Turn ‘em into cash!

Cecil Whig - - & & -

DEAR MARY: I have a lot of books I’d like to get rid of — mostly on the sub­ject of in­ter­net tech­nol­ogy. What is the best way to sell used books? — Deb­o­rah

DEAR DEB­O­RAH: There are mul­ti­ple on­line sites that buy used books — each with dif­fer­ent cri­te­ria. And let me warn you — book buy­ers can be fickle about which books they’re buy­ing on any par­tic­u­lar day. It all de­pends on trends and what par­tic­u­lar set of sub­jects the buyer be­lieves is hot for its par­tic­u­lar au­di­ence.

Rather than try to find all of the in­di­vid­ual com­pa­nies that pur­chase used books your­self, I sug­gest you go to BookS­couter. This is a on­estop shop that searches 55 dif­fer­ent on­line book buy­ers with one click. You’ll quickly dis­cover which book dealer, if any, is in­ter­ested in buy­ing the books you have. With that kind of an au­di­ence look­ing at what’s on your book­shelves, I think you have a de­cent chance at mak­ing quite a few sales. Most buy­ers make it easy to send the books by pay­ing for ship­ping and al­low­ing you to sim­ply print a pre­paid mail­ing la­bel. Just keep in mind that IT is a quickly chang­ing field.

If you are un­able to sell the books, the IRS will al­low you to take a fair-mar­ket tax de­duc­tion when you do­nate the books to a rec­og­nized char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion such as The Sal­va­tion Army. If you go that route, make sure you use Money For Your Used Cloth­ing to prop­erly value your do­na­tions. You don’t want to get au­dited only to dis­cover that the val­ues you as­signed to your do­nated items are not any­thing close to what the IRS sees as their val­ues.

Good luck. I hope you can make a lot of sales.


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