Wednesday, January 15, 2014

If the guesthouse is a rockin’ …

Exactly one week after dodging a very cold bullet when a pipe froze in my guesthouse, I found myself wondering what else could go wrong when I discovered strange and certainly not good vibrations emanating from the attic, and shaking the very walls of the house.

I turned off the heat, and the vibrations ceased, so obviously something had gone wrong with the system’s blower unit.  There also was a slight smell in the house that I couldn’t identify.

The next morning, I called the AC repair guy, who discovered two dead mice that obviously thought the blower unit was a great place to stay warm.  To paraphrase one of the greatest Looney Tunes characters of all time, Yosemite Sam, mice is so stupid.
A bargain at $2,499 .... not
  
Speaking of Looney Tunes, I listed a new puzzle on Ebay over Christmas featuring Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd, and expected it to sell rather quickly.  It didn’t, and I found out why yesterday.  While perusing my listings, I discovered that I had it priced at $2,499 instead of $24.99.

Scott is so stupid.

Even with normal prices, sales have continued to be fairly slow for me over the past week or so.  January is usually a little more brisk as people start using their gift cards. Over on Ebay, I’ve had a few good sales, including several pieces of obsolete and/or vintage technology.



I also sold a small collection of vintage game systems to a buyer with only two feedbacks.  I gave him a great deal, and, naturally, he repays me by not paying for his purchase, and forcing me to open a case.

Elsewhere in the land of Barry’s Books, Ella is slowly but surely inventorying our collection, and, in the process, is finding items that for some inexplicable reason aren’t listed. Case in point are six pre-owned VideoNow games that I have been trying to sell forever.  For some reason, Amazon keeps de-listing them.  So, when Ella stacked them neatly in my chair on Sunday, I promptly bundled them together on Ebay, and they sold this morning.  Good riddance.


This weekend is shaping up to be another dud, as far as sales go.  I don’t know about you, but I am getting jittery, like an addict who needs a fix, as these weekends pass without a good yard, garage, or estate sale.

Have a productive week everyone.

7 comments:

  1. Wouldn't it have been really cool to have sold that puzzle at that price when you didn't even know you had it so high?!! :) ~~Pam

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    1. That would have been just plain looney.

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  2. Get your fix without leaving home. Lots of people are selling things that they're finding in their own closets. Maybe you can use your jittery-ness to do some spring cleaning. You just may find some treasures you forgot about. I've actually had a lot of really good sales since Christmas.

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    1. I have plenty to list, but I still get that feeling on Saturday morning that I should be out looking for stuff.

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  3. I had the same problem with listing Video Now games on Amazon. They are listed as a toy, not a video game, and so they have to be listed as Collectible if they are used. I finally figured that out and got them sold, but it took a long time. I will not be buying those again.

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    1. Exactly my problem. Like you, I won't be buying those again.

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  4. I had picked up a few of those videonow games a while back as well and they took FOREVER to sell. I am with you in not buying those again.

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