Monday, October 12, 2009

Weekend Update

Yes! This weekend we went to another Portland Library book sale and it was awesome!

I scored:

Hollywood Babylon II by Kenneth Anger
The BFG by Roald Dahl
I'm With the Band by Pamela Des Barres
Two Weeks in the Midday Sun: A Cannes Notebook by Roger Ebert
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman
Invincible Summer Volume 1 by Nicole Georges
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
New Rules by Bill Maher
Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems by James Thurber
Lanterns & Lances by James Thurber
Fart Party Volume 1 by Julia Wertz

Allie bought a biography of Joan Crawford and a bunch of craft books. All of this only cost us only $21! We also bought twenty or so books for the store. It's always so much fun being able to go crazy buying books without having to spend too much money. Meanwhile my room is literally overflowing with books for which I have no shelf space. Eek!

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The most frustrating aspect of running a comic book store is getting stuck with hundreds and hundreds of back issues. We have to order all our comics two months in advance and we have to order them in the amount we think will sell, with no returns possible. Unfair right?? Companies like Marvel and DC are always launching new titles and new mini-series and it can be pretty hard to anticipate how new titles will sell. We tend to err on the side of overkill, over ordering a little, and thus we always end up with a certain amount of comics that never sell. Right now our store basement is filled with thousands of these comics. Even with occasional clearance sales, it's impossible to get rid of these things. Earlier in the year we gave away an entire long box of comics to a charity because we have so many--that's about $1,000 worth of comics.

To try and remedy this situation we've started listing comics on Amazon. It's been doing so well that this weekend we opened up a Pro seller account. Comics have been flying off of our virtual shelves!
We have thousands of more comics to list so we'll see how it goes. It's a pretty long process and has been keeping Allie very busy. On the bright side, I'm feeling like this will at the least keep our back issue section from growing further out control. If we're really lucky, it might actually start to dwindle!

Running a small business in the struggling economy, we have to do whatever we can to try and increase sales and using Amazon to get rid of our extra stock really seems to be paying off.

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A couple weeks ago our cat Ouija started having mouth problems. We saw her fang seemed loose and we scheduled a vet appointment. We took her in Saturday and saw that her fang had actually broken right off! Even worse, the root remains and the rest of her mouth is filled with cavities. I can't imagine it feels good for her to be living with a broken tooth. We want her to get taken care of but the estimate for dental work is $200 to $700 and we do not have that kind of money. We're thinking of trying to pull off some kind of fundraiser or bake sale. Any ideas?

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