Readers....What Price?

United States
March 7, 2008 8:50am CST
Hi guys! My community is having a garage sale next week and I really want to make some money with it! I have a box of books, and I was wondering if I could get some opinions on what I should price them. Once I get a few I will make a decision. Here are what kind of books I have... ~Hard Covers in Perfect condition ~Soft covers in good condition ~Soft covers with some beat up covers but otherwise good condition
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
7 Mar 08
I'd go to a few sales in my area and see what things are selling for. It also depends on the titles. My husband can get way better prices for his Star Trek and Star Wars books than I can for How to Teach a Child to Read books. Hard cover books run from 25 cents to $1.00 in my area. Soft in good condition, 10 cents to 25 cents. Bad covers, 5 cents to 10 cents. Often, by the end of the sale, those are given away for free. Sometimes people get money by bringing them to the second hand book store, but right now, they're just doing trades ($5.00 worth of books in for $5.00 worth out). We did great one year at a community garage sale, $300. and that was wonderful! The other years, it rained and the wind blew hard, so we didn't make any money. But the year we made $300, that was really cool. Good luck! Let us know how you do.
• United States
7 Mar 08
300 dollars! wow! I wish I could make that much! But I don't think I have enough to sell to reach that amount! hehe. I'm kind of surprised by your prices, but I defeniatly believe that those can be correct prices! I just hope I can sell them for a little more than that, seeing how I'm kind of stripped for cash right now! X.X But I think all the books I have to sell are good mystery/suspense books. I enjoyed all of them!! :)
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
7 Mar 08
We're in a very economically depressed area and most people want to get rid of books so they will sell 10 for a dollar just to get rid of them. The dollar stores didn't help, they can get new books for a buck now. One person got a dolly and rolled out 4 bookcases onto her lawn and just sold books. She needed room. We sold two pieces of furniture, a chair and a cabinet. That was where a lot of the money came from. But I also sold craft magazines for ten cents, knicknacks, dried raspberry leaf tea, craft kits, anything I could make or do. Christmas stuff sells like no tomorrow here. Ours is during Father's Day weekend, so anything for Men or Father's day goes. We had tools and they really, really sold. Good luck dear and I hope you earn enough to pay a bill, any bill.
• United States
7 Mar 08
I don't have any furniture or big things like that too sell. I'm defeniatly going to try and find some things other than books to sell. I do have a VHS movie (Milo and Otis) I'll try to sell. It's brand new, any idea how much I should sell that for? =P I have no specific bill I need the money for. I just need money to put in my account because I keep needing money for stuff (oil change, vet, work shoes)
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• United States
7 Mar 08
If it were me, I would charge two dollars for the hard covers, one for the good condition soft covers, and fifty cents for the beat up soft covers, buy two get one free. That should be low enough price for the garage sale, yet high enough for you to earn a good profit.
• United States
7 Mar 08
Okay someone above said the same price, but I'm not sure if I go with those prices I'll want to do a buy one get one free. I just really need money and need to make as much as possible.
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• United States
7 Mar 08
Understandable. I just felt that some people may be reluctant to take the books with the beat up covers. I felt that the buy two get one would entice people to buy these as well as the other two categories.