Has anyone ever done a trade-in on a book at Amazon.com?**UPDATE** I got $100.00!

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Posted: 1/11/2012 8:39:17 PM
So, I'm in the process of cleaning out and reorganizing my scraproom.
I'm getting ready to pitch some old magazines and idea books.
I decide to look on Amazon just for grins to see if there is any value to any of these things I am pitching to see if it would be worth my time to list them on Ebay.

Looky here
I about fell out of my chair!
Do you think I will really get a $55.50 amazon gift card for this?


**UPDATE**
Well.....I got $100.00 put onto my amazon account today for those two books!
Must have timed it just right, too, because now the creative sketches vol 2 book is down to 23.50 and the "Best of...." book they aren't offering to take on trade right now.
I'm so freakin' shocked that I got that much for those two books!
I tried bidding on a Creative Sketches vol 2 on ebay last week, but got outbid in the last seconds.
Fess up....which pea was it that outbid me!?!?!?





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Posted: 1/11/2012 8:46:32 PM
ahh....WTH?? some people want 1,000?? Holy heck. I think I have 2 of them?? so weird.






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Posted: 1/11/2012 8:50:24 PM
Are they offering to buy it for that amount or is it selling for that amount? Dh has traded in a few hundred dollars worth of video games and we've learned that their offer amount changes often but have never had a problem with getting the amazon credit.

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Posted: 1/11/2012 8:51:22 PM
I did a book trade-in a few months ago on a textbook. I got a message when a logged into my account one day offering about $50 for a book I paid about $55 for... I followed their directions, sent it in, and was credited the full amount in an Amazon gift card.

I'm amazed about that price on the Sketches book, though!


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Posted: 1/11/2012 8:56:36 PM
Carol, I need to do this with some of my dd's textbooks. How did that work? did you just sell them outright to amazon? or did you have to go thru another buyer? do not send them til you get an offer on them? or how does it work?






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Posted: 1/11/2012 8:58:26 PM
Well, I'm sending in two books and if they are accepted, I'll get $100.00 added to my account.
We'll see....
I also have the first Creative Sketches, but its only worth $1.50 in trade-in...go figure!
I don't have anything to lose. I'm sending them off pre-paid and if they don't accept them, they'll ship them back to me for free.





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Posted: 1/11/2012 9:00:58 PM
I've sent textbooks into Amazon twice--the first batch they said I would get Over $750. I thought "yeah right" and would have been thrilled with even half of that, but I got the full amount. I just did it a few weeks ago and got another $200. It's awesome to have Amazon playmoney. I have that sketch book. I haven't looked at in a years. I should try and find it!



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Posted: 1/11/2012 9:03:05 PM
Cindy,
You find the trade in store on Amazon, look up your books to see what Amazon is offering for them and then if you want to sell you print out a postage label (free to you) and ship them. After a couple weeks (for shipping and processing) the credit ends up in your Amazon account. Easy!



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Posted: 1/11/2012 10:20:01 PM
Well, those two puppies are boxed and ready to go out to UPS in the morning. I'll let you know if I get any $$ in my account.





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Posted: 1/11/2012 10:27:17 PM
Cindy,
Paget beat me to the answer

In my case, because I bought the book from Amazon, and I guess it was a book they wanted in inventory, I got a message from Amazon, asking I wanted to sell it back to them.

I didn't have to wait for a 3rd party to buy it - Amazon paid me in the form of a credit on my account, which is as good as cash to me, considering how much I spend at Amazon!


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Posted: 1/11/2012 10:39:08 PM
Yup I have done that before. Oftentimes, you could get more selling them yourself, but it is worth the convenience of just selling it back to amazon, even if I don't get as much. Print out the label, package it up, and call it good.



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Posted: 1/12/2012 7:59:43 PM
Thanks everyone! I gotta do that for my dd's 1st semester books!






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Posted: 1/12/2012 8:05:03 PM
I've been doing this with my text books for the last 2 years without any trouble. Usually the credit shows up in about a week or so.

Emily

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Posted: 1/12/2012 8:06:25 PM
I saw this post last night and it made me think about all the video games we need to get rid of. I looked them up last night and for 6 games my total was $24. Not a ton, but it was quick and easy and they went in the mail today.

Thanks!

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Posted: 1/12/2012 8:19:20 PM
well crap I just threw one of those away over the weekend... *sigh*


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Posted: 1/12/2012 8:26:03 PM
I just might sell them my copy. It has just been sitting on a shelf. I need the $55.50 more. Thanks for the heads up.

My dd has sold a lot of textbooks to Amazon, then uses the credit to buy the next semester's textbooks. She usually gets more money from Amazon than the school bookstore pays for the used texts, so it's a good deal.

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Posted: 1/12/2012 8:50:20 PM
Meshelley, let me know how it goes with the games.
We got an xbox this year, so all the Wii stuff is going out.
However, after reading the reviews from the people who sent in their games, I was a little hesitant to ship them off. Too many bad stories about having games returned and the good discs had been swapped out with crummy ones. Hope that doesn't happen to you!
I'm trying my luck with those on ebay first.





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Posted: 1/20/2012 4:25:31 PM
Yup! Got $100.00 for those two books today!
One was the Creative Sketches vol 2 and the other was the Best of Becky Higgins Sketches book.
Sorry, Becky...I love your sketches books and would have totally kept them if it hadn't been such a tempting offer!





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Posted: 1/20/2012 5:14:09 PM
I just tried it out with one of my scrapping books from one of the "celebrities." The original price on it was 19.95 and Amazon will offer me----- a dollar seventy. Oh well!

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Posted: 1/20/2012 5:57:01 PM
Is it called a "trade in store"? I found a section called "Sell Your Stuff." Is that it?

