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But doesn't that fall into the same concept as

I've never used, and I have no idea how close their prices are to FMV. But in general, things like used clothing and household goods should be valued at thrift shop prices - that is, what Goodwill or Salvation Army would sell them for in one of their stores. If has prices that are signficantly higher than that, then shame on them.

If indeed your car is worth $3500 and the charity sells it for that amount then you ought to get credit for a $3500 donation - and that's the way it works from now on.

I guess the idea is that blue book values of donated cars aren't always "tricked up."

Ok, that was a poor choice of words on my part. The blue book value itself isn't "tricked up" - those numbers probably do accurately reflect average trade-in, wholesale, and retail prices of used vehicles. It's just that the charity rarely got anything close to that amount, which means that itemized charitable deductions were sometimes grossly inflated.

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