them to send it.
I have had books be listed on there for years before being bought so this is not a quick fix to get money but rather a nice surprise when you do sell something. If you have paperbacks lying around that have been read then its a good way to cover your costs and recycle.
I have been a member of Greenmetropolis.com just over 2 months ago, to try and sell my books, as they are taking up too much space.
GreenMetropolis is an online book store, when members can sell there own books and buy from other sellers.
Registering to Greenmetropolis is very simple, all you have to do is fill in an online form with you name, age, address etc. You will then receive an activation email, activate your account and you are ready to go.
*Adding a book*
Adding the books that you wish to sell is very simple, all you have to do is search the ISBN number on the back of your book, above the barcode. The site should then bring up the book that you have searched for, sometimes it cannot find your book, and you have to fill in a small form of details, including discounts and postage and the condition of the book.
If your book is not found when you search the ISBN, you can manually enter the book. This is pretty simple and the site brings up the forms step by step, which is pretty easy to follow.
*Selling a book*
When you sell a book, you will receive an email to the registered account informing you of the sale. The email will give you details of the buyer and their address so you can post the book straight out to them.
You must post the book within 7 days of receiving your order and payment will be put into your account within 7 days of the book being listed as 'posted' on your account.
*Buying a book*
Buying books is very simple, all you have to do is search the book in the 'book search' tab. Once you have done this, the site will bring up a list of books, if the book that you have searched for is there more than once look under the photograph and choose hardback or softback. Click on the book that you wish to buy and scroll down the page, there will be a list of books that are for sale, all you have to do is choose the book that you want. You will then be asked to confirm the delivery address. I have only ever ordered with funds already on my account, after I have confirmed my address my order is complete. I do not know what happens when paying on card.
All books are listed at £3.75 to start with, no matter what. When adding a book to your account, you can add postage fees or discount your items. You can also list your books as 3 for 2, if you do this all of the books on your account will be included in this offer.
When you sell a book for £3.75, you receive £3 from the sale. However, I have recently sold a few books for £2 and received the full £2, so I do not fully understand how GreenMetropolis calculate how much they take.
You can deposit all of your funds back into your bank account, the site requests you do this no more than once a month as it costs them to debit the money into your account.
I am currently using any funds I receive to purchase 'as new' books for chiristmas present, this is helping a lot! I think GreenMetropolis is a great site, it may take a while to shift all of your books and it took me one month to sell my first book. However, I have sold quite a few lately and think, with christmas coming up, most of my books in great condition will start to sell. I have listed all of my books very cheap too and have started sending a free book with every sale, as I said, I am trying to get rid of the things!!
I would recommend signing up if you have books to sell and are in no rush to move them. If you need them out of the way asap, it may not be suitable as it can take a while for things to pick up.
I came across this site when I was looking for somewhere to sell my books. I didn't like the fact that with eBay, you have to pay listing fees regardless of whether or not your book sells, and I found that Amazon left me competing with hundreds of other sellers all clamouring to offload the same title as me, only they could afford to list it for 1p, even if it meant posting it at a loss.
I also liked the friendly community feel of the site, its simple, honest approach and the fact that 5p from every book sale is donated to the Woodland trust. Additionally, the buyers and sellers there are more likely to actually love and appreciate books and I liked the idea that my books would be going to homes where they were actually wanted and would be taken care of.
I ended up listing over 100 titles and have sold and added more since I joined. The process of selling runs that you're sent an email with the details of the recipients and you then find the book, package it and post it yourself. There is also a sheet to print off to spread the Greenmetropolis message; many of the customers we get on the site are actually referred from Amazon so have no idea about the site and its ethos.
The site encourages you to post using 2nd class and indeed, I choose this method as it would result in me making a loss on each book sale otherwise. I also use recycled packaging as much as possible, to keep costs down and also again to be in keeping with the ethos of the site.
There are many categories in which you can sell, and if your book isn't for some reason already in existence on the site, you can submit it to the site and be the first to sell that particular title.
You can even sell audiobooks; as an example of how eclectic my inventory is, I have foreign language learning audiobooks, a book of Latin poetry, the latest chick lit, psychology and politics textbooks, cookery books, some comic compilations and a couple of books on money management.
Newcomers are, from my experience, welcomed with open arms and all questions answered helpfully via the forums on the site. After a book is sold, you receive the money into your Greenmetropolis account 7 days after you confirmed you'd sent it. Once a month, on a day of your choosing, you can manually request these earnings to be paid into your bank account (which happens within 10 days) or to be donated to the Woodland Trust.
You can also use the money in your account to pay for books you purchase from other sellers; thus not needing to touch your bank card or spend "real" money.
Books are all listed to buy for £3.75 each. This breaks down into: £3 to the seller, 70p to Greenmetropolis for admin costs of running the site, and 5p to the Woodland Trust. You can reduce the £3 to as little as £1 if you so wish, but the 75p will always be added. Given that it costs from 81p to £1.95 to post a standard book at the moment, large reductions aren't practical, but some sellers (myself included) choose to offer a 3 for 2 bulk buying deal, which is useful for when you just want/need to clear some shelf space and speed up/encourage sales.
