For the past few months, my book collection has grown at an alarming rate. I had so many of them sitting around that I was desperate for space, so the great person that is me decided to give my old books to the library. That solution worked a few times before they very rudely informed me that they did not need anymore of my books. I was shocked. I could understand if they were old releases or battered and bruised...but I treat my books like they are my babies. They were receiving newly released books in almost brand new condition. Well...whatever...their loss. This, however, put me right back in the same boat I was already sinking in. I did not know where to go next.
After some deep researching (this geeky girl does not just do stuff), I decided that I would go ahead and give Ebay a try. For the first month it worked just fine. People were buying my books (for dirt cheap may I add), and I was sending them on their way to a new home. All good things come to an end though. After awhile, my books were no longer selling. Ebay still charges you a listing fee regardless if your listing sells or not. I was losing some serious cash, and the books I had sold where experiencing problems in the mail. Many of my costumers were not receiving their books till weeks later (lost in the mail), and one even was resent to me. Ebay was not working and I still had over 4o books sitting in my room.
Next I tried Amazon. It was amazing! The day I listed was normally the day they sold. I was so excited and I thought that I had found the solution. Amazon does not charge you a listing fee if it doesn't sell, but that was irrelevant since everything was. Unfortunately upon doing the math, I realized that I was not gaining much from my Amazon experience. They take a hefty chunk of your earnings and I wasn't charging enough to make up for that. I was basically making like 2 to 3 dollars a book. Another thing that annoyed me (which was not Amazon's fault) is that post office prices are insane. I sent out five books and was charged 18 dollars! I just did not seem to see the point of dealing with this struggle.
My last option was selling my used books to Powell's for hardly anything. I tried not to look at my payment amount when I clicked the approve offer link. 18.50 for 8 books that I know cost me over a 100 dollars all together. I just had to get rid of them, and even now I still have 10 books to get rid of or sell.
Which brings me to this question...What do you do with your old books?
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