If you’re anything like me, you enjoy reading books. A lot. So much so that you have books spilling out of every corner of your room and your bookshelves are constantly overflowing. As soon as you buy a new shelf, it’s full, too, so you’re back to stacking books on the floor.
If you’re also like me, you like saving money. I try my hardest not to buy anything full-price, ever. Recently, the only things I’ve bought full-price have been groceries (and even then I try to find a coupon for everything I’ve got in my basket).
I discovered this site by scrolling through Tumblr one day. It was billed as “having textbooks, too, so reblog to save a wallet.” I decided to check it out, and immediately bought like $30 worth of books. The best part about this site is that very few books are over $4 (as you can see the one cookbook I bought was, but that’s okay, because I’m replacing one an ex refused to return to me), and shipping is FREE on orders of $10 or more. I repeat, free shipping on orders of $10 or more. Do you know how many books you can get for $10 on this site? Usually around three. Add in some free shipping and you’re golden!
Even better, every $50 you spend you get a $5 coupon code. You’re literally being paid with free books just by having an account with this site!
Since I’m an English major, I’ve used this site to buy textbooks for class for years now and I’ve only rarely been disappointed. (I’ll be doing a textbook-buying post later, so keep an eye out for it!) They’ve got other books, too, but if you want a cheap copy of Pride and Prejudice so you don’t have to mark up your really fancy copy, this is the place to go. (In fact, I’ll probably be buying duplicates of some of the books I already own for the Jane Austen class I’m taking this fall.)
The books come in all conditions, as the easily-readable chart above lets you know. I usually try to get the “Good” copies, but sometimes those listed as “acceptable” are much cheaper and my wallet wants me to get those instead. Since buying from Thriftbooks, I’ve become a lot more lenient on the condition that I buy books in. Previously, they had to be absolutely spotless with not a single blemish anywhere. (I keep all my books pristine.) Now it’s just like, “Well, they’ve already been well-loved. Might as well get the cheapest one.”
The only downside to Thriftbooks is that it’s an online site, so you don’t get the experience of wandering through a bookstore. (I can wander through a bookstore for hours. My boyfriend…not so much.)
Also, do a girl a favor and use my referral link to get 15% off your first purchase. It’s a win-win situation!
Need more reasons to buy from Thriftbooks? Just read their About page. It’s pretty much a deal-sealer.