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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pet Peeves

The books you order from paperbackswap are NOT free. I'm sorry to burst your frugal bubble, but unless you are sending the books via some free postal service, you are paying to receive a credit. I pay on average about $2.30 for my books, which is a steal considering the books I order, but it's still not free. In fact, it's so not free that it's actually cheaper to buy books from a thrift store or a library book sale than it is to get them off of paperbackswap.com.

Don't get me wrong, I adore paperbackswap. But it causes my insides to roil with righteous indignation whenever I hear someone falsely claim that they got books "for free!' off of a website that they essentially have to pay to use.

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  • CappuccinoLife

    lol. I agree with you.

    Found the same thing with "thredup", which is a neat idea but we have a thrift store in town where I can get quadruple the amount of nice clothes for what I'd pay for shipping with thredup.

  • Valerie

    I agree 100%! Also, the last few times I got books from there, the books were in really bad condition.

  • Birdie

    I agree with you! I have found quite a few fifty cent or one dollar bargains at our local Half Price Books on their clearance shelves which still beats the price of shipping on the swap.