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E = mc2 – Big Audio Dynamite (1986)

Ritual ideas, relativity
Holy buildings, no people prophecy
Time slide, place to hide, nudge reality
Foresight, minds wide, magic imagery, oh-ho…
— Mick Jones and Don Letts

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I was at the antique mall, saw lots of people looking up items on their phones “researching”. There are shows on TV having to do with reselling, storage auctions, pickers etc. There’s a culture of YouTubers and bloggers Embarrassed smiley face animated emoticon writing about flipping. There’s even courses to buy and groups to join. It’s a way to make side money, it’s a full time job, it’s a hobby and it’s a fad. The whole reselling industry has changed. 

I’ve been trying to find things that are drastically undervalued for cheap and resell them, in other words – treasure hunting. I think that’s what most of these people are doing and if they’re anything like me they’re making a lot of mistakes.

I was an estate sale and saw some $2-3 kiddie books from the late 60s, looked ’em up and they were going for like $15 each. I was stoked, struck gold. I camped out in the closet and looked up everything and bought 5 books. Another estate sale, another closet – all the jackets and coats were going for $10 each. I found some Grand National Championship High School Cheerleader jackets. I looked them up and they were going for $45. More gold. I was going to buy the whole lot but my wife told me only get the 2 best ones. 

When I got home and proceeded to check a bit more on my big score, I found basically they were worth about what I paid for them. I don’t know what happened but the likely culprits were: I was looking at the for sale instead of the sold price, I didn’t pay attention to the quality, maybe shipping was included…I don’t know. Other things to be aware about are year, color, specific model and these are just in general, it can go far deeper. But the middle of an estate sale with the hustle and bustle of people coming in and out just isn’t the place to try to research something you don’t know anything about.

My wife hung the jackets in my closet which I took as some kind of message – I asked her and she said it was to remind me of my mistakes, stay away from high school cheerleaders and pick known colleges.

This week I went to an estate sale and there wasn’t anything I knew the value of. Lots of things that looked possibly of value but? So I just went from room to room, table to table and counter to counter writing down various categories of items to try to find out what’s a good deal and what isn’t. For example in the kitchen there were cookbooks, utensils, salt and pepper shakers and so on.

Let’s pick cookbooks – The vast majority obviously aren’t rare or valuable but some are. I figure it’s completely doable though to do some research. Maybe a few weeks, it would take awhile. I wouldn’t be an expert but I should know what are good things to look for and more importantly I should know more than the estate sale people. After that move on to utensils then salt and pepper shakers. In a few months I could be hell in the kitchen.

Also with so much information easily and quickly available online it has become apparent that whatever niche I study it is necessary to learn the value of things pre-barcode. It’s harder than just scanning an item and that would be where you could find things that are worth buying that haven’t been properly researched.  Google Lens is getting better and better though so things that don’t have barcodes can be looked up but it takes more time and is more complicated so it’s more likely to be overlooked or just flat ignored. 

Flipping is more of a grind than a treasure hunt – The whole reselling industry has changed.
— David

I don’t remember – Peter Gabriel (1980)

I don’t remember, I don’t recall
I got no memory of anything at all
I don’t remember, I don’t recall
I got no memory of anything
Anything at all
— Peter Gabriel

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This is getting to be a clusterfuck. I still have a lot of media to sell but anything in under $10 or so is unprofitable because of shipping costs. The vast majority of my media falls into this category. What you’re seeing in the store is the top 5%.

After the hiccup with the cassettes, I moved on to a box of blue-rays. They’re in good condition but I found most of the titles aren’t worth enough to list.

I’ve spent the last week going through the rest of the DVDs I’ve had stored, trying to estimate prices and am seeing cents not dollars. Just heard that Best Buy has stopped carrying DVDs in their stores, I imagine they’ll be liquidating their inventory of new movies which will add to the glut.

I keep forgetting the plan –  selling DVDs is only a beginning to learn the basics of selling online, I’m going to be putting some lots together to sell locally but most of the DVDs will be either added to my personal library or going back in storage as it’s just silly to sell them right now.

— David

C 30, C60, C90 – Bow Wow Wow (1980)

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This is a decision I made on my own – I’m pulling all the cassettes from the eBay store and wanted to explain: 
(Just my opinion on selling cassettes there, the store’s doing fine, no disasters & I’m getting good feedback etc.)

eBay – Item Condition by Category
  Movies & TV, Music, Video Games:

Very Good – There is no damage to the jewel case or item cover: no scuffs, scratches cracks, or holes.

I get it, it should be like new but the next level down is “Good” where you’re practically giving stuff away. Fair price is all I’m looking for and I don’t think I can get that on eBay for cassettes.

So I ended up pulling all of the cassettes from the store a second time. First time was because of scuffs on jewel cases. Decided just to provide new jewel cases.

Now it’s scratches that I missed the first 2 times around. See the 3rd and 4th picture around the reels. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Like I said, I get it. Not going to deal with it. I’m just moving on to something else. I do have a significant amount of cassettes that I can put up in bulk lots but the “good stuff” is going to the back of the line. 

— David

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? – Chicago (1969)

People runnin’ everywhere
Don’t know where to go
Don’t know where I am
Can’t see past the next step
Don’t have time to think past the last one
Have no time to look around
Just run around, run around think why
— Robert Lamm

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The schedule I set up crashed and burned. Didn’t even look at it today. I’ve still getting things done but the schedule was too complicated so I switched just to a simple list of tasks that I could set to repeat if necessary.

I do want to make something clear – I’m not so self-absorbed that I think anyone really cares much about my scheduling attempts or even most of the thoughts that pop in my head as I ponder the minutiae of my daily life. I won’t lie – I do hope I’m not boring people, but a lot of what I’ve written about is to provide context – My brain isn’t my friend. 

And in that jumbled mess that is my brain – I’m looking for that spark, it’s not not just motivation – it’s bigger than that – it’s the spark that make’s life worth living. And I’m putting my search out there.

If I’m sounding altruistic – I’m not, I’m pretty much the embodiment of a bitter old man who looks at the past with regret and future with disillusion. Don’t bother me and I won’t bother you. I’m doing ok today though and I’ve got work on doing the things that keep me doing ok.

I admit hasn’t been much of a search so far – I’d like to think I’m just warming up and eventually I’ll get into a groove – but for now it is what it is, small strides.

Speaking of, it’s a nice day – going out for a walk.

— David

Time – David Bowie (1972)

Time – He flexes like a whore
Falls wanking to the floor
His trick is you and me, boy
— David Bowie

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I spent most of Saturday working on a way to set up a schedule using the apps currently on my computer. Started in the morning, by 3:30 pm I was looking at apps to buy although I already have at least 4 or 5 task schedulers and have tried out another 4 or 5 in the past. 

OCD in action – It had to be a certain design, I won’t go into details – it’s silly, a  piece of paper would work. I found an app I liked but when I went to purchase it I saw I would have to purchase it twice, once for the desktop and again for the phone. Aww.. fuck it. I made my own.

It worked, I’ve had 2 days of getting things done. Not so much because of the schedule but it’s because I invested enough into the schedule that I am currently using it. It’s an emotional thing not a logical thing. 

I already knew what I needed to get done, didn’t need to schedule it anyways. 

— David