Friday, March 28, 2008

Another Life

As promised, here is the second post I mentioned writing last week. My birthday is coming soon,which always puts me, and I'm sure lots of people, into thoughts about what I've done and what I'm doing with my life.
It also doesn't help that my current job has this feeling of impending doom, that has put me on a search for employment.

One of the things I've always loved is books. So I've always had this desire to work with books, whether it be writing, editing or selling. I love the library and book stores, so in my recent job search I've been continuously applying to the library as well as bookstores.
Unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of luck in those areas. I have a few guesses as to why not. Everything from Michigan's horrible economy killing any and every type of retail and there's also my fear that little, pointless things I've said about the library on this blog, that may not have been necessarily positive, have been found in a search of my name on one of my many attempts to apply for open positions at the library. I guess my love and support for the library, since as long as I can remember, counts for nothing.

Anyway, I've been trying to figure out the best way to fix this situation and the only idea I had was to open my book store, which is just nuts. Or is it?
Obviously, I'm not exactly financially able to do that at this point in my life and I'd probably be nuts to try it in Michigan right now. So how can I start a business with very little money and be able to reach lots of people not just local people?

I started a book store on!

I wanted to wait and post about it until I had over a hundred books listed. I've been out and about searching for good deals on books. And so far business hasn't been bad. Anyway, I'm trying to build until I have a huge inventory. And everything I make is going right back in to buying more books. I'm also considering getting into rare and antique books that can't be listed on I've found quite a few in my search of books. I'll also be using me eBay/ account to sell comic books, magazines and other reading materials that lack ISBNs and can't be sold on
I'm still getting used to pricing. There are lots of things to consider, for instance, whether the shipping allowance will full cover an item, how many other of the same item are listed, the books condition, and a books demand. I'm learning as I go along.

My store is called anotherlifebooks. I'm giving used books another life and reading a book is like living another life.
Here's the link to my online store and I'll be putting it in the sidebar. And if anyone is ever looking for a particular, harder to find book let me know and I'll keep an eye out on my never ending book search. There are a lot of good deals out there but I can't buy them all so if I know someone wants it I won't pass it up.

That's all the exciting news for now. I'll post any store updates as they come along.


D.B. Echo said...

Very cool! AND you just solved the problem of wich post topic I should pick for today!

It seems like you have an awful lot of books by and about Professional Wrestlers in your store. Is this a side of you never hinted at before?

Word verification word: dcqomzgb. Something about DC Comics amazing Great Britain?

Ashley said...

HA! No I am not a closet wrestling fan.
My ex-boyfriend was, though. I guess he shouldn't have left those behind.
Funny enough, they've been my best sellers so far.

D.B. Echo said...

Ashley, is there a way of flagging these books by gernre? That way someone who is interested in the wrestling books could see all the wrestling books at once. Same for the science fiction, the comics-related, and so on. Like having sections in a bookstore.

D.B. Echo said...

"genre", I mean.

Ashley said...

I thought it was sorted by categories in the left hand side of th page, but I don't think they're very good categories.
I'll have to look into it.