I realize I’ve been talking about dumpster diving a lot, but it’s interesting. And gauging by page views, you seem to think it’s interesting too (these posts have been the most popular).
And even if you didn’t, I would post this story anyway because it’s a good one.
This week, I pulled about 400 books from the dumpster of a local university library. In the switch to all things digital, the pure and noble university library book is among the early casualties. And I barely scratched the surface of the dumpster, leaving tons behind.
These were seriously obscure, usually old (1970s and 1980s), scholarly non-fiction titles with a very limited potential audience. I’ll get to that in one second.
Here was the final tally:
Approximately 400 books.
112 with a used value of $10 or more (I recycled the rest).
Total listing price: $5,900.
That’s for about 1 hour of loading and transport time, and 3 hours of sorting / listing.
If you think this is the score of the century, here’s the kicker:
The average sales rank for those 112 books was 4 million.
These are some seriously, seriously obscure books with a very limited demand. I would be extremely surprised if even 20% of these sold over the next year.
But that doesn’t matter. Because some of them will. And most will sell eventually. I didn’t pay anything for them. And I am unburdened of having to store them or even think about them ever again. I just sit back and collect the money – some of it next week, some of it in 5 years. But I don’t really care, because for 4 hours work, I’m totally happy.
The dumpster provides yet again. More stories like this to come, for sure.
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