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Weirddave
10-24-2008, 05:14 PM
I used to be a big Star Trek fan and I like to read, so I have a pretty massive collection of Star Trek novels. I kinda drifted away from them about a decade ago when they began doing nothing but crossover stories, which annoyed me, and in the fullness of time the books were boxed up and stored. I came across them the other day and though "What in the world can I do with these?". I'll probably go through and keep some of them, the really good stories, but most of them I want to get rid of. I could always drop them off at Goodwill or something, but I'm hoping some of you might have a better idea, maybe something that would make me a bit of money, I sure spent enough on them back in the day. Is there a market for these things? Selling them on E-bay for a dollar and a quarter apeace seems like a lot more work than it's worth, there's a couple hundred books there. Anyone got any other ideas?

KneadToKnow
10-24-2008, 05:22 PM
Freecycle? Donate to your local library?

Cisco
10-24-2008, 05:29 PM
I doubt you'll make any money off of them if they're all paper backs. Donating them to Goodwill sounds like your best option, as some kid won't have trouble talking his mom into buying them for $.25 a piece and he might get just as much enjoyment out of them as you did. If they were ~$7 - $10 each (again, I'm assuming paperback) and you bought them over a decade ago, and enjoyed them, then be happy. Your money was well spent.

Hello Again
10-24-2008, 05:33 PM
booksforsoldiers.com

anysoldier.com

operationpaperback.com

zamboniracer
10-24-2008, 05:37 PM
Half-Priced Books (http://halfpricebooks.com/) is a good option if there is a store near you. They'll give you some money for them, not a lot, but it is a pretty good option for unloading books and making a little money with no hassle.

Tuckerfan
10-24-2008, 06:06 PM
Skeet shooting for charity?

rocking chair
10-24-2008, 06:49 PM
i sent mine to operation paperback mentioned by hello again.

i had mostly orig. series books, only a handful of next generations. i kept about 15-20 books.

very greatful sci-fi fans in iraq got a huge box of downtime fun.

Roland Orzabal
10-24-2008, 09:46 PM
No idea, but when you find out, let me know. My storage unit will thank you. Cheers to a fellow ex-Trekker. :cool:

(Posting to subscribe to thread)

Mahaloth
10-24-2008, 09:54 PM
I'd sell them on half.com. Even if you sell one for 99 cents, you can make money on the shipping.

Czarcasm
10-24-2008, 10:29 PM
Contribute them to a local science fiction convention. They would be appreciated there, and a lot of fan-run conventions are 501(c)3 tax deductible.

SkipMagic
10-24-2008, 11:12 PM
If you're interested in trading them for other books, you could put them up on paperbackswap.com. There's no money to be made, but you will be able to get other books for free (which, depending on the book and its availbility, could actually save you some clams).

Ephemera
10-25-2008, 02:36 AM
I owned 350 Star Trek novels at my peak of Trekkiedom, but found myself in a similar predicament and sold them to my local used book store for credit. I think I got somewhere between $80 and $100.

Jeff
10-25-2008, 02:48 AM
Pile them up and make a burnt offering to the gods of Literature.

Failing that, find a second-hand bookstore to pay you a bit for them, try to hawk them at a flea market, or find a thrift store that will allow you to donate them (there's one in my area that lets me do that, huge godsend for getting rid of old books).

Wendell Wagner
10-25-2008, 04:18 AM
I think a general rule is that you can't make enough money by selling used books to cover the effort it takes to sell them. If they are truly rare, it might be worth something, but even then it's chancy. So, first of all, you mean your son (your older son, I mean) doesn't want to read them? Do you know anyone personally who's a big Star Trek fan? Just give the books to them.

I go to many of the science fiction conventions near you, and I don't know of any of them which has an event where the books can be sold. There are dealer's rooms at all of them, of course, but the best you could do is give the books to a dealer for free. The conventions have no event where they can sell books themselves.

A couple of years ago someone gave me a dozen boxes of science fiction magazines with the expectation that I would find them a good home. I picked out the ones that I wanted. I moved the others to a friend's house who has a big basement. We know lots of science fiction conventions and clubs, but we still haven't somewhere to give them to.

Give them to charity or get a book credit at a used bookstore.

Cisco
10-25-2008, 12:08 PM
I think a general rule is that you can't make enough money by selling used books to cover the effort it takes to sell them.

That's not true. I've taken small stacks of books to the used bookstore (Bookman's for you Phoenecians reading) - less than a plastic grocery bag full - and gotten $100+ in trade credit (or like $38 in cash.) It's just that, well, no offense but, used Star Trek paperbacks is a pretty saturated market.

JThunder
10-25-2008, 12:13 PM
Have you tried building a fort?

Wendell Wagner
10-25-2008, 12:41 PM
Cisco writes:

> I've taken small stacks of books to the used bookstore (Bookman's for you
> Phoenecians reading) - less than a plastic grocery bag full - and gotten $100+
> in trade credit (or like $38 in cash.)

That's not selling used books. That's getting store credit. See where I said:

> . . . get a book credit at a used bookstore . . .

For five boxes of Star Trek books, Weirddave might be able to get $200 worth of store credit at a used bookstore (although I think that's an overestimate). Do you want to buy $200 of books at a used bookstore, Weirddave? I would still recommend a charity rather than a used bookstore.

Weirddave
10-25-2008, 01:08 PM
Cisco writes:

> I've taken small stacks of books to the used bookstore (Bookman's for you
> Phoenecians reading) - less than a plastic grocery bag full - and gotten $100+
> in trade credit (or like $38 in cash.)

