Do you like hunting for bargain books?

Philippines
April 20, 2007 9:52am CST
I do. I don't care if the book I'm reading has creases or torn and taped pages -- as long as the contents are great, it doesn't bother me. That's probably why I usually avoid bookstores that sell brand new books that I think go for exorbitant prices anyway. Instead, I like it better when I find an out of the way little bookshop where the shelves may be covered with dust but are filled to the brim with so many great titles, all second-hand, I couldn't wait to buy them all.
6 people like this
13 responses
@lightningMD (5937)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Bargain books are the best. I look at yard sales and the salvation army for our books. Then when we are done with them we donate them back. With the high price of books these days we cant afford to buy new. We use the library alot too.
2 people like this
• Philippines
20 Apr 07
I wish we have accessible public libraries here in my country. Libraries are mostly found within universities and private schools. Too bad for the underprivileged children :( That's why I'm planning to have my kids hold a Saturday library club in our garage where they can let other kids in our neighborhood have the chance to read the hundreds of kiddie books and magazines we have around the house (80% of which, I got from bargain-hunting). I hope we get to make a go for it soon.
• Philippines
20 Apr 07
Same with me. I also scout for bargain books in BOOKSALE. One of the establishments here in Manila that sells low priced books. =) Sometimes, I also browse ebay.ph for books, ebayers sell their 2nd hand books at a very minimal price. =)
1 person likes this
• Philippines
20 Apr 07
Hi Maui! I also love Booksale over the other stores here in Manila (Chapters & Pages, Diplomat, Books for Less and Filbars) because it's where the best bargains are. But if you happen to be in Los Banos Laguna, go look for The Thrift Shop near UPLB, the selections there are awesome! I never leave that shop without a bagful of books :p *sigh* I miss that place ...
@cherry24 (29)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 07
Me too. I think the best part of buying bargain books is the chance of obtaining old and hard-to-find copies of various titles. I always prefer to shop at old bookstores where you can sit on a small stool at the corner and browse books for hours. It's good too that the prices are always cheap and reasonable. I'm able to buy nearly thrice the amount of books this way than buying brand new ones.
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
Yes, this is where we can buy those hard to find books. In fact, whenever I browse through their stocks, there are too many which I wish to buy. The only problem is, I can't possibly have them all, as my house is undergoing house repairs at this time at snail's pace because of financial considerations.
@kogiro (125)
• Portugal
22 Apr 07
I love books, and i love searching for titles to read either on the web or in a bookstore. I also go to second faires and dealers in order to look around for books in my to read list, or finding books that appeal to me on the spot, even if i´am a litle beet peaky im relation to the state in wich the book is in, i ususally I am able to find some bargain books.
@miyuna (44)
• United States
22 Apr 07
It depends. Sometimes I like secondhand books, I don't mind torn or creased pages, but I can't stand it when a book is written in, or smells odd. Even if the book doesn't smell badly, if it smells oddly at all I can't bring myself to read it. I do like used books though, they can be a really great value. It's really hard to buy a lot of books the way I want to when they are so expensive!
@kurtbiewald (2629)
• United States
21 Apr 07
Yeah I really like old books too I don't even care if you need elastics to hold em together, as long as its interesting content, and most old stuff is interesting to me in one way or another I find it really bizarre how people sometimes want the first edition brand new perfect condition book, and no other will do. As long as the words are still there, thats what matters to me.
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
I prefer to buy bargain books, too. They come in such a variety of titles and they are very cheap. I can find many for sale in the malls and in various small bargain bookstores. It seems that there are more books of value which I can find rather than in the regular bookstores.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I like the second hand bookstores too. Unfortunately there is not any very close. We have some 50 miles away . The best one is in Huntsville AL but that's a little farther away, about 110 miles I guess. There use to be one in Tupelo, MS that was outstanding about 15 yrs ago that I loved to go to. Tupelo is only abt. 50 mi. away so I could go pretty often. I also buy books at yard sales and when I went to auctions I would sometimes buy a box of stuff real cheap that had books in it. I got some really old books that way.
@Bizziebod (3526)
21 Apr 07
I'm with you on this, new books are sooo expensive these days and lets be honest, they are usually just in as good condition. I prefer to go to the local charity shop, where I recently picked up The Da Vinci code in excellent condition for 20p!! This would have cost me about 7 pounds new! Buying it this way not only gets me cheap reading but helps out charities too! When I've finished I usually take them back down to the charity shop for them to re sell!
@patgalca (14054)
• Orangeville, Ontario
21 Apr 07
I am overly obsessed with books. I actually have to avoid all book stores of any kind because I could spend all my money on books, which might not be so bad if I didn't have about 200 books sitting here at home waiting for me to read. I do buy new books as well, usually when they are marked down though, especially if it is a new that I desperately want to get my hands on right away. As a writer who hopes to be published, I would rather like to hear people saying they like buying new books, but I am a realist. I know everyone loves a good bargain and why buy something when you can get it for free (library) or close to it (10c at Salvation Army).
@limcyjain (3523)
• India
20 Apr 07
Yes i do mostly when fares are organised in our city. It is a hectic job but is worth giving a try as one may get books which would have otherwise cost much more.
• United States
20 Apr 07
Yes, I do as well. There are a lot of times that the public library is selling books for like 25 cents or 50 cents because they are old or tattered, but I still like them and read them. I also go on eBay and buy used books and also to the trade shops around our area and take old books there for some different ones. I do still buy new books, though, too, but not with the same frequency of these bargains.
• United States
20 Apr 07
I usually just get them free form the library. But thrift stores and used book stores are great for finding rare and hard to find books cheap