Monday, June 1, 2009

PaperBackSwap

Did you see the new "button" on the righthand side of the blog? I've added a link to a book-lover's dream: PaperBackSwap. Let me explain a little about how this works, just in case you've never heard of it before ...

You list ten books you are willing to give away to other members. (You will be paying the postage.) When you list your first ten books, you get 2 free book credits. Then, for each book that you sell, you will receive one additional book credit. You can then use those book credits to "buy" other books of your choice.

Now, I'm sure you're wondering why on earth you're paying for the postage, right? Well, it's like this: You pay the postage to mail the book you're offering, and then you pay nothing at all for the book you're requesting.

I went through my bookshelves today and I was quite surprised to find that around 15 books from my "discard" pile (from my own bookshelf) were on people's wish lists. I listed my initial ten books and already I've shipped 2 of them and have 7 to be confirmed from other people's wish lists.

This is a great concept, considering the fact that I would usually just donate my discarded books to a local thrift store ... and then buy the books I want at Half.com or Amazon (or another thrift store, if I was fortunate enough to find it there). For less than $2.50 (my cost to mail an average book Media Mail), I can have the exact book I want, softcover OR hardcover. I don't know about you, but that's cheaper than the better thrift stores here!

Now, I'm not promising that they'll have every book you ever wanted, but they do have a nice selection. I'd encourage you to go browse their books and see if you like the selection. This is not meant to be a sales pitch, but if you click through the link on my sidebar and tell them I referred you (username sophia-regina77), I'll get a book credit if you sign up and list ten books. However, you have to sign up through the link for me to get credit.

Seriously though, no pressure. I just wanted to share my exciting find for the day! :) Have any of you had experience with PaperBackSwap? I know a lot of book-lovers, so it wouldn't surprise me!

2 comments:

thefrugalcrafter said...

sophia, a book swap, neat except I almost always just go to the library! The hot glie pearls are little drops of hot glue dusted with pearl ex after the cool a bit, looks like the real thing!
Lindsay

~Cindy~ said...

I joined a couple of weeks ago, and mailed 10 books in a week...that was a bit hard on the pocket book, but I now have credits built up..

 
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