Sell Books Online: WeBuyBooks v musicMagpie v Ziffit

Selling your old stuff online is a great way to make extra money. Things that are lying about, picking up dusk and not generating any income!

I recently moved house and it became apparent I was in possession of a few books which will never get read (or I have already read).

So I decided to sell them. Learn how to sell books online below.

In the UK, there are three main book buyers online. They are:

In this review, I’ll compare the three websites against each other, give price breakdowns of who will give me the most money and how easy it was to get my books sold.

The Books I’ll Be Selling

I chose to sell books from various genres just in case any seller favours certain types. 15 books in total. They are:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Redemption by Stanley Tookie Williams

Mister B Gone by Clive Barker

The Life and Loves of a He Devil by Graham Norton

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Darkwater by Koji Suzuki

The Legend of Sigmar by Graham McNeill

Coversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela

Tarantino by Jim Smith

Mock the Week’s Only Book You’ll Ever Need

Crush it! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Sacrilege by S.J.Parris

Ripley’s Beleive It Or Not

Story by Robert McKee

How to Write Great Screenplays by Linda M James

Contender #1: WeBuyBooks

Selling on WeBuyBooks is straight forward enough.

  1. Enter the ISBN number from the book
  2. Be given a valuation
  3. If you’re happy with the amount print out the postage label (free)
  4. Pack them up and send them

They also claim to send payment the day after the books have been checked. An app is also available to scan the bar code instead of manually entering the ISBN number.


Click the green ‘Sell My Items’ button at the top right of the hompage.

This will take you to a page to enter all your ISBNs or bar code numbers.


It’s relatively easy, although a little time consuming. I suppose it would have been easier to download the app… but I entered them all in manually.

Out of the 15 books for sale WeBuyBooks only offered to buy 5 of them…

… for a total of £13.00. An average of £2.60 per book.


WeBuyBook’s Selling Basket

Contender #2: musicMagpie

musicMagpie is probably the most well-known out the three, with a large scale advert backing it up.

Definitely a nicer looking site and works just the same as WeBuyBooks.


  1. Enter the ISBN number
  2. Receive a valuation
  3. If you’re happy, print a label
  4. Package and send


musicMagpie offered to buy 10 books, but only for a total of £9.59. An average of £0.95 per book.


Contender #3: Ziffit

Ziffit comes in as the small fry compared to WeBuyBooks and musicMagpie.


In total Ziffit offered to buy 6 books totaling £11.77. An average of £1.94 per book.


Price Comparison

WeBuyBooks comes out the winner. Although accepting the least amount of books…

… the average price per book was £2.60 compared to musicMagpie’s £0.95 and Ziffit’s £1.94.

All three websites are extremely easy to use only having to enter the ISBN or bar code. It is quite disappointing the amount of books all three rejected however.

I’ll update this article once I send the books away and when payment hits my account.

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