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Best place to sell books to in Canberra?

By 14 November 2012 38

I’m decluttering.

I have a few boxes of books that I want to get rid off.

Can anyone recommend a 2ndhand bookstore that I can sell them to?

Obviously I’m not expecting to get lots for them, but anything is better than nothing atm.

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38 Responses to Best place to sell books to in Canberra?
#1
poetix2:44 pm, 14 Nov 12

Booklore in Lyneham.

#2
Watson3:25 pm, 14 Nov 12

poetix said :

Booklore in Lyneham.

Thanks! That’s close to where I am too, so very practical. I’ll just have to watch that I don’t walk out with new books!

#3
Dante3:25 pm, 14 Nov 12

Canty’s in Fyshwick is always worth a try. They might not be interested depending on the values individual books, but if you’ve got anything worthwhile they’ll be more than happy to take them off your hands.

#4
astrojax3:36 pm, 14 Nov 12

vinnies? make a nice gesture…

#5
poetix4:01 pm, 14 Nov 12

Watson said :

poetix said :

Booklore in Lyneham.

Thanks! That’s close to where I am too, so very practical. I’ll just have to watch that I don’t walk out with new books!

I hate getting rid of books too, but I’m at the stage where I can’t find any of them as they’re just in toppling piles around my desk. (Cue JB on the Wonders of the Kindle?)

Also, speaking of wonders, there are some wonderful volumes in the Australian poetry section at Booklore.

#6
Evil_Kitten6:52 pm, 14 Nov 12

Beaky’s? Does that still exist? I think that’s them at the Coles entrance to the Hyperdome, not sure if they have any other locations anymore.

#7
Evil_Kitten6:53 pm, 14 Nov 12

Or eBay them if you can be bothered!

#8
voytek37:23 pm, 14 Nov 12

Have you considered the rubbish bin like normal people? Why does everyone have to make a buck no matter what?

#9
Snarky8:01 pm, 14 Nov 12

voytek3 said :

Have you considered the rubbish bin like normal people? Why does everyone have to make a buck no matter what?

Unlike most other stuff people dispose of, books are rarely “worn out” – what’s changed is that the owner has read them and extracted their value, yet the book itself is often in pretty good condition. Speaking for myself only, I HATE throwing away books that someone else might find of value. I’m happy enough to give them to anyone who wants them, but if I might be able to parlay them into a few bucks (usually to buy more books) well, what’s not to like?

#10
fabforty8:39 pm, 14 Nov 12

Donate them to Lifeline. The good you will do is worth far more than the few bucks you might get from a dealer.

#11
Evil_Kitten9:10 pm, 14 Nov 12

voytek3 said :

Have you considered the rubbish bin like normal people? Why does everyone have to make a buck no matter what?

“Normal people” pass on books when they’re finished with them. Whether that’s for free or selling them. It’s not about making a buck. Why on earth would you throw perfectly good books in the bin?!

#12
maxblues9:23 pm, 14 Nov 12

With the price of electricity as it is, we suggest waiting til next winter and buying a box of matches.

#13
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd9:53 pm, 14 Nov 12

Paper books are for chuds.

Get a kindle.

#14
cantanga11:50 pm, 14 Nov 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Paper books are for chuds.

Get a kindle.

Sure, kindles are great now but soon they will be useless. When the zombie apocolypse happens and there is no longer electricity then all you will have is one lousy kindle, I will have a nice thick hardback to read… and bash zombie heads with.

But back on topic there is also beyondQ books in curtin.

#15
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd6:51 am, 15 Nov 12

cantanga said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Paper books are for chuds.

Get a kindle.

Sure, kindles are great now but soon they will be useless. When the zombie apocolypse happens and there is no longer electricity then all you will have is one lousy kindle, I will have a nice thick hardback to read… and bash zombie heads with.

But back on topic there is also beyondQ books in curtin.

Take a look at this solar charger I prepared earlier for the exact scenario you mentioned.
You are going to be lugging around a single inefficient book while will own a entire library!

#16
gentoopenguin7:18 am, 15 Nov 12

Jamison Flea Market if you have lots you want to get rid of for cheap, cheap, cheap….

#17
Dante8:23 am, 15 Nov 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Take a look at this solar charger I prepared earlier for the exact scenario you mentioned.
You are going to be lugging around a single inefficient book while will own a entire library!

Sorry to burst your bubble, but any “purchases” from Amazon for a Kindle are rentals, nothng more. Amazon can wipe your entire collection if they so choose, and have done so on a number of occasions to an number of people.

Furthermore, the OP was asking for info on where to get rid of existing paper books, so you’ve added nothing of value to this thread.

#18
Watson11:17 am, 15 Nov 12

In any other situation I would’ve probably have given most of them to Lifeline. But times are a tiny tad tough right now.

I am also pretty time poor right now, so Ebay or Trash and Treasure are just not going to happen. And I just need to get rid of them now because I am stressing about moving out of my rental.

I’ll drop into Booklore today to check when would be a good time to offload the books.

Thanks for the recommendations!

#19
geetee11:24 am, 15 Nov 12

Anyone over Kingston way might want to think about Reader’s Rendezvous. Usually the lady goes through your boxes, offers you a reasonable price for those that might re-sell and offers to donate anything of little worth to the local Salvos (or similar).

#20
Tootza12:04 pm, 15 Nov 12

Try the ‘Canberra Buy Swap Sell Giveaway group on Facebook.