Despite the money Greenmetropolis charges for admin, it works out cheaper to sell than Amazon, besides which often Greenmetropolis will also list your books on Amazon anyway so you'd still be open to that market and more likely to sell your book.
Also, all dealings I've had with their customer service department have been prompt, efficient, helpful and friendly. It's the most positive online selling experience I've ever had.
I came across Green Metropolis whilst ambling through the internet sites trying to find a place to sell my old university textbooks and was pleased to see that there was a site that offered you the chance to donate some money to a charitable cause as well as unload your old books that you don't need.
Each time you sell a book you are sent an email to tell you the details of the individual you are dispatching it to as well as the packing slip that you need to include with the book you are sending. Green Metropolis encourages you to send the book second hand with Royal Mail and get proof of posting just in case the book goes missing in transit. That way you always have proof that you actually sent the book rather than it being your word against Royal Mail's!
For each book you post on the site you get £3 automatically and then you add how much postage you wish for the purchaser to pay to cover the costs of sending the books to them. I have to admit that at the beginning I was a little bit naive as to how extortionate it is to post with Royal Mail as I managed to sell several of my Psychology books right away for £21 but then had to pay out £15 in postage and packing fees as a lot of the books were large and heavy. This meant my profit margin was literally just £6 for about 5 different books...my elation at making £21 soon died I tell you!
However I plodded along like a trooper and even donated some of my hard earned money to the cause that Green Metropolis support, which is the Woodland Trust, whom promote biodiversity and the protection of the woodlands. I thought this was fantastic and this was actually really the main reason I chose the site.
*Update* Oh the only thing I forgot to mention is how long it takes for you to get your money...from when you declare the book sent it takes 7 days for it to clear on your account and then you opt to send it to your bank account...after giving your details they say this can take between 5-10 days which is a lot of time but worth it when you get the money as usually it is when you need it most!
I have to say I didn't expect anyone to want my books as they a couple of years old but I managed to sell a good majority of them which is great as it means I don't have them sitting gathering dust in a corner. I will definitely be using Green Metropolis in the future to sell my books as I feel I am doing my part in helping the environment as well as making books I no longer need useful to someone else.
I found out about this Greenmetropolis site about 2 years ago. It is like Ebay but for books and with a whole lot less hassle.
Mostly this site has second hand books but sometimes you come across new books. It is as easy as 1 2 3 to buy or sell on this site. I admit I haven't been lucky to sell any but a friend has been doing really well on there lately.
To sell you simply register on the site with your basic details and to list a book you input the ISBN number which is a 9-13 digit number found above the barcode, all books should have this. ISBN stands for international standard book number. Once you have entered the ISBN all the relevant details will show up about the book then add the condition of the book and list it for sale.
You don't have any listings fees to pay or final value fees when it sells which is where it wins over ebay.
Every book you sell earns you £3.00. You just need to post them off 2nd class when you receive an email with a buyers details.
If the book is larger then average then you have the option to add additional cost to book which you will receive on top of the £3.00.
It takes 7 days for the sale money to clear but after then you can use it to buy more books or get it withdrawn to your own bank account.
All standard books are sold for £3.75 on the site. Greenmetropolis keep 75p of this which still means you end up with over £2.00 per book you sell after postage cost, Now that is better then 10p/20p at a carboot sale.
When buying it is just as simple. Choose your book and add to basket, go to checkout and add funds into your account before making payment.You will receive an email confirming your purchase just as you receive one when selling too.
Every sale made means 5p is donated to the woodland trust to help their plant a tree campaign.
If you buy a book you are not happy with simply return it for exchange or full refund.
Now I have reminded myself about this site I will try to sell some more books on there. It really is so much more easier then Ebay. Anyone can use it. I know there are a lot of people on Dooyoo that are into lots of reading so I hope they will be able to make use of this info. Nothing to lose if you don't make any sales.
As an avid reader, I have been looking for an alternative to Ebay and Amazon as a place to sell my books once they have been read, instead of clogging up my book shelves with books I wouldn't read again. So whilst browsing the ever trusty dooyoo one day I came across a review for greenmetropolis.com and thought I would take a look, and I have to say it has been my only choice for book selling since and I thought I would pass on a little bit of my opinion to you all too...
The site is very easy to use, with links across the top right hand of the page for the most used pages of the site such as My account, forum, view basket, book search and sell a book. Along with the slightly lesser used but still important links on the top left like contact us, FAQ and news.
The site is in the GM colours of green and white, complete with a funky tree design across the top of the homepage, symbolising their recycling and charitable side.
To sign up to Green Metropolis all you need to do is provide them with some simple information about yourself, and within a few minutes you are up and ready to go.
Green metropolis have a set charge for books which is £3.75, 5p of which is automatically donated to the charity woodland trust, who replant trees to keep Britain looking lush and green, and 70p stays with green metropolis to keep the site running well. You can of course charge extra as a seller if you believe the book to be worth it, such as if it's a larger paperback or a hardback which will cost more to post. GM allow this as postage is not included in the cost so if you were to send a large hardback it would cost you more to post than you would receive for it.
