Let’s face it, we all have books lying around that we don’t know what to do with. Could be something you’ve picked up a few months ago that looked interesting but you never got around to. Could be a high school science book that you had for 20 years. Could be books you picked up with the intent on flipping for profit.
No matter what the reason, selling books could be daunting which is why so many people have so much lying around the house! Have no fear, after reading Sell Books Online The Easy Way, you will become a pro at selling books!
**Bonus** Where to find books to sell?
Since the site is called Flipping Income, I feel obligated to give some tips on where to find books for next to nothing that you can pick up to flip for profit.
Around your house – Ha! There are probably tons of books on your bookshelves and/or piled up in boxes in your basement that hasn’t been touched for ages. Dust them out, pull them out and get them ready to be sold. Easy.
Friends / Family – Most likely your friends or family that have stacks of books that they would love someone to come and take off their hands. Simply ask and they will be thanking you for not needing to haul 100 lbs of books away from their home themselves. Free money.
Garage Sales / Free Markets – Many times you see boxes of books for sale at garage sales or flea markets marked $.25 – $1.00. Rather than try to figure out how much each book would net you, make a deal with the seller. Offer to buy the whole box of books for a buck or two.
This method works extremely well especially towards the end of the day when they are about to close shop. Many would rather sell to you than have to haul back into their home or trailer.
Thrift Stores – Prices are set from thrift stores but make sure you check out the inside pages and covers to the books your thinking about flipping. Many times you’ll find the books signed by the author which bumps up the value tremendously.
Every so often you’ll find money within the pages! If you do find some money, at least have the courtesy to buy the book. 🙂
Library Sales – Libraries often have sales to clear out old books and sometimes they can be of value. Check out the non-fictional hardcovers first. Paperbacks tend to be in worst shape than hardcovers for obvious reasons so I normally stay away from paperbacks altogether.
Ok now that you guys are pros at finding books to resell, let’s take a look at all of the places you can sell your books online.
Sell Books Online The Easy Way
First, let’s look at Bookscouter.
From BookScouter’s website:
BookScouter helps you sell your books for the most money by comparing offers from over 50 buyback vendors with a single search. This allows you to quickly and easily find who is paying the most for your textbooks. Oh, and BookScouter is 100% free to use with no registration required.
BookScouter is the easiest way to compare prices from over 50 vendors at once with a single click. All you have to do is enter a book’s ISBN number (right next to the UPC) and it’ll do its magic. The next page will come back with a dollar amount all these separate vendors who are willing pay for that book.
If you decide you want to sell your used book, just click on the sell button next to the vendor and you’re all set. You will be emailed a shipping label and then all you have to do is ship the book within 7 days.
Oh btw, shipping is free. Normally if you were to ship a book with USPS, it would cost around $5-6 dollars. That would make no sense at all if the book’s value is only a few bucks. But with BookScouter, shipping is free so that’s one less thing to worry about.
Next, let’s look at Amazon.
Bet you didn’t know Amazon has an amazing Trade-in program for electronics and books. If you’re a hardcore Amazon shopper, this might be the right path for you since trade-in books are paid out in Amazon Gift Cards.
In terms of places to sell books online, you really should just stick to BookScouter and Amazon. They are by far the best paying and the easiest.
If you happen to live close to a Half Price Books store, you can haul your books into the store for a quote. However, be prepared to haul them back too.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 30 years…we now have this great thing called the Internet and it makes life so so easy. Selling books used to be a big pain in the behind but now we simply have vendors fighting for the right to buy your books!
Now you really have no excuse of letting your books collect dust rather than be sold for cash in your pocket.