I asked if I could take the books and try to sell them. I was told to go for it. They were in the garbage, so it was fair game.
So I took them. And no, this was not the first time I've rescued books. I remember finding a huge pile of brand new books on the curb with the garbage by my college, and I rescued those as well, even though it was a bit unwieldy to get them home on the subway.
Well I just got paid for all the books that I saved from the garbage at my job. Through various buyback programs I made:
$16.50 in Amazon gift cards - When I looked the books up on Amazon, there was a link to sell them back to earn gift card credit. I received confirmation that the books were received today, and the credit was immediately deposited in my account.
$48.97 from TextbookRus
$52.35 from eCampus
I got $117.82 for books that were getting thrown out! I only wish I could have saved more (sadly there were more) but those were deep in the garbage can, and though I am nuts, I'm not that nuts.