I only have experience as a seller on Green Metropolis so that will make up my review, but could be edited once I have made my first purchase.
To sell a book on Green Metropolis couldn't be easier. You go to the sell a book tab on the homepage, then enter the ISBN number of the book you wish to sell, if the book appears you will then be asked to rate your book's condition, either as new, excellent, good or acceptable. Once all of the information has been added to the system your book is listed as for sale. Once the book has been sold you will get an email telling you where the book needs to be sent and who the buyer was.
Once you have sent the book to the buyer you will need to go to the GM site and register it as sent which shows the buyer it is on route to them. All postage with Green metropolis is 2nd class to give you the most money from your sale. When the buyer receives your book they are asked to rate your book/service between one and five stars (similar to the ebay feedback) and they also have a space to add in any comments they would like to give.
As I have only used the site for selling currently I cannot give my opinion on buying on Green Metropolis but I would say that for anyone selling books either new or second hand this is definitely a site for you to check out. I have had no problems as a seller with Green Metropolis even when I once had to cancel a book sale due to not being able to find a book I had listed, I just sent an email to the person I had sold it to and also to gm to cancel the order and the issue was instantly resolved. However when listing your books please make sure they are listed correctly under condition as it does seem to be a bug bear with buyers on the site that sellers sell them books that aren't in the condition marked on the site.
Another of my favourite features of the site is the forum, a very friendly bunch of people who made me feel really welcome. It's always nice to talk to people who enjoy reading, especially if like me a lot of your friends aren't the most avid of readers. So for anyone who is looking for a place to chat to other book lovers then GM's forums are the place to head to, and you never know you might find some great books while you are there.
www.greenmetropolis.com the place to recycle your second hand books!
I have only been a member of green metropolis for about a month but feel ready to review the service that the site offers.
My friend recommended the site to me, as we both sell regularly on ebay but she thought that green metropolis was a better idea for us.
the site is free to join and free to sell and the system is very straightforward.
You sign up on www.greenmetropolis.com and fill in the usual personal details then you are ready to get started. I am reviewing as a seller because i have not yet bought any books but when i want one i will look here first now that i am aware of it.
The system is simple, and made even more so by the fixed price, each book is to be listed for £3, which is yours to keep when the book sells. However it is your responsibility to pay for postage which is to be 2nd class (this is normally about 60p ish) i think this is a pretty fair deal if you have no intention of reading the books again.
on the homepage you are greeted with all the essential links, including tabs at the top left FORUM/BOOK SEARCH/SELL A BOOK/VIEW BASKET/MY ACCOUNT. to sell a book you simply have to enter the isbn number which is found above the bar code on all books. You then have the option to rate your book AS NEW/EXCELLENT/GOOD/ACCEPTABLE, a full description of the sites standards is in the faq section of the website. You can reduce the price of the book if you dont think it is worth £3.75 (which is what buyers are charged for each book £3 for you, 70p for site and 5p for woodland trust.) there is also the option to charge additional amounts for postage on heavy books, with a very useful table of example prices.
If you join green metropolis you will quickly see how easy it is to use so that is why i am nly commenting on the basics.
I have listed 6 books and so far sold one (i think they stay on the site for as long as it takes, which saves all the hassle of relisting like on ebay). The process of selling my book was easy, i received an email from the site with detailed instructions what to do next. When the buyer received the book they had the option to rate the service they received and i got 5 stars! :)
Totally fed up with trying to sell second-hand books for anything close to a profit on eBay, shuddering at the prospect of shivering my nads off at a car boot sale, and loathe to donate the whole lot to charity, I was struggling to find an easy and economical way of selling the large collection of unwanted books cluttering up our house.
I am already a member of Read It Swap It, but this was an exercise in reducing the number of tomes across the length and breadth of our household - not just exchanging them for new ones. Finally, I found a web site that seemed to offer a happy balance between effort and reward - www.greenmetropolis.com.
WHAT IS IT?
Green Metropolis is not a bookshop per se. They do not hold stock - but act as a facilitator between buyers and sellers of second hand books. The concept is simple. Sellers can list their books on the site for a maximum price of £3.00, and buyers will pay a maximum of £3.75 for a book bought from the site. There are no further fees for listing or completing a sale.
Sellers are only allowed to charge postage if the book is larger than a normal paperback. Five pence (5p) from each transaction is donated to The Woodland Trust (for more info on who they are and what they do visit their web-site at: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk) and the remaining seventy pence (70p) is Green Metropolis' margin to keep.
The main difference between Green Metropolis and auction sites such as eBay is that while eBay only act as a facilitator to bring buyers and sellers together, Green Metropolis actually owns the relationship. As such, if there is any problem with your transaction, it is Green Metropolis who take responsibility for sorting it out - something eBay notoriously and assiduously refrain from doing.
To this end, Green Metropolis offer a "Buyer Promise" - in other words, if there is any problem with the book you ordered, you will get a refund or a replacement free of charge. The other unique selling point is the whole ethos of the site - to encourage book lovers to recycle books instead of buying new ones
HOW DOES IT WORK?
