06/19/2020 at 6:37 pm #78587
I have a butt load of knitting magazines that I used to subscribe to. As a teacher, I never had time to read through most of them, much less apply what I learned through the magazines, and forget making anything in them. No time! However, I still have the magazines and 98% of them are still pristine, as I always like to take care of my books and magazines. It’s time they move on, as I need the space. Does anyone have luck selling these? I’ve looked on ebay and from what I can see, there were random $12. or so sales for small lots of them. Some sold for in the range of $3-$4. with free shipping. I would rather toss them out than make .60 cents on an item. Anyone have any luck selling them and feeling like it’s worth their time? Jay? Ryanne? Anyone? Thanks!
06/19/2020 at 6:40 pm #78588JayKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
Unless you think they’re really special or total garbage, we sell magazines by the entire year. But they rarely sell quick.
I’d just donate if you want to get rid of the fast. Or try your luck selling locally on Facebook or Craigslist. Another seller might buy your inventory for $40.
06/19/2020 at 6:46 pm #78589ClarityParticipant
I sell lots of magazines, both singles and lots. I’d lot them up by year or in groups of 10 or 12 and sell them that way. I would think being craft magazines that they’d sell pretty quick.
06/19/2020 at 7:15 pm #78590
Jay, I would love to sell the lot for $40. don’t think I could. I’ve tried and they just sat. I’ll try again. Thanks, Clarity. I’ll try by the year again. Don’t feel it’s worth my time for a $1. profit here or there, but I’ll try by the year. Maybe I should have tried during the stay at home order. ugh.
06/19/2020 at 7:24 pm #78591
The trouble I had with selling magazines was that I couldn’t send them media mail b/c they have ads in them, and lots can get heavy. So I figured how many I could fit into a medium flat rate box and that was my lot.
06/20/2020 at 12:03 am #78593
Really? I did not know that you could not send magazines media mail! Good to know. Thanks, Sonia!
I went through most of the magazines. Seems I did not have a “complete” year. At this point, I cannot be bothered. I kept a few magazines (maybe 20). I’m donating the rest tomorrow. Anyone in Chicago want them?? If you are in Chicago, I’ll gladly hand them to you. I have SO many death piles and I just need to focus on what I know will sell quickly, or at least at a better profit.
06/20/2020 at 12:35 am #78594
Yeah – it was a surprise to me, too.
Here’s the official info:
Media Mail packages may not contain advertising.
06/20/2020 at 8:52 am #78598AmatinoParticipant
- Location: Texas
Before you toss them… I sell magazines. I photo the front, the contents page, and if there is one, the pattern insert. I try to mention a hook in my title that’s not on the front page, like a pattern or technique. Depending on the brand, anywhere from $12 to $18 free shipping. ($18 for the heavy ones that can’t go First Class.) Yes, they can’t ship Media Mail, although I know of some scofflaw sellers who do. Each magazine is placed in a plastic bag with a SKU label* stuck on it for easy find, and they’re all stored in the bottom drawer of a filling cabinet. Out of sight, out of mind. I too had subscriptions and dozens of magazines taking up multiple shelves. I too thought I’d just donate them. However, they’ve become a “don’t feel like working hard today” easy list item, and they sell on an ongoing basis, one magazine at a time. I’m very happy to let them just chug along.
*SKU is easy. I got some Avery labels and printed out a batch of consecutive numbers. I use the code B for all books and mags, so I printed labels as B1, B2, B3 etc. Then I just slap on the next one on the sheet, input that number into my SKU field on my listing, stuck it in the drawer. And I can use Sell Similar.
06/20/2020 at 1:45 pm #78603AnastasiaParticipant
- Location: Anaheim, CA
Mostly I think magazines are hit-or-miss. I’ve sold vintage craft magazines before but they had great covers/very distinct style, and always pre-1980s. I shipped them in a flat rate envelope and had the buyer pay shipping, if I’m remembering right.
