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Books, books, with nowhere to go!

Because my brain needs a vacation and because I revel in decluttering, I undertook a mission to clean out my closet. I also decided to pull out my box full of TENNIS magazines from five years ago. I had saved them up to eventually cut out pictures of my favourite players. I did cut the pics out a couple years back but for some reason I held on to the magazines. Over the weekend I had an epiphany and realised that I honestly did not need to keep all those magazines because I am never going to actually read up on tennis techniques to use when I play. Besides, the magazines took up a lot of room in the closet.

I ended up finding a lot of old stuff while cleaning out the magazines. Specifically an A+ paper I wrote for my Asian Civ class senior year of college that I had been searching for weeks! And just random stuff from journalism class, papers I had forgotten about. Blast from the not-so-distant past! But apart from some of the papers I'd written in college, I also found a more disheartening accumulation.

Books. Books I had bought for my journo classes in college, which I never read. I mean, come on! I was taking five classes during a semester and the profs expected us to read a 300-page biography on Ben Bradlee? OK, I started reading that but then homework for my other four classes called. Not to mention reporting duties for the college paper. And reporting for my 10 page article for class. I have all these books about famous editors and books by famous journos and I have no idea what to do with them. And after digging through more boxes in my closet, I found textbooks that I left unsold right after college, and now I can't sell them because these are old OLD editions and no one wants them.

Well, I'm sure a poor college student wouldn't mind the old editions but none of the online buyback sites are clamouring for them.

Hmm. Maybe I can donate the books at the library. Just a sudden thought that came to mind. But I would love to make some money off these books. So, dear f-list. Do you have any idea where I can sell these books? I've looked up local bookstores but I'm not sure if I want to do an online thing or lug them to a shop. At this point, I just want to get rid of them. Most of these are books I know I will never read.

Also, if you would like any of them, let me know. I mean, who wouldn't want to read about Jim Bellows, the guy who "saved the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times from dullness and complacency"? ;)

But seriously, if you want them, let me know. I really have no use for them. I'm kind of regretting not selling them right after school ended. At this point, I don't even mind selling them for $5 or something. (Mainly because the old edition texts are not worth much AT ALL.) But the biogs are all in excellent condition (mainly from hardly ever being opened) and they are basically brand new. 

I sound like I'm advertising on Amazon Marketplace. I was entertaining the idea of putting the books up there but I don't want to have to wait five years for someone to decide "AH YES. I want to read Ben Bradlee's biography. Let me see if someone is selling a cheap copy on Amazon Marketplace today." So...that's the trouble with that idea.

Anyway. This has been a really long post about nothing. Decluttering is supposed to destress me. Instead, it's making me overthink things. SIGH. Such is life.



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Dec. 21st, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if there's a Half-Price Books around you (here's a location thingie: http://www.halfpricebooks.com/find_a_store.html) but they buy any used books/magazines/CDs/DVDs/video games. You just lug your books into the store and in 10-15 minutes they'll examine the books and have a quote for you (which you can decide to take or not). If you decide to sell they give you cash on the spot.

You don't get a whole heck of a lot of money back, but when you just want to get rid of things it's nice to get something back. I'm averaging about $15-$25 for two reusable shopping bags filled with books and magazines, though it all varies depending on what you're selling.

We have one down the street from me, so if you're interested and there's not one near you maybe we can work something out. :)
Dec. 21st, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
I am kind of amazed that I did not think of that, lol. There is a Half Price close by, so I will definitely head over there sometime soon to sell these books. Thanks for the tip!

Do they take used textbooks too? If not, they might just be donated to the library - if the library will have any use for them at all LOL.
Dec. 21st, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
No problem! I'm decluttering my room as well, and I've been carting bag after bag over there in the past few days.

They do take textbooks, but I'm told you don't get much for them. I do see people buying them there, though (and I keep an eye out on the law section, which every once in a while has one of our books).
Dec. 21st, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how much stuff I've hauled over to the recycling bin today! Every time I think I'm done, there's more. IT NEVER ENDS!!!

I don't mind them not paying much for textbooks. These are 3+ years old so they probably will get a penny or something. I don't mind, as long as I can just give them to someone who might have better use for it :D

Ooh and good call on checking them out for law books. Hmmm...will have to do that next time.

Dec. 21st, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Don't sell your casebooks, if you can avoid it.

I still use mine. Some of the law is outdated, yes, but it's good as quick reference material, esp. because most of us highlight and tab our casebooks extensively.
Dec. 21st, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
But they're so heavy and space-consuming!!!

I have sold all my casebooks to date, mainly because the student book sale generates a good amount of money lol. But I've kept all the hornbooks and supplements.
Dec. 21st, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
IDK. How are you going to decorate your office bookshelves if you don't have any casebooks? ;)

(They are sort of space-consuming. What I did with mine until I brought them to work was to stick them in a box on a shelf in the basement...)
Dec. 21st, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Ooh. Office shelves, of course! This is why I need an older sibling to tell me these things!

Dec. 21st, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
LOL. If there's something you can't sell, bookwise, I'll take it off your hands. You know me, I'll read anything, lol.
Dec. 21st, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
LOL I did think of you when I was going through them. If they don't sell, I'll ship them over to you :)
Dec. 21st, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
You know me, I'll read anything, lol.

Also, I take that as a challenge and now am going to find something ridiculously wild and obscure or trashy to see if you can get through it ;)
Dec. 21st, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)

My only stipulation is that said book has to be in English (or, in a pinch, Tamil). If it's a book in French or something, I can guarantee my one poor brain cell won't be up to it.
Dec. 21st, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! Time to hunt *insert evil laughter here* Hehehe.

Don't worry, I will only make you read stuff in languages that I myself can read (and my French is so-so at best. And Tamil? Well, if you can give me five years to read one book hehe).

And wow that was a quick response!

Dec. 21st, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
The challenge is only to read the book, right? I can read Tamil pretty well. How much of what I read I actually comprehend is a different story, lol.

(Replies are quick because I'm being a procrastination monkey today!)
Dec. 21st, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
You have to read and comprehend it! So...we'll just stick to English then hehe.

(LOL. Do you get tomorrow off?)
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