Let's Talk: Online Used Book Stores

Hello, all!

One of my goals this year was to cut down on my book buying. I’m happy to report that, for the most part, I stuck to that resolution quite well (I’ll be touching more on this in an upcoming post!), except for some pre-orders or books that came out from my auto-buy authors. Because I wanted to be more conscious of my spending habits, I wanted to find different options for when I did allow myself to buy books. Barnes and Noble and Amazon can be great, but they can also be super expensive.

Here are a few online used books stores that I’ve found and have been loving throughout the year!

ThriftBooks: This has become my go-to for buying books this year. They have a nice mix of new and older books and are super affordable. You can select whatever format you want and it also lists what conditions they have available. If you create an account, you also can get points whenever you order and you can get a free book whenever you reach a certain amount.

Second Sale: Much like ThriftBooks, this has a mix of new and used books with prices starting at less than $4. You can also select the format/condition of whatever book you’re looking for. There’s also free shipping on orders over $10. You can even sell them books you no longer want. They also have a lot of nice buy x amount, get one free sales.

Discover Books: What I like most about this site is that it tells you the exact quantity they have in stock for a book, but they don’t have as many options when it comes to the condition of the book. Due to this, the prices aren’t as low as the other sites, but you can still find some gems.

Book Outlet: This was the first site I started using and I still constantly go back to it. This one is sort of like Marshalls, where if you see something you like you better buy it then because if you wait it’ll be gone. These typically have little defects on them, such as marker dots on the spines, but the prices can’t be beat. I have heard complaints where people have said they received copies of books that were different than what was shown on the site, I’ve never experienced that, but it’s something to keep in mind.

PangoBooks: This is an app that you can both buy and sell books on. I mainly use it for selling, but you can get a lot of newer books on here for decent prices. Popular books tend to go quite fast though, I can’t tell you how many books I’ve liked but someone was just a little bit faster than me to hit that check out button.

eBay: I feel like I don’t need to say much about this one since it’s like the OG for buying secondhand books, but I figured I’d include it anyway!

If you know of any other good sites, please let me know!


  1. Thanks for this! I never thought about buying used books online.


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