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is it worth it to sell books online?

June 21st, 2014 at 03:33 pm

Once again, time has FLOWN by and I have ignored my poor blog. I just embarked on a massive clean out of my house in preparation for some much-needed renovations. I'm also deciding if I want to stay in the house or sell it. Yikes.

I've been giving old stuff to Goodwill after finally convincing myself that having a garage sale was not worth the time. It was a hard decision to make, but it does feel good to lighten the load.

I have a bunch of books that I no longer want and I'm wondering if it's worth trying to sell some of them online or if I should just give them to a local library book sale. Does anyone have experience or advice? I've looked at Half.com for listing books and DealOz for places that buy books. Any other suggestions?

Gorgeous first summer weekend in the northeast. Happy Solstice!

7 Responses to “is it worth it to sell books online?”

  1. snafu Says:

    Good on you for taking action to de-clutter. By taking items you no longer need or use to GW, others will be blessed with your generosity to enjoy those items.

    The major deterrent selling books on-line is the cost of shipping since they weigh so much. E-readers are becoming more popular since books can be downloaded with a couple of clicks. Why not list on CraigsList to check response and interest? Do you have a re-seller in your community? It's a lot of work to load books into the car and then to the shop where they offer very small sums for the books they believe they can sell.


  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Cash4Books.net to sell your books in bulk for cash...and google for other sites. I usually sell the books that are worth it on Ebay...this are not your bestsellers as those are not worth your time. My recent sales were some self help books. If you can deduct your donations, I would donate over taking to a reseller as they pay very little for the time and effort. Unless you just really want the cash.

  3. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    I tried it in Canada but the shipping cost make it a useless venture. I donate my books instead.

  4. Kiki Says:

    I've sold the through craiglist (being careful to meet in public never at my house), half.com, amazon.com, cashforbooks, etc.

    I take the books to the post office, find out how much the book rate is for the books and incorporate that into the listing: .99 plus 1.28 postage or whatever. Use the book rate-much cheaper and many people don't know about it.

  5. aukxsona Says:

    I sell on ebay, amazon.com and half.com. Ship via media mail. I was making $400 a week doing this.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    I agree...you only want to ship by media mail. Your customer should be paying the shipping for any method you choose for selling.

  7. My English Castle Says:

    It really depends on the book. Some books are worth little used. Check the prices on Amazon and half.com. Half Price Books (if there are some in your area) will also buy books, but their prices are lousy. If they have little value on Amazon or half.com, I'd donate them to a local library for their sales, or I donate children's books to local shelters.

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