There are many opportunities to make money reselling used books. Although more and more books are becoming available as e-books, there is a still a growing demand for traditional books. This is especially true for both college textbooks as well as any regular books that may be out of print.
The obvious places to sell books online is through the Amazon.com Marketplace, eBay, or the eBay company Half.com. While there is definitely some pros and cons to using these sites, the process for selling books, managing your book inventory and following the special shipping procedures required by Amazon and eBay adds extra work and effort and minimizes your profits and ability to turn items around quickly for a profit. There is also a lot of competition selling books through Amazon and eBay and in order to sell your book quickly you may have to drop your selling price to such a low price that you lose all potential profit.
Fortunately, there are a number of other websites that will purchase your books outright and even pay the shipping. Some of these websites only deal in college textbooks, others deal in traditional books as well.
Whether you buy your used books from your local library annual sale or from the bargain bins at your local Goodwill store, these three online merchants will provide you with the best prices and fastest turnaround times for you to get your cash in hand.
- Valore Books
To sell your books to Valore Books you will need to go on their site and enter the ISBN numbers of the books that you want to sell. If Valore Books is interested they will make an offer for your book. The turnaround time from when you get a price quote from Valore Books until the time you get paid can be a few weeks to a month, sometimes longer depending on the shipping times. Once Valore Books receives your shipment they evaluate the books that you send and will send your payment. Valore Books pays you with either a check or via PayPal.
- Book Scouter
Book Scouter is an aggregator for multiple book buying vendors and is one of the more popular book buyback websites that has been around for many years. Their process is similar to others. You first enter the ISBN numbers of the books that you would like to sell and they will present you with a list price quotes from various vendors for your books. You select an offer from a vendor and are taken to that vendors website to complete the sell back transaction. Book Scouter also has a smart phone app that allows you to quickly and easily scan the bar codes from the books that you want to sell.
Cash4Books promises fast cash for your used textbooks. From the Cash4Books website you can enter the ISBN numbers of the textbooks that you want to sell and they will give you an instant offer for what they will pay you for each of your textbooks. If you accept the offer from Cash4Books you can then print out a shipping label, put your textbooks in a box and schedule the shipment for pickup. Cash4Books will pay you either via PayPal or check, depending on your preference, after they have received and inspected your books. The Cash4Books process is simple and straight-forward. The average turnaround time from when you ship your books to Cash4Books to the time you receive your payment is typically 13 days. The turnaround time can vary depending on the shipping method that you use. Cash4Books also has a smartphone app that can be downloaded for easy ISBN scanning on the go.
While there are plenty of other sites that will buy back your used books and textbooks the top three represent the most seamless process, highest payouts and the fastest turnaround times.