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First Lesson In Used Book Shopping

Feb 25, 2008
If you like your books to be brand new and crisp, then you could purchase them from sites such as Amazon. However, there are also lots of used book sites which offer books at discounted rates, depending on their condition.

There are also many sites which offer brand new books, but which have not sold very well or they are old editions, at discounted prices. Half, which is a subsidiary of Ebay is one such site which offers new and used books, sometimes at a fraction of the original price.

These used books might have a pen mark somewhere or their cover, or they might be slightly damaged due to rain, or perhaps the pages are simply folded back because someone has read them, but otherwise, in most cases they are perfectly readable. As long as there are no missing pages, there is no problem. Most of these sites have search engines where you can search by title, author or even the subject of the book.

You could compare the prices being offered on different sites to get an idea about the lowest price. Check out if shipping is included in the cost of the book or you might have to shell out extra for it.

You can also get good offers from online book clubs, where books are sometimes offered in a package deal. These sites will ship you different books in a specific period and the payment can also be split up. This package might give you a better discount when compared with the stand alone price of the book.

A search within Google will give you all the sites you need to find used book dealers and book clubs. You can order from one in your country or state so that you can receive prompt delivery after placement of your order. Some of them also have a money return policy if you are not satisfied with the condition of the book.

Many of these sites also buy your used books; so this deal can work both ways for you. There are many brand new books available at a discount because they did not sell well or they lost out because newer versions were launched. Check them out because some of them could actually be good books. You could also buy used textbooks for your children from these sites.

Try out a few used books at a low price to check out whether it is really worth going back to them in the future. Also check out the comments posted on their sites to get a picture of the service and quality available.

So, finding, buying and now even selling inexpensive books online is not difficult at all. You just need a computer and some basic Internet knowledge to start searching for your dream books.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant about books. When shopping for books, we recommend you shop only at the best bookstores for inexpensive used books, inexpensive autographed books, and vedic books.
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