[Groop] OT: Book donations (was Library Saga Update)

Dana Gabbard dgabbard at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 13 09:57:19 PST 2003

A caveat: yes, certainly you would get far more selling boosk elsewhere. But 
one has to take into account the time and energy you invest to obtain that 
surplus versus the ease of selling it to the bookstore (especially if you 
happen to live near the campus and/or sell the books while on campus 
anyway). Maggie Thompson pointed out this factor some years ago in CBG's 
letter column responding to a letter from someone bragging about how by 
scouring cheap boxes at Cons and local comic book shops he was able to score 
recent comics for a fraction of their cover price.

Dana Gabbard
Groo Fan since Groo #1 (Pacific)

>From: Shmuel Ross <shmuel at syaross.org>
>To: C Haxton <Promethea at kc.rr.com>
>CC: Groop at groo.com
>Subject: Re: [Groop] OT: Book donations (was Library Saga Update)
>Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 20:01:23 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
>On Wed, 12 Nov 2003, C Haxton wrote:
> > Bad news time: what difference do you suppose there is between fair
> > market value and the '12 cents' the only apparent willing buyer will pay
> > ...  Yup. none.  That's essentially the definition of fair market value.
> > It had nothing to to do with *fair-ness*.
>This being in reply to:
> >   Plus, with my college textbooks, I actually come out ahead since, on
> > my taxes, I can deduct the fair market value rather than being paid 12
> > cents for it by the university bookstore during book buyback.
>    This would be true if, in fact, "the university bookstore" were "the
>only apparent willing buyer."  Which is generally not the case.  Nor does
>the bookstore generally go on to sell the books to others for the "12
>cents."  The bookstore just counts on students not wanting to go through
>the bother of trying to sell books to other students on their own (through
>campus matching services, or Half.Com), and therefore is willing to offer
>only a pittance.  I tend to go the Half.Com route myself, but it's
>admittedly a bit of a hassle.  But to claim that university bookstores
>really do offer anything resembling fair market value -- that is, what you
>can get for used books anywhere else -- suggests that you haven't sold
>books back to university bookstores anytime recently.
>    Shmuel
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>  to alter someone else's draft."  -- H.G. Wells  |:| Boston, Massachusetts
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