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posted by [personal profile] kchew at 09:19pm on 22/05/2010
Life and circumstance have dictated that I need to sell a number of books. Most of it is fairly common; some of the books are scholarly, and I know where I can best sell those.

This leaves me with some books that are a little more unusual, and that I think that I could get more money for if I sold them online than to a used bookstore.

Does anyone have any experience or advice for selling books online? I have no presence on eBay or other sites, and would like to know how that might influence how much I might get for these titles. I'm also trying to figure out if it's worth my while to try and get what these books might be worth, or to just let them go.

Advice? Comments? Offers to buy? :)
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posted by [identity profile] ladystarstruck.livejournal.com at 01:28am on 23/05/2010
I have a list of out-of-print books I keep an eye out for, but I doubt you have them as I couldn't possibly be that lucky. But many other book types keep such lists, and you might be able to connect with them on cataloguing sites such as LibraryThing and make a sale that way.

How sad to have to part with books!
posted by [identity profile] kchew.livejournal.com at 02:40am on 23/05/2010
It is sad. However, I console myself with the knowledge that I still have thousands left (seriously; I'm trying to catalogue them now). Mind you, the act of cataloguing may make it easier for me to part with some of them. It's funny how a library is a reflection of yourself: if you let a section go, you're not just selling the books, you're selling the hopes/dreams/aspirations/image of yourself that went with them, and your hopes of being that person still or in future.

Be that as it may, not all books are created equal, and I haven't read a number of these in twenty years, or at all. So: off they must go.

Send me your list. You never know. :)
posted by [identity profile] wrongradical.livejournal.com at 02:50am on 23/05/2010
Last year I got rid of many books when I needed the bookshelf space. (I may have had this discussion already on one of your LJ pages.) I read them then donated them to the library. I have since gotten two new bookshelves, so the whole read-and-weed project is moot, but I am continuing with it. After I read a few more library books that have been piling up, I will read more of my own which I have had kicking around for some twenty years--and never been read.
posted by [identity profile] wrongradical.livejournal.com at 02:11am on 23/05/2010
My brother sold some of my books [1] on eBay and they went for a killing. He took photos of the books and I did the write-up. Have you tried Abebooks.com? I go there when I want to shop second-hand on-line.

[1] English translations, printed in Tirana, of some of the works by late Albanian President Enver Hoxha
posted by [identity profile] kchew.livejournal.com at 02:44am on 23/05/2010
Cool! I'll think about giving them a try. I have used Abebooks before to find stuff as well; I'll look into it.
posted by [identity profile] radargrrl.livejournal.com at 02:22am on 23/05/2010
Got a list?
posted by [identity profile] kchew.livejournal.com at 02:45am on 23/05/2010
It is long. :)
posted by [identity profile] desayunoencama.livejournal.com at 09:42pm on 23/05/2010
Even so, long lists of books is exactly what most of your friendlist really loves. :-)

(Would love to take a peek, too.)
posted by [identity profile] wrongradical.livejournal.com at 08:34pm on 24/05/2010
Your LJ friends would love to see this list. Please post a link when it is ready.
posted by [identity profile] listeme.livejournal.com at 10:07pm on 23/05/2010
We'd totally love a look at the list, once/if it's ready.
posted by [identity profile] kattale.livejournal.com at 03:25am on 23/05/2010
I would suggest talk to Benj - number10Ox - (find him through my LJ friends list, or I'll give you his email) because he buys a large number of unusual and expensive books online through various obscure rare book dealers.
posted by [identity profile] kattale.livejournal.com at 03:27am on 23/05/2010
Oh, and I imagine the schock paperback fantasy is not what you're selling here - but if you have any of that left stored at your mom's, I would love to look through it and buy some.
posted by [identity profile] kchew.livejournal.com at 12:59pm on 24/05/2010
The list is over 150 books long, I think...including complete sets of Sherri Tepper's True Games series, which are selling for more than I thought they would, and some hardcover, first-edition Andrew Vachss (who is too hard-boiled for me, especially post-kids). Clearly the list is a little long for this format. :)

I'll try to find a way to host a link with the list, and post the link here in the next day or two. :)


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