Selling Used Books for Top Dollar
I cleaned out the last of my bookshelves this week and purged a bunch of books that I haven’t read in ages. In the past I’ve sold books on eBay, but my last few book sales didn’t bring in much money. A number of the books sold for less than $2. This time around I didn’t want to go through the hassle of packaging and shipping to a zillion different buyers. I wanted to find a buyer and ship all of my books off to one location.
I’ve done this a couple times before using both Cash4Books and BlueRectangle. This time around I used BookScouter.com to find the book buying site providing the most money. With BookScouter you simply type in the ISBN number of the book you want to sell and click ‘Search for the Best Prices.’ The system scans 20+ book buying sites and provides the price each site is willing to pay for the ISBN you entered.
After entering a whole bunch of ISBN numbers into BookScouter.com I ultimately settled on selling my books to TextBooks.com. TextBooks.com wanted more of my books then any other vendor and they offered more money for most of the books I had to offer. I only wish I had known about BookScouter.com before I sold books the last time. On average the books I sold to TextBooks.com priced between $2 – $5, plus they provided a prepaid shipping label.
I also decided to keep a few books and post them on PaperBackSwap.com. I know a lot of people rave about these new book swapping sites. So far, I haven’t seen any books I want to swap for, but I figure it can’t hurt to list them and see what happens.