As you may have seen in one of my latest posts, I’ve really been wanting to get back into reading. I’ve always loved reading for as long as I can remember. Things just got busy for a good while there and I slipped out of it; life happens. During that reading “dry-spell” I did attempt to read a few times with a few attempts and even fewer successes. But, the time has come again for me to get back on the reading bandwagon and I’m so excited to share my latest book haul!
**First off, let me just mention that is by no means a sponsored post, this is based strictly off my personal experience. Everything shown was purchased with my own money.**
A few months ago, well, probably a year ago actually, I came across a post on Facebook that was talking about a site called Thriftbooks. I shared it a few times over the span of a few months before I actually took the liberty to check it out. I was not disappointed.
In a nutshell, Thriftbooks is an online bookstore where you can buy books (used or new) for lower prices. (Just a warning, nothing is below $3.59 so don’t go thinking that you can score a whole series for $1 each. This isn’t eBay or a yard sale.) A majority of the books are used (hence the name THRIFTbooks) but are in really good condition. When you find the book you want to purchase you can choose how you want it (paperback, hardback, some are even offered as Audiobooks) and then from there you choose the condition. You can choose either new (if offered) or used and from there you determine if you want it acceptable, good, or like new. Just know that the better the condition the higher the price. The lowest price books ($3.59) are the used-acceptable condition books, but don’t let that stop you, sometimes they are in just as good condition.
Anywho, the books are cheap and you can grab quite a few for the price of one or two books full price. You get free shipping when you spend $10 (which is 3 of the cheaper books) and for every $50 you spend you get a coupon code for $5 off your next $15 purchase. On your first order you can also use a referral code (I’ll insert mine at the end) for 15% off your first order! They also offer deals on the books that aren’t in the super greatest condition: 2 for $7, 3 for $10, 4 for $12, and every book after that is $3 each. It’s really better to shop that way if you aren’t too concerned for the condition. The site is super easy to navigate so you shouldn’t have any problems figuring it out, but if you do, they have amazing customer service!
Not only do they offer books, they also carry textbooks! This part I can’t attest for because I haven’t needed textbooks right now. But, I am going to shop around after I register for fall semester this week and see if I can’t find a good deal on the books I need. But, without further adieu, here is my first Thriftbooks haul and mini-review!
What I Bought:
For my first every Thriftbooks purchase I decided to go with an entire series. And for that series and I picked something that I wanted to read, something that I knew of well, so for my first purchase I chose the Harry Potter series. Here’s how they look:
Harry Potter series: 1-7
As you can tell, the first 4 are paperback and the last 3 are hardback. With this purchase I wasn’t too worried about how they looked, I just wanted the series to go on my bookshelf. Later on I worry about finishing up both the paperback and hardback collections.
The paperbacks are a little more worn than I was expecting but I don’t care. I bought them to read, not for show. However, my hardback copies were in nearly pristine condition! The sleeves were slightly wrinkled and one of them had a slight rip, but they were crammed in my mailbox, so it could have been from that. Like I mentioned before, the condition of your books goes hand in hand with the price. If you pay more, you get one that looks better, if you don’t want to pay a lot, it may not look as nice. Either way, mine still look fine, the paperback copies mostly just have a little wear on the spine from being used. No big deal for me.
Price-wise I was very impressed with the condition of my books. Here is a list of what I paid and the conditions they come in:
Books 1-3: $3.33 each / 3 for $10 (These qualified as one of the deals!) – Acceptable
Book 4: $3.59 – Acceptable
Book 5 : $3.84 – Acceptable
Book 6: $4.50 – Very Good
Book 7: $4.46 – Very Good
I can’t believe how well my hardbacks are for how little was spent on them! Let me mention, however, that when purchasing them, I just bought what was suggested by the site. For some of the books it was cheaper to get the hardback vs the paperback. For instance, when I bought the 4th book, there were no used hardback copies, only new, so I went with the paperback.
Also in this order was the following Mary Higgins Clark book:
Two Little Girls in Blue was one of my favorites in high school. I love a good MHC book! This one I knew I wanted in hardback just because it’s one of my favorites. This one cost me $3.99 and for the condition it’s in (Very Good), so well worth it. This is an older-ish book, but to me it is in wonderful condition, almost looks like it may have come from a library.
Overall I am so very pleased. Before I made a purchase I watched several YouTube videos and asked for firsthand experience from a Facebook group I am in. After receiving a ton of positive feedback I decided to take the plunge and was no disappointed!
Here is what my order looked like:
I ordered on 6/30, not even 20 minutes later I was notified that my order had been fully processed. By the end of the day most of my order has shipped. I received all of my items in 4 shipments, 2 of which came the following Wednesday (7/6). The last 2 shipments arrived on Thursday (7/7) and Friday (7/9). On my above order you can see which items were part of the deal, prices, condition, as well as where the books are shipping from. The paperbacks and Mary Higgins Clark book were shipped together and the three hardback HP books were all shipped separately. I was very impressed with how fast things went, I think it also helps that some of the books purchased were in the same state as me. Nonetheless, within a week I had everything I ordered. Before everything ever arrived I had already placed order number 2! (So look forward to another haul soon!)
I highly suggest ordering from this site if you are wanting to build-up your collection or are just browsing for some new things. I’ve heard people say such great things about their customer service and the ordering process itself is pretty amazing as well. When completing your order you are given the chance to pay through Thriftbooks by entering your information or by using PayPal. I always choose PayPal when shopping online, it just helps secure your information and I really appreciate that.
If you have anymore questions about the site or my order, or anything really, just let me know! I’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns!
Here’s my referral link to help you save 15% on your order!
I personally haven’t shopped with someone’s referral code, so I’m not 100% sure how it works, but I think they’ll send you an email with the code in it. Otherwise I can email it to you! ♥