#21
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd1:27 pm, 15 Nov 12

Dante said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Take a look at this solar charger I prepared earlier for the exact scenario you mentioned.
You are going to be lugging around a single inefficient book while will own a entire library!

Sorry to burst your bubble, but any “purchases” from Amazon for a Kindle are rentals, nothng more. Amazon can wipe your entire collection if they so choose, and have done so on a number of occasions to an number of people.

Furthermore, the OP was asking for info on where to get rid of existing paper books, so you’ve added nothing of value to this thread.

embrace technology, dont fear it.

#22
Watson2:56 pm, 15 Nov 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Dante said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Take a look at this solar charger I prepared earlier for the exact scenario you mentioned.
You are going to be lugging around a single inefficient book while will own a entire library!

Sorry to burst your bubble, but any “purchases” from Amazon for a Kindle are rentals, nothng more. Amazon can wipe your entire collection if they so choose, and have done so on a number of occasions to an number of people.

Furthermore, the OP was asking for info on where to get rid of existing paper books, so you’ve added nothing of value to this thread.

embrace technology, dont fear it.

Why on earth do you care so much about how people like their books? Shares in Kindle?

#23
Evil_Kitten3:34 pm, 15 Nov 12

Kobo > Kindle

#24
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd4:07 pm, 15 Nov 12

Watson said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Dante said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Take a look at this solar charger I prepared earlier for the exact scenario you mentioned.
You are going to be lugging around a single inefficient book while will own a entire library!

Sorry to burst your bubble, but any “purchases” from Amazon for a Kindle are rentals, nothng more. Amazon can wipe your entire collection if they so choose, and have done so on a number of occasions to an number of people.

Furthermore, the OP was asking for info on where to get rid of existing paper books, so you’ve added nothing of value to this thread.

embrace technology, dont fear it.

Why on earth do you care so much about how people like their books? Shares in Kindle?

Got ham I wish I did!

I’m just trying to educate.

#25
Watson2:07 pm, 16 Nov 12

Watson said :

Got ham I wish I did!

I’m just trying to educate.

There’s a difference between educating and patronising. And this is about personal taste.

#26
Rusalka2:50 pm, 16 Nov 12

I was in Canty’s on Wednesday with some books to sell. Being before the big summer holidays clean up, they aren’t buying heaps. However if you have some things that sell well or are good find, they usually tend to buy something. You may be able to get a bit of money for some of them before donating.

My problem is that I always end up coming out with more books than I took in. Such a good bookshop…

#27
Spykler7:25 pm, 16 Nov 12

gentoopenguin said :

Jamison Flea Market if you have lots you want to get rid of for cheap, cheap, cheap….

Theonce mighty Trash and Treasure has now been reduced to the status of a fleamarket?

#28
Jethro8:30 pm, 16 Nov 12

Evil_Kitten said :

voytek3 said :

Have you considered the rubbish bin like normal people? Why does everyone have to make a buck no matter what?

“Normal people” pass on books when they’re finished with them. Whether that’s for free or selling them. It’s not about making a buck. Why on earth would you throw perfectly good books in the bin?!

Sometimes I burn

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

cantanga said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Paper books are for chuds.

Get a kindle.

Sure, kindles are great now but soon they will be useless. When the zombie apocolypse happens and there is no longer electricity then all you will have is one lousy kindle, I will have a nice thick hardback to read… and bash zombie heads with.

But back on topic there is also beyondQ books in curtin.

Take a look at this solar charger I prepared earlier for the exact scenario you mentioned.
You are going to be lugging around a single inefficient book while will own a entire library!

Of course, if you are really preparing for the apocalypse, paper is where its at. Digital is great for now, but what will you do when your kindle crashes and electricity dies.

That’s why all the survivalist forums recommend hoarding information in paper form (preferably in a non-humid store room)

#29
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd7:23 am, 17 Nov 12

Jethro said :

Evil_Kitten said :

voytek3 said :

Have you considered the rubbish bin like normal people? Why does everyone have to make a buck no matter what?

“Normal people” pass on books when they’re finished with them. Whether that’s for free or selling them. It’s not about making a buck. Why on earth would you throw perfectly good books in the bin?!

Sometimes I burn

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

cantanga said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Paper books are for chuds.

Get a kindle.

Sure, kindles are great now but soon they will be useless. When the zombie apocolypse happens and there is no longer electricity then all you will have is one lousy kindle, I will have a nice thick hardback to read… and bash zombie heads with.

But back on topic there is also beyondQ books in curtin.

Take a look at this solar charger I prepared earlier for the exact scenario you mentioned.
You are going to be lugging around a single inefficient book while will own a entire library!

Of course, if you are really preparing for the apocalypse, paper is where its at. Digital is great for now, but what will you do when your kindle crashes and electricity dies.

That’s why all the survivalist forums recommend hoarding information in paper form (preferably in a non-humid store room)

Haha survivalists are not know for their knowledge about anything, or even their own common sense. To fill a book shelf would cost a fortune. 10 kindles cost around 11k. That should be sufficient for a family to last forever. Upgrade to some iPads and you have your entire music collection as well as a library!

#30
DrKoresh11:07 am, 17 Nov 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Haha survivalists are not know for their knowledge about anything, or even their own common sense. To fill a book shelf would cost a fortune. 10 kindles cost around 11k. That should be sufficient for a family to last forever. Upgrade to some iPads and you have your entire music collection as well as a library!

Please tell me you meant 100 kindles, or only 1k and not that kindles cost 1.1 thousand dollars each.

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