17 More Places to Buy, Sell, and Trade Books
This article shares tips from the newest episode of Dealista, our podcast that'll help you get more for less.
A few weeks ago, Sasha wrote a great article about where to find books for less. The post generated so much discussion and suggestions I had to dig into it some more. Here are 17 more places to buy, sell, or trade books.
Out with the old, in with the new. Swap books with other bookworms online.
PaperBack Swap lets you trade your books with others online. Post the books you are willing to swap. Credits for sending books to members who request them. Then use your credits to buy books from other members. All you pay is the postage to send your books to members. With over 3,000 members and 4 millions books, you're sure to make a suitable trade.
BookMooch also uses a trade-for-points system. Get points when you send a book requested by another member. Use those points to request books for yourself. Give books away. Get books you want. It's that simple.
Swaptree allows you to trade all sorts of things, like books, music, movies, and games. The best part is they match your trades for you. Their super smart algorithm instantly shows you thousands of items you could receive in trade for any item.
Bookins is another full-service swap site that arranges the swapping for you. They arrange the trade. Get points for your trade-in and request your trade-out. You don't need to deal directly with other traders.
Novel Action allows you to trade without having to wait for someone to select your book. Select any books you want and send them an equal number of your books in exchange. Just pay the flat rate shipping and your exchanges are shipped to you once your books are received.
Don't have any books you're willing to part with? Check out these sites to buy new, used, or rare, for less!
Alibris offers a large selection (100 million titles) of used, new, out-of-print, and hard-to-find books from their large warehouse or in their network of indie booksellers.
AbeBooks connects thousands of professional booksellers that offer rare, new, and used books.
A1Books partners with the top ten major wholesalers and distributors to offer books, media, games, and electronics.
Overstock is better known for their rock bottom prices on clothing and home accessories, but they also has a large selection of books on sale.
Amazon usually has a good discount on all their books, but their marketplace lets any vendor to compete and offer the same book, used or new. Look for the "More Buying Choices" link to see available offers for any given book.
eBay is always a good stopping place when bargain hunting. Don't forget that oftentimes sellers may want to unload an entire collection of books. Make sure to drop by and do a search for your favorite authors and genres to see if there are any bulk offerings.
HamiltonBook offers new books at discounted rates. Most books are closeouts or overstocks, but there are also current titles at special prices.
BookFinder lets you compare prices across many sites for any particular book. Enter the title or ISBN number of the book you're looking for and get a list of all available sellers across various vendors and sites.
Want to just get some cash for your books? Besides listing them on Amazon and eBay, these are great places to sell your books, too!
CKY Books offers instant quotes on your books. Enter the ISBN number and get offers right away. Get paid with PayPal or check and pay zero in shipping costs.
Cash4Books also offers free shipping and fast payment.
Blue Rectangle will buy your books as well as DVDs. They also have a ton of book reviews by their users.
BookScouter tells you which site will give you the very best price for your book!
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