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Initial post: Mar 25, 2012 12:55:35 PM PDT
bluntski says:
i have roughly 500 books maybe more. they were left in my apartment by someone who worked at a book printing factory. to go through all the books individually seems tedious. is there an easier way to get the money for the books and is there any restrictions as far as how many or how heavy the box can be that i ship.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 10:14:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2012 10:14:52 PM PDT
Well, obviously, you can't just trade-in a lot of mysterious unknown books to Amazon. It simply isn't going to happen, because you can't submit a trade-in without first submitting the "transaction", including the specific items you're including, or else they don't need to pay you for them, and won't. You COULD sell them as lots on eBay or Craigslist or somewhere like that, which allows custom listings, but in all honesty, if you're selling batches of unnamed and undescribed books (condition-wise), you're not likely going to get nearly as much for them as they may be worth. So, you need to decide if you want to get their "real" value, and go through the tedium and work of going through them individually, or if you just want to get rid of them and take whatever someone is willing to pay for x number of unnamed books. There aren't really any great shortcuts in this kind of situation. The only "in-between" solution I can think of is to enter all the ISBNs in one form on the selling page, to search for them all at once in the trade-in offer listings, but that still requires entering each book individually.

As for limits, many USPS shipping services are limited to 70 pounds (which would need to be REALLY well packaged), though it all depends what shipping service you plan on using and what "class" of service through them. They're all different. So, depending what route you decide to take, you'll need to look into it to find the size and weight limits at play (especially if you want to avoid oversize surcharges).

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 7:59:11 AM PDT
rqw says:
A local used book dealer may be willing to come to your house and give you a bid on the lot. Or you could bring them a sample box and get a bid. You should expect to get about 25 cents - 50 cents a book, with a few being worth more. But you won't have to ship them.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 10:32:16 AM PDT
The best way, and quickest way, to locate a book and its range of value is to use <http://isbn.nu>. There are no <www>s here, and you'll get a stripped down site which does its job in seconds.
Good luck. I'm in the same boat you're in!
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