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Book/CD/DVD Swap Sites?

Does anyone here use any sites like this? The ones I have heard the most about are paperbackswap.com and swaptree.com. I'd be interested in an user testimonials from people I actually know.

The basic reason I'm looking into this is because I have quite a few books (probably 20 or so) that I know are NEVER GOING TO SELL on half.com*. I'd like to be able to trade them to someone for something I'd like for my personal collection so that I have more space for storing the books I am selling.

Anyway, any thoughts?

*for those of you who don't know: I have about 500+ books listed on the site, it brings in about $20-50 dollars a month in profit


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Jan. 6th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
What are half.coms feeS? I think Im screwed on the math book, since I cant sell teachers editions there. I wanted to try the freecycling sites but haven't had the need yet.
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
15% (which for a $1 book is 15 cents). It's extremely reasonable and often I make up amount they take for commission by the difference between the shipping credit and the amount it actually costs to ship. I think it's worth it. Just be prepared to wait.
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
I used to use bookcrossing.com. Just drop a book somewhere and see where it goes. Really fun.
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
I used bookcrossing, too! But I never had much luck in having my books picked up. It was sad. That would be a good idea for some of these "beach novels" that I have, though.
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Ah. Clearly you don't work at a university. Also, I have donated books to the library before. The ones they don't put on the shelves, they try to sell at book sales, so I feel like it's a good cause all the way around.
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I donate all the books that don't have valid entries on half.com to the Hershey Library (they have one of the largest booksales on the east coast).

I have a little bit of an ulterior motive here because I would like to get something in return for these books since a) they are in brand new condition, and b) I paid for them.
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
I understand. You paid for them. I was just thinking of last resort if you really need more book space. Also, gag gifts!
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
My family got lots of books for Christmas, but I tried to make them at least relavent to their interests. :-P
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
I, too, tried BookCrossing once upon a time. Like Catherine, though, I never had much luck tracking them, even though I dropped my books all over campus! I think people would just take the book and not go to the site.

(Edited for icon.)

Edited at 2009-01-06 05:41 pm (UTC)
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Throw a bookswap party?
Jan. 8th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)

I've had CDs swapped that I thought would NEVER get swapped out.

Soundtrack to Arachnophobia????? Yup.
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
So, you like it? Do you end up getting stuff frequently? I guess my main concern is that I would input books and then no one would ever want them so I would never get anything from my "want" list. Hm.
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
I have more on my wish list than have list.

The more you have the greater the chance you have to get rid of.
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