Buy Used – Part 3: Books

by Justin Weinger on September 14, 2006

Before I even get started on why you should buy used books as opposed to brand new ones, I would just like to remind you that there is a place where you can always get your books for free, assuming you return them on time: DVDs and CDs, used books are just as useful as brand new books, however they typically sell at a fraction of the price.

In order to see how much of a savings one can expect when they buy a used book versus a new one, I went back to Amazon to see what sort of deals I could find:

  • For books that have recently come out, are on the best sellers list, or are very niche specific, you can expect to save between 15% and 20%.
  • For that have been out for over a year, you can expect to save between 25% and 40%.

Again, I would encourage you to save 100% and just get the book from your local library, however if you must add the book to your collection, or know you will frequently use the book as a reference, do yourself a favor and buy it used.


{ 1 comment }

brian.carr September 22, 2006 at 10:50 am

Thanks for the comment and tip. I have bought many books at discount prices at those stores, but unfortunately the selection tends to be rather limited.

However, if you’re looking to buy new popular books at a pretty good discount, they are definitely great places to look.

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