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Rough Start Getting Back to Book Selling

I am back to book selling. I need the income from any sales I get, and I got two orders to process today. It's been so long I've almost forgotten how to do it. It's also not as easy as it used to be. I have both desktop computers over here in Paso Robles. Most of the books are in Templeton, as are the shipping supplies. But I still can't carry my iMac, which contains the shipping software, up the stairs to my office at home. It's too heavy for my weight restrictions. It's also an awkward shape.

So I downloaded my shipping program to the Windows computer, which meant signing up for a separate account from my iMac. I get a 30-day free trial for the Windows version, and I have until February 11 to cancel the Mac version before I get charged for another month. I see the doctor again Tuesday and will find out which restrictions I may be free from by then, but it's cutting it close. The Endicia rep I walked to walked me through the installation of the Windows software and assured me I would also be able to install it on my laptop at no extra charge. I have also loaded my bookselling database onto my laptop and I can olnly install that on one computer.

So this morning I went home to pick up the rest of the books I needed to ship, and I was hoping to process the orders and ship them today. I got the cards charged and printed the invoices and got everything into the unsealed packages, and then the fun began. I managed to install the shipping software, but I couldn't set it up and connect it to my account. It asked me for the pass phrase I had used when I placed my order. When I had installed the software on the desktop, they made me change it to set it up. I forgot to write down the entire new pass phrase. I kept trying things, and then I got locked out and was told to call tech support. Of course, they were closed today.

Now I'm not even sure I can use what's on my desktop until I call and get this straightened. And if I can, I'm not sure my printer will work for the label here because the new toner cartridge I ordered from an Amazon third party seller seems not to be fresh enough to print right and it's probably too late to get a refund. I need to somehow get this shipped on Monday, and I don't want to have to take it to the post office and pay full price for tracking, when I'm getting discounted prices with the shipping software.

I gave up on the order processing for today and put everything back in the car to bring back here to work with Monday. Then the rain stopped for a bit and the cats came to get their treats. I walked around my yard and took photos of the green grass every where and discovered that the fallen butterfly bush hadn't kept the daffodils from blooming after all. Then I cooked some broccoli for Hubby to leave in the refrigerator there and headed for home.

I still hadn't had a walk today outside of my own property, so I stopped at Niner Estates, a winery I pass on the way home and took my photo walk there. I posted one of the photos as the introduction. Be sure to open it in a new tab to see it full size.

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Paulie wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:01 AM

I'm really sorry to hear about your rough start in getting back to book selling. At least all of this is really keeping you busy. Good luck with your book sales!

allen0187 wrote on February 8, 2015, 4:14 AM

Hopefully things pan out right for you and you can get back to selling your books. It seems to be keeping you pre-occupied and busy. Good luck and hopefully, the book sales pick up.

arthurchappell wrote on February 8, 2015, 4:17 AM

hope the business side of the selling starts to run more smoothly for you soon - I love books so book-sellers are to me the noblest profession of all

WordChazer wrote on February 8, 2015, 4:34 AM

That sounds like a real game you're having there with that software! I'll stick to eBay, as I think it's simpler right now. One thing that never sells on eBay is books, so all our second hand ones go to the oncology ward at the hospital, so that the patients on chemo have something to read while they're having treatment.

UK_Writer wrote on February 8, 2015, 5:49 AM

Sounds like a nightmare. I'd never sell books as they're bulky and expensive to post. Seems a backbreaking way to earn some money

MegL wrote on February 8, 2015, 6:14 AM

Frustrating sort of day, that's always the way with computers and passwords. Did it have a "forgot password" reset button?

jiangliu1949 wrote on February 8, 2015, 6:30 AM

Everything is hard in the beginning .Hope you will soon get off the ground and build up your book selling business .

carolscash wrote on February 8, 2015, 8:17 AM

Wineries are nice places to explore and offer some wonderful photo opportunities. Also, I hope your selling goes well. I have books listed on Amazon, but I rarely ever sell anything. UGH!

Kasman wrote on February 8, 2015, 8:54 AM

If it isn't one thing its another huh! Look ahead a few weeks - you will be up and running as if nothing had happened. emoticon :smile:

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 8, 2015, 9:36 AM

I hope you get everything working soon. But sounds like a nice day to take a break

maxeen wrote on February 8, 2015, 10:32 AM

Hope you take care carrying things upstairs.

valmnz wrote on February 8, 2015, 1:42 PM

My goodness, that really does sound like a complicated process, a rough start indeed and very frustrating .