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Posted: 1/20/2012 6:43:56 PM
It'll say "trade in"...like on this listing

In this case its worth 2.24 as a trade in. (its going up! it was only 1.50 yesterday)
Not everything will have a trade in offer.





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Posted: 1/20/2012 6:51:36 PM
Thank you!

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Posted: 1/20/2012 7:26:45 PM
I sent my son's college textbooks on 1/9 and still haven't been received by Amazon. I'm starting to get annoyed. I know it it says 10 business days and that Monday was a federal holiday, but I want my $140 already!!!!

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Posted: 1/20/2012 8:22:07 PM
Can someone please explain a little better how this works? I'm still confused. It looks like there are also people selling used books on their own - but through Amazon? How does that work? Can you choose to sell the book directly to Amazon and they will give you credit for it OR choose to sell it own your own but through Amazon and then if it sells you ship it to the buyer but you get cash instead of store credit? Does Amazon collect seller's fees for this service - like ebay?

It seems like the easier way would be to just sell it to Amazon and let them take care of the hassle of selling it. Do you not get the Amazon credit until someone buys it from their site? Or do you get the credit as soon as they receive it? Also, is the only downside to having them go through the hassle is that they pay you what they think it's worth (versus you charging what you want for the book on their site) and - the fact that you get store credit instead of cash?

Thanks!

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Posted: 1/20/2012 9:03:04 PM
I did the same thing with the same books and now have $97.70 in my account. I was totally shocked that I got anything. Who is buying these books for that amount?

I was super excited because they were sitting on a shelf collecting dust. YIPPEE

It was super simple and I figured if it didn't work, they would just send them back. No harm, no foul!



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Posted: 1/20/2012 9:08:37 PM

I sent my son's college textbooks on 1/9 and still haven't been received by Amazon. I'm starting to get annoyed. I know it it says 10 business days and that Monday was a federal holiday, but I want my $140 already!!!!



I sent mine in on December 30th and had to email them a couple days ago because they were "sitting" in Ohio for about 5 days. I did a chat and they got right to it. My account was credited late yesterday.

Chat with them, ask them to look it up.


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Posted: 1/22/2012 8:52:17 PM
Trying this tomorrow! Looked at $160 back between text books and electronics!!

Thanks SO much to the pea who posted this!!!




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Posted: 1/22/2012 9:10:34 PM
I can get $206 for my paramedic books sitting in my closet. Me thinks Imma be busy tomorrow!

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Posted: 1/22/2012 9:26:36 PM
I have GOT to do this! I have a ton of books I want to get rid of, and I know some of them are worth a bit.

Thanks for posting about this!


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Posted: 1/22/2012 11:49:42 PM
How do you find out how much they will pay for a book? I think I need to find out. I hope I didn't recycle this book. Where do you look on amazon?


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Posted: 1/23/2012 1:26:21 AM
Debbie, it sounds as though you just about have it all right.

Yes, you can sell books on Amazon. I've done this, and had quite a bit of success. You have to set up a seller account, which is simple to do. Once you've done that, all you have to do is enter the ISBN code from the book you want to sell, and see if it is in the Amazon database; you can only sell books that are, so occasionally you will find one you can't sell on there. You can also sell other items. I've sold some games. I'm actually not sure what the limits are as to what you can sell, other than it has to be a listed item.

As a seller, you set your own price. Look at the prices other copies are listed at, and compare the condition of your book to others in order to come up with your price. Yes, Amazon takes a cut; I can't recall what it is offhand. They also give a shipping allowance; sometimes this is enough to ship the book or item, sometimes it's a bit under and you have to make up the difference.

As far as trading, the easiest thing is to just type in the title of the book you want to trade in. Be sure you have the correct edition. On the right hand side of the book listing page are boxes: there's one box for "add to cart," another for "kindle edition of this book" and then, for many items, there is a third box, "sell back your copy." Click on the link there, and you'll be walked through the super simple steps.

You print out a shipping label on your own printer (you provide the box, envelope or brown paper); you even have a choice of shipping companies, including USPS. You package the items (and you can ship multiple items together), slap the label on, and take the package to the post office (or other shipper). Your items actually go to a third party, not Amazon. The third party inspects the books to be sure the quality meets their standards. As long as it does, you will receive an Amazon credit.

When you do the initial data input for each item, you are asked what you want to happen to the item if it is not considered to be in good enough condition. You can choose to have it shipped back to you, or you can choose not to. There is no cost to you for the return shipping. So there's nothing to lose. It really is a wonderful system for people to use.

I'd like to know from those who have used Amazon trade in, what other than computer games/electronics and textbooks have you found to have good trade in value?


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Posted: 1/23/2012 8:43:27 AM
WOW!! Thanks for this info! I wish I would have stumbled across this a month ago. Like a DA, I sold my school book back to the school store and got so little for it. I just sold 3 old scrapbooking books to Amazon and got $26...yippee!!

Again, thanks for sharing this info!!


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Posted: 1/28/2012 11:47:08 PM
Zella,

Thanks so much for all of the info! I am going to have to try this.

Debbie

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Posted: 1/29/2012 5:48:12 AM
Cool.



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Posted: 1/29/2012 7:43:18 AM
I read this thread last week and promptly gathered up the text books we have laying around and began plugging in titles. Now I've got a $380 credit in my Amazon account! Thanks for the tip!!

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Posted: 1/29/2012 11:40:43 AM
I had no idea you could do this. I cleaned out the garage last weekend and threw that Becky Higgins magazine in the recycling bin with all the other idea books from that time period.




It makes sense though. I saw a father and daughter inputting ISBN numbers at the thrift store the other day while I was shopping for books. The dad was ready to leave with his two cartons of books and the girl (about 11) wanted to check one last book. After she inputted the numbers, she said something like, "see, I just got you another $43 dollars".


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