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Date: 10/1/12 4:02 PM

Have you sold any lately?

Half Price Books is toooooo cheap.

Ebay is not moving anything.

Thinking flea market may be best option, or not!

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Date: 10/1/12 4:32 PM

Used bookstores (of the the brick and mortar kind, and there are still some left) have to get their books from someplace. Often it is from people whom don't want them anymore. I think some will pay you cash for them, and also a lot of others will just always be willing to give you at least some credit, towards other used books that they already have in their stores. Of course they are going to give you less credit and not an equal across the board exchange though, or they would be out of business as not making any profit, and not existing anymore. But, if you want to get rid of books, and you have not stopped buying books at all, and would use the credit, and had some place close to you like that (maybe look in the phone book and call around) that might work out good. The few used book stores I know of like that, seem to always be real busy, buyers and sellers and even when when just shopping there, I often see lots of people hauling in all their old used books, to even trade for store credit like that in there often. I think you would make less money (or credit for each one) but a whole lot less work than trying to sell off one by one anyplace, or renting a booth someplace and having to sell from there and a whole lot less time spent on it too.

I have not sold any like that, but I have got and purchased a lot of good, nice used sewing books that way. It works good for me, since I really need to/want to page though and eyeball a book, before deciding if it's something I want to buy or not most times.

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Date: 10/1/12 4:56 PM

Amazon buys back books...not for very much. Look up the book you are wanting to get rid of and check the availability box. They list there what they will pay fir the book. I've never done it, so I don't know the details from there.....

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Date: 10/1/12 6:08 PM

I've actually sold some through amazon as a third party seller. It's free to sign up I think (my husband has the account). Amazon does take a portion of the sale but allows 3.99 for shipping (always use textbook rate). You won't always be able to ship for that amount, but you end up with more than the Amazon buy back (if that's even an option).

If the book sells used on amazon for under $7 or so, I don't bother listing it and just donate it.

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Date: 10/1/12 11:57 PM

I don't sell books, I buy them, which is why my house is in the state it is in. I have donated books for charity book sales, but generally, if I buy a book, I keep it.

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Date: 10/2/12 0:54 AM

Wherever you try to sell them, be forewarned that if you can sell them at all you are not going to get very much for them unless they are unusual or highly sought after titles. Used bookstores check the prices used books are going for on Amazon and pay accordingly. They are also much, much pickier than they used to be.

I used to sell a lot of books to used bookstores and it was never very profitable, but there are so many people trying to sell so many books so cheaply on line these days that it is usually easier to just donate things. At least then you can usually find someone to come pick them up instead of having to schlepp them to the post office or used bookstore.

And I say that as someone who used to manage a used bookstore.

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Date: 10/2/12 1:54 AM

You can sell the sewing books here on PR in the classifieds. I also sell books on half.com (division of Ebay)
I've sold some at my garage sale, but you only get a dollar or so. Next is donate to the library. Sometimes they add them to their collection but usually they sell them to raise money.

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Date: 10/2/12 2:16 AM

I give them to my friend who is in charge of collecting books for her church's bazaar. Her goal this year is 500 books. I intend to help - a lot.

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Date: 10/2/12 8:21 AM

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Wherever you try to sell them, be forewarned that if you can sell them at all you are not going to get very much for them unless they are unusual or highly sought after titles.

I agree. I take my books to our local library. They have a book sale once or twice a year *and* they also sell books at either amazon or eBay. It is a donation, they raise funds for the library this way, and I receive a charitable donation receipt for our Income taxes.

On my receipt, I claim "garage sale" value, which, like Terri said, is not much. 10% of MSRP if you are lucky.

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Date: 10/2/12 10:20 AM

Quote: Franksdottir
I don't sell books, I buy them, which is why my house is in the state it is in. I have donated books for charity book sales, but generally, if I buy a book, I keep it.

LOL I could have written this word for word...

Thank goodness for my Kindle. I still buy most arts and crafts books hardcopy, but I only collect novels as electrons now...

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