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Subject: What about somewhat valuable books?
Date Posted: 6/22/2009 2:19 PM ET
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I have a book that's priced at $35 new and $75 used (don't ask me why) on amazon. I paid for it about $24 on ebay. I'd love to share it as it has about 5 wishes, but I am affraid that it will be removed from paperbackswap pool because of high resale value. It is in used like new condition.

On the other hand I could get at least some of my expenses back if I sell it myself. Any thoughts?

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 2:22 PM ET
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It's totally your call.  The thing is, the moment you send a book to someone, it's completely out of your control and they are within their rights to do what they like with it.  But, I'm sure if you posted it, you would completely make someone's day.  :~)

Out of curiosity, what book is it?

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 2:24 PM ET
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You could always sell it and then use the money to buy less expensive wishlisted books to post here.  :) 

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 2:38 PM ET
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I personally would sell it and then use that money to buy other WL that you would read first and then post on here.

Its not like its a small difference in price either, and is a fair share of postage money too.

And yes more then likely the next person would know the value of the book and sell it after use to get more books.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 3:15 PM ET
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It's entirely your call Sergei.  I've swapped some very expensive books on here in the past, and I've gotten some in return, so on a whole I feel it eventually balances out for me.  Most of the expensive books I trade are reference volumes, and the ones coming in go to my "keeper" shelf and don't get swapped again.  I don't see that as a problem, and very few of the members I've met here in the forums are concerned about books being removed from PBS circulation.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 3:36 PM ET
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I recently posted 5 Hardcovers I'd paid full value for, thinking I'd keep the series/set...and I did have a twinge of unease thinking - "that's $100 going out in the mail." BUT all were heavily WL'd (Harry Dresden file books by Jim Butcher, including the newest releases) so I figured that balanced out the equation for me.  If you need good internet karma or are feeling charitable, post it and make someone's day/week/month! 

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Date Posted: 6/22/2009 3:44 PM ET
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I think I might see if I could sell it with no trouble.  Just because someone wants $100 on Amazon doesn't mean they're going to get $100 for the book.  I think I'd check a couple other places like Half.com to see what a good going rate for the book is.

I recently saw a used book on Amazon for $87.50 (mmpb) and someone else had a copy for $3.99 on Half.com - want to take a quick guess on which I bought?

ETA:  I received my $3.99 book today and I could be wrong but I think it's a new book - no crease in the spine of a mmpb.

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Date Posted: 6/22/2009 4:01 PM ET
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I recently saw a book that I'm published in (an anthology) on sale on Amazon for $75.  It's still in print and available for the regular price.  I told my publisher about it and he was as baffled as I was.  I can't imagine anyone buying it, or what the seller is thinking.  Just because you are asking for a certain price on Amazon or elsewhere, doesn't mean you will get it.

The resale value of books, in general, is very small regardless of the cover price, so you're not really taking much of a hit usually when posting here.  There are, of course, exceptions.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 4:06 PM ET
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Sergie, I've sent and received books through PBS like you discribe.  Once it's traded, it's fate will be decided by the next owner.  If circulation is important to you, you may wish to donate it to a library or share it in a bookring situation.

So you can trade it here and make someones day, or sell it elsewhere and invest in more books  :-)

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 4:08 PM ET
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It goes for $87.16 on half.com while its list price is just $9.9. I think temptation will be too great for people.

I will try selling it below amzon new book price of $35. I feel very sorry, but I think it is for the best. I think it is the best way to bring the overall book price down.

And if it does not sell, I will just post it here :)

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 4:09 PM ET
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what is  bookring situation?

I am really new to this staff.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 6:02 PM ET
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Personally, I'd sell it and use the money to pay for postage for swapped books!

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 6:03 PM ET
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I use my Wish List sort of as a reminder of books I want, even if I don't expect them to be posted here.  So I've got things like The Complete Far Side and The Complete Calvin and Hobbes on my WL, just sitting there until I eventually buy them.  But if one day I logged on and found out one of them had been offered, I'd be thrilled.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 6:05 PM ET
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A book still in print will occassionally go for a lot more than the sticker price if it is a first print first edition.  I know a lot of people have spent a bunch of money getting first print harry potters believing one day they will be worth even more than that. 

Maybe your book is something people think will be a collectable.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 6:33 PM ET
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If you can get the price of the book that is listed on other places that money will buy a lot of books off your wishlist that you can the repost after you are finished with them.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 7:04 PM ET
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I usually post all the books I want to get rid of. I have some valuable books on my wish list. I figure if I want to get those, I should be returning the favor and posting my valuable books.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 8:01 PM ET
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I have two of the Harry Potter Deluxe Editions, sealed in the factory plastic never opened, and even though heavily WL here, would never dream of posting.

When I list a book I have already made the decision to release it out into the world.   This means at best I hope a book sent goes to someone who will take care of if.

I also understand that I have no control over it once placed in the postal system.  It could become a football, a brick, or very well cared for.  I can only hope for the best.

Typically, there is no market for used books in this area.  Selling online could be a choice, like eBay, but then there is the listing fee, will you get what you want from it, shipping, hoping whoever gets the book does not leave negative feedback because it didn't meet something they were expecting (remember eBay does not specify book conditions like PBS does, ie. condition, water damage, etc).

Hopefully, it will sell for you at what you want, if that is your choice.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 7:38 PM ET
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I was so excited when I got one of those big beautiful expensive hard cover books that I buddied the sender an extra credit.