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How to list textbooks on

Sign up to bidorbuy, set up your payment and shipping methods and list a second-hand textbook.

You need to do 3 things: sign up, set up your shipping and payment methods, and list your items.

Here We Go...


To Sign Up:

  1. Go to

  2. On the main page of the site click Join Now and fill in your details

  3. You are now signed up

To Set Up Your Payment & Shipping Methods:

  1. Log in using your username and password (you decide on these when you sign up)

  2. You will see 3 tabs: Buying, Selling and Affiliate. Click Selling

  3. On the left-hand side of the page you will see the heading ‘Sales Support’. Under this heading click Payment Options. Here you can decide how you would like the buyer to pay you. We have various options available and there are explanations of each on that page. Just tick whichever options you will accept from buyers.

  4. Under the same heading ‘Sales Support’ click Shipping Methods. Here you can give options as to which shipping methods you will use and how much they will cost the buyer. This is an easy process and we’ve created a YouTube video to help you set these up.

To List an item:

  1. Under the Selling tab (as before) on the left-hand side of the page you will see a heading 'Sell Items'. Here you can decide if you want to list an item as an auction or a buy now. A buy now is used if you want to put a set price on the item so that if someone wants it, the item is sold immediately to them. An auction is where you set a base price and people bid until the auction ends. Click one of these depending on what you want.

  2. You will be taken to a page that allows you to give the details of the textbook as they will be shown in the listing. This page is relatively self-explanatory but, in case you get stuck, here is a guide: 

  • Select a category: you will probably choose Books & Education

  • Select a subcategory: here you choose the specific kind of Book (e.g. ‘Textbooks & Educational—Art & Humanities)

  • Title: Give the title of the book 

  • Thumbnail: Take a photo of the book and download it onto your computer. Click Upload Thumbnail Image. Click Choose File and select the picture of your book from the file that it was saved under on your computer. Now click Upload. Once the image has been uploaded, you can close the window.  If you can’t take a photo, try to find an image of the book through Google images ( but be careful of copyrighted images)

  • Description: Here you can give a detailed description of the book. The year the book was printed, the contents, the author etc. are some things you might put here. Have a look through some of the current listings if you’d like to get an idea. You can format this section with colours and fonts and more pictures to make it look attractive to potential buyers

  • Condition: New, Second-hand, Refurbished. Just choose the one that fits

  • Start Price: The price you would like the bidding to start at

  • Bid Increment: The amount you wish the bids to go up in

  • Reserve Price: The lowest amount you are willing to accept for the item 

  • Market Price: The price that it is worth on the market (If you are selling below market than I suggest you use this tool to show buyers that you are getting a good deal)

  • Quantity: How many copies of this exact book you have to sell

  • Minimum Quantity per Buyer: The number of this particular item that one buyer needs to purchase from you at a time

  • Sellers Product Code: This code is for your reference, to keep track of your items

  • Warranty: If a warranty is offered on the item put the details here

  • Guarantee: If you offer a guarantee you can put the details here (e.g. ‘If you are not happy with your purchase, I will refund your money within a week’)

  • Listing Duration: The length of time you would like the listing to last

  • Automatic Extension: If there are last minute bids the auction end time is extended to give other bidders a few minutes to bid

  • Automatic Re-listing: This automatically relists the item if it has not been sold during the listing duration

  • Shipping and Payment Options: Select the shipping and payment options that you want the buyer to use on this specific listing. You can allow for more than one 

  • Enhancements: These help to market your product and are explained on the page. Have a look at the enhancements fees.

4. Click Create Listing

5. Tick the box to say you agree to the terms and conditions (please read them first!)

6. You have created a listing (Well Done!)


Just to let you know...

bidorbuy does not charge the seller to list an item. We take a commission off successful sales. To see the rates that we take, have a look at our rates card

You can also attend a selling seminar




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