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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by TacomaDiver View Post
    We have a chain that reminds me of a second class Half Price Books here called 2nd and Charles. My biggest gripe is that I don't know what things cost. Some used books are clearly marked down, whereas most of their used books appear to still be full retail. I suppose I could ask but it shouldn't be that hard.

    I do sell to them quite often and while they do ultimately give pennies on the dollar, they do increase their cash offer by 50% (I believe) for in-store trade. That reminds me, we still have trade credit with them but it's under my WA license (I finally got my CO license last summer after living here for 18 months - AND I just got my CO license plates after being here for two years . . .)

    Weather - we don't have the moisture, but we do have the cold. Today the high was 10, the low was 0 (well -0 as my phone told me!) Saturday we are looking at 7 and -3, and then Sunday 5 and -8. Way too damn cold to be outside.
    Compared to you it is downright balmy here. 25 degrees and with wind chill feels like 15. Just saw a pissed off Hummingbird, first time the feeders have frozen this winter.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post
    Yikes -- yeah, you have more than we do at the moment. I'll post another photo from up north here if things get interesting.
    Just tuned in to local news to see what is going on. South of Portland rain, Portland freezing rain, Vancouver snow. As long as the freezing stays south I am good.

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  • TacomaDiver
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    We have a chain that reminds me of a second class Half Price Books here called 2nd and Charles. My biggest gripe is that I don't know what things cost. Some used books are clearly marked down, whereas most of their used books appear to still be full retail. I suppose I could ask but it shouldn't be that hard.

    I do sell to them quite often and while they do ultimately give pennies on the dollar, they do increase their cash offer by 50% (I believe) for in-store trade. That reminds me, we still have trade credit with them but it's under my WA license (I finally got my CO license last summer after living here for 18 months - AND I just got my CO license plates after being here for two years . . .)

    Weather - we don't have the moisture, but we do have the cold. Today the high was 10, the low was 0 (well -0 as my phone told me!) Saturday we are looking at 7 and -3, and then Sunday 5 and -8. Way too damn cold to be outside.

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  • RonClinton
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    Yikes -- yeah, you have more than we do at the moment. I'll post another photo from up north here if things get interesting.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    Here in NW Washington we're under the same warning, though so far it's been relatively quiet, but we've lived here long enough to not be lulled into a false sense of security. We had perhaps an inch of snow when I woke up this morning and really hasn't done much since (and our home is at a comparatively high elevation), and hopefully it'll stay that way. I also wouldn't be surprised if we get hit by a deluge of snow...you just never know how these things are going to work out around here.

    I'm probably cursing myself and my neighbors by showing this and scoffing at the light snowfall we've had thus far (as compared to what was forecast), but I'll take my chances. Here is a pic from several blocks south of me as of a few minutes ago:

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    They are lowering the estimates down here. With that said they are now predicting 5 to 8 inched here and I am over 4 now. Light snow continues. This photo is about 3 miles from me.
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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post
    Well here in SW Washington I am under my first winter storm warning in over 3 years. Started yesterday at at noon and is expected to run through Sunday evening. The original forecast was for 8 to 12 inches of snow. It now looks like it will be less. Snow came in last night with strong winds coming out of the gorge. I think I am at about a 3 inch accumulation but it is hard to tell. Last night I had sustained winds of near 20 with gusts around 35 so open areas have less snow and areas that stopped the wind have more. Wind is now calm and the snow is picking up. It is a heavy snowfall but a very fine snow. Good news is that it is just snow up here. Hearing that south of the Columbia it has been a mix of snow and freezing rain. Happy I do not have to leave the house and I can just watch the storm out the window!
    Here in NW Washington we're under the same warning, though so far it's been relatively quiet, but we've lived here long enough to not be lulled into a false sense of security. We had perhaps an inch of snow when I woke up this morning and really hasn't done much since (and our home is at a comparatively high elevation), and hopefully it'll stay that way. I also wouldn't be surprised if we get hit by a deluge of snow...you just never know how these things are going to work out around here.

    I'm probably cursing myself and my neighbors by showing this and scoffing at the light snowfall we've had thus far (as compared to what was forecast), but I'll take my chances. Here is a pic from several blocks south of me as of a few minutes ago:

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    Last edited by RonClinton; 02-12-2021, 11:00 PM.

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  • Martin
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    Well here in SW Washington I am under my first winter storm warning in over 3 years. Started yesterday at at noon and is expected to run through Sunday evening. The original forecast was for 8 to 12 inches of snow. It now looks like it will be less. Snow came in last night with strong winds coming out of the gorge. I think I am at about a 3 inch accumulation but it is hard to tell. Last night I had sustained winds of near 20 with gusts around 35 so open areas have less snow and areas that stopped the wind have more. Wind is now calm and the snow is picking up. It is a heavy snowfall but a very fine snow. Good news is that it is just snow up here. Hearing that south of the Columbia it has been a mix of snow and freezing rain. Happy I do not have to leave the house and I can just watch the storm out the window!

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  • mhatchett
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    Originally posted by c marvel View Post
    Last Tuesday I found that my car's hood had a tree branch bounce off the hood and this caused a minor dent in my car's hood. I'm debating if I should have the dent repaired, it's a minor dent really. A windstorm started on Jan.18 and that is what caused the tree branch to fall.

    Cap
    What is your deductible? I've driven dented cars for years with no adverse issues LOl!!

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  • c marvel
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    Last Tuesday I found that my car's hood had a tree branch bounce off the hood and this caused a minor dent in my car's hood. I'm debating if I should have the dent repaired, it's a minor dent really. A windstorm started on Jan.18 and that is what caused the tree branch to fall.

