Press & Media » KDKA 2/Pittsburgh


Websites Allow Consumers To Trade Books, DVDs, CDs

KDKA 2/Pittsburgh (TV) - 4/21/2009 by Yvonne Zanos
If you want to add books, CD's or DVD's to your collection, you don't have to buy at the bookstore or purchase expensive downloads from the web.

There's a new way to find your favorite authors, musicians and movies and only spend a few dollars.

You could say Sara Schruhl is addicted to books. She has more than 1,000 titles in her apartment.

"I've been trying to curtail the spending. With this opportunity it has saved me money," she says.

Schruhl is talking about PaperbackSwap.com. It's a less expensive way to feed her reading addiction.

PaperbackSwap.com allows you to exchange books you're looking to get rid of and receive titles you'd like to have instead.

"You simply go online, select a book that you want to receive. Someone mails it to you from somewhere in the U.S. and you get another book in return for everyone you mail out," Richard Pickering, from PaperbackSwap.com said.

All it costs is the price of postage, which is about $2 using special Postal Service rates. The site will print out a mailing label for you.

"It actually has the postage calculated on it, the address of where it's being mailed to, your return address so you don't have to do anything."

There are more than three million titles available on the site. You can search by author, title and keyword.

"You can go on and also put on a wish list so when it does come on they'll alert you that it's available," Pickering said.

The same company also runs SwapACD.com and SwapADVD.com for those who want to exchange music and movies.

The same process applies.

"You can get a CD that's new to you that you haven't had before for around $1.50. So instead of downloading one song for a dollar, you can download the whole CD for $1.50."

Sara Schruhl says she's saved about $500 this year swapping instead of buying new.

"It's very simple and there's a whole tutorial at the very beginning which will walk you through everything. There's no gotcha's, no gimmicks, no kidding," she said.