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Amber -
Subject: "unworthy books" donation?
Date Posted: 9/9/2012 7:12 PM ET
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I have a few (good read/high demand) books but I am unsure if they're considered to be in good enough condition to post. So, to avoid upsetting anyone I have not posted these books- are there any options on what I may do with them?

I wouldn't mind sending them off for no credits but prefer not to pay for shipping (it adds up!).

 

As a lover of books and good reads I hope there are options so I don't have to throw these books out!

Date Posted: 9/9/2012 7:19 PM ET
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I know when I was in a book club we used to meet at a Starbucks and they had an area to leave books for a new finder. Nursing homes or retirement communities might appreciate the books as well. I save books and donate to the library sales. Goodwill might take them as well.

Date Posted: 9/9/2012 8:01 PM ET
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If they are wish listed you can offer them in the book bazar.  If they are not, you can offer them as a freebie with an order from your shelf. 

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 9/9/2012 8:09 PM ET
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There isn't any method through this site where you can ask to be reimbursed for postage, that is very much against the rules. Why do you think they're unpostable? If you're iffy ask here and we'll be happy to give you input on it. If they are unpostable you can offer them in the book bazaar for a credit. Or put a note on your account or in your signature line saying you have xxx available unpostable. Ask for a credit or offer it free with a book from your shelf. Make a deal, 2 unpostables for 1 credit. There's a thread specifically for unpostable WL books in the BB too. They usually go for 1 credit. 

Outside of this site Freecycle, any charity thrift shop, pretty much any organization where people hang around like Rebecca said would take them - except prisons, they have varying conditions for books and you would have to check. Shelters, hospitals. If they're in pretty bad shape there's always recycling. 

Date Posted: 9/9/2012 11:30 PM ET
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There's another swap website where the requestor pays the postage. You can list the condition of your book and the "postability" requirements might be a little different.

Please PM me if you are interested in the name of the site; I don't think I am allowed to post it here.

Amber -
Date Posted: 9/9/2012 11:35 PM ET
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Okay, you all had some great ideas. I really dislike the idea of tossing books that are validly readable but not asthetically pleasing.

I would not want to post an iffy book because i know that i would be a little upset if i recieved a book in such condions.

 

I will try and work on giving them away on here as a bonus when recieveing a book from me or get a credit deal. If neither work I will definately look into donation areas around me. Thank you all so much & happy reading :)

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 2:44 PM ET
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You could join us in the damaged books virtual box:

 

UNMODERATED- Damaged Books Virtual Box-Playing!
 

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 6:39 PM ET
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Just a note ... you can offer unpostable books in the Book Bazaar for a credit, whether they are Wish Listed or not.

The reason that most people don't bother offering unpostable non-WL books for credits is that it is unlikely that someone would want to order an unpostable book for a credit when they could order a postable copy for a credit instead. That's why many of us offer them free-with-an-order in some way.

I advertise them in my signature, and I've had people contact me just to make a deal on unpostables. I've sent 2 unposties for a credit and 3 unposties for a credit before.

Date Posted: 9/10/2012 11:55 PM ET
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I thought that unpostables had to be wislisted before they could be offered for a credit? I know this used to be the case. In fact, when I originally joined no unpostables could be offered for a credit, not even wishlisted books. Anyhow, when did it change again or am I mistaken?

Last Edited on: 9/10/12 11:56 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/11/2012 11:17 AM ET
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I don't know that the rules on that changed. As far as I've known, you could offer unpostables any way you want (well, not for more than one credit, obviously).

The thing you can't do with unpostables is post them, either on your bookshelf to be ordered, OR posted to someone's Wish List (even if they know they are ordering an unpostable). Unpostable book transactions are supposed to take place outside of regular book transactions. (so, buddy the credit, then PM the address).

 

Date Posted: 9/11/2012 12:42 PM ET
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You could post them as part of a deal in the Book Bazaar -- something like 10 unpostables (describe why they aren't postable, at least in general) for maybe 2 credits.  That should cover your postage.

The rules for the Book Bazaar have changed over the last year or so.  There are rules against asking for postable wish list books -- to jump the FIFO line, but no rules I could find about not asking for credits for unpostable books.

Found this in the Book Bazaar rules thread:

(8) Swapping of "unpostables" in this forum

  • It is OK to offer unpostable media (such as magazines) for credits in "unofficial" swaps in this forum, or as freebies/incentives to order from a Bookshelf .


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Date Posted: 9/11/2012 2:23 PM ET
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Amber, I was in a similar situation last year, with a highly-wishlisted book.  I posted this in the bazaar and it was snatched up with in an hour.  Feel free to copy/edit the text for your own post, if you decide to go this route.

Link to Bazaar post

 

 

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 9/11/2012 2:58 PM ET
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I was just looking at the unpostable WL thread in the bazaar and there are quite a few people who are specifying to have the book posted to your WL on autorequest with RCs turned off. If it's against the rules to send them through the system no one seems to be enforcing it. 

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 9/11/2012 3:41 PM ET
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The first few times I requested an unpostable WL, I buddied the credit and sent my address.  Time before last, when I went to send my address & the credit, I saw that it had been posted directly to my wish list by the sender.  Since someone had done that previously, the last one I requested, I told the sender to post directly to my WL.  I didn't know this was not allowed, so thanks for pointing that out to me.  If it comes up agan, I'll tell the sender that I'll go back to the old way, buddy a credit, here's my address.