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Posted: 10/27/2013 11:21:49 PM EST
I purchased a book on archeology from half-price books. Got to the end of it and there's a library card in it. The book was published in 2008 so I can't imagine a library buying it and then getting rid of it that soon.

I also purchased a few book off amazon from third party sellers. Every once in a while, they have a library card in them.

Am I buying stolen books?

Morally speaking, am I obliged to return the book to the library? If I don't, am I as responsible as the person stealing the book in the first place?

I mean, if you buy a HDTV from a crackhead for $100, you're complicit in theft even if you didn't steal it yourself.

Link Posted: 10/27/2013 11:25:27 PM EST
I can see a library turning around a book that fast. They dump stuff pretty quick if they have multiple copies, or newer versions, or low demand

And I have bought books at library sales that had stuff left in them.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 11:41:11 PM EST
Local library sells their own books, so we have tons with library stamps and stickers all over them. I suppose they pop up from time to time in various places, although some places won't take former library items. Cute thing is - if they have a book, someone says they lost or it never returns it and pays the fine, they mark it as gone in their computer. Then if the item is found and returned later on, instead of changing the computer flag and putting it back into the system, they sell it. The store is a formerly closed library location, and they call it "The Title Wave" *groan*

Link Posted: 10/27/2013 11:43:50 PM EST
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I can see a library turning around a book that fast. They dump stuff pretty quick if they have multiple copies, or newer versions, or low demand

And I have bought books at library sales that had stuff left in them.
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I've had that too with a few used books I've bought in the past.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 11:45:17 PM EST
Probably just library surplus OP...
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What did the police say when you called them about it?

Just kidding, don't call the police. They might get you for possession of stolen property.



I have quite a few former library books, bought directly from the library.
Several "new" titles too.

If it bothers you, why don't you call the library?
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 2:05:17 AM EST
They stamp them with, "Out of circulation" or "Removed". We have a few. Call the library in question.

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Link Posted: 10/28/2013 2:17:24 AM EST
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They stamp them with, "Out of circulation" or "Removed". We have a few. Call the library in question.

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None of my filched book are marked with any such stamp.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 2:22:35 AM EST
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None of my filched book are marked with any such stamp.
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Originally Posted By flinch08:
They stamp them with, "Out of circulation" or "Removed". We have a few. Call the library in question.

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None of my filched book are marked with any such stamp.


Several of mine aren't marked, and I bought directly from the library.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 2:22:51 AM EST
For many libraries, if a book is way past due, they'll just charge the customer the full replacement cost and not even allow you to
return it after that.
Kind of like RedBox.. keep it to long and they just charge you for it.

It could be people who find themselves in that situation and are now trying to sell it in some attempt to recoup a few of the dollars.

If it's not this, it should be stamped inside somewhere "DISCARDED" or something similar.







Or it could be stolen!
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 2:39:13 AM EST
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You and your good time buddies.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 2:54:36 AM EST
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You and your good time buddies.
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Originally Posted By Fury_58:
You and your good time buddies.

Couple of joy boys.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 3:01:55 AM EST
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I know my local library system sells off a lot of books in new condition with recent publication dates. I believe in the Internet age, libraries are maintaining smaller inventories of paper media. If a particular book doesn't have much demand for borrowing, multiple copies are culled and sold to the public. They may keep one copy for that occasional oddball request.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 3:08:38 AM EST
Hope the mattress you're sleeping on still has it's tag
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Originally Posted By rebel_rifle:
Hope the mattress you're sleeping on still has it's tag
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Leaving the tag on a mattress gives me no peace at all. Look at what the fuzz does to people - ATF turning normal rifles into machine guns, EPA or USACE declaring a person's yard to be a wetland because of a flood or they installed an artificial pond or a developer is dragged through decades of obscene and baseless court battles while facing felony charges for following the letter of the law because a single federal employee decides they did something wrong despite a complete lack of legal authority or a law stating it is illegal - and some very similar extortion techniques being used in family court constantly. Yeah. Fuck the government, and fuck their rules. TEAR OFF ALL THE TAGS!
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 2:19:30 PM EST
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Couple of joy boys.
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Originally Posted By Fury_58:
You and your good time buddies.

Couple of joy boys.


"Yeah, '71. That was my first year on the job. Bad year for libraries. Bad year for America. Hippies burning library cards, Abby Hoffman telling everybody to steal books."
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