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Picture Caption: The Used Book Superstore in Nashua, N.H., occupies the space that once housed an electronics chain. The store has an inventory of 100,000 books that are organized on metal shelves.
Resale and thrift merchants around the country are growing by sticking to a simple business model: high volume, low cost of goods and cheap rent. The economic downturn created an opportunity these for-profit businesses to move into larger spaces once occupied by giant big-box stores.