My library space is about to decrease by about 75%. Ditto my yarn space, my art supply space, and all my other storage space. I have a ton of books, both in my personal reading library and in my writing research library, and almost all of them have to go—fast. I’d like to list them in eBay, but I’ve looked over the books for sale in eBay, and there are zillions them, and most of them aren’t selling.
I’m not in a position right now to owe eBay a lot (or even a little) for listing auctions that don’t sell, so the idea of just dragging most of my library to the local library or used bookstore and seeing how much of it they’ll take off my hands before sending me to the dumpster is the cheapest solution. However, I have a lot of really good books, and I’d like to have them go where they’d be appreciated, so the library/used bookstore/ dumpster option depresses me.
I figured I’d check before doing that and find out if I could find good homes for my books. (And maybe my yarn, but truth is, I only have cheap yarn. I’ve never been able to afford the good stuff, so I kind of doubt that anyone would want what I have.) I’d just have a huge giveaway and send the stuff to people who wanted it, but I can’t afford the shipping.
If I grouped books by genre (fiction) or research category (nonfiction), sold them in groups that would fit snugly into a USPS Priority Flat Rate box (11″ x 8.5″ x 5.5″—$8.10 US), and threw in a signed novel with every auction, would you be interested enough in buying out some of my library that I could be pretty sure of not getting killed with listing fees? Every auction would cost me .55 without the notice that I’m throwing in an autographed freebie, and $1.05 if I include the notice that there’s an autographed freebie, so fees will add up awfully fast. (I know this doesn’t sound like a lot. At the moment, though, it is.) I’ll start auctions at a penny, but if they go for less than what it costs me to list, I’ll end up eating the difference. So if you wouldn’t be interested, please tell me that, too.
Comments? Suggestions? Questions?