After quite a while resting on my more or less laurels (past listings) it's time to get a move on and put up some more listings. My goal is five books every day from now on. This should be achievable, but not according to my past performance.

These books get listed in three places: on Amazon, Biblio, and Half. Books without ISBNs (older books) generally will not be listed on half. My prices might vary between these three places. Amazon and Half tell me competing prices, so I peg mine on them. Thus, if the lowest price for Deadly Percheron is $98 on Amazon, I might peg mine at $95. If it weren't my only copy maybe I'd be more reasonable. In fact, I think my Biblio listing is more reasonable.

Going forward (and possibly backward), links to titles of books will send you to the main Amazon listing. My listing will be somewhere amidst the other maybe 237 listings. This is where my photo of the book can be seen, which will probably be a better one than the one Amazon features. Half doesn't let me attach my own photo—at least I don't think it does. Photos are also at biblio. Lots of older listings still don't have photos. Nor updated prices.

I've been lousy at selling direct via email. Sorry about that, if you've tried me. Listing through the major portals keeps me honest—also prompt and reliable.

Thursday, May 29, 2003

5/21/03 WED:
---Another rat-race wild-goose chase. All for a little buzz developing in my CD player, plus the need to take a runoff of more copies of the Sheehan bibliography up to my printer in Ames, who I wanted to check in with anyway to explain my unaccounted absence these many weeks onto months. He had hoped I would stick with it at least another ten years to keep him in business that length of time he hoped to continue before retiring. I indicated I would try to have another catalog ready by the middle of June. He leaves for his vacation Jun 27, so I could bring him my layouts as late as Jun 23 and he would have some extra recreational cash.

---Then 60-cycle buzz offered up by CD player made me have to take it to the repair place recommended by Audio-Video Logic (where I bought it). Will have to get by with old Sony ES 5-disc changer (which actually sounds much better than the old player was starting to sound). Later: I am noticing a hardness or edginess in the sound that maybe would not be so relentless if I didn’t have half-inch thick Hyperlitz speaker cables that do nothing to filter or color the sound. So far, it has not been displeasing but I am not sure I will want to crank up the volume, even in deskchair sweetspot, as I could do before with my CAL Icon II without feeling any unpleasant onslaught seemingly no matter how far I turned the dial (the 4 ohm PS Stratus Mini speakers power hungriness might have played a role). Now I might just have to keep it down for my own sake, and not just that of others upstairs.
---Note that I remember the names of the equipment with some effort and perhaps imperfectly, having bought the system a few years ago and resolving then to stand pat with it, and not be continually wanting something better. They were all pretty much recommended components in Stereophile magazine. “C” pricerange with “$$$”, meaning (as I took it) that they performed as well as components in a higher pricerange. The CD player, however, was B-listed (‘A’ being the most and prohibitively expensive). I got it as “B stock” too, with cosmetic defects. It served long and well. I hope the repair needed won’t be excessive. These days CD-playback technology might have outstripped what this several-year-old player can deliver, so that even a cheapo unit might have capabilites that hadn’t even been invented then. But the build-quality, I think, is still there. Indeed, A-V Logic had just sold a used Cal Icon the day before, brought in by someone trading up. I maybe should have inquired what the up-trade was for, but I don’t need to be contemplating any costly moves myself. I think the buyer of the trade-in was maybe smarter than the trader-inner, despite my unit having taken a southerly turn.
---Anyway, that is some of what I did all day.

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