Category Archives: Making Extra Money

Make Money Selling Books – Selling Them Yourself Versus to a Buyer

January 15, 2012

To make money selling books online, there are two major options: do it yourself, or sell to an online buyback company. Below are the ins and outs of selling your used books yourself one-by-one, versus selling used books to Cash4Books all at once.

Selling Books Yourself one-by-one:

  • Selling your books individually generally nets you more money.  Although most websites will charge you at least a 15% commission fee, which will significantly cut into your profits.
  • You must spend your time creating a listing for each of your books. This includes condition, comments, and price of each of the books you are selling.
  • You will need to monitor your listing.  This means you must wait for the books to sell and you will need to constantly reprice your books so that the prices are competitive. And after all this, there is no guarantee your books will sell.
  • After your book sells you will need to find, package, and ship each book to each individual customers.  You will need to repeat this step each time a different book sells.  This may mean multiple trips to the post office.
  • You will need to provide the customer service to the individual customers that purchased your books.   This can mean multiple emails, like:  “Did you ship my book?”  ”Where is my tracking number?” “I want to return the book.” “My book is different than described.” “I want a refund”.

Selling Books to Cash4Books:

  • You will know in advance how much money you will receive for your books. And, there are no fees for selling your books to Cash4Books.
  • You will receive the money that was quoted to you.  We publish our condition requirements for you to read in advance so you know what to expect.
  • We provide you with a prepaid shipping label directly on our website.  Or, if you need one sent, we will mail one to you free of charge.
  • You can sell us all your books at once, saving the time and materials it takes to package your books individually.  Just one trip to the post office or FedEx location of your choice.
  • Payment for your books is sent within ONE business day after we receive and process your books.  Whether you opt for Paypal or check–our payment process is fast!
  • We keep you informed about your shipment every step of the way with email notifications: approved for shipment, received, and paid.
  • Need more cash for your books? Sign up for our mailing list, and you will receive monthly promotional offers to get more for your used books (sign up form is in the right column).
  • Selling to Cash4Books saves you time. What is your time worth?

We sometimes get the question of why our quotes are lower than used book retail prices (the prices you could roughly get if you sold the books yourself).  We are not able to quote at retail because the company has expenses to pay for.  These expenses include postage inbound, computer software, marketing, rent for a 23,000 sq ft building, utilities, payroll and benefits, and more.

Cash4Books offers value, first and foremost, as a convenient and time saving service. Secondly, we offer value as a quality service with an exception customer care team. We recognize that people live busy lifestyles, and Cash4Books is meant as a one stop shop for selling used books and textbooks online with a great experience.  However, if you have the time to try selling books yourself, that can be a great option as well.

It is also important to note that we do not buy everything.  In fact, we are sometimes criticized for how picky we are in what we buy. This is generally due to the laws of supply and demand, our current on-hand quantity, and the used book retail value of a book at any given time.

Thank you for stopping by our blog, and we hope you check us out and sell some books!


Make Money Reviewing Products

December 9, 2011

How to Make Money Reviewing Products

There are a number of ways to make money reviewing products for a business. You may choose to do this as a side business to supplement your income or as a full-time job.

Reviewing products is a fun way to give your opinion while helping businesses cater to their customers’ needs and make relevant changes to products or services. Here are just a few ways you can get make money reviewing products.

Make money by reviewing products and taking surveys

Taking surveys is a great way for college students to earn a little extra cash.

There are a number of legitimate websites that offer people compensation for taking surveys. Typically you earn points for every survey completed. When you reach a certain point threshold, you can cash in your account.

Students may want to try the website SurveyU to make a little extra money for college. They even give you extra points when it is your birthday! Money earned can be transferred to a PayPal account, Amazon gift card or an iTunes gift card. Surveyspot is another good site for paid product reviews and also runs on a points system. Once you have reached a certain amount, you can request your payment via check.

Taking surveys of products can be a good way to earn money, but keep in mind you may have to take many surveys before you actually get paid. Additionally, you may come across surveys that you are ineligible to take as you do not meet certain demographic criteria. This is normal and should not discourage survey takers. The company simply needs very specific data for that particular survey. Keep trying and eventually you will see your income grow!

E-bay and Company Product Reviews
Another way to make money through product reviews is to write them for specific companies. There are a number of websites, such as oDesk, where companies and individual E-bay sellers write job postings looking for product reviewers. You will earn an income and companies receive reviews and feedback to help them better serve their customers. Everybody wins!

Make money reviewing products on your blog!

Make money reviewing products on your blog! Credit: shimgray,

Blog about Product Reviews
You may also want to use your existing blog to make money reviewing products. You can directly approach companies about reviewing their product or service for compensation. In your pitch, include information about your blog to convince the company that you are a good fit and that your readers will be interested in purchasing the product.

There are a number of successful bloggers that frequently include product reviews on their websites. Many of them either receive the actual product as compensation for the review or a direct payment from the company. One product review site you might want to use for reference is

Reviewing products online is a great way to get started making money. There are a number of additional resources online and at your local library that can help you get started on writing product reviews. Good luck and happy reviewing!

Make more money with Cash4Books Suggestions!

