I have a very large knitting library and when I’m on the “hunt” for a new book to add to my collection, I typically visit eBay and my all time favorite website, Thriftbooks. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind paying retail for books but when I can get gently used books that look brand new for a steal and often free shipping I have to take advantage.
For eBay, I have one seller I’ve purchased a lot of books from. They are reliable, accurate and their books are always like described, brand new! For the other sellers, I always check their rating, their reviews and the photos of their books. I’ve only had one bad experience for Thriftbooks, and they remedy the issue promptly with a replacement book.
I’m in love with sock knitting lately and wanted to grow that portion of my library. I decided to see what books were available, well as the current retail price and shipping costs. I was amazed at the prices I was seeing so I decided to do a bit of online “thrifting”.
The first of the month I was excited to get a brand new copy of Cookie A’s book Sock Innovation for a total of $7.34, including shipping. Retail total would have been $22.95 plus tax. Buying used, I saved a total of $15.61! By the way, my favorite seller has this listed for a buy it now price of $2.98 plus $3.99 shipping ~ just thought you might like to know
I then purchased two used library books, Favorite Socks and Folk Socks, from Thriftbooks and paid a total of $15.33 with free shipping. One thing I love about this particular website, all of their shipping is free within the US.
Retail total would have been $44.90 plus tax. Buying used, I saved a total of $29.57!
My total cost, including shipping came to $26.55. Retail total would have been $60.20 plus tax. Buying used, I saved a total of $33.65!
Don’t forget to go to your local thrift shops for bargains too. I’ve found wonderful books, including collectibles, for under $3.00 each. I’m very fortunate to live near a huge retirement area, so craft books are very plentiful, especially knitting and crocheting.
So, have you ever purchased a wonderful used book online? If so, what website did you use?
Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving and crafting!