How and Where to Sell Your Homeschool Books
Homeschooling can be expensive!
Selling your used textbooks and curriculum is a great way to keep your homeschool costs as low as possible.
But where, how and when to sell can be a bit intimidating if you are a first time seller. After five years of buying and selling our homeschool textbooks, I’ve picked up a few tips along the way and I’m sharing my system (that includes a cool tracking sheet) with you today!
When to list your homeschool text books for sale
There are a few times of the year that I believe to be the best time to sell your used homeschool books.
Many homeschool moms are buzzing about and dreaming of next school year. They are evaluating what worked, what didn’t and what they are going to try. Early birds already have their eye out for deals. If you have your books ready to sell now, you have less competition.
The main purchasing season is May and August. If you can have your curriculum ready to sell by May 1st, you are in great shape for the big rush.
One huge benefit to homeschooling is that you have the freedom to choose what you use which also includes the freedom to change gears along the way if something isn’t working. At the end of a semester is a common time to switch curriculum if something doesn’t quite fit. This is the slowest of the three main selling seasons, but it is still worth having books that you need to sell listed.
Where to List your Homeschool Books for Sale?
There are many ways to resell your used homeschool books.
Directly to another homeschool parent.
Pop-up Sales. These are usually run by a local co-op or church. Some have booth charges and some are free.
Homeschool Books Stores
Consider a few things when selling your used curriculum.
Is the item current edition?
Is the item specific to a co-op?
Is the item brand name?
What is the condition of the item?
Is it better for your lifestyle to ship a book or meet in person?
As a homeschool mom with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I am very protective of my “worth it” factor.
When looking at tasks that will take my time and energy. I do my best to figure out if the outcome will be worth the effort.
Some seasons, I have just wanted to get rid of my books in one big trip so I was willing to make less money. In other seasons, I have been willing to hold onto the books for longer if that meant a higher resale rate. Each way of selling has pro and cons.
My personal favorite ways to resell our homeschool curriculum are:
Direct in person
Homeschool Book Store
My favorite place to list them for sale is in Facebook Buy and Sell Groups for the specific publisher of your book.
It is a targeted group of people that know exactly what they want and are quick to act. Just do a search and most likely you will find a group with thousands of people in it!
A few things to remember when selling online.
Make sure that you follow the rules of the group.
Know the edition of your books and what the current edition and retail price for a new book is.
Check the condition of the books and take a few minutes to clean them up if necessary.
Be upfront and honest about the condition of the book, noting any marks, page tears of water damage.
I personally prefer to use PayPal. It protects both you and the purchaser.
Make sure you know your media mail rates and the weight of books you are selling.
I like to include the media mail shipping cost into some of the larger ticket items. You can determine your shipping costs by going to the USPS website and looking up media mail rates. Don’t forget that you will need to purchase an envelope or box as well!
Direct in person sales are wonderful if you belong to a co-op and know a group of people that are already committed to using the books you are selling. They are also normally quick to act since they understand the value of getting a required book for the program at a discounted rate. The bonus with direct in person sales within a co-op is that you most likely see that person on a regular basis and do not have to go out of your way to arrange a meeting time and place.
Homeschool Book Stores usually run on two buying models. Consignment or resale. Both models normally offer more if you keep what you earn in store credit. Consignment means that you will leave your books at the store and you collect the money when they sell. Resell is when the store will purchase your items on the spot.
You will earn considerably less by going this route, but it is still a preferred method of mine since I enjoy buying what we can from the store and it is always super fun to rack up credit as it usually takes a big chunk off of my total.
Pop up Sales are really fun especially if you are newer to homeschooling or are about to level up from either elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school. Sellers normally get early shopping access. It’s helpful to see what others have used and it is a wonderful chance to talk to other homeschool moms about what has worked for them and why.
Craigslist, Ebay and Amazon are all places that require you to create an account. To me that is a an extra step I am not willing to make. This may work really well for people that do not have a Facebook account or have more unique books that need a wider audience.
Deciding on how much to sell your used homeschool books for.
I consider a few things when coming up with a price.
Is the book a current edition.
What is the condition?
Who am I selling it to?
Am I shipping or driving to meet the person?
What time of year is it?
From what I have seen, the average resell price of a current edition book in good condition is about 60-70% of the original cost.
Using that as a starting point, tweak your price based on condition, demand, availability and if you need to go out of your way.
I always try to price it so that both the seller (me) and the buyer are both excited about the deal.
With a little preparation, organization and research you can cover the costs of your upcoming school year by selling the homeschool books that you no longer use. It has been a great way for our family to keep homeschooling affordable.
I created a printable tracking sheet for you to help stay organized while selling your books. It can get confusing to remember what books you listed where and who has paid. This sheet helps me stay organized and not let anything fall through the cracks!
Click below to download your tracking sheet!