The premise is that you post your paperback boks for trade. As people select your paperbacks, you mail them to the other member. You pay for the shipping. Once they have the book and post receiving it, you get a credit. With this credit, you can look through the database. Select a paperback of your choosing and it gets mailed to you. You pay nothing, they pay for shipping as you did with the book you sent.
That is the basic premise, there may be a few more details. Visit their site and check it out. I use two of their sister sites and one works just as I explained above. The other charges a small fee (probably to cover site costs) but it is still worth it. On their Swap A CD site, I have been able to get CDs that are almost impossible to find to buy. You may find a book impossible to buy.
By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN
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I have a full set of Britannica encyclopedias from 1-24, plus A-Z dictionaries, and the atlas. I would like to sell them, but am not sure where the best place is to go. Could you advise me please?
Well, best of luck trying to sell them. I would start first with Craig's List. Then I would try a pawn shop (which is iffy). Your best bet might be trading them in at a used bookstore for store credit. The store "may" buy them for a lesser value than what the store credit would be but I wouldn't count on it.
Best chance for the pawn shop or bookstore would be a town with a community college, college or university. More demand in general for that sort of thing.
Your best bet for getting the value of the set in the long run might be to donate it to an organization that can give you a tax voucher and then claim that donation on your taxes. Doesn't put money in your pocket right now but it could possibly save you money next year. That is if you itemize your taxes.
Any ideas how I can make money from my used books? They are in excellent condition, they haven't been opened or read. I've tried all the buy back companies that I am aware of, with no luck. Can anyone suggest any other sites?
By Irene C.
If they're old, perhaps you might check your local antiques dealers? If they're rare, check rare-book shops. They should pay more than used book shops.
I am looking to sell an entire library of books left behind in the house my husband and I purchased. How do I start the process and who might be interested in them? It is a very large variety, from antique encyclopedias to late novels.
By Debsbooks from Murrieta, CAa
I have a large collection of books I was given in a deceased estate. There is a great variety of both English and German books. There are encyclopedias, cookbooks, and other collections. I am looking for a site that I may be able to sell these on. The ages vary, many of them are from before 1970.
I inherited my mother's book collection over 30 boxes worth. I went through every book writing down all ISBN numbers I found. You can look the ISBN up online to see if the book is worth selling.
I looked into selling on Amazon and I am too busy to focus my attention being a seller. Craigslist is also an option like Suntydt mentioned.
Some book collectors and stores will buy rare and 1st editions.
I donated my encyclopedias and reference books to my local library.
I know some places you can receive store credit for books. If you are wanting money, I would do your research and don't rush.
Call around your area for book sellers, dealers and bookstores.
Below are links to sites that have helped me-
I have a complete leather bound set of Encyclopedia Britannica, eleventh edition, published in 1910. Where can I sell it?
By Carly S.
Most encyclopedia are not worth anything, but this one is so old that it might be of interest to antique book collectors. This is who you must contact. Search online for book stores dealing in this type of book in your nearest cities to see if there is any interest.
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If you have a few minutes and would like to clean out your book shelves, you can try selling your used books at http://cash4books.net. From what I've read on the site, they are mostly interested in non-fiction, but you can check it out for yourself. The site and process is very simple. You log onto the site, put in the ISBN number of your books and they tell you immediately whether or not they are buying the ones you have. If they are, they tell you how much they will pay you and send you a postage paid mailing label which you can print off. The service keeps you well informed. They let you know when they receive your books and processing did not take nearly as long as I expected. I had a check within weeks. It's definitely worth a shot.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
Editor's Note: It looks like they really focus on text books. Another great place to to sell books is Half.com. They also allow you to enter an ISBN number and they show you how much the books has sold for recently. If someone orders the book, you toss it in the mail to the person. You can make money from both non-fiction and fiction, but like the above site, newer editions of non-fiction textbooks are the best sellers. Amazon.com has a similar marketplace for selling your used books as well.
Powell's Books is also in my area and they also pay cash for books. I think they might buy books online too. It is powells.com. (06/28/2007)
It is a fantastic site where you can trade books. You pay the shipping to send books to others requesting them, and receive a credit for each book you send. You can then request a book that you would like and pay nothing for it. The site gives you a few free credits when you first sign up and post 10 books up for trade. You can use those to pick out books of your interest right away! This site has been great. I joined before my husbands' birthday this year and found books by his favorite author we didn't even know existed! We are both avid readers, so it's saved us a lot of money by trading them. If you like the site and join, you can also receive a credit for a book you like by telling others about it, if they use your id as referer. It is fantastic and may save you some money if you are an avid reader. Great for Christmas gifts too! I would have to say that for the most part I like it better than half.com or ebay.com since the cost to ship a book out media mail is quite lower than I have paid to purchase books we enjoy at other sites. (10/23/2007)