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Friday, March 6, 2015

Opening soon?

I was perusing my bookshelves yesterday, and I think I came to the conclusion that I just need to pare down my collection.  Anyone who knows me knows that this is a major deal.  I am somewhat of a collector, and borderline hoarder.  I kind of always have been. 

When we came back from Desert Storm, I had stuffed my duffel bag with paperbacks that people had tossed in a barrel to be burned in preparation for the beginning of the ground war.  Nowadays, I hit up the local Half-Priced Books about twice a month, and the first place I go is the "Bargain" section.  These are books that, if not sold, will just be tossed into the dumpster in the middle of the night.  The thought just horrifies me, so I often "rescue" books that interest me from this fate.

Hey, it's cheaper and cleaner than saving animals from the shelter.

Be that as it may, I find that I have a lot of paperbacks that I have read, and that I know I will never read again.  I also have several paperbacks of Robert E. Howard's works that are duplicates of what I have in the Del Rey collection (only missing like two volumes from those).  And then there's a whole plethora of books that, chances are, I probably will never read, and have no idea why I bought them in the first place.

So, my idea is to create a new page here (see the tabs at the top), and list all of the ones I want to sell, with a reasonable price.  Anyone who wants any of them can let me know, and we can work out a direct sale deal.  Payment would probably be through PayPal, and I would mail everything Media Mail, since that's the cheapest.  Unlike Amazon, I wouldn't add a standard mail rate to each book.  Rates would be based on the weight of the package and nothing more.

I figure this has a good chance of getting books into the hands of people who will appreciate them, and we can bypass the middle man.  I did this in the past with RPG books and materials, and it worked out pretty nicely.

I'm going to start sorting and creating a list this weekend, probably.  So, keep an eye out.  I'll most likely just do a quick post when I have new items listed.

On a side note, I would probably also entertain the idea of book trades.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

I've considered doing this myself but so far no chance to do so.