How and Where to Sell Your Used Books?

Have a pile of used books taking up space on your shelves? Looking to make some extra cash? In this post, we’ll tell you how and where to sell your used books for the most money. Keep reading to learn more!


Decluttr is an app that will buy your used books (as well as CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games) outright. All you need to do is enter the barcodes of the items you want to sell, and declutter will give you an instant offer. Once you’ve accepted the offer, they’ll send you a shipping label so you can send your items off for free.

Once they receive your items, they’ll pay you via PayPal within 24 hours. One thing to note is that Decluttr only accepts items in good condition—so if your books are damaged or marked up, this may not be the best option for you.

Amazon Marketplace and Half Price Books.

Both Amazon Marketplace and Half Price Books will give you cash or store credit for your used books. The process is simple: just bring your items into the store (or list them on Amazon Marketplace), and they’ll make you an offer on the spot.

The amount of money you’ll get will depend on the condition of your books and how popular they are (Amazon Marketplace uses a Book Rank to determine this).

In general, however, you won’t get as much money selling to these stores as you would by selling to Decluttr—but it’s a good option if Decluttr doesn’t accept your items or if there isn’t a Decluttr location near you.

Local Flea Markets or Garage Sales.

Selling your used books at local flea markets or garage sales is a great way to get rid of them quickly—and you might be able to make more money than selling them online or to a store.

The key here is pricing your items competitively—if people can find similar items for cheaper elsewhere, they’re likely to pass on buying from you.

But if you price your items fairly and do some research ahead of time on what similar items are selling for, you could walk away with some extra cash in your pocket.


eBay is one of the most popular places to sell used goods online—books included. The great thing about eBay is that there’s a huge audience of potential buyers all over the world. And since eBay is an auction site, you can potentially get more money for your book than if you sold it through another platform.
The downside of selling on eBay is that it can be time-consuming to list your book, ship it off to the buyer, and deal with customer service issues (if they arise). Plus, you have to pay eBay fees, which can eat into your profits. If you decide to go the eBay route, be sure to do your research on how to list your item and take good quality photos—a few tips can go a long way in increasing your chances of making a sale.

Local Bookstores

If you want to avoid the hassle of shipping your book, selling locally might be the best option for you. You can take your book (or a stack of books) down to your local bookstore or library and see if they’re interested in buying them from you. Chances are, they won’t give you top dollar for your book, but it’ll be less work on your end. Plus, supporting local businesses is always a good thing! Used Book Websites Another option for selling your used books is through one of the many websites that are dedicated solely to buying and selling used books. These websites typically have large audiences and will do all the work of listing and shipping your book for you—you just have to wait for the payment (minus their cut) to show up in your account. Some popular used book websites include AbeBooks and ValoreBooks. is a great place to start when selling your used books.

Just enter the ISBN (the unique 10 or 13 digit number found on the back cover or inside the front cover of your book) and BookScouter will search dozens of different buyback vendors to find the one that offers the most money for your specific book. They also provide free shipping labels, so you don’t have to worry about paying for shipping out of your own pocket.

Once you’ve found a buyer, it’s time to package up your book and get it ready to ship. We recommend packaging your book in a padded envelope or small box (depending on its size) with plenty of bubble wrap or packing peanuts to keep it secure during transit. Once it’s all packed up, just attach the provided shipping label and drop it off at your nearest post office or mail carrier location.

Selling your used books is a great way to make some quick cash while decluttering your home at the same time. Just be sure to do your research beforehand so that you can get the most money possible for your books. Have any other tips for selling used books? Let us know in the comments below!