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Old 01-23-2008, 08:28 PM   #1
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kt: even get rid of some books — if only I could find a home for them!
Can't you sell or donate them? Or give them to a used-book store? List them on Craig's List or Freecycle (if you have a local Freecycle)?

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Can't you sell or donate them? Or give them to a used-book store? List them on Craig's List or Freecycle (if you have a local Freecycle)?
I can see what to do about the sellable ones (but they are mostly the ones I want to keep!)

But the others are computer-related, for old versions of software. I think there might be someone somewhere who could use them, but it is probably not practical to find them.

   
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The thrift stores here have lots of old software books, so maybe you could donate them to a charity that runs thrift shops.

The used-book stores often have them, too. I don't think they'll pay for them, but would probably take them off your hands.

You could sneak up under cover of night and leave a box of books at their door. <g>

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I can see what to do about the sellable ones (but they are mostly the ones I want to keep!)

But the others are computer-related, for old versions of software. I think there might be someone somewhere who could use them, but it is probably not practical to find them.
Put them up on eBay with a starting price of $1.00 and a realistic postage price so you aren't out of pocket.

You could be pleasantly surprised.

   
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Put them up on eBay with a starting price of $1.00 and a realistic postage price so you aren't out of pocket.

You could be pleasantly surprised.
True. The postage would be high, of course, unless the buyer lives right next door.

It might be fun to try. Lessee: Here’s a Peachpit book on Illustrator, the original software. Think it would sell? <g> (I also have such books on other versions, up through the 5th or so; and similar collections for Photoshop, PageMaker, FreeHand, etc.)

   
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Sell them as matched sets? Might appeal to the historically-minded.

   
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Sell them as matched sets? Might appeal to the historically-minded.
True enough; sort of think that was why I have kept them for so long.

Bit more work, of course — finding all the related books. But then at least they might go to someone who could make use of them.

   
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kt: The postage would be high, of course, unless the buyer lives right next door.
Send 'em Media Mail. Slow, but cheap(er).

I don't know if the listing fees are any cheaper on eBay Express or half.com, but you could check.

And of course you could search for your book titles on eBay to see if there's any market for them. No point bothering to list them if they don't sell.

I did a quick search for Illustrator books on eBay, and discovered that Goodwill actually sells books on eBay! Who woulda thunk it?

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I did a quick search for Illustrator books on eBay, and discovered that Goodwill actually sells books on eBay! Who woulda thunk it?
I gather that they sell lots of things, including the clothing many people donate. They sell bundles to aggregators who take them to other countries and sell the clothes by the piece.

There is a big ethical debate about whether we do a good thing by donating to GoodWill (et al) — does it clothe the poor? or cause their own businesses to fail because the used clothing is cheaper than they can manufacture new ones?

I have another moral position, though: to get excess baggage out of my house. And I cannot bring myself to throw wearable clothing out. So there we are.

Had no idea they would take old computer books. In fact, I thought I saw a sign that said not even to try!

   
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Had no idea they would take old computer books. In fact, I thought I saw a sign that said not even to try!
Maybe because they have plenty already and are trying to get rid of them?

   
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