To date, over 12,000 unique items are submitted by sellers on the platform each day. Once reviewed by one of the company’s more than 240 in-house experts, the auction is posted to the site, which sees 10 million unique visitors per month. Of the more than 65,000 special objects auctioned each week, books account for around 2,500. Marc Harrison, category manager of Books, Manuscripts, and Cartography at Catawiki said almost 10,000 books were sold on the platform in April alone.
Each lot on Catawiki is curated by experts who use their in-depth subject matter knowledge to aid buyers and sellers alike, while the platform connects individuals and streamlines the sales process.
“If we had to handle, process, and ship every book like a traditional auction house, we could never manage the number of sales we do now,” Harrison said. “Our peer-to-peer market allows us to connect sellers with buyers almost anywhere in the world, which makes it easier to sell difficult items.”
“For example,” Harrison explained, “an English collector might have trouble selling books written in Dutch in the UK, as collectors usually buy books written in languages they can read. However, online, that seller can also reach buyers in the Netherlands.”
Meanwhile, Catawiki—which announced a €150 million investment round led by Permira in 2020—is also staffing itself to handle a more diverse range of books.