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Brought to book
All the books I'm eBaying are going to sell now. And they're even making a profit.

When I grow up I want to be a shady book-dealer, please.
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j4 From: j4 Date: July 28th, 2004 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, god, that's my dream job! Not the dressing gown, though; more like battered evening wear, for me. Tatty tailcoats and dress-shirts and suchlike. And the shop would have a cat, and the books wouldn't be in any sort of order. And we'd give people free coffee.

~sigh~
From: tamsinj Date: July 28th, 2004 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)
hey-on-wye (or however you spell it) is actively full of such shops. and indeed advertises the fact. maybe you should move? :)

on another note - in your guise of shady book dealer.. where would be the best place to search for a copy of 'Paratwa' by Christopher Hinz .. that's under ukp40? (it's only a paperback scifi book for goodness sakes!)
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bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: July 28th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
After Henry by Simon Brett. Do you remember it (on either R4 or ITV)? The bookshop in that was such a shop - the shelving categories were things like: Books with talking animals; Books you ought to read to look well-read; Books that are quite useful to have around; Dull-but-worthy Victorian novels; Books where the hero makes a Big Discovery about himself somewhere around Chapter 32; Books with drippy heroines that you want to strangle. (I've made these up because my copy of the book isn't to hand but that's roughly the gist...)

When we win the lottery I'm opening such a shop. You can come and run it for me. :-)
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From: rmc28 Date: July 28th, 2004 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you have to wait until you're grown up?

I have caught myself thinking "I could buy that and sell it for a profit on eBay" when people are reposting stuff to u.a.forsale.
j4 From: j4 Date: July 28th, 2004 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Actively advised not to wait until you're grown up. In my case I'd be waiting a bloody long time.

Re reselling, I think that all the time -- on u.a.fs, in charity shops, everywhere. And I'm getting better at it with the books. Next summer I'm going to go round lots of car-boot sales and flea markets etc. and buy stuff to re-sell on eBay, see how much money I can make... fancy coming with me? Or we could even make a competition of it. And then sell the concept to a gameshow channel. :)
acronym From: acronym Date: July 28th, 2004 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
May I run the second-hand-records section of this enterprise?

- A (has been accused of being nearly every major character in High Fidelity. Only problem is they're charming and amusing, whereas I'm a witless, tactless, humourless twonk...)
j4 From: j4 Date: July 28th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't think of a better man (or woman) for the job. Come car-booting with us!

Re High Fidelity: I was going to say "the only problem is they're all a bunch of sad trainspotting wankers whereas you're interesting and caring and generally a Nice Person"...

Funny old thing, perspective.
From: rmc28 Date: July 28th, 2004 09:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I had this idea for a Life Laundry business: you go to someone's house, they pay you by the day to go through the house and help them decide what to keep and what to throw out. You take away everything they throw out and sell it/recycle it/junk it. You give back to them a percentage of any profit made by selling what you took away.

You need at least two people, one to work with the person to say JUST THROW IT OUT and the other to inventory everything.
juggzy From: juggzy Date: July 28th, 2004 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I was actually thinking that, seriously. You could probably make a pitch about ebay selling along the lines of cash in the attic, and C4 would pick it up. Even better if it could feature sex with anonymous strangers somewhere along the line.
ceb From: ceb Date: July 28th, 2004 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I think this proves you already are a shady book-dealer :-)
j4 From: j4 Date: July 28th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a fair cop.
hairyears From: hairyears Date: July 28th, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
No chance of reincarnating Black Cat Books at the top of Silver Arcade, is there?

It's not a business you start up with capital: I reckon these shops lurch into being on the day that someone realises they own so many books that their house is already a bookshop and enough of the books are already circulating among friends that 50p a go is a viable income.
ewx From: ewx Date: July 28th, 2004 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
An eighth of Johnson, please. And no cutting it with Mills And Boon this time!
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