I am not a bookseller but I have been following your email newsletter since its inception. I do occasionally list books and I really appreciate your information and will be listing more books and just JUMP INTO THE BOOK SELLING market and get my feet wet. I know just reading is not the only way to learn...for me it is auctually doing the job. I sell on Ebay.
MY QUESTION: I would like to know if listing "Super Sex to Sexty" 1960's magazines are pronographic. I am a grandmother and a dealer for over 30 years and really do not want my name associated with porno material although these are quite tame compared to what I see on TV. These magazines are part of a consignment that I was asked to sell. I would really appreciate your help.
Hello to you, too.
I read your letter with interest. From the little research I did re: these magazines fall into the "bathroom humor" category. Despite that, amazon.com does not carry an image of them, and this indicates that these magazines may not be viewed favorably by the online auction crowd.
If you are unsure about the material, perhaps it's better to be safe than spending any time explaining or apologizing for your listings. Since these are part of a consignment, perhaps you could sell them directly to a dealer who handles this kind of periodical. On google.com I found this link:
A dealer like this specializes in bawdy magazines and may have an easier time selling them. The drawback is that you won't get top dollar.
If you decide to run them on an auction, I suggest you play up the tameness of the material. Some of the descriptions I saw were "bathroom humor," "bawdy jokes," "adult humor." The age of the magazines will also indicate the less graphic nature.
If you are still unsure, ask some members of our forum board. They will gladly give you feedback.
Thanks for your great article on smelly books in this last issue of the bookologist (#13).
You mentioned Smelleze and I wanted to get some, but when I went to the no-odor.com Website, there were many different types of Smelleze in their product line up.
I wanted to know which specific type you used - since you had tested it and it worked. Did you order the "General Purpose" version - or one of the others?
Thanks so much. Regards,
I used the general purpose smelleze. We had some good responses from readers today. One of the suggestions I'd like to try is an ozone machine; it's supposed to kill mold spores.
I read with interest your article on Smelly Books by Edith Reynolds. She had gone to a Web site (no-odor.com) and purchased a product that they sell there that is an embalming deodorizer, which she used successfully on some smelly books. I just wanted to let you know that I have gone to that web site (now www.NoOdor.Biz) and asked for a catalog and told them I was interested in the embalming deodorizer for use on smelly books. They suggested their product "Moisturesorb", which must be a pouch of some sort, for books.
I did not purchase any of their products yet, I will wait for their catalog, but thought I'd pass along the information to you.
Thank you for your email newsletters. I read them "word-for-word" and have "gleaned" a lot of good useful information from them. I especially appreciate your passing along other Web sites for us to check out. Thanks!