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Flipping Textbooks From Garage Sales

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  • Date: October 3, 2014 | Author: Jake Owens | Category: How-To's

    You probably look at garage sale hopping as a quick way to part with your cash in exchange for some one else’s used junk. That’s only half the story. What if it were possible to turn around and sell that stuff and not just get that cash back, but earn some more. One of the easiest ways to do this is with books.

    Used books are a staple of any garage sale. Here you are going to find anything from kid’s books, to novels and even college textbooks. Usually haphazardly arranged by type or genre, garage sale books will range in price from a quarter to maybe two dollars. Now here’s the tricks that are going to help you quickly sort through those books and buy only the ones that you can turn around and make a profit from:

    • Put paperback fiction to the side, unless it’s a fairly new book or it is in pristine condition. There are millions of copies of “Carrie” floating around the world, so unless it’s in a penny pile, you are not going to get your money back from paperback fiction.

    • Pile on the textbooks. These can be very valuable to hundreds of thousands of college students across the country. The newer the better of course, as these will have the most value.

    • Any hardcover book is worth looking into. Brand new, these are typically above and beyond $20 making them an ideal investment if they are in great condition.

    Now that you have your pile of maybes, you can use your phone to find out how much they are worth. All you need is the sell textbooks app, and a knack for being discreet. Every book has an identifying number, usually on the lower corner of the back cover. Just plug that code into your phone, and the app will do a scan of used book sellers and shoot you back the books value. If you are able to make a good profit, put that book into your yes pile and move onto the next one.

    The discreet part is as simple as making it look like you are sending text messages to your friends about all the great deals you are finding at the garage sale.

    Once you have sifted through the piles and set aside the profitable books, get ready to haggle. Maybe the books are cheap, but there is no reason why you shouldn’t try to get them for an even lower price. Confuse the seller by just pointing to your pile and spitting out a price.

    Remember, this is their junk, so if they can unload a boxful of books and get enough money for a six-pack they will be happy. At a quarter a pop, you will get 20 books for 5 bucks, but if you confuse the seller you might be able to double that.

    Now all you have to do is share your collection online with Sell Textbooks for Cash to get the best prices on used books. It’s really that simple to turn your 5 dollar bill into a 50 or more.

    Get your phone hooked up with the sell text books app and get ready to spend Saturday haggling. There really is no simpler way to earn quick cash from used books. And who knows, you may even be that lucky guy who finds the thousand dollar treasure in someone’s fifty cent box.