Half Priced Books

Yesterday I spoke a bit about spring cleaning and one of those cleanings involved going through my books and sorting out ones I either know I never read or I found something out about an author (coughtheyareracistcough) that made me want to give away all their books that I own. This ended up with me having 2 bags full of books. If you’re new to my blog, I’m not a book blogger but I am an avid reader. I probably have about 400 physical books in my house because I constantly go to library sales when I can or I visit Half Price Books, the latter of which I want to talk to you about today cause this store isn’t everywhere.

The closest one to me is about a 40 minute drive North. I remember when I first realized that there was one in the vicinity of NorthEast Ohio and got super excited to go. Believe me when I say it’s pretty amazing. The concept of the place is every book and even DVD, manga, game, journal, etc that you buy is half the price of what the publisher printed on the book jacket. For hardcovers, that logic sometimes applies and sometimes it’s an even better deal because a hardcover can be $30 and Half Price will sell it for like $9.99. Suffice to say, it’s quite easy to get stuck in this store for hours at a time. They also have a counter set up where they will buy your books from you. The less often they see books come across the desk, the more money you’ll get. For example, I took The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown up there and it got pennies because they see this book all the time so it’s not really worth a lot. But if you bring in a popular book, for example, a book by Ilona Andrews, it’s worth more because I personally have never seen an Ilona Andrews in Half Price Books. She’s just a hot author and the books just don’t stay on the shelves long enough once they’re brought in.

Anyway, here are a couple pictures I took to give you an idea of what this awesome book store looks like inside:


Pretty awesome right? Great way to feed an addiction at half the cost πŸ˜‰ . And majority of the books are in great condition!

Do you have a favorite book store by you that you go to that has awesome deals such as this one? How do you feel about book buying addictions? Not necessarily a bad one to have eh? Let me know in the comments below!


33 thoughts on “Half Priced Books

    1. Yes! It is quite expensive! Luckily the closest Barnes and Noble from me is about the same distance as Half Price so I don’t feel inclined to go there. The closest book store to me in general is Books a Million which is marginally better than B&N but still doesn’t compare to Half Price. I hope you have one near you! It’s such a great place!

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        1. That is a bummer Susan but you know what? You can always check out their online marketplace! It works the same. I probably should have added that to the post. Just go to hpb.com. πŸ˜€


  1. Hi, my name is daodeqi, and I have a book buying addiction. Mostly classics, and a few modern writers. I enjoy buying other bloggers books. But lately, I have been neglecting my family when we go treasure hunting together. Always have my head stuck in the dusty antique books. It’s getting bad. But the truth is, I don’t know if I even want to stop.
    What should I do?
    Dusty and weighed down, in Blogville

    Ok, but seriously…Hemingway first edition For Whom The Bell Tolls…do you think it’s worth thirty five bucks? Because I will file an extension I stead of doing my taxes to run down to the store and buy it!

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    1. Bahahahaha! I personally say never stop but I may be a bad influence. As for first edition worth thirty five bucks, if you’re talking brand new, never touched, then maybe. But I just looked it up on their online marketplace and someone has a used first edition in good condition for $16.91 with $3 shipping. So if you live in the US, maybe you can order it online if you don’t need perfect first edition condition.

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  2. Man I wish!! We don’t have one close to our house and the closest Barnes is about an hour away. I use Amazon prime a lot and also Discoverbooks.com which offers free shipping. The only issue is that the shipping is slow like up to 14 days.

    Love the pics! Nice to see what it looks like inside. I hope one day I get to visit. πŸ™‚ Book buying addictions are awesome when it comes to rummage sales. πŸ˜‰ LOL Thanks for sharing, Nel!

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    1. Yeah. Amazon is pretty great with the fast shipping. If you don’t have a shipping time limit, you can always check out the deals on hpb.com. Better World Books is another one that has a decent selection as well with free shipping.

      Glad you enjoyed the pictures and if you ever come and visit, that store is a must go to. I take everyone. They don’t have a choice :P.

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  3. I am loving the 25 cent used thrift store books. There is something about the fact that anyone could have touched that book and been touched by it. The older the better. Character! Plus, I like jingling when I walk with a pocket full of change and a full wallet at home.

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    1. Hahahaha! Sssssssh! My husband can’t know that that’s the future. πŸ˜› However, we do have dreams of one day building our own house and when he drew up his vision, he legit included a room specially for me with just books and a place to read him. That’s love right? ❀

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    1. Geez! Well might be worth the trip once a month when you can’t resist buying books. I know Amazon is a lot cheaper and ships right to the door but there’s nothing like walking through a physical book store. πŸ™‚

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  4. I love used bookstores. My favorite closed down a few years back, but we still have a few good ones around. I still have a stack so I’m avoiding going to one… It’s so hard.

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  5. I used to read a lot in the past, but somehow that habit just disappeared for me. My husband buys a lot of books, though, mostly online.

    When my husband’s parents died he wanted a lot of his father’s books. He actually had them shipped all the way from Czech Republic to the US. We certainly have at least 400 books. Probably many more than that, but most are in Czech. If hubby ever passes before me, I have no idea what I’ll do with them. I’d have to find some local Czech in the area.


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