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Subject: pickup only books lots I found -- read!!
Date Posted: 8/28/2009 4:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/6/2006
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Hey everyone.  I was looking on eBay for lots of books, and I found several "pickup only" lots that are going to go for SO CHEAP, that I am sitting here going, gee - I wish I knew someone in ***  lol well, then I thought of all you guys, my fellow PBS book lovers, and figured SOMEONE out there lives near these people - so take a look at these auctions on eBay if you live near their location and are looking to expand your collection... of course you could always list the ones you don't want ;)

I want to say right up that I am NOT the seller of these books, and I don't know anything about them other than what is listed on ebay... just trying to help out a fellow swapper.

To find these, simply go to eBay.com, and put the Item# I have listed below into the search - that should bring up the auction.  You will need an eBay account in order to bid on them of course.  There is also a button to "Ask seller a question" to get you in contact with the people selling the books.

Location: El Dorado Hills, California
Item: 514 misc books
Time Left: 6 days
Current Bid: $.99
eBay Item#: 140341845089

Location: glendale ca
Item: over 200 new childrens/educational books
Time Left: 2 days
Current Bid: $.01
ebay Item #: 290343452521

Location: Chelsea, Michigan
Item: 90+ BOXES of books
Time Left: 9 HOURS
Current Bid: $1.25
eBay Item #: 330355157698

Location: Vidor, Texas
Item: 500 hardcovers
Time Left: 6 days
Current Bid: $5.99
eBay Item#: 300342523072

Location: Gloversville, NY
Item: 412 vintage/antique hardcovers
Time Left: 5 days
Current Bid: $59.99
eBay Item #390087530241
(this one actually is close enough for me to get to - but unfortunatly I dont have $60 to spend on books right now lol)

Location: Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Item: 900+ Harlequin and the like romance...
Time Left: 3 days
Current Bid: $.99
eBay Item #: 370250052067
This one lists shipping as media mail for about $150, but my guess is they would let someone local pick-up for free, would have to ask them... (Thats a lot of harlequin lol)

Locatiion: Independence, MO
Item: over 2200 books (38 boxes) misc
Time Left: 24 hours
Current Bid: $20.50 w/ Reserve Not Met (meaning you don't get them unless you reach their secret price...no way of knowing what that is)
eBat Item#: 280389119091

Location: Florida (lists free media mail shipping...)
Item: 500+ New childrens books/many multiples
Price: $299 Buy It Now (no auction) or Make Offer option
eBay Item #: 260415296511
I'd ask them explicitly about shipping before bidding, it says free media mail, but I think they "may" have meant free pickup only.


Thats all I have for now - I hope someone gets something out of this!!!  Let me know if you do :)


Date Posted: 8/28/2009 7:29 PM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
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Wow Stacie, I found one an hour and a half from my home but the price is already over 100.00. Still, those are some great deals!

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 10:31 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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Huh. I never thought of listing books on eBay as "pickup only".  It looks like it works to at least some degree. I'm kinda near multiple larger towns. Hmm.

I have my usual once a year van-load (that's extended van, no back seats) of books in my garage to do something with. I simply haven't the time to list them all here & pack them up, let alone pay for the shipping to send them out one by one here.  It's always a struggle to get them all new homes before the next spring.

I'd written eBay off b/c the shipping costs were so high & the PayPal fees on the shipping ate away what thin profits I made.  Without the shipping cost, though......


Date Posted: 9/10/2009 5:50 PM ET
Member Since: 8/6/2006
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I think it would only work on eBay if you start it at a reasonable price... many people who start at a low price (Which is good strategy for regular ship-auctions) have pick-up only items go for VERY low, since you need multiple people interested in an auction in order to get the price up... if you set the starting price at what you are hoping to get for the group, you will be likely to get an interested bidder from one of your local "cities" who would be willing to pick them up at a reasonable price and save the shipping. Good luck if you try to go that way!