Second hand books

@maximax8 (28958)
United Kingdom
September 11, 2008 5:13am CST
For a while I have been thinking of buying a copy of The Pirate's Daughter and noticed it in a second hand book shop that is currently having a half price sale. So I bought it and think that I will really enjoy reading it. Do you ever buy second hand books? If so where?
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@Amagnimo (637)
• India
12 Sep 08
Well, I always - almost always prefer those second hand books. Its not that I can't go for first hand, but its always better to have two books instead of one. Isn't it? After all, the thing matters is the legibility of letters. If that is satisfied, I am definitely going for them. In some cases, like when they are to be gifted, ofcourse, I would prefer first hand! Well, its such weird - we don't buy ourselves first hand and we do it for others! lol! Happy Mylotting!
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
13 Sep 08
Funny, but I can think of at least two occasions for which I preferred used to new--both were first editions, with provenance in one case of a former owner, which were rare & therefore, besides having sentimental value, worth more monetarily if they ever decided to resell. Just my tuppence. Maggiepie
@sandra966 (269)
• Spain
11 Sep 08
I always buy second hand books. I think that books are so expensive, that I feel ripped off on the few occasions I do buy them new. I also read books that my friends and family have finished with - when I visit my family at Christmas, I am quite anti-social at times, desperately trying to finish a good book before I go home! As I live in Spain, it is sometimes hard to get books in English, but little by little more shops do English books, and there are a few charity shops who stock them too. I like charity shops, you can buy the books very, very cheaply and then feel good about giving them back in a week or two. Much cheaper than buying them new!
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
13 Sep 08
I rarely buy new; it's just too costly for most things. And I know what you mean -- I read AT parties, & I'd rather read than almost anything else. Someone here actually said it bothers them to read something knowing someone else had already had it. Not I! To me, a book is even more interesting for being used. I often wonder how the original reader saw it, how THEY understood it. I even find scribbling in the margins okay, so long as it isn't TOO distracting or covers up the text or any pictures. It's revealing, & thought-engendering, & it gives the book a comfy feel, like a sort of "handshake" to a book-loving "pal" across time & space! Anyway, since I'm a book junkie with a major habit to support, second hand is the way to GO! LOL! Maggiepie
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
12 Sep 08
I love second hand books. We have a second hand book shop in my town run by a woman named Edna. Edna loves books and loves to read. I show up every few months and buy a bunch of books. If it's a planned trip, I bring my shopping cart so I can take a lot of books. After I read them, I pass them on to friends. Actually some get loaned out even before I read them. I almost always run into friends in the 4 block walk to the bus and I give them a few books. They'll make it back to me eventually, so I don't care. For $2 I don't care if the book makes the rounds of English readers before I get it. The lady that runs the used book store also has a chest of free books, that are a little to worn out to sell. I always go through that and take any that may look good. Some have been awesome. I got one for free, "And Ladies of the Club" that was absolutely spectacular. It obviously had been read many times and was worth the read.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
12 Sep 08
I get books at the half price stores, Goodwill, garage sales and any other place I find an interesting book. I do by new books, because I've gotten into series that I can't wait for the next book and it hasn't been published!
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@nannacroc (4049)
11 Sep 08
As an avid reader buying new books can be very expensive. I buy a lot of my books from charity shops, they are very cheap and once I've read them I take them back so they can be re-sold.
@nannacroc (4049)
11 Sep 08
Sorry I answered twice I didn't think the first one had been posted.
@emma412 (1156)
• United States
1 Feb 09
Yes! I haven't bought a brand new book since I was in high school with no bills and money to blow. I get most of my books as they are passed down to me from my family members or friends. I get a bunch at yard sales too. I find they are the cheapest at yard sales. I visit my parents in Tennessee every spring and the yard sales there are amazing. I always stock up when I am there. I also like getting books rom thrift stores. I live in a pretty small area so there aren't too many good choices at the thrift stores here. But, whenever I am in another area I make sure to check the thrift stores for some books.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
31 Jan 09
I only buy my books from second hand book stores or from garage sales or church sales. I won't pay full price for a book. I think they charge way too much for them, but that is just my opinion. I guess if I was an author or book publisher I wouldn't like some one like me, but oh well. I go to the second hand book store for my books and usually find them for around $2.00 a piece. They also have a deal there that when you bring in three books you can take one of theirs for free. So every once in a while I have a few I can take to them and then I don't have to pay for one. Neat huh! Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Have a good mylotting day, Chris
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
10 Oct 08
I buy second hand books all the time. I love to visit used and rare bookstore where ever I go. I could spend hours and hours in a used book store.
