Tips: Buying Books Secondhand
I often get many of my books second hand because I am a broke college student, so I thought I would tell you how I get the best editions for cheap. These are tips that I have found useful and honestly some of them that I need to stick to more regimentally.
- Speak with the seller if you know you are looking for a particular editions of a book.
- Search the shelves for as long as possible looking for the books.
- Check all of the tags for discounted versions and "slightly damaged" copies.
- Go in with a list
- Not having a list can be dangerous to your pocket because it is a given that you find more than you have money for.
- Stick to your plans deviation can kill your TBR and any hope of a budget :)
- Again go in with a list, and don't deviate from it!
- Give a few websites a shot before ordering the books you want.
- Check Abebooks, Thriftbooks.com (Be careful if you want a specific edition on this site), then you can check BookOutlet.com for the book.
- Prices can change on each site, be a true bargain shopper and find the best deal for each book you want, in order to save up for that new release hardback you want.
- Get all of your adult hardcovers used if you can.
- If you are skeptical about your enjoyment of a book, buy it used!
This is how I buy my used books, I do this quite frequently and I cannot get enough of the deals, if only I could create a lot of time to read them all :)
- I am curious how do you guys shop for used books?
- Do you have any tips to share with a broke college student?
- What are your favorite use bookshops?