Wageningen students who are looking for second-hand textbooks can now go to a new website. Ads can be placed and looked at for free on www.wageningen-book.com.
Unlike other virtual trading sites, such as marktplaats.nl or e-bay, users do not have to pay for the service. Contacting a seller and payment take place outside the site. Someone who wants to sell a book places an advert with a contact e-mail address. Buyers can then get in touch with the seller themselves and come to agreement about payment and collection.
It is not only books than can be traded. ‘I have made various categories. PhD students, for example, can post articles that they no longer need. And there’s also a miscellaneous category,’ Vosough Ahmadi smiles. He hopes to cover the costs of keeping the website online through the small ads on the site. ‘I have taken a risk here, but I hope that visitors click on the ads now and then, because that’s the way I can earn back the costs I have made.’
Vosough Ahmadi has plans for the future as well: ‘If there’s enough interest, I want to approach Dutch book websites and Wageningen booksellers, such as Kniphorst. We can probably negotiate price reductions for people who buy their books through the website.’ / JH