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Subject: question about books
Date Posted: 4/16/2011 7:28 PM ET
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I have noticed that people on this site has 100's of books. they are giving them away at 3-1 because they have to make room for more books coming in. does anyone have a suggestion on where to get more books to post. I have checked flea markets and garage sales are starting up again. Anywhere else I could look?.

 

Sorry if this isn't the forum, I couldn't decide where I should post this.

 

Date Posted: 4/16/2011 7:29 PM ET
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Thrift stores, Friends of the Library sales, Craig's list, Freecycle.

Date Posted: 4/16/2011 7:39 PM ET
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You can put the word out to your friends that if they have any books they want to get rid of...

I got bagfuls that way.

Date Posted: 4/16/2011 7:39 PM ET
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What Sarah said.  Most of mine come from thrift stores and library sales.  My mom also gives me her paperbacks when she's finished with them.  She goes through at least one book every week, usually more. 

Date Posted: 4/16/2011 8:02 PM ET
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Unless you can get them for about nothing I would only get books that you are going to read

. You really have no idea what people will want. By the time you pay postage to mail them and the cost of them you might as well just get some books that you want.

Date Posted: 4/16/2011 8:15 PM ET
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Hi Azrael,

Also check under the Forum area that says Money Saving Tips.

About four lines down there are about 18 posts on your topic. 

I agree with everyone else, just ask! Almost everyone I know has given me at least one or two unwanted books for my new "club"!   Lori



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Date Posted: 4/16/2011 8:44 PM ET
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Word out at work that if anyone is looking to get rid of books I'll take them (discovered Sandford's "Virgil Flowers" series that way) - whatever I don't want or can't post I can either toss into the recycling bin at the office or donate. Usually people - readers - are happy to be able to pass around books rather than throw them away, or make the effort to drive anywhere to donate them.

FOL sales, my library has a big pushcart in the lobby where they always have HCs and PBs for sale, One thrift store in my area charges way too much for their used paperbacks, some in sad shape, but I've sometimes found some WL books there so worth the investment in the long run.

Gail

Date Posted: 4/16/2011 10:11 PM ET
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I no longer buy books just to post either. It's cheaper just to buy credits from another member. (although I've never had to do that either since I always have a large stash of WL books to read and post). 

Most of my massive TBR came from thrift stores.  I used to have 5 of them near me that sold paperbacks for .25-.75 and hardcovers for .50-$1.00.  Hard to say no to those prices.  Not all thrift stores are that cheap. I moved a few months ago. The thrift stores here charge $1.99 for mass market paperbacks even if they're in bad condition and $2-$6 for trades and hardcovers.  So now I only go there once in a while and only buy something that's WL that I want to read myself.   (I saw probably 20 WL books there last time but they were just to expensive to buy and just post).

 

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 1:49 AM ET
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Mary - It sounds as if the thrift stores in your new location are overlooking the 'thrift' part. My closest store last year changed to something like that, except they don't even keep to their own posted prices - it seems as if the checkout clerk sort of guesses how much per book she can attempt to charge. So I don't go there nearly as often as I did when it was a quarter for any paperback and a doillar for any hardback. Our library does have a small store where paperbacks are 3/$1.
Date Posted: 4/17/2011 4:40 AM ET
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thanks for all the responses.  I wasn't wanting to buy books just to post them here, but I also couldn't imagine people were buying as many books as I have seen at regular book prices. You guys gave me some good ideas/ I was checking out craigslist but have never heard of freecycle. I just checked that out...thanks. I also never considered a thrift store. I thought those were just clothing stores. I have checked out the goodwills in the area but they are too expensive. I have seen paperbacks up to $5 for books in bad shape

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 10:11 AM ET
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There are many of us who can't wait to read a new book that is out and we go to the store and buy them. Someone has to buy it new or we would only be reading old books. I bought 2 copies of "Heaven is for Real" because it was so good I had to share it. A passs around copy and  trading copy (crazy, I know) I also save a few new books for the -games-  . But if you go to the games be careful, they are addicting.

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 10:27 AM ET
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The only time I would buy books just to post them here is at "bag days" at library sales and thrift shops.