Selling Used Books to Powells.com

Selling Books to Powells

Powells.com is a used book store in the Oregon area that will actually buy your used books directly from you - so it is not like e-bay or Amazon where you have to wait around to sell to a buyer and ship. Powells lets you know right away if they are going to be a book or not. You input all the ISBN codes off the back of your books of every book you are interested in selling. I do a stack of books at a time because it takes time to type in all the ISBN codes. You might have to take a sheet of paper and just write them down so you don't have to carry the books from place to place. The good thing about Powells is that they deal in used books so they buy used books. The bad thing is that they are really picky. They only take books in very good condition - no highlighting, no underlining, no broken spines, and no torn pages. However, if you have a very rare book, they will take it in lesser condition because they really want the book.

My Experience With Powells

My experience with Powells.com has been worth it. I have sold several books and never gotten screwed over by them on the price I have been quoted. I have only sold them books in good condition. They don't offer a quote for every book. They buy what they need. For example, if they have a lot of one book in stock at the time than they might not be looking to buy your copy. However, you can check back later to see if they will buy the book. The important thing is to be honest about the condition of your books. They really will not pay you for books in bad condition or with highlights. They won't even pay for books that have what they condition to be a broken spine. When you accept their quotes, you print out the shipping label and ship your books. The only problem is getting an empty box and shipping by the deadline. They usually give you a deadline of a week to postmark your package.

Choose Store Credit If you are a Reader

I would suggest that if you love to read and buy books often that you should choose the store credit option over paypal.  Store credit offers you a few dollars more than paypal and you can use that money to buy more books and keep a cycle going of buying books and selling them back.  Also, you could use your store credit to buy gifts for family and friends so that you can give gifts without spending any money out of your pocket.  

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pinkydoo 5 years ago from New York

This is very interesting. I thought the only place I could sell used books was at a garage sale! Thanks for the advice!


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for commenting.


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Amber Colleen 5 years ago

I love Powell's. Both for their prices and the fact that they buy and sell used books! :)


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks Amber!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

This sounds like a neat idea. I hope I have one of these book stores near me. I gone to used book stores before where they take your books for an amount that they put on credit in the store. When you come back and want to buy another book, half of the cost of the book you buy can be paid with some of your credit. Its not the best deal in town but I also liked the idea of supporting a local used book store while getting something back for my books.


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

oceansnsunsets, I think your idea about supporting your local bookstore.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Always love to hear about used bookstores. Will look into Powells


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Powells is a pretty good site to buy some books.

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