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Old 07.09.2006, 12:38
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Second Hand Book Store

Hi Guys

just wondering if anyone knows of a second hand book store somewhere in or near Zurich that has a good english section? I find Orelli Fussli a good source for new English books but it is very very expensive.

Any ideas would be great

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Old 07.09.2006, 12:57
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Re: Second Hand Book Store

Here's one near Bahnhof Enge...they have lots of older novels and non-fiction.

www.buecher-brocky.ch
Bederstrasse 4, Hofeing. Gutenbergstr.
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Old 07.09.2006, 12:58
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Re: Second Hand Book Store

Thats great thanks Nksyoon

And you think they have a good supply of English books aswell? do you know if they accept trade ins?

Thanks for your quick reply

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Old 07.09.2006, 13:04
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Re: Second Hand Book Store

Hi Brian,

They have about 20 feet (6m) of 4-5 level shelves of English books.

I believe they do take trade-ins...don't know how much you'd get for your books though.

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Old 07.09.2006, 13:07
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Re: Second Hand Book Store

Excellent stuff

Thanks for your help Nick. I was finding it very difficult to justify 50 francs on one particular book I wanted in Orelli.
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Old 07.09.2006, 13:10
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Re: Second Hand Book Store

Most brockenhauses have second-hand english books.

But twice a year, St Andrew's church has a second-hand book sale and it's big. You pay Sfr40 for a migros bag full of books. Everyone I know who goes there buys enough for the year.

The next on is Nov 11th.
http://www.standrewszurich.ch/Calendar/events.htm#


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P/s: Yes, they also accept donated books.

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Old 07.09.2006, 13:14
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Re: Second Hand Book Store

Just thought I'd add a link to a different thread if you are interested in buying books from overseas:
http://www.englishforum.ch/help-tips...ighlight=books

I buy plenty from www.ebay.co.uk or from amazon.co.uk market place. Amazon is esp good for heavy books because of the set shipping price per book. But for small books, I find ebay.co.uk to be great. If you find something you like, it's worth asking the seller if they're consider mailing to Switzerland and if you're in no hurry, tell them to send it with surface mail for printed matter.

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Re: Second Hand Book Store

Thanks Nanda

That book sale looks great. what is a brokenhause though?

Brian
Ps check out my post on cheap dvd's, cd,s books etc. just posted it now and i think those too links are even cheaper than amazon or ebay at times.
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Old 07.09.2006, 13:32
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Re: Second Hand Book Store

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That book sale looks great. what is a brokenhause though?
A brockenhaus or brockihaus is a second-hand shop for furniture etc. They usually take in english books as well. I've found some good classics in the smallest of shops

www.deepdiscountdvd.com is actually a good site for region 1 dvds. I've bought heaps from them. Their shipping isn't free but the prices were cheap enough that it still ended up being worth shopping there. www.dvdboxoffice.com is a canadian store that does deliver free.

BTW - if you do order in bulk, you will be taxed by swiss customs. I usually try to keep my order to less than Sfr60.

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Re: Second Hand Book Store

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Here's one near Bahnhof Enge...they have lots of older novels and non-fiction.
www.buecher-brocky.ch
Maybe a dumb question, but can I also drop off my old books there at any time?

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Old 10.09.2006, 10:39
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Re: Second Hand Book Store

Here is a list that Helen on our Expats-in-Zurich group wrote up...

Where to buy and donate second-hand english books in Zurich

If you want somewhere to donate your books, or pick up some bargains, here are my favourites!

Caritas Kunst & Krempel, Birmensdorferstrasse 53, 8004 Zurich
http://rcs.caritas.ch/files/zh/Second_Hand_Laeden.pdf
Small charity shop, two shelves of english books at back of shop, but quick turnover. 3CHF each book
Tram 9 or 14 or train to Bahnhof Wiedikon, cross over road, shop is in the middle of the row of shops

Buecher Brocky, Bederstrasse 4 (entrance via Gutenbergstasse.)
http://www.buecher-brocky.ch/
HUGE second hand bookshop, with whole aisle of Eglish books, prices between 1CHF and 4CHF per book
Tram 6 to Bahnhof Enge or 13 to Enge/Bederstrasse. Head towards the Post Office and you'll see the Buecker Brocky signs

The Pestalozzi Library (several branches in zurich but particularly the Raemistrasse branch) have a good selection of English books & DVDs
http://www.pbz.ch/index.htm
There is an annual membership of either 30 (2 items) or 45chf (25 items) or you can just borrow for a month for 10chf. Take ID with you
They also have occassional booksales
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Second Hand Book Swap - Website