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
9 Oct 08
I do buy second hand books especially from Ebay at a bargain price. Most of them are in brand new condition or shop soiled. So it is almost as new that you wont notice the difference.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Sep 08
We have a place called the Corner Book Store. It's a book store on a corner, so it's appropriately named. Anyway, it is all second hand books. I like to go there for craft books. Esp. crafts that people don't seem to do anymore.
• United States
25 Sep 08
I love buying second hand books because then I don't have to pay so much for them. I've bought books like that from different places. I've bought some at book stores that buy, sale, and trade books. I've bought some on ebay. I've bought some from the flea market. And also I love it when people just give books to me that they have already read because I love to read and I read really fast so I go through books real fast.
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
15 Sep 08
Yes I do buy second hand books. I bought some about shetland sheepdogs from Ebay and were in excellent condition almost like new. They were half the price of a new book. Thus I saved some bucks. There are also local shops in Malta which sell second hand books. I bought Stephen Kings collection at a bargain price.
15 Sep 08
Yes, though I have a pretty flexible attitude as to whether I buy new or second-hand. Sometimes I have got second-hand books on Amazon and have not ever been let down on the reported conditions of these second-hand books. There is a bookshop in Glastonbury (new-age capital of England) called "Speaking Tree" that does a good range of new books at reduced prices, that I don't seem to buy so many second-hand books. Glastonbury also has some lovely second-hand bookshops. It's just that I don't seem to read so much these days, preferring to spend the time on the internet at sites such as myLot.com!!!
15 Sep 08
Mainly Ebay or car boot sales if I see something I like - I don't like them to be too worn though as books I buy new I like to keep in real good condition and therefore won't buy them if they look too grotty! x
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
15 Sep 08
I buy second hand books all the time. I save a lot of money this way and the best part is that even if the book is not exactly a keeper I don't feel too bad :) There is a nice little second hand bookstore very close to my home and i go there often .
• Australia
14 Sep 08
I buy more second hand books than new books, because it's so much cheaper, and a lot of the time, you can still pick up books that are in good condition. I usually buy them from either ebay, or second hand book stores. Occassionally I'll see a good bargain at one of the local markets as well, though not as often.
@patms1 (522)
• United States
13 Sep 08
I love reading. I read almost a book a day. I love second hand books. They save me a fortune and if I really like the book I feel OK buying it in hard cover. I once had a person say to me that she would not get a second hand book because you don't know who has handled it. My response was any time someone wanted to give me a dirty old Gutenberg Bible I would be very glad to except it.
• India
13 Sep 08
yes To bought 2nd hand book is a good idia to save the money, if your purpose is solved with the same material else go for new. Regards Viral
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
13 Sep 08
All the time! A book needn't be new for ME to enjoy it! I once found a book that had somehow gotten lost under a house, & when the house was torn down, there it was. II picked it up, dusted it off, & read it. It was a great book about architecture in the Holy Land! As for where I USUALLY find 2nd-hand books, oh, just everywhere! Garage/yard sales, little book nooks, out of the way, which cater to esoteric tastes, Half Price Books, regular NEW book stores often have a used bin, library sales (when they have too many copies, & a lack of shelf space, you can pick up delicious bargains!), & even, now & then, online. Amazon.com has great amounts of like-new books, & for that matter, CDs, tapes (including books ON tape) & other neat stuff. Have fun searching! Maggiepie
@dasineni (39)
• India
12 Sep 08
Never,i like always new books,because they give us new feelings and uptodate information.