dickens-booksI read an interesting blog post by Annie Holmquist this morning. Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today

It supports my mission in rescuing the out of print literature and reselling these classic tomes. If you don’t have a mission behind your business and it’s to “become rich” you are making a tool (money) the goal rather than a project or tangible asset. No one makes ownership of a hammer and nail a goal rather they want a house. Money is a tool. Set your sight on something bigger.

I homeschooled for seventeen years. My homeschooling philosophy supported teaching the child to aspire to a high level of education through excellent and character laden literature. I was and still am not about to cater to the “grade level” mentality or supposed inability to comprehend good sound literature because it is difficult. Charlotte Mason was an early proponent of children’s education during the 19th century. Based on her ideas, many have devised a philosophy of homeschoolng which adopts the absence of meaningless facts and time filler activities in a child’s curriculum. She coined the word “twaddle”. Twaddle means absence of meaning, dumbed down literature

As I explored my options in teaching my children I realized if I could invoke a love of learning and a curiosity to learn more in any given subject then they are set up for educational success. This idea was more lofty than I realized [click to continue…]


PC repairFavorite Resource of the Month:

Today I discovered through Julia Wilkinson’s Yard Salers Facebook group this great resource! Thanks, Julia and Jeff!

You know the drill….

Wife: It’s not working. What do the directions say?

Husband: Let me see if I can get it to work.

Wife (three hours later): Did you read the manual?

Husband: No. I almost have it.

Wife: <sigh>

Here comes help. This website is not only a very practical resource in saving anyone and everyone time but helpful for the seller who just plain doesn’t know exactly what he has or if in fact a little tweak may indeed help increase value of the item.


This is one of those sites for a question that you may have for an item that you picked up for resell but you’re not quite sure if it’s doing what it should or if it’s missing something. On the home page of Manuals Library if you scroll down to the bottom you will see a glossary of many brand names that are clickable. It is a place to start if you have little information about your widget as far as a stock number or model number. However, you can cut to the chase by going to the search bar and typing in a few keywords. They have programmed in the search parameters what is known as “intelligent search”. I’ll explain that in a bit. [click to continue…]


The Art of the Upsell on eBay

Do you want Fries with That? The Art of the Upsell. We’ve all heard it before. You’re hungry and you pop into Mickey D’s for a hamburger. You get to the front of the line and place your order for a Big Mac and a chocolate shake. The cashier asks, “Do you want fries with […]

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The Long Tail Book Review

A review by Julie Anna Schultz The Long Tail; Why the Future of Business is Selling Less for More by Chris Anderson Chris Anderson is the editor in chief for Wired magazine. Here is the original article in Wired magazine which later became the basis of his book. http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.10/tail.html This book has been sitting on my […]

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How to Value a Book

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As a full time bookseller and an online bookseller’s consultant this is probably the most common question I am asked outside of how do I know a book is valuable. There are several ways to find out the value of a book. The question specifically addressed pricing for the non collectible books. Well, on the field it’s a no brainer when it comes to modern literature. I use a scouting tool. It’s a PDA with a bar code scanner. This utilizes a data service that taps into Amazon’s catalog. They are basically the authority pricing platform when it comes to valuing your books. So it stands to reason that if you can take a portable pricing guide and use it in the field you’re miles ahead both on sourcing and pricing your books.

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