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Subject: Ever Sold Home School books to Half Price Books?
Date Posted: 3/8/2011 1:51 PM ET
Member Since: 1/24/2008
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I've tried selling books on homeschool classifieds, but nothing has ever come of it.  Has anyone ever sold any Saxon, ACE or handwriting books to Half Prices Books and if so do they give you a decent price for them?  I'm trying to figure out a way to so I have money to go towards other school things, and normally we don't go to HPB since it's over a hour away, but we'll be in the area in the next week and wondered if it was a good idea or not.  Our local book store that I have sold things to closed :-(

Subject: Half-Price Books
Date Posted: 3/8/2011 3:04 PM ET
Member Since: 7/21/2009
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I tried to sell a big stack of  Lifepacs, Abeka, and misc. one time. I wouldn't go for what they wanted to give me. I decided to try to sell them at my yard sale, homeschool group, or just donate them instead. I guess I felt insulted. Good Luck!

Date Posted: 3/8/2011 8:51 PM ET
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My experience with HPB has been pretty disappointing.  No matter how big a box I bring, I usually get offered anywhere from $5-$20.  Then, I go a couple of weeks later and see everything I sold to them on the clearance shelf or it's on the regular shelves for $10 apiece.  I know it's a business, but like Shannon said:  I feel insulted.

In most cases, I regret selling it to them.  I would have been happier to GIVE it away for free to local homeschoolers or to the public library sale.

Good luck if you decide to go that route.  Maybe your branch is more generous.



Date Posted: 3/8/2011 9:05 PM ET
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I've had some luck with homeschoolclassifieds (it just depends on how in demand your item is) but another really busy site is vegsource.com

-they have a huge homeschool section


I also have sold many homeschool books on half.com and amazon

also try your local craigslist - that way you don't have to pay shipping



Date Posted: 3/9/2011 10:42 AM ET
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Our local HS group has a Yahoo Group just for swapping HS (and family) items.  I would see if there's anything like that around you, or an annual swap sale (we hold two of them).  There are a lot of HS swap Yahoo Groups - but I just got burned on one.  At least with HSC there's the feedback area.  I always ask people to give me feedback and I do the same.  I have over 30 ratings on myself which makes me a more credible seller/buyer.

I have great luck on HSC.  I've never tried HPB because I could see just at a quick glance that it wouldn't be worth it.

Do you make sure on HSC to refresh your items each month?  If you do, those who check the "posted in the past ___ days" feature will see them more often.  Also, before posting, I see what others have the same thing priced at (and the condition) and undercut them a bit - if it's something really popular - like Abeka, BJUP, etc.  I also list my for sale link when I post to my online groups.