Selling Textbooks without the Hassle
Selling textbooks to online marketplace sites can create more headaches than you might realize. Getting it all done quickly and easily is just a matter of going to the right kind of site Ė and can save you a lot of time and energy.
The Time for Selling Textbooks Rolls Around
When the semester is finally over, when youíve recovered from the all-night cram sessions and obligatory post-finals celebrations, itís time to start thinking about selling textbooks. After all, you had to pay an arm and two legs for them at the beginning of the term, why wouldnít you want to get some of that money back?
Of course a tech-savvy 21st century student like yourself didnít get ripped off paying full price at the bookstore, right? You did the same thing you always do, whether youíre researching a paper or buying Kanye West tickets: you went online.
Like a lot of students you probably went to sites like Amazon and Half where used book sellers and students like yourself are selling textbooks that they list themselves. You saved a bunch of money. So the logical thing for you to do when youíre done with the books is to turn around and resell them on Amazon or Half, right?
Forget Amazon and Half
The thing about sites like Amazon or Half is that when you use them, youíre not actually selling textbooks to the site, youíre selling on the site. It may sound like a fine distinction, but itís an important one.
Sites like Amazon and Half (and even eBay) are whatís known as online marketplaces. They just provide you a venue to post your book for sale. Youíre still the seller. Itís kind of like renting a stall at a flea market to sell your books. You still have to keep track of what books you have, what they may be worth, how much to charge for them, which ones have sold, etc., etc., etc.
Of course, on these online marketplaces you have to create a listing for each book you want to sell so itís really more like renting five stalls at a flea market. Thereís no guarantee that anybody will buy a book you list, and no assurances of when they might buy it. You basically get to wait around for somebody to buy each one. Then, when and if somebody actually buys one of your books, you get to pack and ship them one by one.
Selling textbooks doesnít have to be this much trouble. Thereís a better way.
Make Selling Textbooks Easy
What if instead of taking your books to the flea market to sell yourself, you took them down to the local used bookstore? You can sell all your books in one shot, no waiting around, no six trips to the post office. Thatís what textbook buyback sites like MyBookBuyer.com are like. Except buyback sites sell textbooks nationwide. Because they can sell more books, they can buy more books. In other words, they can usually buy books that your actual campus bookstore wonít take.
With textbook buyback sites everything happens a lot faster. You enter the ISBN numbers of your books and they will tell you how much theyíll offer you for them right then and there. Then you print out a shipping label and send all your books in at once.
For those of you keeping track at home, thatís one, count Ďem one, trip to the post office. Then all you have to do is sit back and wait for your check to come in the mail.
If that sounds a whole lot easier than listing and selling each and every book on marketplace sites, thatís because it is. Sure, sometimes you might make a little bit more if you hold out for someone who might be willing to pay more on Amazon or Half. But isnít all that time and effort you have to put into it worth more than the extra fifty cents or dollar?
Do yourself a favor. When itís time to start selling textbooks again, skip flea market sites and head straight for your friendly neighborhood online textbook buyback site. You wonít regret it.
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