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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know of any good used book sites? I sort of hate trying new sites so I thought I'd see if anyone had any experience with a site. I've found AbesBooks.com but they havent had anything listed for more than a few dollars less than amazon (and with amazon you get free shipping and its new)
post #2 of 24
Sorry, wish I knew some. I've used Amazon.com for years. Most of the ones I buy are 1cent
post #3 of 24
I use half.com
post #4 of 24
You know a lot of Amazon books are offered used as well as new?
post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
Yeah I know amazon offers used as well, but the books I want are only a few dollars less, and when you tack on shipping they're actually more :/
post #6 of 24
Check out paperbackswap.com I'm not sure if it's international though.
post #7 of 24
I was going to say paperbackswap as well. It is a great site!
post #8 of 24
I use half.com, too, for everything from paperbacks to DD's college books.
post #9 of 24
I buy a lot of used books on ebay. Have you tried that? You might find a seller that has an ebay "shop," if you want to be able to order from the same place and save on shipping.
post #10 of 24
I've been tempted to get some of the large book lots off of ebay.

anjhest - Have you bought in lots? If so, do you find it worth it?


Other than that, I prefer to go to a used bookstore I know of. I only make it to her store a few times every few months but I like giving her my business. If you can find one you like, I suggest supporting a little store like this instead.
post #11 of 24
When I decided I wanted the whole Cat Who collection I got them on EBay. I was lucky to get a lot of them in one set. Of course I also got some duplicates but the price was well worth it.
post #12 of 24
I use ebay, half.com and paperbackswap.com

post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
for some reason I've never even thought of ebay! Thanks everyone, I'll be checking all those sites a little later on!!
post #14 of 24
We use Amazon mostly. DH was looking for the Left Behind series back when he was in the military and about to deploy. He found a seller that had bundles of them but not exactly what he needed so he contacted her and told her what he needed and she ended up putting it together for him. I guess she did have the ones he was looking for; but she hadn't listed all she had or something. When she heard he was military she gave him a good deal too. If I remember correctly; her son-in-law was also active duty. The base DH was at had a small "coffee house" tent and a bookshelf in there where guys were sharing books. DH decided to leave the whole series there when he came home.

I've also gotten some good deals on there by reading through the lists of used books available. Most people seem to give a good enough description of the book to let you see if it's in good enough condition for the price and what you are looking for.
post #15 of 24
I got the whole Left Behind series from Amazon too! Great books and really good deal!
post #16 of 24
I usually use half.com
post #17 of 24
Alibris.com are great. And Amazon usually have all their books available as used ones, from a few pence each.
post #18 of 24
I'm late to the game, but I use Half.com as well. eBay, sometimes, but the shipping there usually makes the end price higher than on Half.com.
post #19 of 24
Fortunately, we have a local half-price used bookseller chain. In fact, I hear it's expanding quite a bit.

Not hard to figure out how they make money. They buy used books. I took a box full over, including some complete science fiction series. They gave me about $7 for over almost $150 worth of books.

I just received a book I bought on e-bay. I got it for a good price, and it was in excellent condition. A hard-to-find book, too.
post #20 of 24
I use ebay, half.com (which is owned by e-bay), amazon (for used and new), abebooks.com, and alibris. I have never used paperbackswap, but I am going to check that out!

I love buying used books.

With half.com, you can often get books for $.75 or $.99, but the shipping is set at $3.49 for most books. The way to get around this is to buy multiple books from the same seller (easy to do!) and then the shipping is slashed for each book, becoming a dollar something per book.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by zorana_dragonky View Post
I use ebay, half.com (which is owned by e-bay), amazon (for used and new), abebooks.com, and alibris. I have never used paperbackswap, but I am going to check that out!

I love buying used books.

With half.com, you can often get books for $.75 or $.99, but the shipping is set at $3.49 for most books. The way to get around this is to buy multiple books from the same seller (easy to do!) and then the shipping is slashed for each book, becoming a dollar something per book.
I'm going to have to check out half.com because of the multiple books/same seller. I use amazon.com and only buy used for 1-10cents per book (hardcover). The shipping is 3.99 each. Over the years on amazon, I've only run into 1 seller selling a whole set of books that I wanted.

It'd be cheaper to go to the library but not only is it far from me, some books I can read in 2 days while some books take a month or so. The thought of driving so far just to re-loan out the same book would drive me nuts not to mention the cost of gas!
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
Your library might have a renew option on their website, or you might be able to call them and renew it.
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by MonaxLisa View Post
Your library might have a renew option on their website, or you might be able to call them and renew it.

I never thought of that! Thanks, I will call them. Sure beats a long drive
post #24 of 24
I can renew books online with my library. Unfortunately, my library sucks and doesn't carry much of what I like to read so I rarely use them.

I LOVE paperbackswap.com
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