Monday, December 15, 2008

Swaptree for trading books

There are very few good used book stores in DC, which you know if you live here. I hate clutter, so I prefer to get rid of books after reading them - particularly fiction ones. I wish there was a place I could go to exchange books - just drop off the ones I'm done with and pick up new ones to read. I currently use the Goodwill store out on South Dakota Ave for this, but it's not ideal.

Swaptree is almost what I've been looking for: it's a free online service that lets you exchange books, music, DVDs, and games, but you of course still have to pay shipping and schlep down to the post office to take your items (though it does have a label printing feature).

I was recently reminded of too for buying and selling used books - haven't used that in years. Amazon of course has a used market on top of its new one but it's totally saturated, so it is basically impossible to make money. Also the last few times I've tried it I haven't found buyers for my items and the listing has expired.

I haven't tried Swaptree yet but I'm intrigued. If anyone has given this a whirl, let us know how it is.

Via Frugal Duchess.

1 comment:

JeepRover said...

There is a local shop in NC called Edward McKay's Used Books & More. There you can "sell" your old books and use that credit to buy books, CDs, DVDs, and a myriad assortment of other stuff. Maybe they have a store-or similar concept in the area.