There is no minimum number of books you need to get started - one will do. Registration is free and easy and you will be ready to sell books in a matter of minutes. You add a book by entering its ISBN number (usually found above or below the bar code on the back cover) and the site will try and match it to its database. As a seller, you are expected to grade the quality of your book from "As New" (i.e. as if its just been taken off the shelf at a bookshop) down to "Acceptable" (i.e. not much to look at but still capable of being satisfactorily read).
The next page then allows you to discount the book (up to £2) or add postage charges if it is outsized or heavier than normal. You can also add comments on the condition of the book to help buyers make an informed decision. Once that's done, you click "add" and the book gets added to your selling database.
You can manage this list under the "My Account" tab and can arrange the list according to a number of criteria (Author, Title, Price, Date Added etc.). You can also take books off the sale list quite easily in the event you have sold them elsewhere. Another useful feature is the holiday function, which allows you to freeze your account while you are away so that your books are not listed for sale at a time when you can't send them out.
Once someone selects your book for purchase, you are sent an e-mail to let you know where to send the book. You then send it on, mark it as sent in your account history, and an e-mail is then sent to the other party to inform them the book is on its way. The money is credited to your account within seven days of you marking the item "sent" - not from when the seller receives the book. In fact, whether or not the seller receives it is independent of the transaction as, for all intents and purposes, you have just sold your book to Green Metropolis.
The buyer will rate the transaction when they receive your book based on five criteria (each one of which earns a star for a total of five stars) - which is why it's important to ensure: (a) you have graded the book correctly - there are useful guidelines on how to do this on the site; (b) you send the book promptly - within the seven days stipulated on site; and (c) and package it adequately.
All of the books on site cost a maximum of £3.75, but they may also carry a postage cost if they are bigger or heavier than normal. You simply enter the name of the book in the catalogue and all of the sellers who are currently offering that title, the price of the book and the postage cost are displayed for your review. There will also be a summary of the book (from the publisher) a copy of the cover of the current edition and the original RRP.
You are given the option to ask the seller a question if you need more details, and this will be e-mailed to them for a response. Beside each sellers name is their transaction history - the number of books they have sold and their community rating. This allows potential purchasers to buy with confidence and also rewards good sellers by giving them a higher profile and a better chance of selling - especially if there are dozens of entries for the same popular paperback.
Once you have selected the seller you want to buy from, completing the transaction is simple. If you are logged in and already have a balance in your account (for selling books for instance) the amount is subtracted from your total. Otherwise, you are taken to a credit card payment page hosted by Barclays Bank. At no time are your card details held or stored by Green Metropolis.
Although this may seem inconvenient, it is a good security feature. Most major cards are accepted (with the exception of AMEX) and once you have completed payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to your in box. Then its just a matter of waiting for the seller to send the book (which you will know about when you get the "sent" confirmation) and then for you to acknowledge receipt and rate the transaction.
OTHER SITE FEATURES
The site has a number of other useful features which are worth pointing out. You are encouraged to fill in your profile page so buyers can find out a little more about you - including basic biographical info, what you are reading now, and your favourite books and authors. You can also compile a wish list of books you want to purchase. There is also a Forum, broken down into general, fiction, non-fiction and "other" subject areas where you can discuss books and writing with other members as well as the option to buy e-Gift certificates for others to use on the site.
DOES IT WORK?
Obviously, from a selling point of view, the more books you list, the better your chances of success. I currently have just short of 350 titles listed on site and have sold around 25 in the last three months. However, a few points of note.
Firstly, if you are listing mass market paperbacks, it's hard to get yourself noticed as a new member. I actually sold a few of my books in excellent condition at a discount just to get a few rates on the board. I made little money on them, but, having shaken off the "newbie" tag and bagged a few ratings, I have picked up more and more orders.
Secondly, the more information you provide about the condition of your book, the more likely people will be interested. One of the biggest reasons for being rated down is inaccurate grading, so be honest - it helps in the long run.
Also, from a selling point of view - books listed with free delivery tend to do a lot better than those you charge postage for - as such, unless the size or weight really justifies the additional cost, I would avoid the temptation to whack on a delivery charge. Lastly, although entering your books on to the site - ISBN by ISBN - is initially a bit of a chore, its well worth it and only needs to be done in bulk once on your first upload.
However, it is important to note that books are listed in the order they were listed for sale. In other words, if you are the tenth member to list a title for sale, your listing will be placed in the tenth position. That said, a seller does not have to buy the next book in the queue - they can buy any book listed - so the above advice readily applies.
From a buying point of view, you do need to be careful as many supermarkets and online retailers offer free delivery these days and its not uncommon to see mass market paperbacks discounted at places like Tesco to half price - making a new book almost as cheap as a second-hand one. Delivery times vary according to the seller, but most books I have bought from the site tend to arrive within two to five working days after my order - well within the seven days stipulated.
As such, it's not going to rival Amazon Prime or a quick trip to the closest superstore, but at least some of the money is going to a worthy cause (The Woodland Trust) and from a purely ecological point of view, it also means less trees being pulped for books. What the publishers and authors think about the effect on their royalties is another matter.
