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amberiq
« on: May 28, 2005 02:36:07 AM »

hi everybody,
i was wondering if anybody noes wad happens the books which are taken off the shelves after being put there for a long time and no body buys blabla..
do the book stores throw them away? will they sell it at a discounted price if u ask or even gif them away for free?
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2005 06:13:40 PM »

I believe they rip off the covers and mail them back to the publisher for a refund/credit, and discard the guts.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2005 12:14:25 PM »

I don't know if you'd be interested in this, but there's a site where you can trade books for other books.  I don't know the details, but here is the link:
http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2008 09:22:31 PM »

Generally, they get sent to bargain booksellers (there are a couple here in Orlando that I frequent), and sold for about 80% off cover price. If they still don't sell, it's usually back to the publisher they go. If anyone does know about free books, though, that would be amazing. My mom and I are both teachers, and we put in a lot of money for books, especially my mom, who teaches elementary school (class libraries tend to slowly disappear).
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2008 01:53:49 AM »

if youre looking for free books. check the dumpsters of your library. one day i found literally over 1,000 books behind the library. i guess they were outdated or something.

and they also have a booksale on weekends (everything less than $4)
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2008 11:23:26 PM »

my local library always has books for sale for 25 or 50 cents.  The Sally Shop (Salvation Army) sells paperbacks for 50 cents, hardcovers for a dollar.  Garage sales usually have great books real cheap.

I've also gotten boxes of books for free from Freecycle and Craigslist.  Of course, you have to take the entire box, including a lot of uninteresting stuff, but you can offer it back up where you got it, or donate it to the library, or Salvation Army, or sell it at a garage sale...  The neverending story!
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2008 09:34:13 AM »

Bookstores-mass market paperbacks, the covers are ripped off and returned, books dumpstered. We can't even take them to read ourselves, or we risk being fired. Magazines are treated the same way. They've always done this. My 82 year old dad remembers the drugstore in his small town would give the stripped comic books to the kids.
Other books are returned to the publisher. Some of them from there end up on the remainder market. No, the bookstores themselves will not sell the books to you for a discount instead of stripping/returning them, because they get credit from the publisher.
The other suggestions here are great. I buy cheap books at Goodwill all the time, I am lucky enough to have good used bookstores in my area, sometimes one gets lucky at yardsales. If yardsale books are cheap enough, you could buy them to trade in at the used book store later. And I'm always seeing books offered on Craigslist/Freecycle. I'd ask friends and family, too. They may have some in the basement or attic you could take off their hands. Word to the wise about used book stores. Usually any book you bring them for trade has to be a mimimum cover price. Since they sell them for half the cover price, it makes sense they wouldn't want old, cheap ones. If you have a Half Price Books in your area(I love that chain!), that's the one exception. They will take almost anything, just to keep it out of the landfill. They're big on recycling. You won't get much for them, but a little is better than nothing.
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2008 06:31:50 PM »

i live in cobb county ga.  every year the libary has a used book sale.  You can bring your own box{ the last box i brought it was a big tv box} and fill it up for 10.00 the had tables and tables of books in two different huge rooms.  I would call you local libraries and ask to see if that have anything similar or like this.
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2008 05:15:12 PM »

I used to work for Borders and paperbacks that are under 15 bucks and generally all sci-fi, romance, fantasy, dated seasonals, etc. have the covers ripped off and sent back to their respective manufacturers as prooof of "field destroy". The coverless book is then tossed in the trash and no, it's never recycled. Sad, but true. Michael's, Barnes and Nobles, and many other book sellers do the same thing. The even sadder thing is the employees are forbidden with penalties of termination for taking naked books home. Although, if you don't mind a lil dumpster dive this is good news for you!
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2008 05:34:13 PM »

Hippiepunk is right. And they even lock the dumpsters now. People would fill them up with their own trash, for one-and the store pays for them to be emptied. We used to recycle at our store. Different employees would bring home metal, glass, and plastic to put in our own recycling bins. But we were made to stop-our corperate masters were afraid we'd hide merchandise in the garbage.
Yeah, you think they'd let us have the stripped books, since there's no way they could be returned for a refund, or even sold to a used book store-but if we tried, they'd fire us. And not even recycled-it's such a waste....
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