How to Make Money Buying Books
Kel Sunday, January 29, 2017 discussionIf you're a book buying addict, you love books. You love getting them, reading them, re-reading them!
You may love spending all that money a little less. But just a little. Books are worth it.
But, just in case your wallet has you in tears, here are a few ways to make a little money while buying all those books. So you can buy more books! ;)
Disclaimer: I'm not being paid for any of the following referrals. They're just services I've used and not hated. :)
Ebates is probably the easiest way to get money back from a variety of places. If you haven't used them before, you sign up for free, start your shopping trips at their site and get a percentage of your purchase back. The amount varies per store. It's small, but it adds up, especially if you buy a ton of books. (Side note: definitely start here for bigger purchases like flights and hotels. 2-5% of that is huge.)
The bad news: Amazon only offers cash back on a few categories, and books aren't one of them.
The good news: the rest of these guys DO offer cash back for books:
(cash back percentages listed are as they appeared on 1/29/17; they do change)
- Barnes & Noble - 3% cash back
- Books-A-Million - 1.5% cash back
- The Book Depository - 2.5% cash back
- Kobo - 5% cash back
- Chapters/Indigo - 1-5% cash back
- Book Outlet - 5% cash back
- Better World Books - 3% cash back
- Walmart - 3% cash back
There are also some membership programs out there, but most have annual fees. :P There are a few tell-a-friend, get a 20% off coupon things too. I don't usually bother with them, but if you know people who will definitely buy once invited, go for it!
ThriftBooks has a customer loyalty program I do use. There's no membership fee. You earn a $5 coupon for every $50 you spend.
That's all for now! School's been kicking my butt and I'm sorry to say I haven't been reading much. Hopefully that'll change soon. :)
Do you have any money-making secrets for book shopping? What are your favorite sites and loyalty programs?