Saturday, November 5, 2011

Back to Selling Used Books Online

Sell Used Books Online - Quick Cash, Free Shipping, Free Quotes!I can’t believe it’s been over two years since I last posted about selling books online! It’s become something I just do every once in a while when the declutter bug bites and I guess I forgot to write about it. Well, Felicia over at posted about selling old books on Amazon and there’s been quite a discussion going on. There’s always something new to learn there and I am so happy to have found out about!

The beauty of, other than the recommendation by another commenter on, is that there’s no minimum dollar amount or number of books. Many of the buyers require that you have at least $10 worth of books to sell, which can be a deal breaker if your books are only bringing in a dollar or so each and you can’t find enough that you want to get rid of to reach the $10 minimum.

My Book Sales Experience

Over that past two years, I’ve shipped off several small boxes of books and have been paid by check, through PayPal and with credit. Although the amounts received are small, the buyer provides a prepaid shipping label so there’s no cost involved. To date, I’ve sold mostly to Powell’s because they require “a minimum of 3 books or $5.00 of credit,” which works best for me as I rarely find $10 worth of books to sell at one time. I’ve also transitioned from going for the cash to opting for credit with Powell’s because I get more for my books and I’ll always be able to spend it to get books that I want for free.

Now that I know about Cash4Books, I have another option for my book sales. I’m so pleased about this that I’ve added a graphic link to this post and to the sidebar (both affiliate, btw). I’ve already found one book to sell and am on the lookout for more. But if I don’t find any, they’ll take just the one! How cool is that?

So far my online book-selling experience is just with sites that buy titles based on their needs at the time - and there are MANY. Check out to compare offers from numerous sites for your books. As for selling on Amazon? I haven’t tried that simply because they require that you ship within two business days and there is no way I can commit to doing so.

So What’s the Deal with These Oregon Book Buyers, Anyway?

A little thing I find interesting is that Cash4Books is an online used book buying service owned and operated by, which is located in Beaverton, Oregon. Powell’s is in Portland. Beaverton is just a few miles west of Portland. I guess I noticed this simply because I have family in the area. I’ve actually been to the Powell’s store a couple of times, which I highly recommend if you’re ever in Portland, and I’ve driven through Beaverton many times. Obviously this all falls in the insignificance category but is just one of those small-world coincidences that pop up every now and again.


  1. Crystal, when I read your posts (and comments on NJFM), I get the feeling that if we ever met over a cup of tea, we’d start the conversation on something like selling books and several hours later find ourselves solving the problems of the world, forgetting all about selling books.

    BTW, this is a record for me. That entire paragraph is one sentence long. I guess it’s an indication of how our conversations would go. LOL!!!

  2. I'd love to meet for tea, Felicia! Maybe when you and your hubby are living on the road in that RV, our paths will cross and we'll do just that. It's doubtful that I'll get over to your side of the country any time soon, but we do travel around OR, WA, ID and MT each year - so when you get out this direction, we can meet up!

  3. Crystal,

    Don’t you love it when a single post as the one Felicia did becomes fully informational? I have learned so much.

    I am in dire straits financially so I am selling everything in the house. I plan on a yard sale but I thought I’d start with the small things first. I have never made much money at yard sales with books or DVDs. That’s why I’m glad to have found these many book buyers.

    Thanks for reminding me about the affiliate. I read about that before but was not very familiar with the term. I have two blogs now but am having trouble with one of them showing up. I go in, writer blogs, my niece checks them for me, but when I try to access it from Google they say it’s not there. In addition, yes, I have checked the box to have it placed on the search engine. I say all that to say I’m still not very learned about blogs, etc. However, all the info you, Felicia and others have given is super helpful.

    Let’s keep posting when we learn new things.
    Take Care,

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Joni. Sorry to hear your having such financial struggles. Yes, there does seem to be a problem with your joniwrites blog - when I try to go there, I get the "Blog has been removed" message. However, a search for joniwrites comes up with a blog at wwwjoniwrites (no dot after the www). Is this you?

  5. That's it Crystal...duh on me. Thank you.

  6. I have always used College Book Renter. I tend to get more back from them when selling my used books. Should add them to the list of places to check out.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Shane. I appreciate you taking the time to let me and anyone who happens upon this post know about College Book Renter. I'll definitely check it out!

  7. Selling used books on can really make you some money. Keep it up!

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