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Old 10-02-2011, 04:43 PM
 
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Hey guys,

Wondering where in town I can unload a few boxes of books for a decent return. Anyone had some good experiences with the used bookstores in town?

Thanks,

Ryan
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Old 10-02-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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Donate them
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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used book places will giv you next to nothing cause THEY in turn have to store them til they sell for pennies on the dollar.
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:32 PM
 
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Let me clarify and say a "relatively reasonable" return. I know I'm not going to be counting hundreds here. Just want to get a fair deal all things considered.
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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at the prices used books sell for, the best you can expect is to trade them....for more used books...

Last time I sold used books was at a yard sale and the went for 25cents a book or $3.00 a BOX....for paperbacks.....hardcover might bring a buck....
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Reno
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Donate them
Agreed. Donate them to the nearest public library and take take the tax writeoff. You'll come out ahead in the long run, and the library will benefit, too.
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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You can also try selling them online. There are tons of sites that will buy your books and even pay for you to ship them. I can't remember which sites I've used, but I've done it a couple times in the past and it worked out pretty well.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Anthem Highlands--Henderson,NV
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I have always had good luck selling our used books on Amazon.
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:10 PM
 
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If they're paperbacks, donate them or give them to a friend. They're literally worth nothing. I had a family member who ran a book shop, if he wanted to return paperback merchandise, the publisher just asked for the front covers as proof for a refund. He got to keep the actual books.
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:28 AM
 
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Donate them to me!

Selling books: Try Amazon like stated above. Half.com. Maybe other sites. Even ebay too. Ebay also owns half.com.
Swap them for others like stated above. I did that with a local woman that had a bunch of books she tried to sell but was getting nowhere. So we traded about 15 for books we wanted that the other had. I recommend this when all else fails.

If you donate your books to places like Goodwill, Savers and Deseret, they in turn will price your books at the starting rate of between $1-$3 just for a small paperback. Large paperbacks are selling from $2-$3. Or more. Hardcovers go for $2 on up to about $5. So if you could price them accordingly at garage sales, and if people buy them, then that is one way. But people want huge bargains at garage sales and may not buy your books. They expect books to be 25cents for paperbacks, and these days with inflation, that may not happen.

If you have rare or out of print books, try alibris.com. There are also book swap sites like paperbackswap.com and others. You list your books to swap, people see your list and order one. You then send it to them using the shipping label they provide, then once they get it, you can choose a book from someone else, and so on.
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