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Subject: Can somone tell me what to sell books for at a garage sale?
Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:07 AM ET
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I'm forced to garage sale my non-swapped books.  Can someone give a recommendation about prices to ask for

MMPs, trade, and hardcover books?

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:29 AM ET
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Don't know if I am just cheap or what, but I will not pay more the .25 for mmpb   and  .50 for trade size or hardcover. 

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:49 AM ET
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I use to base my prices for books on the size and condition.  I generally only  tried to sell books that were in excellent or very good condition.  My prices ranged anywhere from 10 cents for older books up to a dollar for newer hardcover books.  Those prices covered MMP, trade and hardcover books.  I usually had a variety of children and adult books.

I do buy alot of my books at garage sales.  I base what I am willing to pay on how much I want the book and it's condition.  I have no problem paying .50 or more for a paperback or hardcover.  I have even paid a couple of dollars for books that I really wanted.

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Subject: as cheaply as possible
Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:52 AM ET
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that's what they expect

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:55 AM ET
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I sold alot of books last summer, I sold my Hardcovers on Craig's List for $2.00 to $3.00 each. At a friends Garage Sale, I sold my Paperbacks for .50

Good Luck!




Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:55 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:55 AM ET
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Hello KG,

I have two garage sales a year and usually price paperbacks at 75 cents and harbacks at 1.50 unless more than 4 years old.  Then I will price them 50 and 1.00.  If I see that someone is interested in a bunch of books, I will offer a deal.  If your books are erotica, I would price them higher and put them at least at eye level for adults.  (You don't want to offend some parent if a child would pick one up or ask what that was on the front.)    Last year, one lady bought a laundry basket full of books for $25 and I didn't have to bring them back into the house.


I looked at your shelf and didn't see any paperback or hardbacks.  I did order three audiobooks which I love for workout and travel. 

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 3:31 PM ET
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Price them so you can deal. IF you have $.50 on them be willing to do a 3/ $1. Or be willing to come down if they take over 10....  I always asked for a deal even if the price seems reasonable.

They (you) can always say no. I would guess that 9 out of 10 times I get some kind of deal and sometimes I take ones I didn't originally want  because they gave me a good deal and I just pass them

along to my PBS bookshelf. I have a trift shop that sells some for $.16 and $.27 and that is why I don't often go over $.50 for paperbacks unless they are extremely good authors that I know will go immediately on PBS. 


Older hardbacks are hard to get rid of unless they are Cookbooks, Craft books or classics at least for me. Have fun. Garage sales are tiring but fun. 

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 8:43 PM ET
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Id say about 50 cents for paperbacks and 1.00 for Hardcovers.

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 8:44 PM ET
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And i would also agree to be willing to make a deal for people that want to buy several....

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 1:39 PM ET
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I've found it depends upon where you are at for your rummage sale, and who shows up.

When I was growing up (80'-early 90's) we would put books out and sell them for a quarter for a paperback and a dollar for hardback, most of the books were children's books and craft books, our neighborhood was close to the school, and they sold very well.

When we recently sold them at the church rummage sale we sold all the books 2 for a quarter or 12 for a dollar, we had around 500 books of about every shape and subject and age, and only sold a handful.

When my mother had our family rummage sale at her house last summer (she lives in what I think of as the second generation ritzy part of town, you know the area that when I was growing up had the doctors, etc living there but now it is their sons & daughters and you can tell because the lawns aren't as lush etc), that I put some stuff in we sold about half of the books we had out and had them marked 5 for $1, most of these were her romances.

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 1:15 PM ET
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yardsales that I go to ask 25 cents