Hey fedi- I used to work at a thrift store; and if you are donating some old books, here are some that aren't worth the resources spent transporting, sorting, and pricing them because they just don't sell:
- best seller novels like HP, Twilight, The Hunger Games, etc. So many of these are donated that most don't move
- self-help books, especially best sellers, for the same reason
- Chicken Soup for anyone's soul
thank you and boosts +
@fructose_dealer also please donate more weird locally published books I like to collect them
@spud A friend of my dad's wrote a book of poetry and showed up at the house to give him a copy after they had a fight. The pic is one he wrote about my dad. There's also at least two about Trump.
@fructose_dealer this is amazing
@spud he's not the most talented poet but you've got to appreciate some outsider art
@fructose_dealer thank you for this! I have often wondered whether my stuff was "fit to donate" -- glad to see that it probably is!
@hafnia working in the book department was my fave! the best are old textbooks because some folks sell them as a side gig
@fructose_dealer oh nice to know that textbooks are good at thrift stores. I’ve had them rejected from secondhand bookstores almost always
@vulcao some folks sell them as a side gig, i remember a few coming in when i was bringing them out on the floor to get the first pick at them if they're fairly new they sell!
@fructose_dealer is this true even for semi popular cookbooks
@Torie yeah unfortunately..I always hated having to throw out the latest from flavor.town (also i know the webmaster of this site and it's worth a visit..) but people don't snap most of them up
@petra Those sound good tbh! Folks book shopping at thrift stores are looking for obscure stuff much of the time (now I think of it maybe this is why popular books don't sell well there; folks are more likely to just order those from Amazon..)
@fructose_dealer Don't many donors only care about taking a tax deduction?
@fructose_dealer god, this is pretty much the same as the people who donate the old cans of food they don't want from the backs of their pantries
people donate things mostly to absolve themselves of the guilt of throwing it out when really all they're doing is wasting other people's time forcing them to throw it out instead
@lightdark exactly! folks should think about who they're *actually* benefiting
@fructose_dealer I died at chicken soup for anyone's soul 🤣
@fructose_dealer as a librarian, hard same
@fructose_dealer Tangentially, one of my favorite thrift store book finds ever was a Turkish-English dictionary in a town of 800 people in Texas.
I never used it, but you can be damn sure I bought it!
@fructose_dealer seen so many popular series were they have all but the first in the series.
@fructose_dealer I'd buy hella cookbooks, this makes thrifty me sad :(
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@fructose_dealer so what *do* you flip? Personally I would have expected complete encyclopedias or dictionaries would be popular, but I guess the existence of the internet is changing their value....
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