Is your non-profit organization, school or church looking for a way to make some extra, much-needed funds? BookJingle can help!
First, you will have to organize a book drive. Advertise within the organization as well as in the community that you are collecting books. Set up collection boxes at the site and other locations in the area. Be sure to ask permission before setting out the boxes. Be sure to use resources in your organization. For example, Dr. Smith from the local pediatrician’s office may be on your non-profit board. He would probably be very willing to put a collection box in his office.
Second, set up a BookJingle account in the name of the organization so that all Paypal or check payments will be sent to the organization. All volunteers must have access to this user name and password. If Paypal payment is selected as the preferred payment method, the group coordinator will have to set up the group’s Paypal account and give all members access to the Paypal ID.
Volunteers from your organization will then collect all of the books that have been donated. Volunteers will then have to go through the books and enter the ISBNs of the books on www.bookjingle.com. The site will display a price quote for each book we are buying. This can either be done at one central location or each individual can take a few boxes home and do it from their own computer, as long as they log into the organization’s Bookjingle account.
Next, the books will need to be packaged and shipped using our free shipping label that is provided at the end of each transaction. Again, this can be done all at once in a central location as a group effort or by individuals in their own homes. Sometimes, the group coordinator helps out in this process by procuring boxes for volunteers to use. Boxes should then be dropped off at the local Post Office.
Finally, BookJingle receives and inspects the books. Payment will be made within 48 hours of receiving books. Emails will be sent in each step of the process: when the order(s) are placed, when we receive the order(s) and when payment is issued.
BookJingle will most likely not buy all the books you have collected. The items we are purchasing actually changes from day-to-day depending on market demand and other factors. If we are not buying a book, it will read “Sorry, we are not currently purchasing that title” when you enter the ISBN on the website.
Also, books must be in good condition with no stains, tears, missing pages, moisture/water damage, etc. Refer to our FAQ for information on book conditions. If we receive books in unacceptable condition, the value of those books will be deducted from the total.
So what can you do with the extra books that you have collected that we are not purchasing? You can donate them to various charities, or your local library. Better yet, you can make more money on them by hosting a used book sale! Our next post will detail how to have a successful used book sale.