September 27, 2011

Hi Everyone,

We have an exciting new feature on that enables you, our customers, to make even more money! We understand how it can sometimes be confusing to know exactly which books we are buying at the moment. And nobody wants to enter a bunch of ISBNs only to discover that most of them are unable to be purchased. So in order to reduce the chance of that happening, the Mountain Dew and Cheetoh stained nerds in our IT department were instructed to make Cash4Books easier to use. And frankly, I am impressed with their improvement. is proud to introduce Cash4Books Suggestions!

Whenever an ISBN or a group of ISBNs is entered into our site, we analyze the entered book(s), find related titles, and suggest them to you. Here is an example:

Let’s say that you just finished reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and you wanted to sell it to Cash4Books. You go to and type 9781401323257 into the box on the homepage. You click “Price My Books” and are taken to the results page. If you look right under the results you will see a new box that looks a lot like this:

These are books that our computers predict you are most likely to have and that we are currently buying. To make it even easier on you, if you happen to have one of these books all you have to do is type in the last four digits of that book to add it to your buyback cart. Pretty sweet, huh?

Now let’s say you are in college and are studying American History. You go to Cash4Books and type in the ISBN off of the back of one of your textbooks that you would like to sell back. You click “Price My Books” and under the pricing results you’ll see a box that looks a lot like this one:

Amazingly, the computer predicted three books that you are likely to own. And again, you only have to type in the last four digits of each book to add it to your cart.

We hope that everyone finds this new feature as fun and helpful as we do. Be sure to check it out on your next order and see if we’re able to predict some of the books on your shelf.

Four Ways to Make Money Traveling

September 16, 2011

Make Money Traveling

If you asked people what they would do if they didn’t have to work, you can bet most answers would include something to do with traveling. But did you know there are actually ways to make money traveling? These are just a few ways that you can make travel fun and profitable.

Sun, sand and syntax!

Use your writing skill to make money traveling. Image credit: kiwanja,

Option #1 – Travel writing

Many travel-focused magazines are on the constant lookout for new and engaging articles. While these magazines have high quality standards for content, if you have writing talent and experience, this is a great way to make money traveling. A good place to learn more and gain access to travel writing resources is

Option #2 – Write a blog about traveling or Podcast about it

You may not be able to easily get a job writing for a travel magazine, but you can do the next best thing and start writing for yourself. Many people will be interested to learn about your travel adventures, especially if you can write in an informative and humorous manner. Once you start getting some traffic to your blog you can begin selling travel related products or advertisements. You could also consider writing and self-publishing a travel guide.

If you are more comfortable just talking passionately about where you have been or what you have seen, a podcast may be your best bet to make money traveling. Record a short episode about your favorite traveling experience. Upload it and watch those hits come in; if you can make your listeners feel a connection with your podcast, you can be guaranteed to have them coming back to hear about your most recent adventure. Once you have a sizable fan base, you can began seeking out advertisers or sponsors for your podcast. Visit _travel_podcasts.shtml for a list of podcasts that you can listen to for inspiration.

Option #3 – Offer English language tutoring

This obviously won’t work if you are just planning to travel to Boston or New York. If however you are interested in seeing the world, you can cover the costs of your trip and maybe make a little extra by offering your services as an English language tutor. As English has become the dominant language in the business world, the demand for English language tutors has increased. By tutoring you will meet some incredible people and make money traveling.

Do you have an eye for photography? Use it to make money traveling. Image credit: travellingtamas,

Option #4 – Photography

For the right person who is truly passionate about traveling and photography, travel photography is an excellent way to make money traveling. People not only love beautiful pictures, but also seeing places that they have never visited. Because not everyone has the time or budget to travel around the world, viewing the world through photographs gives them a chance to see what is out there. If you have a knack for photography, it could be worth getting out there and start taking pictures. If there is not a magazine or website interested in running your pictures, start your own website! Check out for some more information.

Of course, there are other ways to make money traveling that we did not mention here, and we invite you to join our discussion and let us know some of your favorite ways are that worked in the past.

Sell Textbooks Online and Make Fast Cash

September 4, 2011

Don’t get ripped off by the college bookstore ever again. Sell textbooks online! offers an easy and convenient textbook buyback service. Simply type the ISBN numbers off the back of your textbooks into our site to receive free and instant price quotes. Your textbooks ship for free with our prepaid mailing labels. Once the textbooks arrive, we issue payment promptly through your choice of PayPal or check.

Even more, we have an iPhone barcode scanner, as well as an Android barcode scanner, for some quick price checks.  With our easy to use apps, you can quickly sell your textbooks right from your smart phone.

A reliable and trusted buyer of college textbooks since 2004, has purchased over 1.6 million books from 250,000 customers. Located in Beaverton, Oregon, we are a family-owned business with 40 employees. Read more about us here, and some media coverage (which includes  a mention on the CBS Early Show, the Dr. Phil show, and the Yahoo! Shine blog).


Sell textbooks online in three easy steps:

  1. Enter textbooks to sell

  2. Ship for FREE

  3. Get paid

Visit the homepage and start selling your textbooks today! - Sell Textbooks Online - Free Shipping, Fast Payment