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Selling Books Online

As I mentioned in a previous entry I am attempting to clear as much clutter from my home as possible. If there is way to clear clutter and make money I am all for it. So I did some research online and discovered a number of websites that will allow you to sell books online.

As a former english major I certainly have my fair share of novels that have only been read one time. Most of the books look like they’ve never been opened, although I have read all but one or two of them.

It seems that the best two sites for selling used books are currently Amazon.com and Half.com. From what I can tell Amazon.com is not as generous as half.com to it’s sellers.

It appears that Amazon strips the seller of profits via a number of fees. Half.com seems to charge much fewer fees but it looks as though the books offered due not sell at lower prices.

I know that there are a number of books on the market that currently teach individuals how to sell books online, but I don’t believe they’ll be worth the price of the book.

Selling online seems simply enough, and what can a $20 book tell me that I can’t figure out myself. If anyone has found a good book about selling books online please let me know.

I’m not looking to make a career out of selling used books, I’m simply looking to offload a whole bunch of books I already own. It would be nice to collect a little bit of cash for items that are otherwise just collecting dust in the basement.

Jessica

Friday 9th of November 2007

I sell as many of my University books as I can on Amazon.com before selling back to my campus bookstore. Generally, I find that the other books I read don't get a great return online, so I sell them at a local Half Price bookstore. If Half Price doesn't want the books, I donate them to my local library, where the books are usually sold at the monthly book sale.

Nathan

Wednesday 22nd of March 2006

The fastest way to convert old books to cash is by selling them to a used book store. One trip and you're done. You don't get as good a deal this way, but it is quick and easy. It's probably worth getting a quote. Packaging and shipping books takes work. If you're only making a dollar or two per shipment, it might not be worth your time.