Over the years I have accumulated an extra-ordinary amount of stuff. File copies of magazines I’ve edited and produced; reference material on photography and motorcycling; cameras and accessories; lantern slides; old microscopes and who knows what else.
So with the prospect of needing to move at least one more time looking increasingly likely, I’ve started rationalising my “collections.” And as I need a new PC what better way to help finance it than selling some of the stuff on eBay Australia. I have bought quite a lot of things on eBay, but sold very little so this is something of a new experience for me. Trying to establish a price for items is a nightmare.
One of the magazine I was involved with in its first year was the motorcycle magazine Two Wheels and subsequently the Bike Book. Checking on eBay brought just one Buy-It-Now of the first issue at $95 plus postage and for the first edition of The Bike Book $199. Wow! I was going to be rolling in money.
Then I thought no one pays that sort of money for a magazine cobbled together by a bunch of blokes whose motorcycling knowledge amounted to the fact that we could count to two.
In the event I have, so far, put up four magazines on eBay. Issues number one and two of Two Wheels with a first bid of $25, and $20 respectively; $10 on a first issue of Australian Motorcycle Rider and $5 on a real rarity – a copy of Lumiere, a heavyweight Australian film magazine from the Seventies.
There are lots more where they came from, so it will be interesting to see if I get any nibbles. I am also thinking of offering some prints of bikes (like this Velocette Thruxton) I made for an exhibition of the Classic British Motorcycle, a book published for the British National Motorcycle Museum.