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I wanted to buy some new books recently, and did my usual - go to Amazon! Collectively the 4 books would have been £38.34.

I was having a look on eBay, and found a company selling second hand books. The 4 I wanted were buy 3 get the 4th free. I got all books for £12.97 (free postage). The books arrived and by large I am quite happy, they have all been used but are in good condition! One was a bit more used than the others, not the ‘very good condition’ advertised, so this was refunded. Total for 4 books was now £9.83.

I personally do not mind second hand books; I used to love going to a library when I was younger.

Do you buy secondhand books and what has been your experience? Would you go back to buying new?

Millc2
a week ago
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Leannexxx

We get books from the charity shop in my local they always end up with the latest ones

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martinlufc5637

I don't read myself but my wife does, she buys all her books second hand or from Works, they have a 3 for £10 shelf for new books

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Millc2

martinlufc5637 I used to buy from the Works as well. but sadly the books I wanted aren’t available there. These ones are connected to my area of work, so may not be mainstream

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Gromit22

Millc2 I will buy from The Works too but only instore now.I’ve had a couple of online orders and the books have arrived damaged because the packer has just literally thrown the books in the box 🙄

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IonaJones

Yes I would buy second hand books and I have in the past. However last year I joined the kindle gang and must say I actually read more than ever did. You get stuff your kindle days which are free bought books not like the kindle unlimited. I do have subscription for unlimited but I also cancel it a few times too and they give you offers to get you back.

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Millc2

IonaJones I bought a kindle quite a few years ago, and just couldn’t get into it. There is something so satisfactory about turning the corner of a page and finishing a physical book. But a kindle is very helpful when it comes to travelling

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IonaJones

Millc2 If there is a book I really want or like I still buy the paper copy. But the kindle is good for me as I like reading in bed and I can do this lying down with lights off. Plus like you say when I go somewhere the kindle is always with me. As I have around 30+ books ready to read, never run out of books.

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didbygraham

Love picking up second-hand books - always on the look out in charity shops etc. Whenever looking for a specific title - first check price on Amazon as a marker and then check ebay / etc to see if available second-hand. At least you know a book will work so second-hand is less of a risk

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jms19

I almost always buy my books second hand. They are a lot cheaper and i don’t feel bad if i buy it and don’t enjoy it cause i just donate it back to the charity shop.

Everyone wins cause charity gets my money, i get the book and they then get the book back again

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jam45

jms19 Exactly. Abebooks is my first choice for buying used books online, but the book prices constantly go up and down. I also buy books from my local charity shop - Sue Ryder - 2 for £1.

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jms19

jam45 i did used to use my local library as well but that’s gone a bit rubbish. I’m lucky that there’s a good selection of books in the charity shops near me

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jam45

jms19 I agree with you.

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Millc2

jms19 I used to love going to the library when I was little, with my mum. This is before the internet at home was common place and I used to do research in books at the library

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wonderingsoul

Nothing wrong at all with second hand looked at getting a book on amazon new quoted £8 walked into local charity shop got it for 70p a book gets read and loved instead of destroyed or just sat there and you get yourself a bargain and get to read it, there's not much of a downside really.

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Consumer

I do buy secondhand books from eBay as long as they are described as like new/new - great savings!

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ch7leach

I don't buy books at all, I'm not a reader. My wife on the other hand is the complete opposite and will bring back what feels like 100 books day! (Exaggerated) She tends to prefer 2nd hand ones because they smell better? One of the bedrooms we have is now a library as are the toilets the kitchen the stairs the lounge and just about everywhere else

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jam45

ch7leach OMG! Why won't your wife sell or donate them to charity after reading them(all)?

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ch7leach

jam45 likes to keep and re read them. Likes hording too..

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jam45

ch7leach Blimey!

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MrsCraig

Most of our sons books are 2nd hand. Amazon sells 2nd hand books, that's where all of his have come from. I only buy the ones that are like new, excellent or very good. Get them from the local charity shops too.

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Glitterandgold

I could not tell you the last time i bought a brand new book at full price. There's a charity shop in town I visit a couple times a month. 4 books for £1 including hardbacks. Quite often there's newer books too.

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jam45

Glitterandgold Wow! 4 books for a pound?

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Glitterandgold

jam45 Yep! Good wide selection too.

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Millc2

My goodness, thank you so much everyone for interacting with my first ever chat post! I will try and post some replies over the next day ☺️

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jam45

Millc2 Aww

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HEDGEHOGS

I have picked up books in charity shops but we also have free cycle events and there's always loads of books to be able to swap.

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PhilipMarc

Bought some a few years ago, but haven't done so since as it gets heavy to transport/ship it elsewhere.

And Amazon sure gives a lot of digital books... That's just it, it's digital so it doesn't feel like the real thing. You can't hold it, feel it, and have that new smell.

That said, I ordered a free physical Bible because of a girl I'm kind of dating and I consider myself Christian, though I've rarely been to church and never read the Bible so I'll change that.

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Jerseydrew

Yes I shop around and actually 2nd hand better. Cheaper and better for the environment

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Gromit22

I buy used books from charity shops or via donations at supermarkets etc. I will give them a sniff test as it’s horrid if it’s been a smoker’s book

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SueWard

It is good to see that so many people enjoy reading.Yes, I do buy second hand books from charity shops where you can find some real bargains.My best find was a book about the Normandy landings in 1944 which my father took part in.So much information for a mere .50 p. I really enjoyed reading this one which increased my knowledge of what happened to my father all those years ago.

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Pjran

We are very lucky as two friends are avid readers and pass all their books to us. If there’s a particular book then we go online and order it from our local library.

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