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A would-be stay at home mom working full-time as a teacher. I teach at my old Highschool, working side-by-side with my own teachers. I blog to keep the Texan grandparents updated and chronicle our life for future reference. (In other words, I don't have a real baby-book or diary.) Comments make my day. Thanks for stopping by! kimlepper at gmail.com

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Stupid Tax

This week I had a plan. Dave Ramsey says to sell stuff. The only thing we have of value to sell is books.
So...

Monday we decided to sell our books. Well, not all of them, but the ones we feel we can part with. So I posted 16 items on Amazon.com. Being on the seller side of the equation for the first time I'm now not so happy with the people selling their items for .01. Seriously, how do you make any money? Amazon takes a commission. I dunno.

Tuesday I get an e-mail- my first item is sold! Woo Hoo! The item sold for $5 and Amazon gives a 3.99 allowance for shipping. I'll be getting 5.09 in my bank account. This is my profit plus allowance for shipping as a total (yes, that is a HUGE commission for Amazon).

Wednesday I pick up the book sold. Hm. "This thing is big." I think. I suddenly realize that it probably going to cost more than 3.99 to send it. The book weighs in at a whopping 4 lbs 9 oz. Wanna take a guess as to how much that is to ship?

11.58.

That's right. I paid 6.49 to sell my book.

(insert picture of baby to make one feel better)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

When you take the book to the post office, ask for "media mail." Media mail is specifically for books, movies, music, etc, and it should never cost more than about $3.

The Lukas Family said...

Hey-try cash4books.com-they are a legit book buying company and THEY pay for shipping-granted they only take some books but it is worth a try!

Julie said...

too bad...and funny. Better luck next time.

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