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Old 16-04-2013, 15:45
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I have some books that I don't want anymore and was just going to give them a charity shop. Do you just take a bin bag of books and hand it to your local Oxfam? Does it matter about their condition? Or genre? Just looking for the easiest and quickest way to shift them other than binning them, none of them are terrible quality (some have yellowed pages but nothing that makes them unreadable).
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Old 16-04-2013, 23:16
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Just drop them off at a shop. As long as they are readable they will sell what they can and recycle anything they can't. They even sell donated books on ebay/amazon/play these days and are glad of the stock.
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Old 17-04-2013, 07:07
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The British Heart foundation also have local drop off boxes, like the ones you get for recycling glasses bottles etc.
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Old 17-04-2013, 12:32
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Those drop boxes are better than nothing if you can't get to a shop - just keep in mind that a company operates the collections and charges - so the charity gets less. I know some of the clothes drop boxes are a bit of a con and after they recycle them they can take as much as 80% of the proceeds.
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Old 18-04-2013, 11:07
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Other possibilities are local fetes and jumble sales - organisers are usually glad to accept donated books.

Our local pub has a small charity book table permanently on the go. People take any books they fancy and leave a donation, and bring in any unwanted books to add to the stock. Is there anything like that in your area? Could be in a shop, community hall, church - have a look round.
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Old 18-04-2013, 11:46
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I have some books that I don't want anymore and was just going to give them a charity shop. Do you just take a bin bag of books and hand it to your local Oxfam? Does it matter about their condition? Or genre? Just looking for the easiest and quickest way to shift them other than binning them, none of them are terrible quality (some have yellowed pages but nothing that makes them unreadable).
As long as they are clean and presentable for selling.

They don't mind the genre as people read many diverse subjects.

Some charity shops collect books and other items from your home. Collection is usually free.

Some charity shops find it hard to shift books. It is best to phone up first unless it is an Oxfam Bookshop or charity that only sells books and records.
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Old 19-04-2013, 10:15
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As long as they are clean and presentable for selling.

They don't mind the genre as people read many diverse subjects.

Some charity shops collect books and other items from your home. Collection is usually free.

Some charity shops find it hard to shift books. It is best to phone up first unless it is an Oxfam Bookshop or charity that only sells books and records.
I'm not surprised that some charity shops have an over-abundence of books. In my area most are charging 3 for a used paperback! Thank goodness for the local Hospice shop. They charge 50p per book or 4 for 1 and the books fly off the shelves.
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Old 19-04-2013, 15:41
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^ Anytime I've been in Oxfam their books seem incredibly expensive. I am thinking of giving them to Claire House http://www.claire-house.org.uk/ instead if the shop closest to me sells many books, I have some which are pretty much brand new.
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Old 19-04-2013, 20:16
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Oxfam's prices are quite high, but whenever I've got to their dedicated bookshop in Huddersfield, I've found quite a few books that you aren't likely to see in other charity shops, or rather the other charity shops that are local to me.
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Old 19-04-2013, 21:30
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Oxfam do have some sort of selection process for secondhand books, and anything deemed "collectable" tends to get whisked off to their separate book shops. There seems to be a tendency to overvalue some of it.

Some of the humbler Oxfams still offer modest paperbacks for a quid though, which is as it should be.
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