Happy In Bag

Monday, November 21, 2005


I usually resist the encroachment of national chains. Half Price Books is an exception. I appreciate that they place equal emphasis on literature and dreck. I’ve uncovered many bargains in their stores. But I recently learned about the flip side to that equation when I sold them a couple dozen books. Even on the titles I bought used from the same store weeks earlier, I received only pennies on the dollar. Unless anyone has tips regarding this process, in the future I’ll just donate my discards to a charitable thrift store.


  • At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I agree, Half-Price books is great whether you're looking for autographed first editions or a DVD compilation of "Afterschool Specials." But you do get screwed on the sale end. I "sold" an entire plastic bin of books (many of them hardcovers with the Half-Price stickers on them!) and received a paltry $15. The kicker was when they announced over the intercom, "We have an offer for you." Not really, because my attempt at haggling was ill-received. It is definitely better for you financially to donate the books and then estimate the value when it's tax time.


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