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  • June 12, 2017

The Price of It All!

Recently, like last weekend, I played chauffeur while my mother and grandmother went to yard sales. That’s what I get for having a car, easy to maneuver around the nuts. And come to find out, wasn’t even worth the gas money to go.

It was like people thought they were at Wal-Mart. Or maybe Amazon, as they are more expensive here. Some of the prices were rather pathetic. Isn’t the point to get rid of one’s stuff and make a little profit? Not turn one away and make nothing.

Used Football – $10

Old DVDs – $5 each (ones you can buy brand new in Wal-Mart for $3 from bargain bin)

PS1 Games – $10 each

Disney Figures – $15 each (Tiny little Happy Meal toy ones)

Old Axes – $20 each (like rusty old nasty ones you’d need a tetanus shot touching)

Glass this and Glass that – way too high, give me paper plates any day.

Clothes – Cheaper at used clothing stores.

All kinds of other crap that I rolled my eyes at and pushed them along.

The point of me at my sea? Point being, if you want to sell the stuff and get rid of it, make sure a bargain is had.

I can easily relate this to writing. As I’ve seen many first time authors, self published at that, jack their books up to the maximum price. Do they really think that is going to work?

Let’s do the math on a dollar just to make it easy. You sell 20 books and make $0.35 a book. There is $7.00. You also get more readers. You sell 1 book at $9.99 or higher and you get $7.00 off one reader, who let’s face it, is probably a family member.

So which is more worthwhile? I guess to each their own, but if anyone thinks they are going to get rich having expensive yard sales or selling their first book for maximum price, bubble may have just burst.

Notice how some out price themselves? Would it be ego or greed, you think? Maybe both. Either way, a pricey mistake they sure can make.

Enjoy life, forget the strife.


Alex J. Cavanaugh

2017-06-12 12:49:13 Reply

At garage sales, everything should be just one step above free.
More readers is always better.

    Pat Hatt

    2017-06-12 15:31:10 Reply

    Yep, that way it is gone and you get a little dough. That it is.


2017-06-13 01:27:24 Reply

You just nailed it right on the head why I don’t go shopping. At the store or at garage sales. Besides, who needs more stuff???

    Pat Hatt

    2017-06-13 10:35:12 Reply

    That’s what I say, screw more stuff at our bay

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