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7:30 am
December 11, 2010


Buck Inspire

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I know, I know, totally out of left field, but you guys have been so helpful with every other question, figure give this a shot, too.  Gonna be moving soon, yes, ugh. Yell  Have tons of magazines I want to junk.  Any ideas for recycling or selling them?  I looked into an old magazine buyer online before and they buy in bulk to make it worth their while…  Anyway, thanks for the help.

8:49 am
December 11, 2010


Budgeting in the Fun Stuff

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Buck Inspire said:

I know, I know, totally out of left field, but you guys have been so helpful with every other question, figure give this a shot, too.  Gonna be moving soon, yes, ugh. Yell  Have tons of magazines I want to junk.  Any ideas for recycling or selling them?  I looked into an old magazine buyer online before and they buy in bulk to make it worth their while…  Anyway, thanks for the help.


My husband (elementary school librarian) says that a lot of elementary school art programs love old magazines.  If all else fails, those same schools have huge green recycling bins you can dump them in.  :-)

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1:08 pm
December 11, 2010


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I cleaned out our cupboards a little while ago. Hundreds of magazines into the recycle bins.

However you dispose of them, please don't throw them in the general rubbish – the coloured inks are really bad for the environment. Cry

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1:30 pm
December 11, 2010


Buck Inspire

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Hmm, great idea.  Schools, check.  Maybe I'll check public libraries, too.  Thanks! Smile

 

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff said:


My husband (elementary school librarian) says that a lot of elementary school art programs love old magazines.  If all else fails, those same schools have huge green recycling bins you can dump them in.  :-)


1:31 pm
December 11, 2010


Buck Inspire

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I agree, no matter what I do, they won't go into the regular trash bin.  Thanks! Cool

 

uhnw said:

I cleaned out our cupboards a little while ago. Hundreds of magazines into the recycle bins.

However you dispose of them, please don't throw them in the general rubbish – the coloured inks are really bad for the environment. Cry


8:04 am
December 12, 2010


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Buck Inspire said:

I agree, no matter what I do, they won't go into the regular trash bin.  Thanks! Cool

 

uhnw said:

I cleaned out our cupboards a little while ago. Hundreds of magazines into the recycle bins.

However you dispose of them, please don't throw them in the general rubbish – the coloured inks are really bad for the environment. Cry



Buck, I'd love to hear if you find anything out about selling those magazines.  My parents just made me take ownership of a box of 1970's "Boy's Life" magazines I had when I was little that have been taking up space in their house.  I have to think they're worth something, but I also have no idea where to sell.

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8:13 am
December 12, 2010


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Car Negotiation Coach said:

Buck, I'd love to hear if you find anything out about selling those magazines.  My parents just made me take ownership of a box of 1970's "Boy's Life" magazines I had when I was little that have been taking up space in their house.  I have to think they're worth something, but I also have no idea where to sell.


I highly suggest EBAY!  That's where all the collectors are.  :-)

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12:58 pm
December 12, 2010


Buck Inspire

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Hey Coach,

 

Crystal's right, check out eBay.  I also checked these guys out, but they want 200 magazines and more to make it worth their while. 

http://www.sellusedmagazines.com/

I believe they handle the shipping.  I didn't follow up with them since I had way less than 200. Embarassed Good luck!

 

Car Negotiation Coach said:


Buck, I'd love to hear if you find anything out about selling those magazines.  My parents just made me take ownership of a box of 1970's "Boy's Life" magazines I had when I was little that have been taking up space in their house.  I have to think they're worth something, but I also have no idea where to sell.


7:01 pm
December 12, 2010


mbhunter

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Ha.  I quit selling used magazines on eBay.  A number of reasons:

  • Did you know that magazines need to be mailed Priority Mail or better?  It says so in the Domestic Mail Manual.  Not all post offices are as picky, but some are very picky (mine included), and some will even slap Express Mail on them if you're caught sending them Media Mail.  Nice, huh?  So your buyer would have about $15 postage due for your item.  What kind of feedback would you get for that transaction?
  • EBay doesn't care about this.  I've asked them.  Sellers on eBay can mail magazines by Media Mail all day long.  I can't compete when another seller can mail for three dollars less than I can.  Why should eBay squash big sellers who are triggering a lot of fees for them, unless the USPS demands that they do?
  • EBay won't let me charge more than $5.00 flat for shipping a single magazine, unless I weigh every single magazine.  Priority mail is about this expensive.  If it creeps any higher, I'd be forced to eat some shipping on each and every magazine I mail out.
  • That, and eBay fees are getting onerous.  Unless eBay is your job, having a store isn't worth it.

Some sellers do very well.  They have thousands of magazines, and price generic back issues at $15, and people buy them!

Unless you have some gems, you'll probably lose money selling them on eBay.

I have a few car magazines and repair manuals that I'll put in a self-hosted store One Of These Days, but I'm through with selling on eBay.  They want a few big sellers, not millions of little ones.

Now that I've bored you to tears, what kind of magazines do you have? Smile

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