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I have a sneaking suspicion that every homeschool family has a cardboard box full of used homeschool curriculum. I know I do. There is an old Amazon box full of books tucked under my desk. For months I have dusted and vacuumed around it. Cardboard boxes full of things I don’t need are not really my favorite type of decor.
Some of the curricula is stuff that both of my children have outgrown. Some of it is books that were great for my oldest, but not a good fit for my youngest. Honestly, it all just needs to go. It isn’t serving my family anymore and it could be benefiting someone else.
In general there are three ways to get rid of used curriculum:
- Give it away. This only works well if you happen to know a homeschool family with a child one year younger with the same educational philosophy and the same learning style. This is very rare. I think I have only seen this happen maybe once or twice in my 8 years homeschooling.
- Hoard it forever. Let me save you some trouble. I have tried this strategy. The pile of used books just gets bigger and more overwhelming.
- Sell it. This option lets everyone win. You make a little money for new curriculum and another family gets a great price on something they need.
I have always liked the idea of selling used homeschool curriculum. At least in theory. Until recently it wasn’t something I put into practice (which explains my box full of curricula). Usually selling curriculum means driving to a consignment store. That isn’t always easy. Between homeschooling my kids, working, and managing my home, my free hours are usually around midnight to 5 am. Not exactly a convenient time to go to a store.
Thankfully, Hoot Book Revival lets me sell my used homeschool curriculum any time of the night while wearing pajamas and sipping tea.
Sell Used Homeschool Curriculum with Hoot Book Revival
Hoot Book Revival is a website dedicated to the selling and buying of used homeschool curriculum. It is run by a homeschool family who had the same ‘overflowing boxes of used curriculum’ that many of us have.
Hoot Book Revival is incredibly user-friendly. It takes only a few minutes to get set up to sell all of your used homeschool curriculum.
How to Sell with Hoot Book Revival
Selling used homeschool curriculum on Hook Book Revival is really easy.
The first step is to set up a vendor account.
This was super simple and didn’t take me long at all. It only took a few minutes to enter basic info such as my ‘store’ name and location. You will only need to do this step the very first time you log on to sell a book.
Now you are ready to list your used books in your corner of this online shop.
The fastest way to add curriculum and books is by entering the ISBN found on the back cover. Entering the ISBN number auto fills a lot of information like the title, author, and publisher.
There is an option to change the quantity if you have more than one of the same book. I only have one of everything, so I just left this as ‘1’.
The next step is to select the condition of the book. This was the hardest step for me. I always second guess myself because I wonder if other people think of ‘good’ the same way that I do. The Book Hoot Revival book condition guide was very helpful. It provided pictures and detailed description of each category, helping me be confident in my selection.
Now you will enter a bit more information such as subject, age, grade, curriculum, and categories. The description will auto-fill, which was handy. I wouldn’t really know what to say to describe a common grammar book.
The only thing left to do now is decide how you want to handle shipping fees. I chose to require the buyer to pay the shipping costs. I know we all love free shipping, but it isn’t practical to expect a seller to pay $3.00 shipping on a $5.00 book. Books and curriculum are allowed to be sent via USPS media mail for a lower rate. I weighed each book on a postal scale and then looked up the current media rates for that weight. You can also decide whether you want to allow international purchases.
The books stay in your possession until they are sold.
After an order is placed . . .
Once a buyer orders your product you simply mail it and wait to be paid. The buyer pays Hoot Book Revival before you ship the order. They hold the funds for two weeks to protect both side of the sale. If everything is as expected, the money is deposited into the seller’s account. If there is a problem, such as the books are not as well-kept as described, then the buyer returns the books to the seller and gets their money back. I like this system because Hoot Book Revival is basically looking out for both parties. There is no chance of being scammed.
Hoot Book Revival only charges a small 10% service fee. That is it. A flat 10% is a bargain. Other online sites have a flat fee plus % and physical consignment stores take up to 50%! This means that selling on Hoot Book Revival doesn’t only save you time, it saves you money too.
This is a fantastic time of year to sell all of your used homeschool curriculum. Families are starting to purchase for the next school year. List your used homeschool curriculum on Hoot Book Revival and then take a little look to see if you can find anything you need. This will be my first homeschool curriculum shopping spot from now on.
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