Every Summer, I love attending used homeschool book sales. I’ve found some fantastic deals on materials I needed and have been able to thumb through curriculum that I was interested in purchasing. Sometimes actually putting my hands on the homeschool materials helps me decide if it’s right for our family. There are many places online and offline that you can use to sell homeschool curriculum.
Before you sell, there are a few things that you want to consider.
Condition of the item:
When you are selling, be sure to be honest about the condition. If it has highlighting, mark it as such. If it has been written in pencil, mark it. Nothing worse than thinking you’re getting a blank workbook than receiving one that is completely filled out.
I usually do a little research before I price an item. Unless it is completely brand new, I don’t ask near the original list price. Brand new you may be able to get full face value since the buyer will not have to pay extra for shipping if the transaction is local. If you’re selling online, consider the cost of shipping and make sure it’s not overpriced once shipping is added. I typically mark things down about 1/3 off or 1/2 off the original cost depending on condition, age, and popularity.
Double check the edition of your book and be sure to label your listing with the correct edition. Book companies tend to revise their curriculum several times throughout the years. It can be hard to find consumables for older books and therefore the older books aren’t usually worth as much. Consumables and books need to match up for optimal learning.
Now Decide Where to Sell:
This is a very basic site but is fairy easy to sort through. I suggest searching for the exact item that you need to sell and price competitively. I’ve bought and sold on this website without any problems in the past and find it to be the best place to sell homeschool curriculum in my opinion.
I’ve had good luck selling on eBay. Make sure to post the description very thoroughly to prevent and problems. There are stipulations regarding selling teacher’s manuals, though, so be sure and familiarize yourself with their rules in order to continue selling homeschool curriculum on eBay.
Find your local homeschool page or even local yard sale page and list what you have. As always, meet up in a safe place.
I’ve never sold on Amazon, but I have several friends that like to sell textbooks on Amazon and have done so successfully. Depending on the textbook, you could get up to 80% of the cover price!
Anyone can list on this site, but you must be a member in order to buy. If you are a homeschooler, I highly HIGHLY recommend joining the Homeschool Legal Defense.
Reach out to local homeschool co-ops and find out if they will be having a sale. Even if you do not attend a co-op, they may be willing to let you set up a table during their used curriculum sale.
Create Your Own Sale:
Find a church or location and create your own sale with friends. Advertise on homeschool groups to bring in other sellers and charge a small flat rate per table to donate to the hosting location.
I’ve found that generally homeschool supplies do not do well in a yard sale unless you advertise it as such. Even still, it will be hit or miss to find the right buyer for your supplies and generally people will want it for a super bargain.
In a Nutshell:
Selling your no-longer-needed curriculum items is a great way to minimize and declutter the shelves. It’s amazing how much stuff we can accumulate and never use. I encourage you every summer to purge your shelves. Get rid of the things that all the kids have outgrown. Rehome the materials that you’ll never use because you don’t like it. Might as well put a little money back in your pocket during the process.
Do you have any favorite tips for selling used curriculum? Leave a comment and tell me!