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Subject: Posting Textbooks
Date Posted: 8/25/2009 8:50 PM ET
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I was thinking of posting some older back issues of text books but I really dont want them to just sit aroun my house for forever do textbooks move?

 

Date Posted: 8/25/2009 9:07 PM ET
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I can't speak for every genre, but I know the weather/meterological text books do..... cause I request them all! :)

Date Posted: 8/25/2009 9:23 PM ET
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It depends on the subject and age of the books. I had some from medical school which were wish listed, and were gladly taken even though they had highlighting/underlining. I have some other textbooks (math/science) which have been sitting on my shelf. Keep in mind that since textbooks are heavier, shipping them may be more than the cost of a credit. But it's nice to match someone up with a book (s)he needs.

 

Date Posted: 8/25/2009 9:59 PM ET
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Don't you think that has to be part of the problem - even if you have the most current version of the textbook, the cost of shipping can be more than the cost of a new credit.

And, with each version, do they change the ISBN or do they re-use the  same ISBN?

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 1:05 AM ET
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New editions get new ISBNs. That's the main way instructors make sure their students are ordering/buying the correct version of the textbook. :)

I've posted older edition history textbooks here before. They didn't really move. Regardless of the shipping cost, I would have sent them if someone had wanted them--they'll do someone more good than having them sit here on my shelf, lonely and unwanted. LOL



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Date Posted: 8/26/2009 2:26 AM ET
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Posted a few when DD was finished with them, moved immediately.  Probably depends on the subject and age?  There are special guidelines for posting textbooks, you will want to be familiar with them before you post.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 8:41 AM ET
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Jennifer,

You can also check on Amazon to see the book's sales rank (how well it sells). Search for the book by ISBN. Click on the book, on the first page about half way down, under Details, find Sales Rank #. The lower the number the more popular the book. Something like 10,000 or less would be fairly popular, but anything over 1,000,000 will be slow to move. This is not an exact science but will give you some idea.

Blessings,
Christina

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 9:18 AM ET
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I posted a lot of text books, but they were mostly high school (home school) books and they went fast. I still have a lot of brand new work books, but they don't seem to be moving like I thought they would.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 10:18 AM ET
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I post textbooks occassionally.  Some were my husband's my brother's and mine from college, and some were my brother-in-law's from high school (private school, had to buy his own), so between all of us, I covered a wide range of subjects.  Most of the ones I posted tend to move, including an old computer textbook about some outdated software, turns out the person who ordered it needed it for work because they used that older program, who knew! :-)  I know it costs more to shiip the textbooks, but I also remember what it was like to be that college student paying an arm and a leg for textbooks.  I was always happy to get a book without having to pay alot, so I feel the need to pass that on.  My brother-in-law starts college next week and he bought his books through the bookstore because he wanted to make sure he had the correct ones, the dollar amount made me cringe.  Poor college kids!  I told him to give me the names next time and I'd check them here first! :-P

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 11:05 AM ET
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I always post them and see. Some get ordered right away. And since many of the books I order are heavy, I don't mind paying the shipping cost!

 
Date Posted: 8/26/2009 11:28 AM ET
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It's already been mentioned a couple times, but needs repeating. The shipping costs will hurt.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 11:33 AM ET
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thanks everyone shipping costs doesnt bother me too much because I always assume it is the nature of the beast i rather someone use it then anything I'll guess I'll try. I sold the ones that are worth money because I am broke hopefully someone will want the other ones else it is off to freecycle they go

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 2:56 PM ET
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Ditto Brenna, textbooks may cost more to ship, but I view it as a way to help out college students with expensive textbooks.  It's awful what they cost, students are usually on a very tight budget, and the bookstore offers very little for the 'buyback' program.

Denise/Gordonsetter - have you tried posting your workbooks in the Homeschool forum?  I've had excellent success there :-)

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 4:44 PM ET
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It's such a gift to be able to get textbooks here. It really helps with college costs. We repost them here for someone else when we're finished. 

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 8:57 PM ET
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The textbooks I've posted are are all 15 or more years old.  Quite a few  have been requested, some not.  But the MM postage is still less than the $8 price of regular new PB books, or the $13+ of trade size.  So I get 1 credit for a slightly higher cost.  I think it comes out in the wash, especially if some of the credits I've earned are low cost ones for sending out more than one PB that someone's ordered from me.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 11:09 PM ET
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okay well i haveposted the text books so if anyone is dying to learn some stats or educational psych or economics or chemistry feel free to snatch them up lol

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 12:55 PM ET
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Sorry if this is duplicate, I didn't read thru the thread.  I posted some old textbooks from paramedic training, quite a while back, and they got snapped up in a hurry, but the bigger ones (A & P, etc) were not worth the shipping costs.  Those I put on another site, where I set up a sellers account and could set my own price.  Just got home from the PO where I mailed out a large textbook.  Good luck.

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 9:05 AM ET
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I'm a homeschool mom working on relearning some things ahead of my son and have ordered many high school/college  textbooks from here. One thing to keep in mind is if there is ANY highlighting or underlining in the book you are supposed to PM the requestor beforehand and make sure they approve it before shipping.

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 11:17 AM ET
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Denise/Gordonsetter - have you tried posting your workbooks in the Homeschool forum?  I've had excellent success there :-)

 

I have in the past and moved a few that way, but it's probably worth doing again - esp. this time of year.  thanks for the reminder.