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Quick Tip Thursday: Buy Books Cheap

In todays quick tip I’m going to tell you how I buy books cheap. I love to buy books so it can get pretty expensive. I’ve come to learn a way to get them pretty cheap with the only sacrifice being new. That’s right I buy used books. But in this video I’ll show you a trick I use to buy used books really cheap.

I just wanted to give you a quick tip today about buying books online on the cheap.  First, go to Half.com.  Don’t buy from them, they tend to have very high shipping rates, around $3.  So you will find the books that you want from Half.com.  After you have found the book you want, go to the other sellers and under the different sellers you will see other big companies.  Choose one of the big companies, like Better World Books.  Go to their actual site, find the book and buy from them.  The main reason for doing this is that these companies often have better shipping rates.  For example at Better World Books the shipping is free.  It takes about 11 days but is still free.  Expedited shipping is affordable as well, like 99 cents.  You can’t beat that.  Today’s quick tip: go to half.com, find the companies that are selling the books and order directly from them.  This will help you save some money while buying books online.

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    In todays quick tip I’m going to tell you how I buy books cheap. I love to buy books so it can get pretty expensive. I’ve come to learn a way to get them pretty cheap with the only sacrifice being new. That’s right I buy used books. But in this…..

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  • That’s a pretty good tip since most people don’t really think about shipping rates when they buy things online.

    But it’s hard for me to understand why people buy books at all. Granted, our library back home sucked. Rural libraries are sometimes low quality. But we could buy a membership to the county nextdoor’s library (which is actually the county I live in now) for $25 a year! Even if that library doesn’t have what I want, they have ALWAYS been able to get it for me through inter-library loan.

    I guess I’ve just never understood why people buy books when you can borrow them numerous times from the library.

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    • There’s a couple of reasons why I buy them. It’s rather inexpensive. I can read at my leisure without having to worry about rechecking out the book (I believe that’s called laziness). I can keep them around if I really like them and want to refer back to them in the future. Plus if I didn’t buy them what would I giveaway to my wonderful readers? :) But that is a good point; It would save me some money over time. I’m just going to chaulk it up to laziness of actually going to the library vs ordering online.

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  • My comment goes to the anti-clutter movement.
    The library does create a pressure, 2-3 weeks to read and return. On the other hand, when I was younger, I started to accumulate books faster than I’d ever be able to read them, and I’m now in cleanup mode. I find that there are few titles that I want keep, an autographed “The Black Swan” among them, but for the most part, my efforts are on determining the best path to lighten my load.
    As I work on finishing my basement, my first rule for myself is no boxed books. Whatever doesn’t fit on shelves is the first to go.

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  • Yard sales and charity shops are amazing destinations for cheap books too! There’s something lovely about owning a book that someone else has enjoyed before you.

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