That's not selling used books. That's getting store credit. See where I said:

> . . . get a book credit at a used bookstore . . .

For five boxes of Star Trek books, Weirddave might be able to get $200 worth of store credit at a used bookstore (although I think that's an overestimate). Do you want to buy $200 of books at a used bookstore, Weirddave? I would still recommend a charity rather than a used bookstore.

Wendell, how many times have you been to my house? Did you ever notice the shelves and shelves and shelves of books? Do I want $200 credit to a used book store? Does a baby duck float? ;)
(The problem is that I have is the used bookstore that I used to patronize closed, and I don't know of any others around)

Cisco
10-25-2008, 01:42 PM
Cisco writes:

> I've taken small stacks of books to the used bookstore (Bookman's for you
> Phoenecians reading) - less than a plastic grocery bag full - and gotten $100+
> in trade credit (or like $38 in cash.)

That's not selling used books. That's getting store credit. See where I said:

> . . . get a book credit at a used bookstore . . .


See where I said:

> or $38 in cash

Thirty eight bucks is definitely worth the 10 minute drive to the bookstore.

Ferret Herder
10-25-2008, 03:27 PM
operationpaperback.com
This should be http://operationpaperback.org/ actually - .com seems to redirect to an unaffiliated placeholder site.

GingerOfTheNorth
10-25-2008, 03:50 PM
Have you tried building a fort?

He's not allowed. His wife is mean, and needs the room for her yarn stash.

Signed,
Weirddave's wife

Wendell Wagner
10-25-2008, 05:30 PM
Weirddave might live considerably more than ten minutes from a used bookstore, so I don't consider $38 in cash worth it.

katie1341
10-25-2008, 05:51 PM
Donate them to your local jail or prison. They all have libraries, and most of them accept donations. Ditto with old magazines.

Cisco
10-25-2008, 06:23 PM
Weirddave might live considerably more than ten minutes from a used bookstore, so I don't consider $38 in cash worth it.I guess it's a dumb thing to argue about, but $38 in gas will get me about 300 miles, so I considered it worth it.

Hello Again
10-25-2008, 07:21 PM
This should be http://operationpaperback.org/ actually - .com seems to redirect to an unaffiliated placeholder site.

Argh! Sorry!

Wendell Wagner
10-25-2008, 07:44 PM
The price of gas is not the true determining factor in how much it costs to drive somewhere. The real price of driving is about $.50 a mile, counting the depreciated cost of the car, the insurance, the amount of servicing and repairs to the car over its lifetime, and the gas.

Cisco
10-26-2008, 01:32 AM
So there's not a used bookstore within 38 miles of a guy who lives in a major city? Give it up. Why are you even arguing about this? You sound like my mom, nitpicking every dumb detail just to look like you're right. Jeez.

Jeff
10-26-2008, 03:15 AM
The price of gas is not the true determining factor in how much it costs to drive somewhere. The real price of driving is about $.50 a mile, counting the depreciated cost of the car, the insurance, the amount of servicing and repairs to the car over its lifetime, and the gas.

Now let's try and factor in the extra wear caused by the weight of the books. Just for fun!

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
10-26-2008, 07:42 AM
I sell used books on Amazon marketplace.

If you don't want to, sell em to me!

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
10-26-2008, 08:17 AM
I sell used books on Amazon marketplace.

If you don't want to, sell em to me!

BTW--Private Message or email me, please.

Harmonious Discord
10-26-2008, 08:31 AM
Places like hospitals and nursing homes are often happy to take good paperbacks. The people in those places are usually bored out of their minds. I'm sure a homeless shelter or half way house for battered people would like them too.

Wendell Wagner
10-26-2008, 12:30 PM
Cisco writes:

> So there's not a used bookstore within 38 miles of a guy who lives in a major
> city? Give it up. Why are you even arguing about this? You sound like my mom,
> nitpicking every dumb detail just to look like you're right. Jeez.

So when you question another poster's comments, you're acting like a typical Straight Doper in the tradition of Cecil Adams, trying to fight ignorance, while when I question your comments, I'm acting like your mother, nitipicking every detail? Oh, I see now. In fact, I know the used bookstores of the Baltimore-Washington area. A number of them have closed in the past few years and others are in dire economic shape. It's hard for them to make the rent in this area. I was going to suggest that Weirddave take the books to Wonder Books at 1306 W. Patrick St. in Frederick, MD, the largest used bookstore in the greater Baltimore-Washington area. It's far enough out in the suburbs to allow the rent there to be smaller. With five boxes of Star Trek books, he would probably get a nice large store credit, and there's lots of books there that he might be interested in getting for the credit. If there's a charity down the street from Weirddave that he can donate the books to, it's possibly better for him financially to donate the books there and take the tax deduction rather than drive a ways to a bookstore and use the store credit to buy books.

Weirddave writes:

> Wendell, how many times have you been to my house? Did you ever notice the
> shelves and shelves and shelves of books? Do I want $200 credit to a used
> book store? Does a baby duck float?

You haven't been to my apartment yet though. I own about 6,000 books. Take my word for it, my apartment is more crowded than your house, even though you have four people living in it and I live alone.

Cisco
10-26-2008, 02:07 PM
So when you question another poster's comments, you're acting like a typical Straight Doper in the tradition of Cecil Adams, trying to fight ignorance, while when I question your comments, I'm acting like your mother, nitipicking every detail? Oh, I see now.

Actually this started when you deliberately edited out my "or $38" comment when you quoted me, and decided you wanted to stick to your guns about it so you didn't look wrong. It continued when you decided to keep nitpicking after I said it wasn't worth arguing about, but I personally considered it worth it.

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