For newer magazines, usually the smaller-subscription magazines in high $ interest areas do better (like architectural design mags). I have some magazine lots up now that I’m trying to sell but I’m dreading shipping them because they’re so heavy, even in a flat rate box…
06/20/2020 at 3:28 pm #78604
Oh my gosh. Duck season. Rabbit season. I am so on the fence now. As I type this, the magazines are in my car. Such a tough “silly” (me being silly) thing about these. I have in the past paid up for magazines that had a pattern I wanted. So. There’s that. I have a couple hundred unused listings. Maybe. I don’t know. I do have a couple dozen other magazines, with either supermodels or celebrities which I feel will sell well, but these. Well. Let’s see. Feeling wishy washy.
06/20/2020 at 10:40 pm #78613
Lol – I had the same indecisiveness about listing the magazines I had. Took me a long time before I finally listed them. Didn’t make tons of money from them. Probably could have made more listing something else in my backlog. But now the magazines are gone from my house and I can say that I’ve experimented with magazines, and realized they’re really not my thing.
Someone once gave me really good advice: If you’re having so much trouble making a decision between 2 different things, then it probably means that it doesn’t make much of a difference which way you go, so just pick one. B/c if one of the choices was truly much better than the other, you would have realized this.
06/21/2020 at 8:44 am #78614Julie BParticipant
- Location: Georgia
I see how many I can fit into a USPS padded flat rate envelope and then that’s how many magazines I’ll put in each lot. They get too expensive to ship otherwise. Magazines are a consistent seller for me, they just take a long time to sell so it depends on if you’re willing to keep them in your inventory for the List It and Leave It long haul.
06/22/2020 at 5:25 pm #78673AnastasiaParticipant
- Location: Anaheim, CA
An update: I sold one of the lots I listed last week! And I managed to cram them into a padded flat rate mailer! Otherwise shipping would’ve been $16, yikes. With fees and COGS, I profited about $22.
06/22/2020 at 5:29 pm #78675workhorseParticipant
- Location: California
I used to collect magazines and have had luck selling them, but when it comes to “collectors items” its very frustrating how fussy people are about condition of them. I doubt this applies to hobby magazines, but I have had more returns and complaints from the people that buy old mid century magazines. Picky bunch just like comic book collectors. I now avoid buying them unless its for dirt cheap.
06/23/2020 at 12:59 am #78689UtahbillParticipant
I just picked up a batch of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. It will be interesting to see how they do.
06/23/2020 at 5:27 am #78692Antique FrogParticipant
- Location: Leicester
Probably the 80/20 rule applies here. I remember going into a Borders bookshop and looking at the huge range of magazines available; a lot were (still are) “ephemeral”. Read once and chuck.
I had success selling Engineering In Miniature magazines dating from the 1980s to the 2010s. As Amatino mentioned, scanning the contents page is good. On the other hand I bought a large pile of Model Engineer magazines from the 1930s through to the 1990s; the post-war ones are now presumably someone’s hoard of toilet rolls (I put them in the recycling!) The older ones went to a thrift shop. The difference I think is that the Engineering mags had “how to” articles; the Engineer mags didn’t, and were virtually unsaleable.
I had a pile of After The Battle magazines. They sold quickly; unfortunately I accidentally listed one twice, and had to order a back issue from the publishers to be sent out to the buyer.
06/23/2020 at 10:48 pm #78704
All this talk about magazines. I still have them sitting in my car. Keep forgetting to stop at a donation box. However-I wanted to pass this thought through the forum. I have been on a puppet making frenzy. I was on ebay looking for any “interesting” patterns. I have absolutely no business doing this, has I have many “adult” things to do such as clean the garage, organize, sort and list. Anyhow. As I clicked through a few “solds” and newer puppet patterns on ebay, I noticed someone was selling a pattern that they cut out of a magazine (and disclosed that they did) on ebay. I wouldn’t mind do that if I could. I wouldn’t have to keep the entire magazine, and I can easily store in a smaller space. Is that “legal” to do? I wouldn’t want to get in any trouble. Just a thought. I know I have looked for quilting or sewing patterns and I would (if I found it) buy a pattern cut out from a magazine, but not sure it’s acceptable to do. Has anyone done this?
06/23/2020 at 11:16 pm #78705
I haven’t done it, but if you can sell the entire magazine, I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to sell a small portion of it, too.
06/24/2020 at 7:14 am #78712Kentucky PickerParticipant
- Location: Newport, Kentucky
People sell full-page ads out of magazines, so can’t see why you couldn’t sell an individual article.
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