Over the past year or so, I’ve made close to $200 and gotten rid of several dozen books by selling used books online. Granted, the money is not that impressive. But considering that I was getting rid of the books anyway and it didn’t cost me a dime, well, it’s a pretty sweet deal!
You can probably also make some money and reduce your clutter selling used books online. All you have to do is find a buyer and then ship off your books. Soon, you’ll have a little extra cash (or credit) to spend on, more books maybe?
Tips For Selling Used Books Online
You can find the best price for your books at Bookscouter.com. Just enter each ISBN and you’ll get a list of book buyers with the price each will pay. If nobody wants your books, don’t give up! Buyers continually update the list of which books they’re buying, so check back another day. I check my list of ISBNs every so often and have subsequently sold many previously “worthless” books.
A word of caution here – make sure that your books meet the buyer’s condition guidelines. I’ve sold most of my books to Powell’s and they are very picky about condition. And books that don’t pass inspection once they arrive, are disposed of – no money for you and no book, either. Some sites are more lenient on condition and some will even return a rejected book at your expense. It’s always best to avoid an unpleasant experience, however, by strictly following the guidelines posted on each site.
Shipping Your Books To The Buyer
Every site I’ve dealt with pays for the shipping. I just print out a postage-paid label, stick it on the box and drop it off at the post office. Some sites require shipping through UPS (or maybe FedEx), so be sure you ship your package through the appropriate carrier. Also, print the packing slip from the buyer’s website and include it with your books.
When boxing your books, make sure that they won’t slide around and be damaged during shipping. Always use a sturdy box and pack the books inside snugly. Use bubble wrap or crumpled paper to keep the books in place. Avoid using newsprint to pack books as the ink can rub off and stain the covers or edges. Before sealing the box shut, I always fold the flaps closed and then shake it upside down and sideways to make sure the books are secure.
So, what are you waiting for? Don’t you have some unwanted books lying around? Also, if you know other ways to make money selling used books online, please leave a comment! You can read another authors perspective and tips for selling used books online here.
Crystal Marie lives by the philosophy that needing less rather than earning more is the key to happiness and financial serenity, which allowed her to “retire” from formal employment in health education at the age of 44. She can be found making the most of the second half on her blog, The Best 50 Years.