Monday, 29 April 2019

Need to let go of your books? Try WeBuyBooks

Sell books, CDs, DVDs and games for cash!

Between 6th March and 1st April this year, my minimalism journey led me to let go of the majority of my book collection.  

It was clear to me that I wasn't going to re-read my books and so that was enough justification for me to let them go. 

Once I saw my books as paper clutter, it was just a matter of how to get rid of them.

In the past, I remember lugging heavy boxes of unwanted books to a local library. So to make letting go of my books as painless as possible, I searched for a solution on the Internet and discovered WeBuyBooks.

Who are WeBuyBooks?

WeBuyBooks are the UK's specialist book buyers - offering instant online valuations, next-day payments and an award winning service. 

How It Works

With the minimum of fuss, I soon got on with downloading the WeBuyBooks app on my tablet and started scanning my books' barcodes! Scanning really was exciting as most of my books received a tick (Yes) and only a few received a cross (No).

The Item Condition Guidelines were particularly helpful and I was pleasantly surprised that books with pencil and even highlighter marks were accepted within reason. 

There was only one of my books that didn't make the grade because of its worn and slightly damaged spine. I was then given the option to have it returned and pay the postage costs or choose to let WeBuyBooks recycle/pulp the book, which is what I opted for.

I made five trades of 113 items (mostly books, with a few CDs and DVDs), which amounted to a total of £125.82. The few books that didn't make it to WeBuyBooks ended up being donated to my local British Heart Foundation Charity Shop.

These were some of my sales:
  • The Arvon Book of Life Writing: Writing Biography, autobiography and memoir by Sally Cline, Carole Angier £4.20
  • Black British Feminism: A Reader (Warwick Studies in European) by Heidi Safia Mirza £6.00
  • Lilith's Brood by Octavia Butler £3.58
  • Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity 3rd Edition/Expanded by Ray D Bradbury £3.00
  • Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaides, Mamie Harmon (Editor) £4.00
  • Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon £4.00
  • Black Artists in British Art: A History from 1950 to the Present (International Library of Visual Culture) by Eddie Chambers £2.70

As soon as I'd completed each trade, an email was sent confirming the details, with a label to download and print off and arrangements were made for a Hermes collection the next day.

Once the books had been received by WeBuyBooks, I was informed by email and payment was prompt. I selected to be paid by PayPal, but there was the option to be paid by BACs transfer. I chose PayPal because I was curious about how that process worked and all went well.

Do I Have Any Books Left?

Yes, my books now measure about 1 foot 6 inches wide and include copies of my published poetry plus books which were gifts that included personal inscriptions. 

These are the books that are left.
I did keep one DVD - Marley (2012) a documentary biographical film about the legendary Bob Marley directed by Kevin Macdonald and I definitely had to keep a copy of Fruit of the Lemon (2000) by the late Andrea Levy, which sits close to my 50th Anniversary edition of To Kill a Mocking Bird (2010) by Harper Lee.

What Does WeBuyBooks do with Your Books?

WeBuyBooks sell the books that they buy on Amazon and as an Amazon seller, I knew it would take forever for me to sell my books so I'm glad I traded them in this way.


If you want to reduce your book collection or let go of all of it, I'd definitely recommend WeBuyBooks. I found the whole experience went very well, from initially scanning the books' barcode, to packing up the books and sending them on their way. 

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Are you deliberating about decluttering your book collection? Let me know in the Comments section whether you love books far too much to let them go or are considering perhaps sending them on their way? 

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