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Thread: What to do with a lot of books?

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    We have an informal library in our home. Books were a great love. But, hubby and I are simplifying and I'd like to get rid of many titles. I started by placing several titles (package deal) pertaining to horses on Craig's List, and then a horse forum. No luck. Several titles have been donated to the local library, but there are many I'd rather sell for at least $5.

    Other than sitting at a flea market (they are not romance type books, so I'm not sure that'd be worthwhile)...anyone have an idea?

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    Other than listing them on craig's list and/or ebay and hoping for the best, I don't know. I donated all my books to our local library and then claimed the tax deduction. The library was very happy and we felt good about that.

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    You can try posting books on Half.com as they don't charge a fee to list books & they stay listed until you delete the listing. It is easy to post. When you type in a title, the book - ususally has a cover picture - & description already listed. You can see what others are charging for the book. Half.com keeps 15% when a book is sold. They collect a set amount for shipping from the buyer.

    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    We have an informal library in our home. Books were a great love. But, hubby and I are simplifying and I'd like to get rid of many titles. I started by placing several titles (package deal) pertaining to horses on Craig's List, and then a horse forum. No luck. Several titles have been donated to the local library, but there are many I'd rather sell for at least $5.

    Other than sitting at a flea market (they are not romance type books, so I'm not sure that'd be worthwhile)...anyone have an idea?

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    Could you be a vendor at horse shows? I never showed horses, but dogs for many years and there were always vendors at dog shows.

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    My husband and I are simplfiying also we took ours to Half fPice Book store You won't get what they are worth but you will get something. Books are like old cloths you never get what they are worth when you resale as people are looking for a bargain on used stuff and do not expect to pay that much for stuff.

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    Google "book swap" or something similar.
    There are places online where you can list your books for free, and make a wish list of books you'd like to swap them for.
    It might take a while for a swap to happen. It all depends on what you are offering and what you're looking for.
    But you only pay the postage to them, and they pay postage to you.
    Different sites might work a little differently.
    I've swapped alot of books at one site and loved it.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherryLea
    My husband and I are simplfiying also we took ours to Half fPice Book store You won't get what they are worth but you will get something. Books are like old cloths you never get what they are worth when you resale as people are looking for a bargain on used stuff and do not expect to pay that much for stuff.
    I like this idea!! I'd forgotten about the store I used to do this at. I'm wondering if it's still open. I will make another pile for the library (we don't itemize deductions so it doesn't help with taxes--or I'd donate them all) and one for this store, after I check to see if they are still in business. Thanks!

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    Thats a great idea! I had forgotten all about those stores where you take them in and get credit for 1/2 the price! You can tell i live in a small town where we don't have those types of stores. I used to frequent one where we used to live though. Good luck with them Karla!

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    You can try looking up your books on this site: http://bookscouter.com/

    It searches up to 44 of the most popular book buying sites on the internet and it tells you which site is offering what price for your book. Some sites do require a minimum.

    Book Scouter also has reviews for many of the sites so you can decide for yourself if it is reputable.

    Also, some book trading site include:

    www.bookmooch.com
    www.swap.com (small fee for trading)
    www.paperbackswap.com

    There are others. With these, you pay for shipping the books to others and the books you request are free to you.

    I forgot to mention that Amazon now buys back books, too. But, you get Amazon gift cards. The good things is that Amazon sells tons of stuff, so you could use the gift cards to buy gifts, or even groceries! (It says textbooks, but I have sold them no-textbooks, too.)

    http://www.amazon.com/Textbooks-Trad...ode=2205237011

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    Good to hear from you Karla! I, too have too many books of all genres. I have been giving them away to people I think would like them. Most are fiction, but I have tons of books from when I was teaching, and they are more specific. And I still look at books when I visit a thrift store or estate sale. Must learn to stop that and use the library! Let them store them!

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    I donate mine to Goodwill/St. Vincents de Paul....then take the tax deduction. I get more for the book that way than I would selling them.

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    When I needed to get rid of educational type books( not textbooks) I gave them to the school library. They were thrilled to have them, and I even got a receipt for taxes. They even were glad to get old National Geographics and encyclopedias. Some hospitals like them, prisons, nursing homes are other places.

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    Don't know if you have "Half Price Books" store in your area. they buy books and then sell them.

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    Amazon gift cards would be good, as Amazon stores sell fabric and toys!!! I only found this out last night. I never thought to look for fabric there. Good stuff too. They are vendors of a sort. I am getting a gift card from using my amazon credit card. I use it for lots of things, and then pay the balance off each month. Gas, groceries, all kinds of stuff, and get rewarded with a gift card when I want to redeem the points I get with each purchase. I have already planned where to spend the gift card!!!katie

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    I've been hunting for one special book for 10 or more years. I only found a few of them in searching through the Internet. I love the series by Elizabeth E. Smith, called the "Miss Melville..."series.
    I have all 4 of them except for the last one, called Miss Melville Runs for Cover" and will buy it for new full price, plus postage.

    The author died in about 1999, the book was advertised to have been published again about 5 or so years ago, my daughter and I both pre-ordered it and then the publishers decided to not bring it out after all. If you have it, please PM me.

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    I volunteered in our local hospital for over 28 years, and by the time I left we had a thriving gift shop. We also had used books for sale cheap, and they sold briskly. Folks who had to come and sit for hours and days in waiting rooms could read and pass the time away reading. Some of them even gave us back the books when they left with their patients.
    Romances didn't go quite as fast as mysteries, and we had a few others that surprised us by selling easily, such as woodworking and doll crafting.

    I donated lots of my late DH's more literate library to our local Senior Citizen's group that has a lovely building and a thriving library in it. They don't sell the books, lend them and lots go there just for the companionship and to read in comfort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherryLea
    My husband and I are simplfiying also we took ours to Half fPice Book store You won't get what they are worth but you will get something. Books are like old cloths you never get what they are worth when you resale as people are looking for a bargain on used stuff and do not expect to pay that much for stuff.
    I had time to check a place today and she is no longer buying--just trading. Bummer! I'll keep at it.

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    I have sold alot of books on Amazon.com. Just do a search for each title, then
    compare condition of your book, to lowest listed price for their used one.
    I usually then list mine for few cents less.... Love Amazon!

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    There is website: Swap.com movies, books, computer games. You just swap and pay only the postage to send your books to another person and receive whatever you wanted in return on their postage.

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