    Cap

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by jeffingoff View Post
    Thank you all for your thoughts. You all have pretty much summed up and validated my feelings on the matter. I think I'll try to find an independent bookstore to work with to unload the books that eBayers don't seem to want.
    Libraries aren't a bad option either if you're just looking to unload them.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post

    I have the exact same feelings about Half Price Books. Had a bad selling experience with them some years back and decided never again. Between direct purchases and various grab bags, I somehow had three copies of the gift edition of "Riding the Bullet" that was published by lonely road books. I decided that I would take one of the copies to half price books to sell hoping that I would get fair value for it. I think they ended up offering me seven dollars for it. Due to having multiple copies, not enough shelf space at the time, and my own stupidity, I reluctantly sold them the book (and instantly felt bad about it). I came into the store a week later and they had the book in their collectibles display case and had priced it at seventy-five dollars (I believe it sold almost as soon as it was put out on display). I instantly felt like I had been bamboozled by them and told myself never again. Due to this bad experience, I rarely go to HPB anymore, and when I do, much like Ron, it is only to browse or buy.
    I am sure glad I live in Powell's country. Several years ago I received a duplicate copy of Taverns of the Dead. It was marked PC and the slipcase had significant scuffing on the back. Book retailed for $150. Took it to Powell's and the offered $75 cash and more for store credit. Took the store credit. About a week later I was browsing the rare book room and that exact copy was for sale at $150. I was able to enjoy the fact that a book I sold them was in the rare book room without feeling ripped off. Powell's is very upfront with the amounts they offer so I know they would price it at $150 but this was the first time I could actually see that they honored that. A few months later I received another PC copy of the same book. I took it to Powell's and rather than offering me a lower price they declined to purchase it. They actually told me they had purchased one and were having trouble selling it. I almost told them it was because they were asking full retail for a book with a damaged slipcase and the new one I had was not damaged. I think I may still have that copy. When You bring a book into Powell's that they will not buy they have an area you can place them for donation, they also tell you that you can donate them to local charities. I have sold books to Powell's for many years and have never felt like they were anything but fair.

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  • jeffingoff
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    Thank you all for your thoughts. You all have pretty much summed up and validated my feelings on the matter. I think I'll try to find an independent bookstore to work with to unload the books that eBayers don't seem to want.

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  • sholloman81
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    When it comes to selling books, there are used bookstores and there is Half Price Books. I love going to HPB for browsing and buying, but for selling, they are just half-a-step above giving them away to a thrift store / Goodwill.

    With HPB, the books are a commodity in the most literal sense and are treated with no subjectivity of worth...plan to go in with several grocery bags and leave with perhaps five bucks a bag, twice that if the stars and sun are aligned and the buyer woke up in a good mood that morning. I"m not exaggerating. They'll take it all (for disposal and recycling of those titles they don't plan to stock), but in the end you're the one who feels like you were taken.
    I have the exact same feelings about Half Price Books. Had a bad selling experience with them some years back and decided never again. Between direct purchases and various grab bags, I somehow had three copies of the gift edition of "Riding the Bullet" that was published by lonely road books. I decided that I would take one of the copies to half price books to sell hoping that I would get fair value for it. I think they ended up offering me seven dollars for it. Due to having multiple copies, not enough shelf space at the time, and my own stupidity, I reluctantly sold them the book (and instantly felt bad about it). I came into the store a week later and they had the book in their collectibles display case and had priced it at seventy-five dollars (I believe it sold almost as soon as it was put out on display). I instantly felt like I had been bamboozled by them and told myself never again. Due to this bad experience, I rarely go to HPB anymore, and when I do, much like Ron, it is only to browse or buy.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by jeffingoff View Post
    Question for the experts here:

    What are your thoughts on selling to Half Price Books? I'm really tired of listing books on eBay and Facebook and getting zero interest in the titles I just don't want anymore. I'm tempted to just empty my shelves by selling them to a used book store and avoid all the packing and shipping as well. What are your thoughts?
    When it comes to selling books, there are used bookstores and there is Half Price Books. I love going to HPB for browsing and buying, but for selling, they are just half-a-step above giving them away to a thrift store / Goodwill.

    With true mom-and-pop and corner used bookstores (of which there are few left), they will pick and choose and give you perhaps 25% of what they plan to sell it for in either cash or trade credit...they have intrinsic value, both as an object and as something they resell. If you have one of these in your area, I would recommend giving them a shot before HPB.

    With HPB, the books are a commodity in the most literal sense and are treated with no subjectivity of worth...plan to go in with several grocery bags and leave with perhaps five bucks a bag, twice that if the stars and sun are aligned and the buyer woke up in a good mood that morning. I"m not exaggerating. They'll take it all (for disposal and recycling of those titles they don't plan to stock), but in the end you're the one who feels like you were taken.

    The only time I sell at HPB anymore is when I have a stack of books that even I can look at and say, Yep, those are valueless to me and just everyone else.

    Might want to try listing them here and TDT.org...I don't believe I've ever seen any books for sale from you at either spot. You might get a better reaction than Facebook, and it's cheaper than eBay.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by jeffingoff View Post
    Question for the experts here:

    What are your thoughts on selling to Half Price Books? I'm really tired of listing books on eBay and Facebook and getting zero interest in the titles I just don't want anymore. I'm tempted to just empty my shelves by selling them to a used book store and avoid all the packing and shipping as well. What are your thoughts?
    I agree with the prior comments. When I end up with duplicates or a book I really do not want I trade them in at Powell's. I always trade them for store credit. At Powell's you get about a 30% increase in value by doing that. Powell's gives 50% of the low end that they think they can sell the item for plus the trade bump. The credit is probably lower than I could get selling the books on eBay but it is also basically effortless, and I an generally lazy.

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