Every reader must accept some hard truths at some point in their lives: that not every book they’ve read is one they should treasure forever; that they don’t need three different copies of their favorite classic, even if it keeps getting re-released with cooler covers; and that decorating with towering stacks of books isn’t the healthiest option unless they want to start wearing helmets around the house. You’ll want to wipe out your collection after you’ve arrived at this point. And that could indicate that it’s time to start selling books. But the Question arises Where to sell Used Books?
Of course, there are other options: you could use the KonMari approach, or you could simply conduct a good old-fashioned spring cleaning. It’s possible that you’ll need to repeat some of Alice’s mantras to yourself. Whatever method you use, you should end up with a lot of books to get rid of. You could give them away or donate them, which is admirable, but it’s always wonderful to be able to recoup some of the money you’ve spent on your shelves.
” Here are some places Where you can sell Used Books, either online or in-person.”
BookScouter.com is a good place to start. Although BookScouter claims to be only for textbook buyback, I’ve had good luck using it to check to price on standard trade books. Book Scouter will inform you which websites will pay you the most money for each book you’re trying to sell right now. This can help you determine whether or not it’s even worthwhile to sell your books. Remember that all of these services pay based on how much they estimate books will sell for, thus books in more demand will sell for more.
I look up the price of Go Set a Watchman, a hardcover book I paid full price for but don’t want to see on my shelves ever again. According to BookScouter, one (and only one) of the websites they scan will purchase my copy for $0.12. Harsh. Guys, I didn’t like it either, but that’s about $0.25 less than the cost of printing the damned book. To Kill a Mockingbird, on the other hand, will be sold for as little as $0.75 on three different websites.
That, my friends, is supply and demand in action.
Before we go any further, keep in mind that unless you’re a collector or plan on doing this in large quantities, you’re unlikely to make a lot of money from your books. You’ll be lucky if you make $1 for each book. If you’re going to sell books, make sure you have at least a stack ready to go. You’re better off putting two or three books in a Little Free Library if you only have two or three to re-home.
I had a banker’s box full of great-condition hardcovers on my previous trip to Half Price Books, and I made approximately $20, which was enough to pay the cost of some bookends and magazine boxes that I used to finish organizing my bookshelves.
This is a fantastic way to sell your books if you live near an HPB. You pack your books, bring them in, and then wait for a bookseller to appraise them at the store. You are free to look through the stacks and they will contact you when your offer is ready.
There are a few different methods for selling books online through Amazon.
First, there’s their trade-in program. For the trade-in program, look up your book’s edition, locate the ISBN (a 13-digit identifier usually found on the back or on the copyright page), and see whether Amazon would pay you money for it. Fill out a short questionnaire about your book’s condition, and Amazon will send you a shipping label. They’ll give you an Amazon credit after they’ve received the book.
Because Amazon really only wants you to spend your money on Amazon, even if it’s money they give you, you can wind up making more money overall from this approach. Just buy a book from a local independent to balance out your book-buying karma later. You may also sell books on Amazon in an old-fashioned manner by creating a seller account and listing your books. You’ll have to create a product page for each book you want to sell and wait for a buyer if you do this. This is entirely possible, although it does need considerable dedication.
Like Half Price, Powell’s will allow you to bring books into their stores for evaluation, but if you don’t live near one, you can sell to them online.
They only accept books that are in outstanding condition. Simply fill out the form on their website with your ISBNs, and they’ll email you a price quote as well as a shipping label. You can either get money or store credit if you use PayPal.
ONLINE BUYBACK PROGRAMS
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of websites that will allow you to enter your book ISBNs, answer a few quality questions, and then provide you with a pricing quote and a shipping label for your book.
You won’t be able to pay out until you’ve sold X dollars worth of books with some of them because they have minimums. To see which of these sites will give you the most money back, use BookScouter.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SELLING USED BOOKS
If you’re wanting to sell used books and have found some options online or locally, keep these suggestions in mind. It will assist you in avoiding any charges or complaints while selling books.
BE UPFRONT ABOUT THE STATE OF YOUR BOOKS.
Buyers will be unhappy if you misrepresented the condition of the book, and they may complain you to the website where you sold it. If the book has some shelf wear, mention it.
WARNING: WHEN SHIPPING, BE CAREFUL.
If you plan on doing a lot of bookselling, you should get some shipping envelopes and other packing supplies. Make sure you’re using a water-resistant material, and if it’s a book that may show bumps and dings, such as a fine hardcover, wrap it carefully.
Don’t forget to write down the tracking numbers as well. You may receive a mailing label from the bookselling site, but you will be responsible for ensuring that the book arrives at its location, and you will need the tracking number to interact with the post office or shipping firm.
YOU CAN ALWAYS MAKE A DONATION!
Remember that you may always donate your books if you feel that selling your books is too much work, if you don’t think you’re getting enough money back to warrant the time, or if you have a book that just won’t sell.
There are several organisations that are always looking for books, or you can drop off a book in a local Little Free Library. Alternatively, you can donate your books to prisons. If none of these options appeal to you, we offer a few suggestions for repurposing your old books.
SET A GOAL
It’s quite tempting to spend your book money on more books right away, but resist! I find that having a plan for how to spend my book money is beneficial.
As I previously stated, I’ve spent the proceeds from my book sales on magazine boxes for my comics and other shelf management items. You may spend the money on a special edition of one of your favourite books, or on anything from Book Fetish that you’ve been admiring.