Money Moral Dilemma: Should I sell the books I got for free from my old job?

edited 23 November 2021 at 1:56PM in Ebay, Auctions, Car Boot & Jumble Sales
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  • ThrugelmirThrugelmir Forumite
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    Give them to a Charity shop. Rather than have an MSE "moral dilemma" . Help your local hospice which has probably struggled with fund raising throughout the pandemic. 
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    "Going to work at 7am this morning I drove out of my drive straight into a bus. The bus was 5 minutes early.".
  • REJPREJP Forumite
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    Easy answer is ask if they are to be returned.  There may have been a condition in your contract that they were not to be sold.
  • MalMonroeMalMonroe Forumite
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    I'd sell them, if I could. Giving them to a charity shop, if they are specialised books, will be a waste of time because nobody wants to buy that kind of book from charities.

    Your ex-employer probably received some kind of tax (or other) break for giving books to employees, who knows?

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  • Listrn to your wife's advice. Contact you former employer and offer to return them. They will probably say that the books are yours to do what you want with. If that's the case, rather than sell them, why not donate them to a library, if they will take them, or freecycle them, rather than flog them for a quick profit?
  • Listrn to your wife's advice. Contact you former employer and offer to return them. They will probably say that the books are yours to do what you want with. If that's the case, rather than sell them, why not donate them to a library, if they will take them, or freecycle them, rather than flog them for a quick profit?
    Or should I say, "listen" to your wife! #typo 🤦‍♀️
  • Robinson2sRobinson2s Forumite
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    1. Check your contract about returning company property. You couldn’t keep a laptop for instance. Just because you got something through employment does mean it’s yours. It’s not a gift. 
    2. Or Email hr 

    Most people say sell but if the company found out , you could have problems as it’s not your property. 

    A quick check saves allot of embarrassment 
  • PajePaje Forumite
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    Have they asked for them back when you left? If no then sell them. 
  • anotheruseranotheruser Forumite
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    thedr said:
    Don’t sell them if you’ve just left your job. But don’t ask them if they want them back. Give it a year then, if they haven’t been asked for, sell them. 
    This.
    I have huge amounts of stuff from previous jobs.  Most will wait over 10, maybe even 20 years before I consider selling.
    None of it was expected back over and above what I already returned.
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    When I want specific answers, I'll provide the information.
  • Do the right thing and check with your previous employer first, then at least your conscious is clear. If they’re not expecting them back get them to email confirmation so it’s in writing. If you’re unable to sell them then donate them to a book shop or library.
  • taintain Forumite
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    Are you sure you received a free copy? Such awards would normally be taxed by the employer as employee benefits.
    The cost of materials to produce the book is pennies, so wouldn't be taxed. You don't pay tax for the resell value, just the cost to the company. 
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