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    Sane MaxSane Max
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    …………..a second hand bookshop that is, and sees a copy of Yigael Yadin, ‘The Art of Warfare in Biblical Lands’ on the shelf. ‘Squeak!!!!’ cries he (for he is an erudite chap). With trembling hands he draws the copy from the shelf. Hardback, 1963, excellent condition….£3.99 “Squeeeeeeeeak” he adds, and then stands there in a lather of greed and guilty indecision – for the punchline is…… It’s the second hand bookshop I used to work at as a volunteer, and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. So I gently explained to a member of staff it might be worth getting the price checked on t’interweb, and waved a sad farwell to the bargain of the month.

    Ah well, if there IS some sort of afterlife, I may yet get to attend.

    #123872
    MikeMike
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    Jolly nice of you. Amazon has it for about £55?

    #123887
    vtsaogamesvtsaogames
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    Sane Max, saint.

    https://corlearshookfencibles.blogspot.com/

    #123889
    ThuseldThuseld
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    You are a better human than I.

    #123891
    Fredd Bloggs
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    If I wished to own said volume, I would have quietly bought it.

    Otherwise I would have informed them.

    #123939
    Truscott TrotterTruscott Trotter
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    I would have offered them 10 quid for it 🙂

    #123942
    zippyfusenet
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    Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. – Mark Twain

    Max, you did right. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but you can take comfort.

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #123958
    Harry FavershamHarry Faversham
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    I like people like you Max, I like them a lot. It makes my job of being a complete and utter rotter so much easier!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    #123994
    telzy ambertelzy amber
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    I miss Terry Thomas 🙁

    #124017
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    I like people like you Max, I like them a lot. It makes my job of being a complete and utter rotter so much easier

    Careful – I am not always on the side of the angels, you may need to temper your evil deeds with the occasional act of decency to ensure the cosmic balance is not thrown completely out of whack.

    #124018
    deephorsedeephorse
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    So, had this book been an eBay ‘Buy it Now’ for £3.99, rather than in a bookshop you used to work in, would you have bought it?

    Before I joined Facebook I thought that a) most people were reasonable and intelligent, and b) they could spell words correctly. Guess what ......

    #124038
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    So, had this book been an eBay ‘Buy it Now’ for £3.99, rather than in a bookshop you used to work in, would you have bought it?

     

    Lord yes. And laughed as I did it.

    It just seemed a bit…. counter productive to have spent about a hundred hours volunteering at the Oxfam Charity Bookshop, only to then rip them off for £50.00.

     

    Like taking  a few dogs home from your day-job at the RSPA for a spot of bull-baiting really.

     

     

    #124041

    A charity shop puts a different light on things. They can’t be expected to be as knowledgeable as a bookshop owner. If the latter doesn’t know his stuff, that’s down to him.

    Good for you.

    That said, I’m not sure I would have passed the “moral”  roll!

    #124043
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    A charity shop puts a different light on things.

     

    some of them are good at that stuff, some are not. The Manager knows most of his stuff but has some blind spots. Me, I was good at the stuff you might expect – Military, History, also art and English Lit. Other things I was terrible at, and since I had to price up a few hundred books a day I am sure there were some amazing things that I priced at 2.99 and made someone’s day.

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    Rob youngRob young
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    The advantage of old age is that I’ve got a lot of books like this 🙂

    Rob Young

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