A Comparison of the Cheapest Places to Buy Used Books

Browse through any Goodwill Arizona store and you’ll find a wide selection of children, teen, and adult books. Because of generous donations from the community, we are able to offer a variety of books at an affordable price, sometimes as cheap as 99 cents per book. We know that this is an incredible bargain, but we also know that there are other places to buy used books. Is it worth paying a little extra to get something newer? Check out this side-by-side comparison of the cheapest places to buy used books.


The book selection at your local Goodwill stores is brimming with colorful stories waiting to be uncovered. We accept almost every book in every condition, so there’s no telling what you’ll find. We’re proud to make reading and learning more accessible to the community with prices as low as a dollar per book. You might find some worn edges, marked pages, or scribbled notes on the pages, but we think this adds character. Get lost in the shelves of old book titles you might not find anywhere else.

Changing Hands Bookstore

A staple in the community, Changing Hands Bookstore offers new and used books at a variety of prices. They specialize in selling remainders, which are books that publishers weren’t able to sell and are sold at a discount of up to 60% off. Their used book donations are accepted from the community based on quality and demand, so you’ll likely find newer and classic titles at slightly higher prices than Goodwill. We’re all about shopping local and this great destination bookstore has served the Arizona community since the 1970s.


It’s tempting to add Amazon’s penny books to your cart, but don’t forget about shipping! Browse the ‘Bargain Books’ section on Amazon and you’ll find tons of new and used books for prices ranging from a couple of dollars to some as low as 1 cent. The catch is that you’ll pay for shipping and you’ll have to wait a couple of days to receive your book.

There’s something nostalgic about shopping for used books at Goodwill. Knowing that the book you bring home has opened minds and touched hearts before you is a warm and fuzzy feeling we never want to forget. Once you’ve found that first thrift store score, you’ll be back for more. Find your next storied treasure while visiting one of our Goodwill stores in the Phoenix Area.

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*Daily deals are valid at select Metro Phoenix, Prescott, and Yuma locations. Please check with your neighborhood Goodwill for details. Dollar Day pricing adjustment goes into effect on Jan. 5, 2023.

Discount valid on used merchandise only. Not valid on food or drink, new goods, seasonal or holiday items. Not valid at Goodwill Clearance Center.