Solve your school-book dilemmas online

If you and your children look online for everything else you buy, why not do the same for second-hand school books? Or make some extra cash by selling books you’ve finished with Every year children can’t wait to abandon their school books at the end of the summer term and parents worry about the price of books for the following school year. As school books are the one thing most children and teenagers want to see the back of over the summer holidays, why not try to sell them online? Or, if you’re worried about the cost of new books, why not see what is available second hand? Dedicated section
School books have their very own section on DoneDeal. This means you can place an ad for books you wish to buy in ‘Wanted Ads’ or books you wish to sell in ‘For Sale Ads’. If you’re a seller, it’s a good idea to check the wanted section every now and then. If you’re worried that a second-hand copy of an expensive book that you don’t want to buy new will be snatched up, why not set up an alert? Click on subscribe and follow our easy instructions. You will be notified the day after an ad with your criteria has been placed. If you’re new to selling or buying online, we’ve put together some easy tips for you. Cover books to help keep them intact Ensure they’re not at risk of being destroyed by spilled milk or mouldy fruit at the bottom of a school bag Keep the books out of reach of younger children Remind your child not to doodle on or graffiti the books Ask your child to take notes in pencil, which can be erased, not pen Preparation

If for some reason you must buy new books (e.g. there are new books or updated editions on the curriculum), you can plan ahead to recoup your money with a second-hand sale down the line. To get the most back for your books, you need to take a few steps to ensure they stay in good condition. Cover books to help keep them intact Ensure they’re not at risk of being destroyed by spilled milk or mouldy fruit at the bottom of a school bag Keep the books out of reach of younger children Remind your child not to doodle on or graffiti the books Ask your child to take notes in pencil, which can be erased, not pen Selling skills It’s important you spell the book titles correctly, as well as the authors, as this will help with search results Put in whether the books are for fourth class, junior cycle, Leaving Cert, GCSEs, A-Levels or a college course Don’t forget the subject area, e.g. geography or history Photograph the books and upload the images to your ad to show the book’s condition and that it’s the correct edition Video somebody flicking through each book to demonstrate the condition it is in Buyer’s checklist Is the seller nearby? Is the book the correct version (e.g. print run, edition, author)? Is the book intact and in good condition? Is the book suitably priced? Have you read the Safety Guide in the help section? Dress for School Success While you’re in back to school mode, why not also check our our School Uniforms section? You could save a few euros getting next years uniform and make some cash selling off the uniforms that you’re family have outgrown! #BabyampKids #Backtoschool #MusicampEducation