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  •  Think of it as (3+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, sidnora, dfwlibrarian

    more of a sting operation than a reward to crooks. Also, the acquired material can be resold one way or another if it is originally so cheap. Reselling it is a way to offset the costs of the operation as well as a way to offer a cheaper replacement option to libraries that are trying to do so.

    I am sure Amazon and E-bay would cooperate to the extent that if a seller shows a pattern of selling missing library items they will help track activity which would make apprehension and conviction easier.

    Another suggestion would be to devise a national standard for a mark (or seal) that certifies that a book has been decommisioned (if that is the proper term). It could be made a Federal crime to forge that mark and people buying used books online could ask if it has a decommisioning seal. The perps would be much more reluctant to forge such a seal if it were a Federal crime to do so. It is likely that selling agencies could insert a warning to buyers that they should insist on such a seal before buying. They could do this whenever a book with "library markings" came up for sale.

    The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

    by Pirogue on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 06:10:41 AM PST

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