Monday, February 05, 2007

Powell's Will Buy Your Used Books!

Powells.com has unveiled a program where you can sell your used books to receive credit with the online book retailer. Shelf Awareness reports:

Under the program, which has been quietly launched, powells.com offers credit, not cash, on the titles. Sellers submit ISBNs for books that must be in good condition, meaning that there is no underlining or highlighting, hardcovers have the original dust jacket, no pages are torn, etc. The site checks the ISBNs and will then either decline the book or make an offer. If the seller agrees to the offer, powells.com pays for shipping within the U.S. by providing a link to a prepaid "media mail" Postal Service shipping label. (Sellers may also send the books other ways and from around the world at their own cost.) Books must be shipped to powells.com within a week for the price to remain valid. For now, powells.com is buying only used trade books online.

Powells.com will promote the program in a "heavier" way in the next three weeks, according to Dave Weich, director of marketing and development at powells.com. Eventually the company may also offer cash for purchases. The key element of the project was developing the technology that allows the site to respond immediately to the ISBN offering "looking at what we have in stock and based on the book's sales history," Weich said.

"We've been thinking about this for a long while," he continued. "This is what we do so well in the stores, and to offer it online is kind of a no-brainer. We're thrilled to extend it into the online environment."--John Mutter

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