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Get a $5 Half Price Books Gift Card with Summer Reading Program

by Tara Kuczykowski on May 25, 2012 · 2 comments

Here's another great Summer Reading Program to help you keep the kids motivated to read throughout the summer.  Your kids (ages 14 and under) can earn a $5 Half Price Books gift card when they read (or are read to) for 15 minutes each day. Here's how:

  • Visit Half Price Books and download the Reading Log.
  • Record your reading time daily and submit your monthly log(s) to your local Half Price Books.
  • A Top Reader Prize ($20 Half Price Books Gift Card) will be awarded for each age group, each month, at each store.
  • Enjoy the time spent reading with your little ones!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

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1 erer June 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Half Price Books is a scumbag company. They are only good for getting rid of material that you were intending to throw away anyway, because you save on disposal fees. They throw away most of what they buy. Go behind any Half Price Books and you can watch them dump the books they just bought in the dumpsters. Look in the bins, they are full of books, records, software, etc. They don't allow dumpster diving, but if everyone does it, how are they going to stop us? One way is by pouring water on the books (they actually do this at some locations). Don't give me any lip about "recycling". Recycling is not good for the earth, and is irrelevant, but I don't want to divert to an argument about that garbage. I understand most books are worth little and they can't use them all, and it makes business sense to destroy the type of thing they are selling to try to keep prices higher. It's not moral, but they feel it is in their interest. It doesn't matter if the books become paper pulp or are put in a landfill, they are destroyed in either case. They throw out much more than they donate to charities.

So I admitted their huge destruction of books is done because they think it helps their business, so why are they scum? Because they deceive the people selling to them by telling them that the offer amount is for "everything", when in reality they are only keeping some and throwing a lot of your books in the bins to be destroyed. Some buyers will admit that one stack on the counter they can use, but the rest they are going to "recycle" or donate, but most Half Price Books buyers will not tell you that and people are not allowed to take back what they are going to throw away. Also Half Price Books employees go ballistic if you ask them if you can have or buy something in their trash bins. If they are just going to throw them away, why not allow someone who wants or needs them to have them? Because they are trying to protect their market. It is similar to book burning, but they do it out of greed. Half Price Books buyers are ignorant as can be. They actually throw away rare and desirable items, and put trash on their shelves. Their bins contain thousands of dollars in software they think is too old, and antique books they know nothing about. Experienced people do not sell to Half Price Books, but only use them as a disposal service. There are many online sellers who would be happy to pay you more for your media than Half Price Books will. So what needs to happen is for online sellers to stake out Half Price Books parking lots, and when ignorant people bring valuable media to sell to Half Price Books, make them an offer on the spot before they stupidly go into Half Price Books and get ripped off. More money will be made by deserving parties and Half Price Books will not be permitted to destroy as many books.

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