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One of the best things about homeschooling is the opportunity it provides for individualized education. What works for one child may or may not work for your other children.
This is great for our children, but it can often be hard on our wallets. If your anything like me after many years you may find yourself accumulating boxes of homeschool curriculum in the garage.
So what are some options to unload some of that curriculum and put some cash back in your wallet? Here’s a breakdown of the various options.
Used Curriculum Sales
Of course this is the most traditional route of them all. When I first began homeschooling, this was the way to buy and sell used curriculum. Over the years I have found it the best way for several reasons.
First of all, you most likely know the person you are buying from or selling to. Second of all, buyers are able to look through the curriculum to get a good feel if the curriculum will work for them. Sellers are also able to answer, in depth, any questions buyers might have about the curriculum. Finally, there is no middle company taking a percentage of your money (i.e. Paypal or eBay), as sales are conducted one on one, mostly using cash.
I do encourage you to participate in any local used curriculum sales that may come up in your area because I do believe they are the best way to buy and sell. However, I also realize that times have changed over the years and most of the used curriculum being sold is online. So what are your best options for selling your used curriculum online? Here is a rundown.
There are several nationwide Facebook groups that are specifically dedicated to the buying and selling of used curriculum. A couple of them include Homeschool Curriculum Marketplace and Homeschool Curriculum & Book Swap.
You may also want to search for local groups that are dedicated to buying and selling of used curriculum. For example, in Clarksville, TN there is a Facebook group dedicated to selling and swapping used homeschool curriculum locally. I have also seen many others around the country.
Another option on Facebook is any group that you are connected to which are curriculum specific. For example, if you are a member of a Saxon math Facebook group or a Math U See Facebook group, check the admin rules and make sure there are no bans on posting curriculum for sale. If there are not, go ahead and let others in the group know what you have for sale. This may be your best option since you already have dedicated users of the curriculum in the group who may be in need of the next level soon.
In addition, there are also several curriculum specific Facebook groups that are dedicated to selling only that specific used curriculum. Some examples include Life of Fred Buy, Sell, Swap, a Math U See selling Facebook group, and Abeka Used Curriculum for Sale.
Ebay used to be one of the hottest places to buy and sell used curriculum. There used to be lots of used curriculum postings on ebay, but I am finding as Facebook groups are becoming more popular, there is less and less posted on ebay. It’s mainly because ebay takes a percentage of your sale amount for its commission and Facebook is free to sell (except if you use Paypal as a seller). However, people do still post on ebay, so it is still an option to sell your curriculum. It should not be one of your first options though due to the hefty fees involved.
This site is one of the original online curriculum marketplaces. They have thousands of new and used curriculum listings. It is free to use as a buyer. It is free for sellers to list up to seven items for sale. I have used the site a couple of times to sell some curriculum and it has worked out for me. However, since anyone can register on this site, I would highly suggest always using Paypal when either buying or selling.
A word of advice, when buying or selling online, always use a service like Paypal which can help if any dispute arises. I have had it happen to me before. It is unfortunate, but there are people out there trying to get products for free. Having a service like Paypal made a HUGE difference for me, both as a buyer and as a seller.
Also, as a seller, make sure you have pictures of your product before you ship, and also get a proof of shipment to your buyer. In addition, please don’t use the Paypal “friends” option just to avoid the fee. The fee is charged to help cover the costs if any dispute arises. If you use the “friends” option, Paypal won’t cover you if any dispute arises.
Local Used Book Stores
Some towns are lucky enough to have used book stores that buy and sell used homeschool curriculum. Of course, you may not get the top price for your curriculum, but you won’t have to deal with packing, shipping, and unknown buyers. This can definitely be an option for those who don’t want the hassle of online sales.
Finally, if all this selling seems like a big hassle (which it can be) or you just want to bless other homeschool families, you can always donate your used homeschool curriculum. Some local homeschool co-ops will have small curriculum libraries where they will keep a selection of curriculum for members. This allows members to either checkout the curriculum to use for the year or just to review it to see if it is something they’d like to purchase.
Some churches might also have a similar type of library on their campus. If you can’t find anything like one of those near you, you can always donate to your local library, which would be a blessing to your entire community.
No matter what you do with your used curriculum, please don’t let it sit for years in boxes in your garage. There are so many other homeschooling families out there who can really put it to good use!
Once you sell or donate your curriculum, you will most likely need to purchase more books for your children entering new grade levels. When you are looking at purchasing curriculum I know just how challenging selecting homeschool curriculum can be. You want the absolute best for your child. That’s why I am dedicated to sharing our family’s experience with various curricula on this site. I want you to be able to make a well informed decision when choosing the best homeschool programs for your children. To help you in selecting the right curricula for your homeschool you might also be interested in reading:
- Is Saxon Math Really Worth It?
- Homeschool Physical Education – 31 Fun Ideas
- Is Easy Grammar Really Easy?
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