Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Sweet Money Making Cash Cow

I don't buy a lot on ebay. I have probably bought and sold a total of 20 items since I started using the site. However, I do believe that ebay might be one of the best inventions to come out of the internet revolution.

My most favorite part of ebay are the used books, DVDs, media and other great finds that I have been able land. My most recent find was Eat, Pray, Love (the audio book version) for $6.90 with shipping.

Why was this such a great find, you ask? Well, I have a 30-40 minute commute each way to work. I've found audio books to be a saving grace to keep me sane during the drive, and they also expose me to books that I normally wouldn't have the time to read.

The only problem with audio books is that they aren't cheap.Case in point: A new version of Eat, Pray, Love at Amazon is $26.37
I would maybe pay that for a classic hardback novel that I would keep forever. Would I pay that price for a one time read-- or one time listen in my case? Heck no. And again... here comes the magic of ebay.

As I said, bought the audio book for $6.90 and listened to it while I was in the car. After I was finished, it sat in my backseat taking up space. So, I decided to see if I could resell the book. It did... and the book sold for $13.95.

That's right. I have found a "library" that PAYS ME to listen to audio books. I "rent" the book (and buy it from the seller) and then "return" the book (and sell it to someone else) and I MAKE MONEY. I know that a profit of $7.05 isn't really earth shattering, but I'll still take it.

Or... maybe I should just start going to our community library and rent audio books from them. Ehhh... maybe that's something I'll save for next month. For now, I will relish in my money making cash cow. Okay, I'm totally kidding on the cash cow.

Do you love audio books as much as me? I'd love to hear about it.


  1. Love it! I tried to sell a bunch of books on Amazon but they never sold. I might post them on ebay and see if I can sell them there.

  2. What a GREAT idea! I love listening to audio books. Have you ever read any Jodi Picoult? You're going to think I'm a dork, but sometimes when I need a break from my classroom (I'm a teacher), I will eat in my car during my lunch break and listen to a book on tape. It does the trick of giving me a little quiet time!