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Subject: Could you imagine?
Date Posted: 3/11/2008 1:47 PM ET
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I bought a copy of The Windflower a couple of weeks ago for 12 bucks.  It's currently selling on Amazon for $24.  Funny thing is the copy I received has a sticker on it from a yard sale or UBS that says 75 cents.  Could you imagine being the lucky dog that picked that one up off the dusty lawn of a yard sale  for 75 cents?!

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 1:49 PM ET
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I haven't yard saled in years but I hear about deals like that from time to time. Hmm maybe I'll have to take it up again. :)

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 1:53 PM ET
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I found a copy at the thrift store near me for 10 cents.  Just about blew me away.  I was looking through the paperback shelf, and there it was...  Paperbacks are usually 30 cents there too, but were on sale that day..:P  Mine is an old and well read one though.  It has a couple of cleaved spots toward the back and the cover is a little beaten up.  I need to get it back out & see if I can repair & spruce it up a bit.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 1:54 PM ET
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It's almost like Antiques Roadshow where somebody buys a $75 item at a gararge sale & finds out it's worth $10,000!

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 1:57 PM ET
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Kim -- that's shocking!!

I was shocked to find out that I have a Maggie Osborne that's worth about 18 bucks.  Trouble is, I love it too much to sell it.  Maybe I'll put a cap on it of about 100 bucks and then I'll let it go......no less!!!

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 2:18 PM ET
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I buy trade-size paperbacks at my UBS and resell them on ebay all the time.  Right now I have one up to $12 and 5 days left on the auction; I got it as a free-be for spending $50 - something I do way to often.  I've thought about trying to compile a list of books/authors and hitting the local friends of the library sale and other places, but haven't really done so yet.  Maybe I should. 

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 3:05 PM ET
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I love finding deal on books at thrift stores. I is like a treasure hunt to find a new release for 25 cents. I try to stop in on pay day while I am out paying bills. Plus most thrift store support a good cause in the area.

 

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 4:02 PM ET
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I've made some potentially profitable finds, if I ever decide to start selling.  I had originally planned to back before I joined PBS, and had picked up a lot of things on the cheap that tend to go for over $10 on ebay and Amazon.  I never quite got started with it though, which is why I have just under 1000 books stashed in my house, and only about 125 of them currently listed on my PBS shelf.:P  Plus I had to come up with storage and inventory systems to keep track of what I get from where.  PBS stuff, unless it's a keeper, has to go back into PBS, and the rest, I either put back to sell one of these days, or if it's just meat & potatoes stuff, I post it here.  What I had initially wanted to do was offer collectibles at lower prices.  That's why I started with the library sales, and learning techniques for reconditioning paperbacks.  You can find old books that are worth a little money at the library sales & thrift stores, and put them back into circulation - as it were.  But some of them often need a little help first. 

Some of my other great finds:  Viscount Vagabond and The Devil's Delilah (Signet Regency Romance) and The Sandalwood Princess and Knaves' Wager (Signet Regency Romance) by Loretta Chase.  Got both of these at a library sale for 50 cents each, and they're going on Amazon for about $10 each.  I have 2 copies each of The Wind and the Sea, China Rose, and Bound by the Heart by Marsha Canham.  I was looking for replacement copies for some of my worn out MC keepers, and I had these three already in good shape, but I got a complete collection of her books on ebay for a total of $16 - about $1 each.  Those 3 usually go for about $20 for The Wind & the Sea, and $10 each for the other two.  I also have some collectible Mary Balogh, Jo Beverley, Shana Abe, and some others I can't think of atm, and I paid an average of about 50 cents each for them.  I try to go armed with my lists whenever I know I'm going to be near thrift stores, etc.



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Date Posted: 3/11/2008 4:32 PM ET
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I found Winter Garden and Stolen Charms by Adele Ashworth for a dollar each at the UBS.  They look like they have never been read.  I also found Longing by Mary Balogh for a dollar.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 5:06 PM ET
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Is it difficult to sell on Ebay?  I wouldn't mind selling some of my books in Lots since I have almost full collections of several authors.

I just received a wish list book in both paperback and hardback and it turns out they are both averaging $25-80 on used books websites.  I had no idea when I got them, I just wanted them for my collection.  They are both in excellent condition too.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 5:53 PM ET
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I think eBay is pretty easy, once you get things figured out.  I've posted individual books as well as small lots.  eBay has a feature where you plug in the ISBN and the book's publisher, date, and other descriptions are automatically added to the listing.  I then add in the back blurb (which I get from my Byron or fictiondb.com).  I offer shipping discounts for multiple purchases.  eBay keeps track of getting paid (if it is paid for via paypal), helps you print shipping labels through paypal, etc.  I can clear a couple hundred bucks (depending on the books I'm selling) with 3-6 hours worth of work.  Not enough to live off, but enough to buy PBS credits and ebooks to keep my TBR pile well stocked. 

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 7:11 PM ET
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I scooped up a box lot of books on Ebay last fall for like $10.  I pulled out one book (Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie) and resold that for $20.  Since I already have a copy (bought it new at the bookstore at the time it came out) it was a good deal for me.  A bunch of free books and a little money to boot!

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 7:27 PM ET
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I found Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas, mint with dust jacket at the recycling center for $1. I posted it here though.  I don't know what it was new but it had a good size WL.  I've thought about selling some of my books on ebay but PBS is more fun.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 7:28 PM ET
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Recently I bought the entire 6 book (to date) set of Outlander PLUS the Companion on Ebay  - IN HARDBACK NO LESS for $24 then I turned around and sold the Companion for $18. LOL  Sometimes if you look hard enough you can find great deals.

Sherri

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 7:33 PM ET
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i am grateful to all of you who post those hard to find books here on PBS!  I've posted a few books (not so many that were wish-listed in the romance genre) that had long wishlists and it just tickles me to be able to send a book to someone knowing they are going to want to read it and have waited for it.