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Will you ever read those books again, really?

It only took a day or two to make my first book sale on Half.com so I immediately grabbed a pile of books and listed them all.

Before we moved from California to Nashville, we had a mega garage sale and unloaded about 30 years of collected books. We made some money, but had I taken the time to list them online, I’m certain we could have done far better. However, that would have required us to start listing them well in advance.

We aren’t such good planners.

If you have books on your shelves that you haven’t read, or probably even considered reading, the last few years, why not put them up for sale on Half.com? Believe me, you won’t miss them.

The user interface is really easy. Just plug in the ISBNs, give them a price, rate them, make a comment or two if necessary, and you’re done.

The only thing I’m not completely happy about is that they only pay twice a month. Their parent company, eBay pays whenever you make a sale.

The site integrates shipping with Paypal shipping so you can print your labels and pay for postage online. This is a feature I really love. It keeps you out of the long lines at the post office and you can get tracking for only 19 cents. Also, Half.com orders ship at the media mail rate.

You do, however, need a good scale at home to use this feature.

It seems that over the last decade there’s been a major movement afoot to declutter our lives. Magazines like “Simple” and a whole slew of shows on HGTV are built around this idea.

Clear off some of those bookshelves and put a little extra cash in your wallet.

Tweaking Auctions Pays Off

Switching my Nintendo DS games eBay auctions to “free shipping” dramatically improved my position in search results and the number of people seeing my items.

When I checked my statistics yesterday I had about 95 “impressions,” which show how many eBay shoppers had seen the headline of my auctions. That was after the items had been listed for three days.

This morning—not even a full day after I switched my auctions to feature free shipping—the number of impressions for my Professor Layton and the Curious Village game had jumped to 267 and finally I had a bidder.

I also gained some “watchers” so I’m feeling a lot better about these eBay auctions today.

Stay tuned.

Selling Professor Layton to the Highest Bidder

Okay, I admit it. I’m too timid to play those first person shooter games. Exploring odd lands with Professor Layton and his pal Luke on the Nintendo DS is more my speed.

When I got the latest Professor Layton game for Christmas—Professor Layton and the Unwound Future—I realized I had two other Professor Layton games sitting around that I would never use again.

With the exception of yesterday’s Racing Form, there aren’t many things more useless than an already-solved adventure-puzzle video game cartridge. I decided to see if there was a market for these on eBay.

It looks to me that a “like new” Professor Layton Nintendo DS game should bring about $15 on eBay. Fortunately I still have the boxes and manuals so I listed Professor Layton and the Curious Village and Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box on eBay last night.

My wife suggested that I consider trading the cartridges in at a video game store, but frankly that’s only a good option for someone who buys a lot of video games. I buy fewer than one a year. And when a store gives you credit, it only costs them about 50 cents on the dollar since the retail price of their merchandise is about double their wholesale cost.

Video games are also easy to ship and that makes them simple to deal with on eBay. I’ll be able to slip my Nintendo DS games into an envelop and send them on their way for the same price via postal service first class mail to anywhere in the country.

Flat rate shipping is always a good thing on eBay and with video games sellers have virtually no risk shipping to domestic buyers.

Next, if I can remember this evening, I’ll have to see if I can sell my Brain Age games on eBay.