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Subject: Question about large heavy books
Date Posted: 6/29/2008 10:19 PM ET
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I just signed up here and have been reading all the info. One thing I haven't seen addressed is heavy books. I have some technical reference books I may want to list in the future and some have 1000+ pages and weigh several pounds each. With the extra packaging and expense to ship, would I still only get one credit in return? If so, I guess it would not be wise to list them here and maybe try eBay for those.




Date Posted: 6/29/2008 10:21 PM ET
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Yep.  1 book = 1 credit, no matter the size.

Date Posted: 6/29/2008 10:24 PM ET
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Yes, ALL books get you one credit, audio books two.  I have sent several heavy books just to get them out of my house.  I have no patience with selling them elsewhere.  The extra expense really is not that much IMO.  But, if they are worth anything, Ebay may be the way to go.

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 1:54 AM ET
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I'd suggest half.com if they are findable in the database there.  For single books it's been better than eBay for me, and no listing fee (and a lot less time taken listing).

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 2:15 AM ET
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Or sell them at Amazon.  I found that things sold quicker at Amazon than at Half.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 7/1/2008 7:42 AM ET
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Yes, only one credit each.  What you might want to do is list them in the Book Bazaar and see if anyone might want all of them, and then you could package them and ship them together, which would save on shipping.  What genre are they?

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 12:29 PM ET
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If you can get someone to take 2 off of your hands it would be around $4 to mail which is about $2 per book.  I sent out 2 heavy computer books and the cost was around $4 which wasn't bad for media mail...don't even want to think about how much it would have cost going first class!

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 12:55 PM ET
Member Since: 6/27/2008
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Thanks to everyone for the comments and information.

What a nice and helpful forum this is. I think I'm going to like it here!!

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 1:37 PM ET
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Welcome, Bruce!

Last summer I sent a reference book that was over 1000 pages (just over 3 lbs with packaging) via media mail rate, and it was about a dollar more than my usual books - the extra postage really isn't a big deal!


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Date Posted: 7/2/2008 3:08 AM ET
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Some books are heavier binding or paper or something, though... might want to just take it to the post office and ask them to weigh/estimate the postage so you know!  :)  I mailed out one book that was about $5 (media mail), it was so heavy.  Also, if there is any writing or highlighting in them whatsoever I'd advise just selling them somewhere.  Tech Reference books would probably qualify as text/school type books, which ARE permitted by site rules with writing in them, but you have to PM first and wait for reply and go back and forth... and IMHO it's just not worth the extra hassle, nor the risk of losing your credit over an expensive book.  The beauty of this site is its simplicity--run with that!  :)