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Old 01-21-2010, 10:45 PM
 
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I just purged a bunch of books on www.paperbackswap.com So easy, and I feel like I still get something out of it vs listing for sale.
Mailing the books out might be just too much for the OP and her DH right now.

My vote: donate to the library. Don't get any ideas that the books will end up on the shelves for you to read again, though! Many libraries seem to put very few donated books into the stacks and most just sell them at friends of the library sales.

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Don't get any ideas that the books will end up on the shelves for you to read again, though! Many libraries seem to put very few donated books into the stacks and most just sell them at friends of the library sales.
I asked if I could donate a book (which they didn't have at any library in the area) with the stipulation that it be put on the shelf, and was told it wasn't possible. So I filled out a form to request that they purchase the book ...and sold my copy on Amazon for something like a $7 profit. The book was My Mother Wears Combat Boots, btw : ) ....but this is how we have gotten rid of the many books that were not worth selling . 212 books have gone to the library from our household this January! We really take advantage of their book selection, which means I buy less books and stop would-be clutter from entering the home (also, I would definitely be taking advantage of their other programs if I had a better source of transportation)... so it is awesome that I can help support the library a little bit while getting rid of clutter!
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As a WOHM with 2 small children and a SAHD who does not do cook, but does wash the CD's, I feel your pain. I've finally decided to just donate it all. I found a box outside of our grocery store that collects books for donation. Perfect. (My husband also has tons to unload.) Now, I just have to write down all of the clothes that are going to go to the good will. Same with the baby toys.

It'll help me feel better. And, if I ever need any of it again, I know I will have built up enough good karma with these donations that it will all come back to me!

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I rarely sell things for a couple of reasons, but mostly it is not worth the work for the money I will make.
What I do sell, I do on the local Moms listserve where they will come and pick it up. More often I give it away, since that is what this group does and I have gotten my share of things that way.

The other big considerations is taxes. If you donate to a registered charity you get the tax wright off of the item's value, with almost no work, and lots of warm fuzzies. Also lots of them pick up.

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