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Subject:How to get rid of old DVDs?
Time:12:02 pm
I have a big pile of DVDs that I've realized I'll probably never watch again, and I'm trying to figure out how to get rid of them. I wouldn't mind seeing some money for them, or at least a tax deduction, but what's the best way of doing that?

I suppose I could sell them on Ebay, but they're worth maybe three bucks each and I'm not willing to go through the hassle for that. Selling them as a lot on Ebay probably reduces their value tremendously. I could donate them, but to what organization?

Anyone have creative ideas?
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prock
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Time:2010-10-16 07:10 pm (UTC)
Is there any reason not to give them to Goodwill?
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whipartist
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Time:2010-10-16 08:09 pm (UTC)
Taking them to Community Thrift is my fallback position, if there's no more-creative option.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2010-10-18 03:47 am (UTC)
If you're looking for a creative way to donate them, see if there's an artist's collective or a place like SCRAP near you.

SCRAP: scrapaction.org/
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schmengie
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Time:2010-10-16 07:11 pm (UTC)
well depending on their ratings...back when Carol had SJS she was in the burn unit in Gainesville. There were lots of kids in there who were pretty much locked in. When I asked the nurses what I could do to help they suggested some movies or games. Maybe see if there is a local burn unit for kids or even adults if the movies are more adult in nature..
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clutch_c
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Time:2010-10-16 07:11 pm (UTC)
Some public libraries have DVD collections.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2010-10-17 09:26 pm (UTC)
Many libraries also have a way to sell donations and items no longer being circulated (either in the library branch or at a dedicated site). The money usually goes towards library programs, which makes your donation tax-deductible.
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jpmassar
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Time:2010-10-16 10:04 pm (UTC)
Friends of the Oakland Library or Friends of the Berkeley Library might take them.
(Just checked, the Oakland one does). And the Berkeley one gives you a receipt that you can fill in an amount for (presumably a plausible amount) and there's your tax deduction.

And while you're there you can shop for books at really good prices.
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rmd
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Time:2010-10-16 11:45 pm (UTC)
books for soldiers has a bunch of folks deployed overseas who would love to be distracted by (non-porn) movies.
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prock
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Time:2010-10-17 12:00 am (UTC)
That qualifier seems dubious to me.
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rmd
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Time:2010-10-17 12:12 am (UTC)
well, there is that. but the rules are that people should not send pornographic materials.
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prock
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Time:2010-10-17 01:10 am (UTC)
So what you're saying is that there is a high demand for Disney DVD cases?

:)
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whipartist
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Time:2010-10-17 12:08 am (UTC)
Oh man. That's a good idea, but what a pain in the ass. You have to send them a notarized form before you can even get enough information to see if anyone might want what you have.
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rmd
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Time:2010-10-17 12:12 am (UTC)
i'm a volunteer, so if you want to ship stuff here, i can forward it along to folks as appropriate.
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rahaeli
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Time:2010-10-17 12:31 am (UTC)
Any Soldier is a great deal less tedious. I've sent stuff through their contacts a bunch of times before, and if you include your email address you'll usually get an incredibly grateful response in a few weeks. (We have a local free-book exchange, and every year around Christmastime we go and pick up about five or six boxes worth of books to send, along with things like sweatpants, deodorant, tampons, silly decorations like balloons and crepe paper, etc. Turns out that one contact we picked off the list had done her MD at the college across the street from us!)

The one thing they suggest is that you write anysoldier.com on the DVD faces, since theft is a real problem in-theatre and the people who steal DVDs (and various other things) will then try to resell them to the troops.

Barring that, see if you can find a local women's shelter and donate the lot to them. Many of them will try to send women and children who've stayed with them for a little while on to their new home with books, DVDs, clothes, etc, to make the transition easier.
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frogpyjamas
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Time:2010-10-17 03:19 am (UTC)
I took half of the few DVDs I owned to Amoeba a couple years ago to be rid of them and have the space. I think I had 8-10 DVDs total and I got $15. I kept the DVDs I like to watch while sick, so you might consider keeping a few in case the internet is ever down/ hard drive fail.
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jcdill
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Time:2010-10-17 01:44 pm (UTC)
+1 on selling to a used book/CD/record store. It's really easy - you bring in a big box, usually they tell you to come back at the end of the day and they will give you back the stuff they don't want, and you can get either a cash price or a (higher) trade-in price in store credit.
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abostick59
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Time:2010-10-17 11:22 pm (UTC)
I take it that they are still worth more as movies than as drink coasters.
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