Before you begin the process, you may want to read the Book Values Page first to get an understanding of the types of books we buy as well as the What We Buy page.
Sell at Auction
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For more information to help you decide which option is best for you, see the information provided, below.
Selling at Auction
Why take offers for your book from one or two dealers when we can present your book in front of thousands of dealers and collectors from around the world? There is a reason why auctions have been used by buyers and sellers for thousands of years: It works! This method of selling is the most fair to the seller and the buyer. Auctions offer a method of selling property within a reasonable amount of time.
One reason that most will prefer selling at auction is because the seller's interests and the auctioneer's interests are essentially the same: Both want to sell the property for the highest possible amount. The auctioneer makes money based on a percentage of the sale price. In contrast, if you are selling your property to a dealer, then your interests and the dealer's interests are at odds; you are trying to sell your item for the highest price while the dealer must buy your property at the lowest possible price in order to sell it for maximum profit.
The great thing about auctions is that there is no cap on how high the price may go. It only takes two people at the auction (who want the same item) to drive prices into the stratosphere. So, while there is the risk an item may sell below estimate, there is the same chance that it may sell for more than estimated; the downside is limited by using a reserve, the upside is entirely unlimited.
Auctions are always going to be the most viable method for selling rare books. But items of higher value and collections in particular will tend to benefit the most.
If you are in a hurry to sell and are more interested in selling quickly than getting a good price, then selling directly to us is your best option. It is a very fast and easy process.
The good thing about selling directly to us is that it is fast and it is "cash-in-hand." You know exactly how much you are going to get. Selling at auction, the prices can fluctuate some and there is a bit of risk and waiting involved.
On the downside, selling directly to us or any dealer is never going to be the most profitable for you. In order to make money on a rare book, the dealer has to buy the book very cheaply. And in order to limit risk, they must purchase the book for less than they could get if they eventually resold it at auction. If he or she cannot buy it for a very good price, then it is not worth their time. Selling a rare book on the retail market (as a dealer must do) is a very time-consuming and expensive process. So, while this option is easy and fast, it also means that you will have to sell the book at a cut-rate. If you want a more fair price, then the auction option may be your best bet. Click Here to Submit Your Book for Direct Sale
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