Thursday, January 24, 2008

Vinyl is final

Previously on Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, I mentioned posting a big honkin’ lot of vinyl old-time radio LPs on eBay that I was optimistic would net me a rather large amount of moolah. As it so happens, it did…but not without the wacky complications that usually ensue as part of life’s rich sitcom. Let me take this moment to explain…particularly since I have nothing else ready to post, blog-wise.

I originally advertised these records in our local Tell ‘n’ Sell, and the response was so underwhelming that I decided soon after to throw caution to the winds and put them on eBay…which I have to tell you, was a laborious task in itself. Three days into the auction, I’ve received a few nibbles—which isn’t a really effective gauge, since the action doesn’t really start until the last day or so. It is at this time that I receive an e-mail from Tom Brown of First Generation Radio Archives informing me that he collects the kinds of LPs I have on eBay and if I can square it with them, he’d like to buy the whole enchilada lock, stock and combination plate.

I call Tom and we discuss the cheapest way to send the collection, which would appear to be Media Mail. Because I am poor but honest, I give him the same deal I advertised in the paper—$175 takes it away—but since he is out in the wilds of Spokane he agrees to pay the Media Mail shipping, too. So half an hour later, I’ve wiped all remaining traces of the records in the auction (save for the LPs that already have bids on them) with my handy dandy eBay Turbo Lister 2. I did, however, receive e-mails from two potential bidders asking where the LPs went…and I patiently explained to them the time-honored concept of “money up front” in my responses. The next day, I glance at the auction and see that three of the records have jumped up in the bidding and I was all set to come down with a case of seller’s remorse when I noticed that Tom was bidding on those as well. (What a prince of a chap!)

One of the great things about eBay is that they’re joined at the hip with PayPal, so if you don’t mind PayPal taking a large bite of your sales sandwich you can use their service to print postage right from your very own computer, You cannot, however, use the USPS’ Carrier Pick-up function—which, in theory, allows you to give the packages you’re mailing to your postal person to take back to the post office (what the hell, they’re going back in that direction anyway)—because I have tried this and it works as well as letting your dipsomaniac aunt have the keys to the liquor cabinet. We tried handing one of the carriers a package on one occasion and the guy told us he just wasn’t going to take it. He said his union gives him the right to refuse heavy packages (the damn thing wasn’t at all heavy; it weighed five pounds at the most) and when I went down to the Post Office to complain to the supervisor, all I got was “I shall certainly give him a stern talking-to.” (I’m guessing the carrier was also put in time-out for ten minutes or so.)

So, because I have to do the actual mailing myself, I just got back an hour ago from taking these packages to the Post Office; there were twelve in all and it would really have been ironic if there were thirteen (get it? Box 13? Never mind…). I’m curious as to whether or not Tom ever has trouble with his carrier (he gets a lot of packages with the same size and weight as the ones I sent) because anytime I get something my guy gives me a dirty look when he has to come up to the house with some of my recently purchased DVD booty. (Or course, I did get him in Dutch with his supervisor so he might be ticked about that.) In closing, I would just like to thank Brother Tom for his generosity and for making our living room junk-free again (this last part comes from my mother, of course).

1 comment:

Stacia said...

I've got a stack of 78s I'm trying to get rid of, myself, and none of them are particularly sought after. Mostly hillbilly stuff from the 1930s. I'm unendingly jealous that you got rid of yours, and at such a profit, too.