Are you looking to turn your used books into cash? Whether you want to unload unwanted textbooks, carefully trim your collection, or sell every book you own, there are several ways to sell your used books online. Once you have decided which books to sell, you will need to make an important decision – do you want to unload your books quickly, without much hassle, or do you want to make sure that you get as much money as possible for your unwanted books? Depending on your priorities, different options are available. Let’s take a look at each in more detail.
Sell Them Fast!
The low-hassle, fast way to sell your used books online is to package them together and sell them as a group to an established book buying business. These businesses will make you an offer for your books, pay for you to ship your books, and then send you a check (or credit your PayPal account) when your books have been received.
To get the best offer for your books, check out the website BookScouter.com. This website searches over 40 book-buying websites so it is an incredibly useful tool to help get top dollar for your books. At BookScouter.com, you will need to enter the 10 or 13-digit ISBN number (found on the back of the book near the bar code) for each book that you want to sell. Once you enter an ISBN, you will see a list of book-buying websites and their current offer for your book. After entering a few ISBNs, you will get a sense for which book-buyers are offering you the best prices.
At this point, you can just go directly to the website that is generally giving you the highest offers, and sell all of your books to them. Alternatively, you can continue to use BookScouter.com to create little piles of books that you will ultimately sell to each buyer. Here is that hassle/money tradeoff again – selling all of your books to one buyer is easiest, but you will likely get more money if you split them up. Regardless of what you choose, each individual book-buyer will provide specific instructions for selling your books. Essentially, you will have to package your books, attach a pre-paid shipping label to the box, and arrange for your box to be mailed. Once your books are processed, the book-buyer will send you a check or credit your PayPal account. To ensure things go smoothly, be sure to follow the book-buyer’s instructions carefully!
Maximize Your Earnings!
The aforementioned method is a great way to unload books fast. Unfortunately though, it is not the best way to get top dollar for your used books. If this is your goal, you will need to explore selling your books individually to individual buyers. Well-known websites such as amazon.com and ebay.com make this relatively easy to do, but unfortunately it is far from hassle free.
On these websites, each book is listed individually at the specific price that you set. You are selling directly to the consumer, so presumably you can get more for each book than if you were to sell to a book-buying business. That said, there are several “hidden costs” associated with selling your books individually in this manner. For instance, the hosting website will likely charge you a fee for each item you sell. Also, you will be responsible for the cost of shipping and shipping supplies, and you will need to make more frequent trips to the post office when each book sells. Although you can do your best to pass these costs on to the consumer, keep in mind that you will be competing with high-volume sellers who will likely be more cost-efficient than you. In fact, many of the book-buying businesses previously mentioned sell the books they purchase on websites like amazon.com and ebay.com. Before selling your books individually, you will need to conduct a careful analysis to see if it will be profitable.
So there you have it. With a little bit of time and effort, you can easily turn old books into cash. Decide up front on your priorities - get rid of them fast, or get the most money possible - and then start selling!