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Subject: Posting books or giving them away...
Date Posted: 9/15/2007 11:58 PM ET
Member Since: 11/26/2006
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This weekend I decided to get rid of my Gothics--Regencies--and other genres from the 70's--early 80's-I went through them carefully and at least 70% were in great condition -EXCEPT discolorations, spots, fading on the cut side due to being 25-30 plus years old.  I did not post them because from reading complaints about conditions on the forums--it made me hesitant  (not to mention I have a low tolerance for nit picking).
Bottom line--I am donating over 900 books to the Jr. League thrift sale.
Also so many did not APPEAR to have ISBN's until I found them on the the outside binding....sigh....by then I had already boxed up hundreds.

Last Edited on: 9/16/07 12:03 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/16/2007 12:38 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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At least you'll get the tax write-off.

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 12:42 AM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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I think that is a great idea!  I just went through my bookshelf and donated a bunch of books for the upcoming FOL sale in my area. 

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 10:07 AM ET
Member Since: 4/6/2007
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Knowing me, I would donate a bunch of books that I haven't read in a while, go to the sale, say, "Wow, that looks good!" and buy back the books I donated.


Date Posted: 9/16/2007 10:30 PM ET
Member Since: 6/24/2005
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"I did not post them because from reading complaints about conditions on the forums--it made me hesitant  (not to mention I have a low tolerance for nit picking)"

It is a shame that books like these in decent condition don't get posted here for the reasons you say, since it is a used book site and often readers, particularly historicals and regencies often look for older books.  If they aren't falling apart with loose pages or severely damaged (not referring to some slighly faded pages or a spot or two that in no way affects being able to read all words), that's fine with me if I can get my hands on one of those very hard to find older books I'm looking for.  I have got a few of those from here, and sure did appreciate it.

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 10:59 PM ET
Member Since: 12/26/2005
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I agree, Pam.  I do want books coming to me to meet PBS posting standards, because I intend to repost most of them. 

That being said, it's been made clear on this forum recently that new members in particular are afraid to post their older books that clearly DO meet PBS standards.  They've been frightened off by the chronic complaining about book conditions, which I think is really sad. 

And let me repeat:  I am in no way advocating posting books that do NOT meet PBS standards.     :)

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 5:15 AM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2006
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Date Posted: 9/17/2007 9:26 AM ET
Member Since: 12/7/2005
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Yeah another reason I don't have a bookshelf anymore. I post wishlisted books from time to time, but don't post other books. Plus, for me I prefer to buy credits. That was before the 50 cents change. I haven't bought any since. Still thinking about it.  


Could have posted them here, but I'm tired of going over every book with a microscope. I'm tired of stressing about something that should be fun.

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 4:37 PM ET
Member Since: 11/26/2006
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My final total to Jr League was over 1100 books...mostly vintage Gothic, Mystery, and Regency.Some had original price of  75 cents, 95 cents--even a few 50 cents and one 25 cents (I think from 1950's)
 I still have hundreds more...do these things multiply on their own??

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Date Posted: 9/17/2007 7:12 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2007
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I think people who request older books understand about yellowing, and fading, etc.  If the binding is sound, I'd post it.

Don't let a few complainers ruin it for you.  Though, I'm sure the JL was happy.



Date Posted: 9/17/2007 8:19 PM ET
Member Since: 3/13/2006
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Sheila, the next time some vintage mysteries land in your lap please let me know.  They are my favorite genre, and I realize they are not going to be brand-spanking new.  (That's why they're "vintage.")  If you PM me some titles I'll let you know if I'm interested and then you can post them and I'll order directly from your shelf.  I promise I won't complain about yellowing.  ;->