The web site layout is intuitive, easy to use and quite aestheically pleasing on the eye. Everything you need flows easily from the front page and I have yet to encounter a broken link anywhere on the site.
I use Green Metropolis as a complement to - rather than a replacement for - Read It Swap It (RISI). One of the frustrations I had with RISI is that you could not buy a book outright - you had to hope the owner wanted to swap with you. Green Metropolis solves that problem by allowing you an easy and eco-friendly way of buying book for at least half the cost they would be as new.
In many ways this site is like a glorified RISI, as I tend to only buy a new book after I have sold one I my catalogue - therefore making it largely self-paying - however, it is a great way to find cheap books without trawling through charity shops and dealing with the hassle of eBay, and as a seller, it means after the initial work of getting my books on-site, I don't need to do anything more until an e-mail hits my in-box to inform me of a sale. That sounds to me like a pretty good ratio between effort and reward.
© Hishyeness 2009
I came across this site after someone mentioned it on www.moneysaivngexpert.com It's basically a site where you can buy and sell books.
I have used this site for a few years now and think it's great. I mainly use it to sell book and, as yet, I haven't bought a book from the site although I envisage that I will do so within the next few months.
I have been a member of the site for a couple of years now and use the site for selling books. I haven't, as yet, bought a book from the site but I envisage that I will do so within the next few months.
Listing a book to sell is really easy. All you have to do is log in (you need to create an account to use the site). Once you've done this you enter the ISBN number of the book you want to sell, this is above the bar code on the back of the book. Once you've done this then all the other relevant details appear. These just need checking, if anything is different then there is a notes box so you can let potential buyers know what is different about the book that you're selling. You can also put other bits of information in this notes box too. The final thing to do before your book is listed is to select the condition of it. There are 4 options - as new, excellent, good, acceptable. It's your own judgement but there are some guidelines in their FAQ's if you're really not sure.
All books cost the buyer £3.75 - as standard, no matter what condition (see later). Of this price, 75p goes directly to The Woodland Trust and £3.00 goes to the seller. From this £3.00 the buyer has to pay the postage out of it. I'd say that generally, postage is around a £1, so you're getting about £2 a book. When you sell a book you get an email saying which book you've sold and where to send it. All books are posted second class and then you mark it as sent on your profile - doing this automatically marks it as sent on the buyers profile. The money is credited to your account - which you can either have transferred via BACs or you can donate it to The Woodland Trust.
In terms of selling books, as the postage is included - sometimes Green Metropolis will take the decision that your book is heavy and increase the postage but you can also do this yourself when listing your book - it's just near the condition options so you can add 50p, £1 etc. You can also deduct 50p, £1 from the price. I often do this if the book was a freebie with a magazine and I write in the notes why I have put the discount on there, just so the buyer knows.
The website itself underwent some changes and it now features a forum and members have star ratings (out of 5) based on delivery etc. I have used the forums but only briefly.
I haven't bought any books so I cannot comment on this aspect of the website - but it seems great for presents - you can just find the books that are 'as new' condition.
Books stay on there for 6 months, after which they will be removed, or you can extend the time they appear on the site.
I haven't had any problems with the website at all. Some books are a bit hit and miss if they sell. But to be honest it's so easy to use.
Greenmetropolis is an on-line bookstore. Thats it. Thats all they sell. Books, books and nothing but books. But heres the quirky bit. They don't have a huge warehouse instead they have hundreds of thousands of people like you and me with pre-read books to sell. Best of all its easy to do.
Registration is easy requiring very few details. Unless you're buying immediately you don't need to include any payment details, just a user name and postal address.
As a seller you click the "sell my book" option, type in the number on the rear of the book above the barcode, all the details are immediately available, including a picture, add the amount of usage your book has had and decide whether the standard £3 fee is sufficient to cover postage, if not add a surcharge, if its lighter than a standard book feel free to add a 50p or £1 discount, click sell my book. Its that simple. Only thats not quite the whole story. The purchaser only sees the first ten of any title available. If its an unusual book you may well make it into the top ten immeditately. Other books which I listed nine months ago have yet to appear such is the volume of books available or the lack of interest from purchasers, theres no indication which it is. Purchasers are allowed to rate sellers but not the other way around. Once receipt has been confirmed or 7 days have passed since you marked the book as sent the money is automatically released into your Greenmetropolis account allowing you either a free bank transfer or to purchase other goods from the site. Its simplistic and it works, although its not very quick. I have over 90 books listed but to date have sold six.
It is however a book buyers dream. Just about every title imaginable is available and if it isn't you can create a wish list. When items on your wish list become available for sale the site e-mails you to left you know. Books are posted direct to your door. The basic book price is £3.75 although expect to pay more for a hardback. Books can be discounted by up to £1 meaning you can get a novel delivered for £2.75. Best of all the books are generally with you within four days.
The site is extremely user friendly, books are listed by genre and also by prize category as well as a recommendation of the week and the option to search by title, author or ISBN.
Greenmetropolis donate 5p from every sale to the Woodland Trust, they also ask if you would like to donate additional funds but theres no pressure to do this.
