5 of the Best Places to Make Money Selling Used Books Online

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You’ve finally accepted you’re never going to read Ulysses, and your college biology textbook is no more than dead weight. It’s time to clear off your bookshelves. But don’t send those unwanted titles to Goodwill just yet. You might be able to make good money as you declutter.

If you’re looking to empty out the attic, thin a book collection, or make some easy money, there are countless options for online selling. Here are your best bets for selling your unwanted used books online.

Start with scouting sites

Scouting sites are an excellent tool if you want to find the best buyback price quotes across several sites with one click. BookScouter.com and BookFinder.com are two good ones to start. These websites show what different companies will offer you for a given book. But be advised these rates are constantly changing with the market. It would be wise to make your book-selling project a one-day mission.

Take a book, plug in the ISBN number to a couple of scouting sites, and label the book with the best prices on a sticky note before you make your final counts. These scouting sites might direct you to sell your books with dealers, such as ValoreBooks, TextbookRush, and Chegg. Most of these sites are hit or miss depending on the book. Also, scouting sites can be unreliable, so check the actual buyer sites to confirm their rates.

Many book-buyback services require a minimum dollar amount or number of books to process your shipment. Always review the condition guidelines and other rules before shipping your books. Scouting sites will point you to dozens of different book buyers. The following are four of the most popular.

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