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The trees that books built
You want to sell your old books. You probably want to buy more books too. You want to make MONEY. And you want to help the environment, natch (or at least you'll say so if it helps you pull that cute hippy chick with the blue hair).

And, being a 21st Century Schizoid Geek, you want to do all this online, NOW.

Fortunately, Green Metropolis already exists, so we don't have to invent it.
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lusercop From: lusercop Date: July 7th, 2004 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Cute hippy chick with blue hair? where? where? and does she do poi?
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: July 7th, 2004 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Question is, does it work on cute goth chicks with partially blue hair ?
j4 From: j4 Date: July 7th, 2004 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Tchah. It was rhetoric; she's not real.

(So I guess in your imagination she can be right beside you, and an expert in tantric poi sex, if you like...)
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ceb From: ceb Date: July 7th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
From a buyer's POV, "L3.75" and "unbelievably low price" do not belong in the same sentence.

From a seller's POV, hmm, maybe I should put up some of the CUSFS spares...
j4 From: j4 Date: July 7th, 2004 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
£3.75 for newish pbs seems pretty reasonable to me! I wouldn't go as far as unbelievably low, thobut.

The drawback appears to be that if they don't sell they end up in limbo -- I can't see anything about expiry/withdrawal/etc.
mhw From: mhw Date: July 7th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)
21st Century Schizoid Geek

*grin* Another King Crimson fan, eh?
j4 From: j4 Date: July 7th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Not sure I'd say "fan", since I only own two KC albums & don't feel I need any more. But I do like the two I own. (Guess.)
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oldbloke From: oldbloke Date: July 7th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
They don't have anything by Vic Smeed!
OR Richard Brautigan
j4 From: j4 Date: July 7th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
They don't have the moon on a stick, either. (I checked.) Bastards.
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k425 From: k425 Date: July 7th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, thanks for that!
imc From: imc Date: July 7th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Good luck to them if the system works…

I think the potential problem with this is that unless you're a very environmentally conscious hippy chick with blue hair then you're not likely to want to sell a book for three quid on this service when you could have got six quid for it on ebay/ABE/amazon/whatever, so the quality of the books on offer is likely to be limited. And a similar argument from the other side applies for the potential buyers.
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: July 7th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmm - it looks a lot less hassle to me than EBay from a seller's perspective, with the potential rider that you can time your auctions as a seller on EBay whereas you might have to jump up and flog your book at any point with Green Metropolis. So people going on holiday might have to faff around with delisting/suspending/whatevering their books before going on holiday and relisting (etc.) them all upon return.

75p is a very low level of margin considering the service. I approve.
j4 From: j4 Date: July 7th, 2004 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
On the other hand the sort of things that people are selling on there are the sort of things you'd be very unlikely to get 6 quid for on eBay ... and you might well end up only getting 99p for them if you're unlucky. Or you might get four or five quid on Amazon, but Amazon take a fierce cut.

I think the main problem is more that not enough people know about this service. A fact which I am doing my bit to rectify, & to that end I might well mention it in the other place as well.
ewx From: ewx Date: July 7th, 2004 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
But I already have a cute chick with blue hair.
lusercop From: lusercop Date: July 8th, 2004 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
she's not a hippy, though.
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