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As soon as there is a Thrift Wars, Thrift Kings, or Thrift Flippers reality TV show, I'm quitting.
I have noticed guys in the book aisles at Goodwill, with smartphone attachments that will scan the UPC codes on books and instantly pop up a value (sort of like how you can type in the ISBN on the powells.com website and know how much they will give you for a used book). They just prowl the book shelves, scanning, beeping, looking at the phones. Now that's not fun at all - they don't even look at what books they're scanning. Not to mention they would miss 100% of the pre-UPC collectible books out there, which probably still accounts for 90% of titles or more. Wanna know how much I got for a 1st / 1st / 1st of Nabakov's The Eye with DJ, Phaedra, paid 25 cents? [before the book market tanked] It didn't have a UPC...
School started back today (Mon 8/6) in these parts. I don't think that has anything to do with "doldrums" - on Saturday 8/4 I scored some decent stuff and on Sunday 8/5, zip.
I do know one or two moms who tried to flip a generic Brooks Brothers blazer or whatnot using blurry iPhone pics and crappy descriptions, no measurements, and had zero success. Not like I take great photos but I try a bit harder, and happy to see them give up after 2 or 3 listings go unnoticed.
The slow shift continues - I actually canceled an eBay auction because I kept eyeballing a shirt I listed that I really wanted to keep for myself. Yikes. Can't beat the prices.
Five things you should never thrift, re-purpose or re-use:
- Toilet paper
- Tooth brushes
- Your best friend's ex-wife