When I was growing up I spent a lot of time in Saudi Arabia due to my father working as a dentist on an American airbase ( about 4 – 5 months out of the year! ).
Now, television isn’t exactly top quality over there so I was a nine year old desperately looking for something to kill time…and I found it through my father’s books!
He introduced me to the works of J R R Tolkien and my love of reading was born – I’ve adored books ever since!
But I’m not a modern reader – I don’t like squinting at my smart phone and I HATE anything related to Kindle!
I want to feel something tangible in my hands as I read – I like to read the ‘old school’ style.
Today we will be taking a look at a site that actually pays you for the books you have read. If you are like me you’ll have wardrobes full of old hardbacks – why not pass them on to someone else???
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The BookScouter Review
BookScouter was started up by Brandon Checketts back in 2007 for vendors on the lookout for second hand books.
The platform is an awesome place to go if you want to find the true value of particular titles – have you been holding onto a cult classic for the last couple of decades?
You are able to put the book out there and have vendors fight over the rights to buy it – a great way to get some price comparison down!
It’s system is a really newbie-friendly setup:
- Find your book’s ISBN number and enter it into the BookScouter system.
- Wait for vendors to check over the book’s description along with it’s condition and make an offer.
- Check out the vendor’s feedback and ratings then make a decision on whether or not you want to sell to them.
- If you decide to sell, request a box and shipping labels off the chosen vendor.
- Much like eBay – the vendor will receive the goods and inspect them then you will get your payment off BookScouter ( as long as the book meets the product description ).
It’s quite a simple setup really – as long as you are honest about the condition of the book you will have no problems in going through the system!
If you have a little experience in internet marketing you may want to try out the extra ways to earn through the BookScouter platform.
I noticed a Pay-Per-Click option and an affiliate option to draw new customers in – could be very lucrative if you manage to find the right reader’s hangout online!
Payments through the platform can either be made by check or digital payment through Paypal ( always the better option in my book! ).
There is no set time limit on when you will receive payment so make sure you check the bio/feedback of every vendor.
Some of them will have a few dodgy dealings tucked away in there – make sure you know who you are dealing with and how long you will have to wait for your money!
Okay, enough of the niceties – let’s get down to the slightly darker side of this book selling platform…
First of all, this can’t really be a long term business choice unless you have an unlimited supply of books at your mercy.
If you attend local auctions or frequent boot sales or yard sales you may well be able to make a fair whack out of this…but most of us don’t!
Some priceless antique books will not be accepted by BookScouter – yes, you did read that last sentence correctly!
If your book is too old to show a ISBN number then the book vendors will not really show any interest.
I found this rather strange as antique books can make a fortune but hey – I’m no expert at the end of the day!
It’s also important to remember that BookScouter is just a middleman in this book selling process – the business is done between yourself and the book vendor!
Well it’s definitely NOT a scam…and it’s a pretty impressive platform overall. Sure there are a few minor complaints that I touched on above but these are very minor.
As I pointed out – this is not a site to get rich on ( unless you are a professional book dealer! ), but think of it as a eBay for used books – somewhere to make a little extra cash for unwanted reads.