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Old 06-04-2016, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Most used books are worth about 25 cents (if that).
Actually not. It depends on what type of book it is. Bestselling novels are virtually worthless because so many were printed. Non-fiction can be quite valuable, depends on the topic. I still have a few LDS books left in my Amazon inventory out of the cache of 300 I bought at an estate sale. One of my books about Romney's grandfather sold for $100...to a journalist.

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The people who sell them on places like Amazon make whatever little money they make by marking up shipping costs.
Book shipping is a fixed price on Amazon: $3.99. I'm sure book sellers would love to "mark up" shipping but they're not allowed to.

Back to the topic. As for me downsizing, I cleaned out the broom closet, which had about fifty million shopping bags of every size and description. Most I recycled, some will do litterbox duty. I kept about 3 dozen.

Anybody know what to do with videotapes? These aren't VHS or Betamax, they're an even older format, from back in the day when there were 1 inch VTRs.
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I've spent the week downsizing my paper files and have discarded maybe 15%. This kind of weeding out is the most tedious. I haven't even started on the computer files. I wonder if I shouldn't even bother. This process is taking way too much time. I may die before I get it all done. The reward though is that I feel about 15 lb lighter psychologically. The more of the past that I let go of the better I feel in outlook, like readying for the next stage in life. The key is not letting stuff accumulate all over again.
And the beat goes on....

I feel this late morning like burning everything in a bonfire out back.
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Anyone want about 300 hanging file folders in good condition?
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Got a postcard in the mail this morning from Big Brothers Big Sisters. They want items for a fundraising sale, small stuff like books, toys, household items, etc. They're driving around in a truck next week to households that indicate a date. If there's a BBBS in your area check it out.
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Old 06-04-2016, 11:12 AM
 
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Book shipping is a fixed price on Amazon: $3.99. I'm sure book sellers would love to "mark up" shipping but they're not allowed to.

When I was selling books on Amazon 4-5 years back, I was shipping the books at an average rate of under $1.50 using my corporate FEDEX/UPS rates. There is a lot of mark-up in the shipping cost at $3.95.
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Old 06-04-2016, 12:02 PM
 
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When I was selling books on Amazon 4-5 years back, I was shipping the books at an average rate of under $1.50 using my corporate FEDEX/UPS rates. There is a lot of mark-up in the shipping cost at $3.95.
Amazon surely assumes most people don't have access to that. I ship USPS media mail, which has worked out to be cheapest. Last book I sold cost $3.09 to ship.

What it really comes down to is it worth my time to go to the post office and stand in line to ship a book I just sold for $2. Not really. I tend to donate my books to the library or to a favorite charity and take the tax deduction. I only sell the ones where I can get $15 or more.
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Old 06-04-2016, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Colorado
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I've spent the week downsizing my paper files and have discarded maybe 15%. This kind of weeding out is the most tedious. I haven't even started on the computer files. I wonder if I shouldn't even bother. This process is taking way too much time. I may die before I get it all done. The reward though is that I feel about 15 lb lighter psychologically. The more of the past that I let go of the better I feel in outlook, like readying for the next stage in life. The key is not letting stuff accumulate all over again.
I bought a shredder and converted everything to paperless a few years ago. I think it took a couple weeks of work. Threw a lot of it away (bank statements from 20 years ago?) and scanned what I wanted to keep. I was filling a 3" notebook every year. Now, when I get a bill or something, it goes straight to the scanner and the paper goes in the shredder. It's been useful (I can even find stuff!). And no more records clutter.

Another advantage: The backup hard drive is a lot smaller, lighter and cheaper than the file cabinets that used to hold this stuff.
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Old 06-04-2016, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Close to an earthquake
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I bought a shredder and converted everything to paperless a few years ago. I think it took a couple weeks of work. Threw a lot of it away (bank statements from 20 years ago?) and scanned what I wanted to keep. I was filling a 3" notebook every year. Now, when I get a bill or something, it goes straight to the scanner and the paper goes in the shredder. It's been useful (I can even find stuff!). And no more records clutter.

Another advantage: The backup hard drive is a lot smaller, lighter and cheaper than the file cabinets that used to hold this stuff.
I've gone paperless in my business and pretty much home too although I did it moving forward rather than scanning all the past. Have scanned some prior year tax returns. Have stuff saved on computer hard drive, some backup drives and in the cloud using Microsoft One Drive primarily. I've used Dropbox in the past and have a Google cloud storage account too.

Way to go - love my scanner.
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:02 PM
 
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Amazon surely assumes most people don't have access to that. I ship USPS media mail, which has worked out to be cheapest. Last book I sold cost $3.09 to ship.

What it really comes down to is it worth my time to go to the post office and stand in line to ship a book I just sold for $2. Not really. I tend to donate my books to the library or to a favorite charity and take the tax deduction. I only sell the ones where I can get $15 or more.

Many of the power sellers on Amazon are selling THOUSANDS of books each day and that $2 that they are making on the shipping is where they are making their money.

Ever try asking a seller to combine a shipment of 3-4 books? The response that i have gotten is $3.99 per bood period.
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Many of the power sellers on Amazon are selling THOUSANDS of books each day and that $2 that they are making on the shipping is where they are making their money.
If you mean large volume sellers, sure. They've already got the sunk cost of employees, their warehouses, etc. Might as well have them shipping out penny books when they're not shipping higher-priced ones, rather than have them stand around with dumb looks on their faces.

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Ever try asking a seller to combine a shipment of 3-4 books? The response that i have gotten is $3.99 per bood period.
I don't doubt it a bit.
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