I discovered greenmetropolis.com about 6 weeks ago and its a brilliant idea. The company are dedicated to encouraging members to recycle their books. They donate 5p from the sale of each book to the UK's leading woodland conservation charity the Woodland Trust, to support Woodland Creation.
Whether it's a latest release or last year's bestseller, all paperbacks, hardbacks and audio books all cost just £3.75 to buy (and include free delivery on all standard sized paperbacks). However, sellers are able to add up to £2 extra if they so wish if they believe the book is excessively heavy - although some members seem to abuse this and add the extra if the book is a new release, but even so you could be getting a book that's currently in the chart for around £5.75 (maximum).
All of their books come with a Buyer Promise so if you're not completely satisfied with your book, you can return it to Customer Support and they will either replace it or issue a full refund. This offers peace of mind to new customers who haven't heard of the website before, or who are worried about a sellers reputation.
All sellers are requested to post books using standard Royal Mail 2nd class post, allowing 7 to 10 days for delivery, although books are most often received within 3 for 4 days of purchasing. There is a rating system similar to ebay where stars are gained after each sale, so you can see how effectively a seller is performing.
So far I haven't actually bought any books as I have a mountain of books to get through already, but I have sold 9 books in 6 weeks, and although its not going to make me rich, its given me a little cash (the money can be withdrawn once a month and goes straight into your bank account), helped me clear a little space and its helping the environment by recycling what we already have.
A great website - so far I have found no fault with it.
I've been using Green Metropolis for the past 6 months and it's an excellent site for buying books. It's easy to register with a username and email address. There's an easy search feature to find the books you're after. Once you pay, the book is sent and you can leave feedback for the seller. If the book you're after isn't listed, you can set up an automated email if it becomes available. There is a huge fan base and even an active forum to get you talking about your favourite books
You can sell books on the site here, though I have never done it as I find it very hard to part with my books, even if I know I'll never read them again. From research, I know that you can list your books for a standard price of £3.75 plus you can add p&p on top of this. No matter how much you sell for, you will be given £3 for each book. Not bad hey?
Go and join Green Metropolis now; it's for a great cause and there is a summer sale on at the moment, with books from only £1.75 including p&p. If you're a book worm like me, you'll be glad you joined (or cursing it because you now have 20 books to read!)
I love reading. In fact, I don't so much read books as devour them, turning the pages often long into the night in my quest to find out if the heroine survives etc etc. But the thing is, once I've read a book, it's very rare that I'll revisit it, with the exception of a few authors that I know will never fade for me.
But with the majority of the chick-lit I read, the plots all the same really, thirty something woman breaks up with someone, meets someone else, has a series of hilarious mishaps, but it all works out well in the end. Very entertaining the first time, not so much fun when you get halfway through it on the second reading and suddenly remember that the ending was an anticlimax.
So what do I do with all my old books? Well, I USED to stockpile them all over the house. Several bookcases were groaning with a selection of read once books, as well as windowsills, steps, and cupboards. I could never bear to throw anything away, but also, I was much too lazy to carry a great big heavy bag of books down to the charity shop.
As well as a cluttersome habit, it was also expensive. I would buy books new for around 6.99, and when you're only reading them once, and that's only taking two days, it's an expensive habit (as I'm never without a book in my hand). Occasionally I'd try to buy from Ebay, but the postage some people charge on there is extortionate, so I gave up.
Well, both problems have been solved at once by greenmetropolis.com.
What is greenmetropolis? The website offers a large selection of books for half the price you would find them in a high street shop or other bookshop websites. All books have a set price of just £3.75 (including free postage for all standard sized paperbacks) and books you've read and no longer need can be sold on the site, gaining you £3.00 (minus postage)
We all have a responsibility to contribute to the protection of the environment and recycling is just one way to minimise the strain placed on our natural resources. Many of us recycle to some extent, perhaps taking our wine bottles to the bottle banks, or maybe you live in an area like mine, where you have different bins for paper and garden clippings.
One tree makes around 300 books, so for every 300 books sold on the site that's one less tree getting chopped and pulped. Plus, with the 5p donation from each purchase that greenmetropolis makes, more trees are getting planted. It's never been so cheap to be an ethical consumer.
Buying from the site
Finding a book you want to buy is easy, as with most sites, you can either simply browse, or use the sites simple search function. Bearing in mind that greenmetropolis is not a large-scale bookstore but a connection point for individual buyers and sellers, the titles available do tend to be fairly mainstream books, but there is still a reasonable selection or books in a variety of categories from chick lit to biographies, gay and lesbian literature, and even a few deep philosophical works.
With all books being 3.75, and most including free delivery (those that don't, i.e. larger than average paperbacks or hardbacks, come with clearly stated postage fees).
Before you can buy, you do have to register an account, however this is quick and easy and costs you nothing. When you've found a book you like, add it to your basket (which will total your goods up for you) and then proceed to checkout when you're done. You'll then be asked to pay either by using your greenmetropolis account funds (which you'll have if you're a seller) or by using a credit or debit card). You'll be sent a confirmation email when your order is received, as well as progress reports when your book has been received by greenmetropolis and dispatched to you. Books usually arrive within seven to ten days, and there's an order tracking facility on the website that is simple to use.
