I really didn't want to ever do a "ranty" post. I don't like writing them and I certainly don't like reading them. But, today, I felt like I had to write this to let other people know of the situation and hopefully stop someone from making my same mistake.
Yes, I can admit, I made a mistake, all in the name of smart shopping. I was shopping on a major online book and other devices website, whose name I will not mention, but starts with an "a". I usually buy all my books from them, as they are cheaper and have a bigger selection than any bookstore around (and please, don't use this as an opportunity to fuss at me and say I should be shopping at my local indie, it isn't that kind of post and we don't have any around here anyways).
Sorry....back to the story. I bought a "like-new" used book for like 10 cents (plus shipping). The description said it "may be library binding". I didn't think anything of it. Until I opened the package and actually looked at the book. It had the nice plastic library cover. It had a library barcode. It had "property of xxx library" on the back. It wasn't labeled anywhere as "discard". I turned to my husband and said, "I think I just bought a stolen library book." (to make matters worse, it was from a military base library...I was worried those poor soldiers kids were missing a book that they really wanted)
Good news is, I called the library to verify they weren't missing it (and they weren't, its not in their system anymore; so apparently, somebody lost it, paid the fine, found it and then sold it). Bad news is, now I'm worried that people are selling stolen library books online.
I guess the moral of my story is, verify what you buy, and just because its cheap, doesn't mean its the best choice. And, don't steal library books!