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Giving used books to friends. Opinions?

What about used CDs?

(I don't mind getting either - my uncle and I have a system worked out where he always gives me used books and CDs, and I love it - but I am wondering how this comes across with friends with whom you don't have a system.)

Date: 2012-12-17 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] osirusbrisbane.livejournal.com
I think IFF you have reason to believe they would enjoy the specific example of media? I mean, I have a lot of used books, and if I randomly gave them to a friend, I think that would be lame. But if I knew you loved George Burns, and I gave you some used George Burns books, what could be bad about that?

Date: 2012-12-17 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wavyarms.livejournal.com
Oh, you highlight an aspect I had not thought of. It didn't occur to me that people might think these were from my own library. I was mostly thinking about getting things from people's Amazon wishlists in a used version, or else being in a used bookstore and seeing something that I thought someone would like.

Date: 2012-12-17 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] osirusbrisbane.livejournal.com
Oh. If you saw something you thought someone would like, and then got it for them, I still don't see how that could be ill-perceived, unless it was by someone who really stands on protocol for "what is proper and traditional".

Date: 2012-12-17 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kassrachel.livejournal.com
I think it's an awesome idea. Books and cds are fabulous gifts, and it's not as though their having been read or listen-to changes them in any meaningful way. :-)

Date: 2012-12-17 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wavyarms.livejournal.com
Yes, this is my overall feeling as well. :)

Date: 2012-12-17 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sylvantechie.livejournal.com
Absolutely yes

Date: 2012-12-17 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wavyarms.livejournal.com
Glad to have my opinion backed up by a competent authority! (Gilbert and Sullivan reference. :)

Date: 2012-12-17 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magdalene1.livejournal.com
Yes, I'm with osirus brisbane - giving people things you know they'd like, regardless of provenance/use, is nice. Gifts are nice.

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