Buying second hand, there is always a risk that you may not be satisfied with the quality, but greenmetropolis offer either a full refund or a replacement if you are not satisfied for any reason. And, as financial transactions are conducted through greenmetropolis and not directly buyer to seller (as with Ebay) if your product does not arrive greenmetropolis will give you your money back without question.
Selling on the site
As with buying, if you want to sell on the site, you must first register and open an account. To list your books for sale, just click the 'Sell a Book' option. You need to just enter the ISBN number (the one next to the bar code on the book, it's condition (Excellent/Good/Acceptable) and if it's larger than your average paperback, a postage option (greenmetropolis will then send you additional funds to cover postage once the book has been sold).
The ISBN number lets greenmetropolis obtain details about the book from their database including an image of the book cover, reviews it's received, details of the author, listing category, the price you would pay if you were to buy it new and the format of the book. It takes only a few seconds, and saves you the hassle of thinking something interesting to say about the book.
Unlike Ebay, there are no listing fees whatsoever. You get £3 for every book sold (if it's a paperback, you pay postage from this, usually under 60p) plus postage for heavy titles.
Books are sold in the order in which they are listed for sale. So, if there are five copies of the same book for sale, they will be sold in the order in which the owners listed them on greenmetropolis. First come first sold method. Current best-sellers may take just a few days to sell, or it could take anything up to a few weeks for an older title, but either way, it stays listed, at no cost to you, until it is sold, or you remove it from sale.
Having both brought and sold from the site I can honestly say it's been an entirely satisfying experience. It's refreshing to know exactly how much everything costs, and to be able to find a selection of older books by a favourite author of mine that were unavailable in my local smiths was a joy to me. I have used their order tracking facility with no problems, and having had one book arrive in very poor condition, am able to vouch for their customer service as well, as the book was replaced with another of the same title at no cost to me (greenmetropolis even picked up the cost of returning the item.)
A site I'd highly recommend to anyone who likes reading as much as I do. Cheap books, recycling, and donating to charity all in one transaction!
I just hope the idea catches on in other areas. All I want is for someone to create a similar site for music and DVD's, and I'll be one ecstatic rabbit!
That url? www.greenmetropolis.com
I am a total book worm and as such have books cluttering up the place till I can't stand it anymore! I use to take unwanted books to our local charity shop (until that shut down!), then a friend told me about Green Metropolis and I decided to give it a go!
What's it all about?
Green Metropolis is basically an online second hand book shop. This website offers people the opportunity to buy and sell books whilst knowing that you are doing your little bit for the environment. The website has a very simple pricing structure whereby each buyer will pay £3.75 for a book and each seller will receive £3.00 for each book sold. Also for every book sold Green Metropolis will do its little bit for the trees by donating 5p to the Woodland Trust!
To become a book seller you first have to register as a member of the website which is very simple to do, and after that you can start listing your unwanted books for sale. This is also a very easy process as you simply type in the ISBN on the back of the book. By entering the ISBN, the details of the books are retrieved from the Green Metropolis database along with a product description and image.
Next the seller has to rate the book - of which there are 4 categories to choose from ranging from 'As New - good for a Gift' to 'Acceptable - minimum damage, creasing, well-read book' There is also a section to add any further information regarding its condition - for example a lot of my books where used by myself as part of my university course so there are annotations and underlining on certain pages - which I mentioned in the comments box. Listing books is free and the seller doesn't have to pay a bean to do this!
Once an order has been placed for your book you receive an email from Green Metropolis telling you which book has been sold and where to post it to. As the seller pays for postage, if you are not careful of the methods used - the cost of postage can take quite a chunk from your £3 seller's fee. Green Metropolis recommends using Manila type envelopes sealed with tape for a regular sized book as this can be posted as a 'large letter' and not a packet and is therefore cheaper to send.
The cost of postage does depends on the weight and thickness of the book, however if it is a larger book or a hard backed book you do have the opportunity to add a postage cost as you list your book for sale. Also on the Green Metropolis website there is a section which includes a chart explaining the different postage costs - this is very useful and is worth referring to as you list your books for sale. Taking into account postage costs you can hope to make approx £1.50-2.00 per book depending on its size and weight.
Green Metropolis recommends that sellers send the books using standard Royal Mail 2nd Class Post - which normally allowed between 7-10 days delivery. I am fortunate to have a post office round the corner from work so can normally send books off the next day. When you have posted the book - you confirm that it has been sent on the website, and once received the buyer does the same.
The buyer can then rate the seller's speed of delivery and whether the book arrived in the condition as expected. As with eBay - positive ratings will make you more appealing as a seller.
The seller then receives the payment for the book into their Green Metropolis account and you can either transfer the money to your own bank or use to purchase books for yourself from the site.
I have also used the site to purchase a book and again the design and easy to navigate website makes this very simple!
