To sell your books, just go to the Powell’s site to the “Sell us your books” section, and type in the ISBN numbers for all the books you want to sell. Powell’s gives you instant feedback on which books they are accepting at that time, and they make you an offer for how much store credit they will give you for your books. If you accept the offer, they provide a prepaid media mail shipping label. You just box up your books, drop them off at the post office, and Powell’s will give you store credit for your books once they’ve received them and inspected them. You need to have a Powell’s account to receive the store credit, of course.
I love this method, because it just never made sense to me to try to sell my books on ebay for $1 or $2 a pop, but I knew my books had some value and I needed to pare down the number of books in my house.
Powell’s made it easy — I sold my books in one batch instead of piece-meal, and the free shipping was great! Plus, selling books to Powell’s supports this amazing independent bookseller, and helps the environment by putting used books back onto the store shelves instead of newly printed ones.
I am much happier — my closets are less cluttered, and I have about $50 in Powell’s virtual credit, which I can use on their site to buy gifts and books that I will actually read.
This is a terrific suggestion, Allison! Thank you for sharing it with us, and I’m glad to read that you’ve reduced the book clutter in your home. And, it should go without saying but we just wanted you to know, Allison is not an employee of Powell’s, just a loyal fan.