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Old 02-07-2009, 04:12 PM
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I've seen several people in thrift stores and at garage sales scanning the barcode on books into either a cell phone or something that looks like one. After they scan the barcode, they look at something that is displayed on the object and then either toss the book back or keep it.

What are these things? I think I need one. Is it an actual cell phone or some other equipment?

Someone please tell me all about them.
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:40 PM
Location: Middleburg, FL
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Some cell phones have a barcode reader. They could checking the book's value on Amazon.Com or another website. If the value is high, they buy the book and re-sell it.

My Nokia N95 has such a barcode reader.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:12 PM
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I never used it but I think it may be something like this

Scan For The Best Price - Free Barcode Scanner and QR Reader for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

By scanning the barcode, people can compare its price and even some remarks.

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Old 02-18-2013, 07:07 AM
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On your smartphone, just go to the appstore and search "barcode scanner." I have one on my android phone that was free and it works perfectly. It searches prices online such as Amazon.com, google market, etc. to compare pricing. You can even purchase it right then on your phone from Amazon or another retailer if you wish and it will be on its way. It not only works on books but also pretty much anything with a bar code. I use it all the time for price comparison while shopping.
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