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Bookselling not what it used to be

May 6th, 2006 at 11:19 am

I'm posting this to remind myself for the Nth time, forget about selling books online!!!

They were having a booksale at the library I was going to anyway, so DH and I went in to see what we could find. It was toward the end, so we could each get a bag's worth for $5. Most of what I picked up were out-of-print, nonfiction titles that several years ago might have brought $9 to $18 on Amazon. Out of 13 I bought today, 12 are going for less than $1. One is even going for -0-, just shipping! The other one is about $4.50, but there's a paperback edition going for practically nothing--so why would anyone pay more for a well-used hardcover?

Well, the library's budget's been cut, so I'll just consider it a donation. And there are a few paperbacks I want to read myself, and then can swap, so it's not a total loss.

My lesson for today is, the best thing for me to do is stay away from library booksales, and recognize that Times Have Changed.

2 Responses to “Bookselling not what it used to be”

  1. Tightwad Kitty Says:

    I no longer go to book sales as I buy to many books as it is! We have Lifeline Book Sales here twice a year that take up whole convention centre here. Over million 2nd books are sold in 4 days each time. I just don't go it's to much of a temption!

  2. ~Dawn Says:

    WE need to have some book burnings, that way the price will up on what's left. Then again, maybe it's people who just don't read much anymore. I go into people's houses anymore and unless they are over 30, you rarely find a book in sight.

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