I’m one of those people who prefers reading to watching television. I have a very extensive book library on a variety of topics and am constantly adding more titles to the collection every week. Luckily I know how to bargain shop when it comes to purchasing books. Here are some of my tips:
Shop at used books stores- If you go to a used book store you will see that buying used can be just as good as buying new. Most used book stores only accept books that are in good condition, so you can be sure that you will get your money’s worth. Depending on the title and popularity of the book you buy, you can probably spend less than half of what you would spend on the same book, in new condition at a store like Barnes and Nobles. Even though used book stores may not have some newer titles available right away, you will still find a big variety of great books at decent prices.
Go to garage or yard sales- Every garage or yard sale that I have been to has had books for sale. The great thing about buying books at garage sales is that the people selling them are usually so desperate to unload them, they will sell them for very low, reasonable prices. I’ve never paid more than a quarter for a book at a garage sale and I’ve also never walked away with a book that wasn’t worth buying.
Join a book club- Book clubs can be a great place to find books at decent prices. Right now I am a member of The Mystery Guild Book Club and the Stephen King Library, and they both have awesome selections to choose from at very reasonable prices. When you join one of these clubs, you usually get about five or six starter books to begin with for one very low price. You then need to buy a certain amount of books within a certain period of time at regular club prices. This, to me, is a bargain because not only do you get your introductory books for virtually nothing, but the regular club prices for the books that you are under contract to purchase are considerably lower than the prices of the same books in stores. To explain further, say you join a club and you get five books for twenty cents a piece, plus five dollars shipping. You then are obligated to buy four more books within two years at a regular club price of fifteen dollars a piece. When you’ve fulfilled your purchase commitment, you’ve walked away with nine books for a grand total of sixty-five dollars over a two year period. Now compare that sixty-five dollars with what you would pay at Borders for the same nine books over the same period of time. Chances are you’ve saved yourself a considerable amount of money.
Go to thrift stores- Lot’s of people donate their books to the Salvation Army or other second-hand stores when they no longer have a need for them. Again, like used book stores, second-hand stores will not take books unless they are in decent condition, so you won’t be buying garbage. Thrift stores also put very low stickers on their books, which means you will definitely find a bargain when shopping second-hand.
Shop eBay or Amazon.com- eBay and Amazon.com aren’t just great for shopping movies, they’re great for shopping books too. Amazon has very reasonable and competitive prices on their books and just about any title, new or used, that you could want. This is where I went for my new Harry Potter book, and even with shipping and handling added into the price of the book, I managed to spend three dollars less than what I would have spent in a store. EBay is probably just as good, if not better, for purchasing books. If you’re searching for a specific title and it’s not necessarily a popular or well-known book, chances are you can make a very low bid on it and it will be yours. This means that you can bid five dollars on a book that nobody else is interested in and actually get it for that low price. As a precaution, be sure to do research into the reputation of the seller that you are planning on buying from. You don’t want to end up paying money to someone, no matter how little the amount, and wind up not getting what you expected in return.
These are just a few of the many ways to bargain shop for books. As long as you shop around and compare prices, you can find a bargain to be had just about anywhere