You may be surprised to learn how much money you have collecting dust on your bookshelves. Novels, nonfiction books and textbooks can all be sold for cold, hard cash when you're finished with them. Although online auction and bookstore sites are excellent venues to sell your unwanted books, the fees they charge on each sale can be a real deterrent. Fortunately, there are other ways to sell your books and keep 100 per cent of the proceeds.
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Submit an ad to your local newspaper classifieds. Some papers offer free ads for items under £32.
Visit used bookstores. These shops typically offer either cash or store credit in exchange for your used books in good condition.
Post a free ad in Craigslist's "For Sale" section of your city or region. Include titles, authors and photos of the books you want to sell. Create separate listings for different types or categories of books, or for each book if they vary widely.
Hang a flyer at a local college or university campus to sell used textbooks directly to students. Include title, author and edition of the books.
Call your local college or university bookstore to see if they purchase used books from non-students. Some student bookstores accept both textbooks and "required reading" books such as poetry collections and well-known works of literature.
Tips and warnings
- Clean up your books before attempting to sell them. Wipe covers with a damp cloth, vacuum any dust from the pages and unfold any dog-eared corners. The better the books look, the more you'll get for them.
- If selling to non-local buyers on Craigslist, use a secure payment method such as PayPal to ensure that you get your money. Do not accept money orders, wire transfers or other forms of payment commonly used in scams.
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