let me preface this rant by saying i am a used book buyer for a used book store.
the most annoying part of my day is hearing people whine when i don't buy their books. folks, if you bring in, say, two bags - roughly 50 books - and i buy, say, 25 of them, please do not smart off to me about how hard it is for you to carry the refused books back with you or to the donation drop bin located in the parking lot of a supermarket down the street. please. i understand that it is an inconvenience to you as you were hoping to amass such immense wealth from these books that smell as though they've been basting in dog piss and moth balls in the garage since the Ford administration. i completely understand your plight. but please keep in mind that:
- A: we did not substitute your books with bricks.
B: you seemingly managed to get your book here fine
C: we've already met our quota for piss-reeking Wally Lamb books.
for the first point, look on the bright side, your load is lighter. some of your books were indeed heavy, and i guesstimate that i might've lightened your load by a good 10 pounds. thats like taking an obese cat off your hands! or someone's head! its like i relieved you of the burden of carrying around a limb. you're welcome.
second point deals with the blatant fact that YOU SEEMINGLY MUSTERED UP THE RESOLVE TO HOOF YOUR BOOKS UPHILL FOR THREE BLOCKS IN THE RELATIVELY COOL TEMPERATURES IN A PAIR OF TREMENDOUSLY SUPPORTIVE ATHLETIC SNEAKERS. i mean, you got em here ok, and since your load is hereby reduced by an estimated 10lbs, you are looking golden for that return trip!
the last point is my personal favorite. man, the shit people bring in! besides the obvious reasons why we reject books (highlighting, current stock levels, past sales) here are a few i've had to give this week alone:
"this book doesn't have a cover"
"this book has been ripped in half"
"this book has severe water damage"
"this book has no cover and has been ripped in half"
"this book has been ripped in half and soaked in water. also, its missing its cover."
"this one has drill holes through it"
"this is a telephone book. from texas. from 1989"
i know sometimes when your cleaning and you just want to get rid of stuff so you just throw it all in box and hope maybe you'll get something out of it. all i'm asking for is some basic pre-screening common sense. don't get huffy-puffy at me because i won't buy your fecal-encrusted phonebook or your halved first edition Maeve Binchy novels. no, you should throw a hissy fit at your pre-screening skills.