ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

And Magazines? Ha! They're Even Easier to Tear Up!

Updated on March 9, 2013
WATER BUFFALO (Bos bubalus) A NATIVE OF INDIA
WATER BUFFALO (Bos bubalus) A NATIVE OF INDIA | Source

In the course of looking for items to post on eBay for my vintage ads niche, I came upon a 1925 issue of National Geographic that contained a long article containing amazingly resplendent color illustrations of different kinds of cattle from all over the world. The magazine prints were of paintings from life , as the periodical referred to them, by the prominent artist, Edward Herbert Miner.

The prints were so appealing that I didn't have the stomach to toss them in the garbage after having carefully removed the ads. And if I've learned anything valuable from this interesting and uniquely challenging occupation of tearing up old books and magazines, it's simply this--follow your gut instinct!

I don't know about the instinct, but by choice and habit, not by desire, I do have a hefty Hawaiian gut to follow.

And so I did.

I have approximately 19 prints from the article theme, Cattle of the World, to list at this time. Since I am writing this hub simultaneously with the posting of these prints on eBay, I currently have ten of these ads posted. Because I'm experimenting, my term for the entrepreneurial learning curve, I listed the above print in my eBay store and will list the rest in auctions. (As of this writing, eBay is offering 23 days of free auction listings for eBay store owners. It's a fantastic deal that will save me quite a bit in overhead expenses, and I'm taking full advantage of it.)

Choosing a title is easy enough. I present the item's name, add a couple of key words that someone might use to search for the item, and--if space allows--include the artist's name. Thus, a title for the above item would be something like the following.

1925 Vintage Print Water Buffalo A Native of India Edward Herbert Miner Printing

I included the date; the generic category of Vintage Print; the specific subject and geographical origin, and the artist's name. This is my template title for the entire 19-print series. Accordingly, I will tweak it just a bit to include important information from each successive print.

While I sometimes go off on a tangent and craft some really off the wall descriptions, the main body of my text is usually straightforward and simple. My wife tells me I'm too wordy, and she's probably got a good point. However, what motivates me is that I've seen other eBay sellers with some really terse descriptions that offer very little personality and--at least for me--a lack of personal connection. When I come across other eBayers who appear to have and not be ashamed of their own voice, so to speak, I'm inclined to pay more attention.

I set my prices at $9.98 per print or vintage ad, and I include free shipping. After eBay, PayPal, and shipping costs, my profit is approximately $6.50, or roughly 2/3 of the selling price. I consider myself a middle of the road price-setter. I totally respect those who have been in this business longer than me, and I know for a fact that each individual eventually finds that certain specific comfort zone. Who knows? Maybe someday I'll set my prices higher. But for now, I'm perfectly content right where I'm at.

Let's take a look at three more prints in the series.

RED AFRICANDER BULL, OF SOUTH AFRICAN CAPE ORIGINS, A BEEF ANIMAL
RED AFRICANDER BULL, OF SOUTH AFRICAN CAPE ORIGINS, A BEEF ANIMAL | Source
DUTCH BELTED COWS, AN IMPROVED DAIRY TYPE OF NETHERLANDS ORIGIN
DUTCH BELTED COWS, AN IMPROVED DAIRY TYPE OF NETHERLANDS ORIGIN | Source
SHORTHORNS, AN IMPROVED BREED OF ENGLISH ORIGIN, VALUABLE BOTH AS DAIRY AND BEEF CATTLE
SHORTHORNS, AN IMPROVED BREED OF ENGLISH ORIGIN, VALUABLE BOTH AS DAIRY AND BEEF CATTLE | Source

MOO if You Like Cows

How many different kinds of bovine mammals--cows, buffalo, oxen, etc.--have you seen in real life?

See results

I'm thoroughly enjoying what I'm doing for a living. Not only do I have a great boss to work for, but I am stalling the early onset of Alzheimer's by cramming my feeble brain with all kinds of fun and interesting information.

Why, just this cerebral exercise alone today taught me not to take the cattle in Walla Walla for granted.

Do I hear an ACOWS out there?

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)