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How much is my time worth to sell this stuff??

I have listed a bunch of things on-line, which means I had to describe the thing in enticing terms, photograph it, figure out how much to ask for it, and go through the posting hoops.  Time-consuming. Nibbles on most of the stuff not happening.

dscf3117I also made a trip over to Powells Books in Portland this morning with three and a half boxes of great books, sheet music and instructional CDs. They took about 20 books and gave me $74. More time spent. I now have to figure out to whom to give the remaining almost three boxes.

Books and sheet music are sacred things in my universe. A happy home must be found for them. So I’m bringing some to the Friends of the Library and some to our magnet school for the arts. Another trip and another hour to distribute those. Sigh.

As of today I’ve pocketed about $150 for merchandise that probably cost $1,000 new and it took many hours to “earn” it.

Already the take-away lesson is shockingly clear: the value of a purchase plunges steeply the minute you take it out of its wrapper at home — and if you need to sell it, expect little or nothing in return, and expect it to eat away at your time.

Buying something new makes NO sense any more unless you plan to use the thing to death.  It’s much much smarter to buy used if you must have it, or to rent, borrow or share if you need it only briefly.

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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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