questionswhat is the best place online to buy books (used…

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Check out http://www.paperbackswap.com . My wife trades dozens of books there (both soft and hard cover) every month. She has been able to get every book I've asked her to get for me (eventually). All it costs is media mail postage and a few old books to swap.

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Recently, I posted this book search engine somewhere else. It is, IMO, the very best way to find books.

Add-All They search 36 sites for you. Including Abe's, Powell's & Alibris. Hastings isn't included yet. BTW: I agree w/@tossthedice - Hastings has excellent books. Have bought a lot from there recently. Great condition/prices on used hardbound books w/dust jackets.

An interesting aside: AbeBooks is a subsidiary of Amazon!!

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Cool, thanks. I am going to be finishing this series soon (read the first two in a week, the others probably won't last till the weekend) so they'll be ready for trade-in next week.

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@turbinator42: Awesome website! I will have to take advantage of this with all my old books!

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My personal favorite (of late) is http://www.gohastings.com/

96 cents shipping for entire book order, and you can currently use coupon code "BATMAN" for 40% off your entire order (used only).

Every book I've ordered from them has arrived in excellent condition. Protip: Their search function doesn't always work as well as it should, if you are looking for a specific book, find it on Amazon (or wiki, etc) and search for the book by the ISBN number (with the dashes removed)

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I've been a fan of alibris.com in the past - assuming you're buying a decent quantity of books to spread out the shipping. They've always got discounts available, search coupon codes online for the current ones.

For one-offs, I usually stick with Amazon because I'm impatient.

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I am also a member at paperbackswap.com and would recommend it.

Couple of tips for just starting out. Do some searches and see if the books you want are available to order or if you need to wish for it. New releases often have long wish lists but tend to move pretty quickly as more members get the book to read and post it for trade. Some older books may have a short wish list but also may not be posted for trade very often. Do a search for the books you plan to post. Some new members get overwhelmed by requests and the cost of mailing them. If your books are on someone's wishlist they will be likely be ordered soon after you post it. Other than that be patient, some members are quick to mail and others take some time to get the book in the mail.

PM me here or there if I can help with any questions.

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@izzyizzo: They have good initial prices. But I can't see the shipping charges till I finish checking out all the way through Paypal. That makes it impossible to compare their prices with the other vendors.

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@moondrake It's admittedly a pain unless you qualify for free shipping. Like I said, good for a whole stack of books, not so much for just a few.
http://www.alibris.com/help/shipping

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@gmwhit: Wow. I think we have a winner! It gives both the book price and the shipping to my state. And, for what it's worth, I'd been checking my shopping list all the sites that people have been suggesting and Abebooks was winning every time. It does using this search engine as well. But I will keep this as my go-to as it appears that it will give me the best price without having to search around.

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Abebooks has always been cheaper to me in my past usages.

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I go to www.bigwords.com to comparison shop between all the major online new and used bookstores. It's particularly helpful if you have a list. I've been in grad school for quite a long time now, and that's been my go-to place for finding the best prices, especially on academic books.