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September 02, 2006


The other day, I tried to emply the "vacuum principle," which states that getting rid of stuff creates a vacuum into which new stuff flows, by selling some CDs that I haven't listened to in years and will probably never listen to again. I took them to Encore Music, which is probably the laregest used record store in Ann Arbor, but they wouldn't buy my CDs. In fact, they told me that my CDs are worth "less than a penny," and that I will never be able to sell them, except maybe at a garage sale. Granted, these CDs are objectively bad (think Titanic soundtrack and Eagle Eye Cherry) -- after all, that is why I am trying to sell them -- but it was very depressing to have to cart the CDs back home. This wasn't the first time something like this has happened to me. I have had very bad luck selling stuff here in Ann Arbor. Every time I take a bag of books to Dawn Treader to try to sell, they are willing to give me a couple of bucks for one or two of them, and then I usually just end up leaving the rest because I can't bear to hang on to them. Maybe I should just give up on trying to get money for my stuff and make more use of Ann Arbor Freecycle.

Posted by eklanche at September 2, 2006 10:49 AM


If you're willing to pack your books and CDs up and take them to the post office when someone wants to buy them, then http://www.half.ebay.com/ (ebay's fixed price site, with no listing charge, and they reimburse for shipping) is the way to go.

And if you find there's a billion copies of your books already listed, then you could give www.paperbackswap.com or www.frugalreader.com a try. Or bookcrossing.com.

Posted by: sdunavan@verizon.net at September 3, 2006 09:59 AM

Emily - Dave's Books on William (by Cottage Inn) gives much better cash and trade-in value for books than Dawn Treader's and, its been my experience that they'll take more of your books than DT. You might want to check them out.

Posted by: khgarner at September 4, 2006 12:53 AM

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