Does anyone out there know of a website that carries really cheap used books? I'm also not too particular about what shape the books are in, as long as they're not missing any pages. Preferably one that has reasonable shipping rate.
For example, Albris Books has a lot of used books from many used book stores, so you have to pay shipping for each book, from each book store. If you buy 4 books from X Bookstore, you pay shipping for those 4 books from X Bookstore. However, if you pick books from another bookstore also, you have to pay shipping for the books you buy from them too. It gets pricey.
Or Swaptree.com if you're willing to swap and all you have to do is pay shipping which is about $2.50 & you can even print the shipping label on your own computer.
Two great resources for used books are paperbackswap.com and abebooks.com
You can search by book title, author, or ISBN. It will list all the places that have a particular book for sale.
Does your library sell books or have a book sale once a year? I buy recent paperbacks for $.50 each - no shipping. I also buy paperbacks at yard sales. Sometimes I give bags full of 2nd hand books to family members. There are sure to be several they will really enjoy.
I use bookmooch.com. You list books you want to give away and get points for the books you list. Then you use your points to "mooch" books from other people.
I have gotten good deals at amazon.com - but the shipping is more than the books! The best book deals are at yard sales/library sales/thriftshops and some of the remaining used book stores. Then there are swapping areas at some rec centers, etc. where you can recycle books. I have found a good library branch, too, for getting interesting books to read.
Try out Paperback swap.com. Their books are free all you do is pay postage when someone wants one of yours. They have like over two million to pick from. I joined over two years ago and now have more books than I know what to do with.
What about your local library. That's free.
I use paperbackswap.com. It's about the same as Swaptree. Don't let the name fool you, you can swap paperbacks, hardcovers and audio books. They also have an agreement with a couple of other sites if you want to swap DVD's. The more books you send to or order from another person, the cheaper the postage. Shipping is book rate and you print the label on your computer.
Have you ever tried a garage sale? Some of them have a lot of books of every kind. They are cheap and sometimes you can deal with them.
Edward Hamilton.com...it's even cheaper if you use their catalog and order by mail, only 3.50 shipping.
Daedelus.com has cheap shipping
These are not used, but are remaindered books. Both sites have a lot of books in all categories, some in the 1.98-4.98 price range. If you're looking for books for resale, try garage sales and make an offer for all they have...also, see if your library has a used book store, mine does and has romance novels for 10 cents.
I now use www.paperbackswap.com. Your cost per book will run something like $2.00 plus change per book. Its not as cheap as the library, but with gas prices high, it works for me.
Before I found paperbackswap, I used to buy "lots" of books at Ebay. When I added the price plus the shipping, it ended up to be 22 cents per book. I was able to buy EXACTLY what I wanted. For example, I bought multiple lots of Mysteries in which Private Investigators were the lead character or Mysteries by women authors. Used book stores use Ebay to get rid of their stock when they are going out of business.
Best of luck always
Have you tried yard, garage, and rummage sales? I get hardbound great books for one dollar or under.
Have you tried your local "Thrift Store", I never pay more than a dollar for a book, and paper backs are even cheaper. Monday's are half price day so that's when I usually go. Last week I found 5 of Sue Grafton's books that I so love and trying to collect all of them of hers. You absolutely cannot beat the prices they have and no shipping and handling charges.
Ebay - I buy books in huge lots for my Grandma all the time & we get some really great deals. Search for the type of books you like to read with the word lot behind it. Example "Historical Romance Lot". Good Luck!
Thanks for all your good ideas, everyone; I appreciate it. Here's the thing though; I part with very few of my books because I love to re-read them! I don't go to the library because they want their books back! Any other suggestions would be welcome.
Best regards, Smoochie
Our Friends Store at the library sells them $2.00 a bag. Sometimes you can fit 40-50 books in a bag.
I found what looks like a great site that sells really, really cheap books.
It's called: Greatbuybooks.com
Hope you will be kind enough to give feeback if you decide to use them.
Amazon.com sells used books often times for as low a .01. You do have to pay shipping however.
Greetings from Texas, I love cozybookcellar.com! Their shipping is free if you order over $25. Most of their books are $1.00-$2.00 and they have a large selection. I also like to buy from individuals and they are a nice married couple who run their store from their home with the help of some very cute employees. (their 4 cats whose pictures are on the site!) Good luck on your book quest!
If I were you, I would check out
Most of their books sell for only .01 and shipping for the first item is $3.95 and each additional item is $3.45 so they do give you a break on each additional item. When it's all said and done each book cost a little over $3 but they deliver it to your door. I have purchased over 200 books from them since I signed up on their website. I think they have multiple warehouses too which makes shipping times convenient.
www.swaptree.com is a good one you can swap books, cds, dvds, movies for other peoples. You just pay to ship your book to them. I found that half.com is usually the cheapest, then amazon & ebay and paperback swap I heard is good but haven't tried yet.
BetterWorldBooks.com - excellent company and use this site frequently. Free shipping and over 2,000,000 books offered.
Best site for me has been www.awesomebooks.com. Free delivery worldwide, books normally arrive within 5-6 days of ordering. Can buy used or new books and their selection is really big. Can pickup books from as low as $2.49 delivered to your door! I started using them on eBay/Amazon first but then found their own site and have used them ever since. Other good sites are abebooks.com and alibris.com but these have more expensive shipping.
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