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Earth Day, huh?

So I have a number of "things" -- primarily cheap books, comics, CDs, and a few DVDs -- that are collecting space and I'd like to get rid of. While I can go can donate to the local library, the greedy punk in me wants to get something out of this besides a tax donation. While I could open a shop on eBay or something like that, I think the effort and cost involved would suck the living daylights out of me for little return.

Someone (creativedv8tion?) mentioned something about a book swapping service. How does this work? What kind of costs are there (postage, packing materials, etc.)? Any suggestions and/or referrals that anyone would like to give?

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msmcfeeley
Apr. 23rd, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
Opening an ebay store isn't a good idea unless you have enough crap to make a LIVING doing it. hahah the basic selling of ebay (without a store) is good though. I helped my friend sell like 70 DVDs and he made (netted) about $500. It's a bit of work but if you plan ahead (get padded envelopes cheap on ebay!) it's not too bad :)
Books are hard to sell :( because if you look at them used on ebay/amazon stuff goes for 50 cents so unless it's a super rare first edition or something you're better off with donating or doing the swapping dealio. CDs aren't bad in terms of demand but you should definitely be able to sell off the DVDs without much effort. To get an idea type the title of a few of your dvds on Ebay and see what the going prices are.. if there's a lot of the same thing, if there's a lot with no bids, etc. Then you'll get an idea :) Plus there's a way to search 'completed listings' to know what the average 'final sale' was of certain items.

Or.. have a garage sale. lol
rialtus
Apr. 23rd, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
I've thought about a garage sale as well. Ties up a day, and with just books, CDs, comics and DVDs, I'm not sure how worthwhile it would be.

Thanks for the info regarding eBay and books. I'm trying right now to see if there is a local paperback swap place that may be beneficial to me as well.
solcita
Apr. 23rd, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
The two book swapping sites I've used are paperbackswap.com and bookmooch.com. PBS ships things via media mail, with no other outside charges, and you can print out the shipping labels on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper.
jumbach
Apr. 24th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
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