Daily Archives: April 29, 2009

Chained to my stuff

Overwhelmed 2007, originally uploaded by mistymisschristie.


I want to be free to move easily, free to be creative, free to spend more time with friends and family. But this big house and all the stuff in it keeps me chained to the spot.

I could wait till the chains rust through in a few decades (and I’m well underground), or I could get out the jaws of life and cut my way to freedom.

It’s my choice, isn’t it?

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Selling sheet music on eBay

In my younger years I played several instruments, in genres from blues to bluegrass to classical.  This means I’ve got BOXES of music going back to the dawn of time. Instructional CDs and tapes too.

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I hate to think how much money was invested in this collection – and though some of it is a bit chewed up, Bach hasn’t changed his notes, the blues are still the blues, and the chords to Arkansas Traveler still hold.

SOMEONE should want this stuff. SOMEONE should be willing to pay a discount price for it. I certainly couldn’t just toss it.

Yesterday I posted the books which have current ISBN numbers on Half.com, eBay’s little sister.  I listed a few that are more arcane on eBay.  Half charges a small percent of the sale price after you sell, but eBay charge you a listing price as well.

After I listed several items I decided to research how well such stuff actually sold.

Put it this way… it’s clear that a huge percentage of listings never sell at all, so where eBay is making its money is in those little listing charges. A LOT of little listing charges.

The other problem is – it takes time to write up a listing. One or two items – not so bad. Twenty items, many of which will sell for only $5 if I’m lucky???  Maybe not worth it after all.

After 7 days if the eBay stuff hasn’t sold I’ll try something else.

This is so painful – not just letting go of the music books, but also of the musician I once was and never will be again, at least not at that level…

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