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Member Name: GuitarHeroine
Advantages: Friendly, safe bookselling.
Disadvantages: Can take ages to shift books and few textbooks are for sale.
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.
Summary: Go green.