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Review of " Marketplace"

published 27/02/2008 | denella
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Pro No fees unless you make a sale
Cons Amazon's fees are a little high
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"Have one to sell?"

Anyone wishing to sell unwanted books, CDs or DVDs online might consider Ebay as the first option, but I would always look initially at Amazon Marketplace. This division of allows you to list items already in Amazon's catalogue for sale whether they are new or used. They can be single or multiple items. You do not have to pay anything for this service until you make a sale. I have generally found that you can obtain a better price on Marketplace than on Ebay, although it may take you longer to sell your item.

First you need to find the exact item you wish to sell by searching for it on Amazon's website, either by title, by ISBN number for a book, or by ASIN number (found usually below the barcode) for CDs and DVDs. Make sure that you find the exact edition of the book, if there is more than one, and the exact version of the CD (check the record label, for example, and the release date). You can then see who is already selling that item in Marketplace and at what price, which will help you to decide on your own price. When you are ready to go ahead, click on the button that says 'Sell yours here'. If your item is used, you can choose the appropriate condition: either like new, used very good, used good, or used acceptable. Then if you wish you can add an extra comment about the condition, where the item is being shipped from, or what type of packaging you will be using. Proceeding to the next page you can then type in your price, and the price you set may depend on how quickly you wish to sell as well as what prices are being asked by other sellers for an item in the same condition. You can also decide whether or not you wish to offer your item to overseas sellers, and if you do, you will receive an appropriate postal credit from Amazon. Before submitting your listing, you will be shown exactly how much you will receive for your item if it sells; this sum will include the postal credit but will also have Amazon's fee deducted from it. If you feel that the remaining amount is less than you were expecting, you can go back and raise your selling price. Once you are happy, you can submit your listing and it will appear on the site almost immediately. You will also receive a confirmatory email giving all the details.

The listing will appear for a sixty-day period, unless of course your item sells in the meantime. At the end of sixty days, you can relist your item, and adjust the price if you wish; price adjustments can in fact be made at any time by logging into your seller account on Amazon's website. If your item is sold, you will receive an email informing you of this from Amazon. The email will state the exact sum you will receive for this order and will ask you to log into your seller account, view your order details, and print off a packing list and despatch label. You are expected to ship the item within two business days of receiving your order. I always despatch items by first-class mail (unless it is a very large book that requires parcel post) because I think this results in better feedback from buyers which will encourage others to purchase from you. Sometimes I see sellers asking very low prices for their items, and I wonder if they perhaps despatch by second-class mail, as otherwise I don't see that they would be making any money at all from their sales. On the whole I tend to avoid listing heavy books on Marketplace as the postage is so high and eats into the profits.

I have sold a large number of CDs at various prices, as well as a number of books and a few DVDs. In the case of DVDs, I have sometimes watched them just once, listed them as 'used like new', and sold them within two or three hours. I always despatch CDs and DVDs in padded envelopes within twenty-four hours of receiving the order. Not long ago I sold Queens of the Stone Age 'Feel Good Hit of the Summer' EP for twenty pounds; the previous year I had listed it for around £7.50 over several months without it selling! This is, however, exceptional. The Beatles' White Album recently fetched £13 and the Stones 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' £14.99, but most CDs sell for between £2.50 and £6 as a rough guide. Amazon will transfer the proceeds from your sales directly to your bank account once every two weeks, and you will receive an email from them notifying you of the exact amount that is due.

The other side of this is of course being a buyer. You can decide whether to buy a new or used copy of most items, and view a list of all the sellers that are offering the product you wish to buy. You can compare the condition of used items as well as prices, and you can view feedback of any seller. Previous purchasers can leave a star rating with a maximum of five stars, and a brief comment. Prices offered on Marketplace sellers are often lower than those of Amazon itself, but there is no free delivery so remember to check the cost of postage. Another point to bear in mind is that some sellers are based in the USA or European countries, so delivery may take longer.

Marketplace orders are of course paid for by credit or debit card. If your card details are already registered with Amazon, you can order through the 'one click' process, but once you have clicked you will not be able to cancel! You will received a confirmatory email from Amazon after placing an order, and you may well receive an email from the seller as well, either to thank you for the order, inform you of the shipping date, or both.

One of the great advantages of Amazon Marketplace is that you can often find copies of books that are out of print or CDs that are no longer available. The price may of course be higher, but if it is something that you particularly need this may not be a stumbling block for you. I have had on the whole very good experiences with Marketplace order for books, ink cartridges, and even a sandwich toaster that was brand new but very cheap. I can only remember one instance a couple of years ago, ordering a copy of Adobe Photoshop for my son and waiting weeks for delivery. We had almost given up hope when the item eventually arrived in perfect condition; the price had been so low that it was worth the wait in the end.

This kind of experience has for me been the exception rather than the rule, and I feel positive about Amazon Marketplace both as a buyer and as a seller. For anyone who has published a book or DVD themselves, I would also recommend looking at the Amazon Advantage programme, but that is outside the scope of this review. If you haven't considered Amazon Marketplace before for selling unwanted items, you can find a link on the welcome page at and start listing as soon as you wish.

For me, Amazon Marketplace has definitely been a successful way of supplementing my income, especially through the sale of music CDs. As long as you are able to check your orders daily, package them well and despatch them promptly (which may mean queueing at a post office to have them weighed), you will receive positive feedback that should lead to more orders. When I have sold used books or CDs on Ebay the prices have usually been minimal, so I would always recommend Amazon Marketplace as the place to get a higher price for your used items.

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  • Wee_Jackie_163 published 24/04/2014
    Good info x
  • brokenangelkisses published 09/04/2009 is also a good place to sell on unwanted books: they pay you £3 per book you sell with them.
  • dollydancer published 05/05/2008
    Very detailed review and well written. Excellent. Rated VH as I am out of E's X
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