Review: Half Price Books
Old hat to Austinites, but there’s a great little chain in town called Half Price Books. Indeed, every paperback they sell is for 50% off the cover price. Hardcovers are seemingly randomly priced.
More interestingly, they also have a pretty cool system to buy books from you (at a fraction of the cost). You bring in a box of books to a counter in the back, they require that you stay in the store, and then they offer you a price (no bargaining). Then you take the offer to the front. By this point, you’ve picked up several more books and their devious vector plotting has paid off.
Not a cash cow by any means (I just got rid of ~30 books and earned a whopping $10), but the selection is pretty good given the nature of the community, the prices are sometimes comparable with Amazon/Half.com.
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