- Goodwill. Thrift stores are usually the cheapest way to go...and since I'm not really married to a fabulously wealthy Dutch doctor, cheap is not just an option, it's a mandate. Thrift stores are definitely "catch as catch can"...not a very reliable source, but sometimes you can hit the jackpot.
- Used book store. I happen to have a local bookstore that carries a lot of used romance novels. I took one look at the romance section and nearly turned around and walked out...instead I asked the manager if she knew where I could find Betty Neels. She not only helped me find a few, she then dug around and found all (or at least a lot) of her stock of Betty Neels and put them all in the same area. Nice.
- Amazon. New Betty Neels will run about $4.99 plus shipping. They have a "buy 4 for the price of 3" special - so you can save a bit there. Used Betty Neels at Amazon can usually be found for $0.01. Yes, a penny - but then you have a $3.99 shipping charge too...for a grand total of $4.00.
- ebay. I recently purchased a lot of 38 Betty Neels on ebay. I paid $29.48 (that includes shipping). That averages out to somewhere in the range of a little over 76 cents apiece (she said, while doing highly inaccurate sums on the back of an envelope). Not bad.
- Library sales. Betty Suzanne mentioned that she had just scored 5 at her local library. I've not had that kind of luck, but I have found at least one at my local library. And it was only 10 cents.
I have amassed a total of 118 Betty Neels stories (I'm counting each one in an omnibus separately)...that leaves me with something like 20 to go. I have also picked up another 56 for you, Gentle Readers, because that's how we roll here at The Uncrushable Jersey Dress.
How many do you have? How have you bagged your Bettys?
We have a couple of links way down on our sidebar (the title is "Every Neels Thing") that could help you figure out how many Neels you have or have not read (or purchased). Here's a link to Wikipedia that has a pretty darn good list of Betty's books. The list I typed up (The Neels Canon) is not necessarily the be all, end all authoritative list...knowing me, I goofed up and missed a couple.