As a buyer you can expect to find new releases and older classics as well as children's books and audio books. Books are categorized by genre so they are very easy to find. I had no problem with my order - it arrived in the condition expected within 5 days of placing the order and it was very easy to transfer money from my bank account into my Green Metropolis account. I only paid £3.75 for a recently released book and had free delivery. There is also the opportunity for buyers to return books if it arrives in condition that differs to the one expected - thankfully I didn't have to do this!
Also if a buyer doesn't find the title they want - they can add it to a wish list. Then when the book is added to stock, you receive an email notification to let you know that someone has added it for sale - which is very useful and saves you spending each day searching the site.
Is it Worth It?
I think so YES! I don't think I would use this site to buy books as presents for people as I would be more concerned about quality if it was for a gift. However if you are after a quick and easy purchase for yourself or if your wanted something for the beach this summer and you don't mind it getting all covered in sand then its great!.
I also think this would be a particularly useful site for students who have to buy a lot of books and don't mind if they are second hand and have a few annotations in them.
There is also a nice community feeling to the website - there is a friendly forum for people to discuss books and authors, as well as features such as 'Meet the Author' and 'Book of the day'
The site can be a bit slow in selling your books - this is mainly as the books are included on the site in the order in which they were listed for sale. Therefore, if you add a very popular book of which there are already many available - these will be displayed and sold first.
I have been a member of Green Metropolis for about 2 months now and have sold 5 books - admittedly this isn't a lot of cash made for myself but it does enable you to recycle your books for minimum fuss. Also through the recycling of books and 5p donation to the Woodland Trust - you are doing your little bit for the environment (not to mention freeing up space in the house!)
Green Metropolis may sound like some sort of organic Superman fan site but it is in fact a well established and easy to use website for buying and selling books which promotes recycling books, as well as helping you to put a few extra pennies in your pocket if you choose to sell your books.
The website is easy to navigate and simple to use. It isn't an all singing and all dancing website but this makes searching the site and mooching around the different categories of books quick and easy. Over the years I've been using Green Metropolis there have been a number of updates and improvements to the website but it has always remained very simplistic and understated. Unlike Amazon and other online retailers, Green Metropolis is dedicated entirely to books which is perhaps what makes it a bookworm's paradise.
Both buying and selling on Green Metropolis is straightforward. Similarly to Ebay, the books that are listed for sale on Green Metropolis are usually second hand and are sold by private sellers. In order to become a seller you need to register to the website which only takes a matter of minutes. You can then start adding your books for sale, another simple process given that the website searches for your books based on the ISBN. You then enter the condition of your book and there is an area for free text where you can add details about the condition of your book, whether it is a book club copy etc.
One thing that makes the buying and selling processes on Green Metropolis so simple is the set prices. All books are sold at £3.75 including postage unless the seller specifies a reduction if the book is in bad condition or a postage supplement for heavy text books. The seller receives £3 of this for each book sold. As a seller, I find this a very reasonable amount since most books only sell for pennies on Ebay. Also, unlike selling on Amazon marketplace, you won't find yourself competing with endless 1p sellers. The time it takes to sell your books all depends on the length of a piece of string. That said, I do think Green Metropolis has a high amount of traffic as I've often had books sell within hours of being listed. Sometimes sales will come in flurries, other times I will go for weeks without. But since there are no listing fees to pay, I'm quite happy to keep my books listed until they sell.
Once a book does sell, Green Metropolis sends an email to your designated email account telling you which book has sold and where to post it to. Since the postage and packaging costs are included in the £3 you earn for a sale, then posting quickly is definitely an advantage as it enables you to send your book by second class post, saving on postage. Packaging costs can be kept down as well by using either brown wrapping paper or plastic envelopes to send your books. So far, I've yet to receive any complaints for sending my books like this and the money saved by not using jiffy bags or paying for first class post really does make a difference. You will also need to log into your Green Metropolis account to confirm that the book has been sent. If you're selling, you can cash in funds from your Green Metropolis to your bank account and payment is made by BACS. Alternatively, you can use the funds in your account to buy other books from the Green Metropolis website.
As a buyer, the Green Metropolis site is easy to navigate and, due to the large number of sellers registered to the site, there is a large variety or books in stock. At £3.75 per book, some may work out slightly more expensive than buying elsewhere but there are plenty of bargains to be found. Green Metropolis acts as a middle man in all sales, holding the buyer's payment in Escrow for 7 days after the day the seller marks the book as sent. This gives the buyer the opportunity to aise any concerns if the book doesn't arrive or is in worse condition than listed. As an honest seller, it isn't anything to worry about and as a buyer it is a system that can give you added security and peace of mind when ordering online. Since you are buying off private sellers, delivery times can vary. I try to post within a couple of days of the sale, but sometimes work commitments mean I struggle to get to the post office. As a buyer, it' always good to be understanding if delivery takes a little longer than usual. The people selling their books generally aren't businesses with all day to spend packing and posting books.
I really enjoy using Green Metropolis as both a buyer and a seller. It may not be the most high tech and impressive of websites but it is a simple concept that works well and is all displayed as part of an easy to navigate website. You can't really ask for more than that. So whether you're looking for a way to cash in on some old books lying around the house, or you're a bookworm in search of a cheaper way of funding your addiction, then Green Metropolis is well worth a visit.