Hi Everyone

I have been looking for a way, for a long time now, to swap, get rid of, get new books and I have just discovered a great international book swapping website.

www.boochmooch.com

The idea is based on points (kind of a batering system). Books sent/received within the same country (1 point). Sent overseas (ie anywhere outside CH) (earn 3 points / pay 2 points to get a book). Every book listed on the site gets 1/10 of a point. I think you also get points for good feedback from people who get your books. And, if you are feeling charitable, you can give your points to charity (so they can get books I guess?).

The only real cost to you is the postage, and if the books are thin and/or dont weigh much, you can benefit from "letter" economy postage costs.
http://www.post.ch/en/index/uk_priva...se_economy.htm

Its a great way not only to swap your books for ones you want, you also find lots of stuff you have never thought of / seen / or can't be found in CH/EU etc.

Hopefully some of you will participate so it is easier and cheaper to swap within CH.

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Re: Second Hand Book Swap - Website

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The only real cost to you is the postage, and if the books are thin and/or dont weigh much, you can benefit from "letter" economy postage costs.
http://www.post.ch/en/index/uk_priva...se_economy.htm
Since there are many books from the UK - the cheapest way I've found is to get stuff sent by surface mail, printed material. If you don't mind waiting for the book. But Royal Mail has some good rates for printed material. There used to be for Swiss Post too, but they removed that a few years ago.

I've not found out any cheap way of getting stuff sent from the US.

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Re: Second Hand Book Swap - Website

This is a really great site Ashley.

Cheers

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Hi Everyone

I have been looking for a way, for a long time now, to swap, get rid of, get new books and I have just discovered a great international book swapping website.

www.boochmooch.com

The idea is based on points (kind of a batering system). Books sent/received within the same country (1 point). Sent overseas (ie anywhere outside CH) (earn 3 points / pay 2 points to get a book). Every book listed on the site gets 1/10 of a point. I think you also get points for good feedback from people who get your books. And, if you are feeling charitable, you can give your points to charity (so they can get books I guess?).

The only real cost to you is the postage, and if the books are thin and/or dont weigh much, you can benefit from "letter" economy postage costs.
http://www.post.ch/en/index/uk_priva...se_economy.htm

Its a great way not only to swap your books for ones you want, you also find lots of stuff you have never thought of / seen / or can't be found in CH/EU etc.

Hopefully some of you will participate so it is easier and cheaper to swap within CH.

cheers

ashley
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Re: Second Hand Book Swap - Website

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I've not found out any cheap way of getting stuff sent from the US.
I used to use M-Bags for books/magazines. Surface rate appears to be

Economy Mail
Direct Sack to One Addressee - M-Bags (260)

Books & Sheet Music, Publishers' Periodicals
Weight Not Over 11 lbs. $10.45
Each additional pound or fraction of a pound $0.95

http://pe.usps.gov/text/Imm/immicl/immiclss_025.html

I recall it taking 4-6 weeks.
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Hi Everyone

I have been looking for a way, for a long time now, to swap, get rid of, get new books and I have just discovered a great international book swapping website.

www.boochmooch.com
Did you mean http://www.bookmooch.com/
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Re: Second Hand Book Swap - Website

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I have - the US postal service is by far the cheapest. However - if you actually want to get your book and save yourself the hassle of waiting for something that might not arrive at all then don't use it
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Re: Second Hand Book Store

Although not in Zuerich, I purchase most of my second hand books in the BücherBrocky in Basel.

They carry about 100 000 books. Mostly used and there are some great bargains to be had. All the books are categorised and there is an English section also.

I've just picked up three paperbacks (used), and a large hardback photography book (new). Price? Fr 20. The paperback books are all in pristine condition.

The BücherBrocky is run by the Salvation Army and is located in Güterstrasse 137 next to the Apple Mac shop.

They also take your old books off you (no payment) and of course all proceeds go to a worthy organisation.

I've just found out that they have a website: http://www.buecher-brocky.ch/
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I buy plenty from www.ebay.co.uk or from amazon.co.uk market place. Amazon is esp good for heavy books because of the set shipping price per book.
Also good to know is that amazon.de ships for free to Switzerland if your purchase is more than EUR 20ish. They carry all the english titles as well (and if they don't they usually order it for you).
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