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Subject: Moving out of the country, am I allowed to sell my bookshelf items for cash
Date Posted: 9/23/2009 4:56 PM ET
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I am moving out of the country and am faced with the need to get rid of all of my books.  Am I allowed to make a post advertising my shelf for sale?  My shelf is currently on vacation hold until I sort this out.

Thank you,


Date Posted: 9/23/2009 5:00 PM ET
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Not here on PBS. Sorry.

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 5:02 PM ET
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Thank you for the quick answer, Sara!

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 5:07 PM ET
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You could offer deals in the book bazaar and then sell your credits to other members.

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 6:08 PM ET
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Do you have time to run a deal and then spend the credits? Or you could run a deal, sell the credits.  Just don't put the money into your PBS account.  Have someone pay you with an Amazon gift certificate or through Paypal.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 2:07 AM ET
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Good luck on the book liquidation Sarah, and best wishes in your new home :)

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 7:14 AM ET
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I think you'll probably be better off it you try to dispose of your books locally, with a yard sale or something similar.  (Don't know what your current situation is.)  If you have a lot of books in a particular genre, you might try putting an ad on craigslist and offering the complete collection for $xx.  Otherwise, you could donate them to a library or thrift store.  With the work required sending out books, and the low cost of credits, IMO it's not worth it to try to get rid of them at PBS.

Unless you have some really special books that are in high demand, I doubt you'll get very much money for them.  In my area, used books tend to go for about 50 cents paperback/ 1 dollar hardbacks if the seller is an individual looking to unload the books quickly.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 11:26 AM ET
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I don't know how many books you are talking about here, but if it isn't too many I recommend doing a little research to see what the books are going for on some book selling sites before you yard sale them all. It couldn't hurt, and since you already have all of the ISBNs listed because you have posted them on here, it should just be a matter of copying and pasting. Once you've made sure to weed out any books that are worth selling online, then you could yard sale the rest, and donate anything that doesn't sell.

This is assuming you have a bit of time before the move though. If that is not the case then I would just yard sale and donate.

Feel free to PM me if you want some additional suggestions about selling online. I'm not a huge seller, but I've been buying and selling my textbooks online for a few years now, so I have a pretty good idea of how it works on a couple sites.

Good luck with the move!

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 7:07 PM ET
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Thank you all so much for your thoughtful and wonderful ideas!  We are not moving until the end of November, so I do have some time to pursue other avenues.