Cleaning Books, Process, Positive Reviews

Cleaning Books

Should I clean Books?

When it comes to selling books, opinions vary on whether or not to clean them before shipping. While some sellers opt to skip this step to save time, it can be useful especially if you are just starting out in the business. By doing so, you can identify any damage or issues that may impact customer satisfaction and avoid any negative feedback.

Positive customer experiences are critical to building a good reputation on online marketplaces. By providing high-quality, clean books, you can increase the chances of positive customer reviews. In turn, a high number of positive reviews can make your seller account Buy Box eligible. This means that your page becomes more visible, and sales tend to increase.

Once your account has gained a minimum of five to ten positive reviews, you can choose whether or not to continue cleaning your books. If you decide to continue, remember that speed is key. The process of cleaning books can be relatively simple and straightforward, and need not take too much time.

In conclusion, while there are different perspectives on whether or not to clean books before shipping, we recommend doing so if you are new to the business. By ensuring that your books are clean and damage-free, you can provide positive customer experiences and build a good reputation, which can increase sales and make your seller account Buy Box eligible. 

Here are some of the cleaning tools we use

  • Scotty Peeler

  • Microfiber cloth or towel

  • Spray bottle containing Isopropyl Alcohol

  • Eraser pen

  • Heat Gun (optional)

When it comes to cleaning books, start with a stack of books and use a Scotty Peeler to remove any stickers from the cover or back of the book. While It is acceptable to leave labels on, if they can be removed quickly it can improve the customer experience. If you do need to remove a large label, a heat gun can be used, but be sure to hold it at a safe distance to avoid burning yourself or the book.

Next, flip through the books and erase any pencil marks or pricing information on the first few pages using an eraser. However, if there are any handwritten notes or markings in the book, it's not necessary to erase them entirely. You can simply add this information to the book's description in the listing.

Lastly, if you choose to clean your books you can use a microfiber cloth or rag and a spray bottle with a small amount of Alcohol to clean the cover and back of the book. This will help to remove dirt and stains and can significantly improve the book's condition. By taking these steps to clean and prepare your books for sale, you can help to ensure customer satisfaction and ultimately improve your seller rating.


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