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:19 PM

I'm already busy enough. I'm not looking for more to occupy my time. Especially not tech support sessions.

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:20 PM

If they don't pick up enough for me to start making a profit instead of just trying to keep my head above water I will have to quit. That's what I'd like to do anyway. Time to retire.

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:23 PM

We all like to think we are promoting literacy and helping match people with the books they want to read, but online selling isn't the same as selling in a store where you can actually talk to a customer and make recommendations based on understanding what he really likes -- not what he's bought for someone else as a gift.

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:24 PM

So you can see why I'm not listing these on eBay.

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:24 PM

Actually, in the USA books are the cheapest thing to ship because we get a special rate for them.

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:28 PM

It wasn't a password. I could sign into my account. I just couldn't remember the pass phrase, a different animal altogether, that I had to create when I signed up for the account. After I used it, I was told to choose another one, which I did, in order to set up the software after it was installed. After three three attempts to get in, one with the old phrase and a couple with what I hoped was the new, they locked me out, so make sure I wasn't a hacker.

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:35 PM

This isn't the beginning. I've been doing this for over twenty years. I'm just getting started again after a two-month medical leave of absence with my e-commerce story shut down.

FreyaYuki wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:43 PM

Oh wow, all of this sounds very complicated and time-consuming and also frustrating. Good luck getting everything sorted out.

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:44 PM

Amazon is supposed to be the place they do sell, LOL. But they collect a lot of charges from sellers. Where I sell at tomfolio, I have a flat monthly fee and no added commissions. I get my own website with shopping cart free, and I also get my books searched through the main web site. We're just not as well known, but you will often pay less in shipping for the used books on tomfolio if you get more than one from the same seller, because he will charge you by weight of the shipment instead of a flat fee for every book shipped.

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:46 PM

I hope you are right. Unless, of course, I need surgery on my other foot after my neck heals.

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:48 PM

Tomorrow will be another tough day, but I hope after that I'll be set up again.

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:49 PM

That's the hard part.

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:49 PM

I hope I can get it down to a routine again soon.

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:50 PM

Thanks. I just need to get my machines settled in one place with printers that work.

BodieMor wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:54 PM

I wish you luck on getting all these computer issues straightened out so you can get your books "out there" again...

Gina145 wrote on February 8, 2015, 5:11 PM

That reminds me of some of the frustrations I went through when I got my new computer last year. I hate having to deal with tech support and had a particularly hard time with them on that occasion. I hope your problems get sorted out quickly.

BarbRad wrote on February 9, 2015, 3:11 AM

I'm afraid that will occupy most of my tomorrow. Thanks.

BarbRad wrote on February 9, 2015, 3:12 AM

Thank you. I will have to get on this rather early if I'm to get the packages shipped.

MariaMontgomery wrote on February 9, 2015, 3:05 PM

Wow, Barb, what a day! I hope it all works out. I hate having to call tech support.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 11, 2015, 12:11 PM

If it isn't one thing, it's ten. If you do much printing, look into a laser printer. They are so much easier and cheaper to operate, and the prices have really come down on them. I bought one several years ago and have only replaced the toner once, even after all the piano books I've printed. It's B&W , but I haven't had need of color printing in quite awhile. If I ever do, I'm buying a color laser rather than dragging out the inkjet I haven't used in forever.

BarbRad wrote on February 11, 2015, 3:24 PM

I still have more of that to do to get my iMac back in shape.

BarbRad wrote on February 11, 2015, 3:28 PM

Both my printers are laser printers. It's just that this one hasn't been used in five years and was starting to print too light. I wasn't sure it would print postage, so I put in the new toner I had received from a third party seller on Amazon a few weeks ago. It was too old and was worse than the one I was replacing, so it must have been old when it was shipped. It's too late for a refund now, I suppose. I called my printer repair shop in Atascadero, and he happened to have one. I need to put it in today sometime to test. He actually brought it to me, since he was coming this way anyway yesterday. That's service.

iwrite28 wrote on February 14, 2015, 9:48 AM

Wish you all the best and all possible success.

BarbRad wrote on February 14, 2015, 5:30 PM

Thank you.