Monday, April 19, 2021

Album Review: 06 Dissecting Stereos With Alan Parsons What?

Album Review: 06 
Dissecting Stereos with Alan Parsons What?

So Yeah this is getting to be a sort of regular thing. Sorry if this blog hasn't had any other type of posts all these weeks. I decided to schedule a whole bunch of these reviews to get them published so I wouldn't have yet another unfinished project. I have been scheduling them to publish Mondays at 12 Noon. At this rate (if I keep up with the scheduling) they will run every Monday until at least mid August. It also helps me with my posting quota for this year, maybe I'll get out of the red this year.

This review was originally posted on rateyourmusic. It was one of the reviews I was assigned in the "Go Review That Album" game on their community forums. This version of the review has had some editing and corrections.

The Alan Parsons Project Stereotomy
1985 Arista Records AL9-8384
****.5


"I am just a dreamer, when I close my eyes
I can fly so close to the sun, that I can not see it rise
Going round in circles, in a silent sky
I am lost for so many worlds
I can not say why
I can not say why"

Of all the The Alan Parsons Project albums this was the first one I purchased near the time of its release. I don't usually get albums even close to when they are first released unless it is one of my super faves and I am Jonesing for the album. This album is also in the top 3 or 4 of my favorite APP albums.

I feel it is a sort of mix of the typical Alan Parsons sound with the 1980s pop-rock movie soundtrack sound. I could picture movie producers using the title track Stereotomy, Limelight, In the Real World or even Light of the World as a beginning theme song, ending theme song or maybe even the music used for the climax reveal maybe that is just me. The Grammy nominated instrumental track Where's The Walrus? has that Miami Vice/Smugglers Blues kind of sound and feel.

Every track I feel has its own sort of energy that has the ability to lift you up and take you on a journey of the senses.

On the track Light of The World the lead vocalist Graham Dye sounds a bit like John or maybe even Julian Lennon. That alone makes that track even cooler sounding.

I have always found the title "Stereotomy" an interesting word. Pronounced as ster-ee-auto-mee instead of ster-ee-oh-to-my as one might think. I didn't know until I looked on the Wikipedia page for the album that the word Stereotomy was used in an Edgar Allan Poe work "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (not the first time The Alan Parsons Project was inspired by Poe). The word means the cutting of solid shapes. Which would explain the cover art concept for the first pressing of the album.

The first pressing of this album had a cool cover art concept. Wikipedia mentions it. The album had a plastic outer sleeve that was red on one side blue on the other. The cover design used both colors so depending on which side of the plastic cover you had over the cover it would filter out one of the colors making the artwork look different. This color effect was used in the 1950s and 60s a lot, often on sports trading cards and non-sport cards for "secret" messages. Similar to early 3-D simulations that use red and blue colors and those "cheap sunglasses" made of cardboard that have the read and blue plastic film (lighting gels) lenses. 

NOTE: During a collection purge (I think in my infamous 1987 purge that I may or may not go into detail sometime) I had gotten rid of my original vinyl version. I based this review on the CD. In my original RYM review years ago I mentioned having the original pressing at one time, but being unsure if I still had it. I had in fact at one time gotten rid of it and for many years only had the CD copy. In recent months got a copy from Ebay for pretty cheap. Sadly there is a little tear in the plastic sleeve at the corner opening. It is a very tight fit when you slide the cover in the way that appears to be proper so that is probably why the approximately inch long tear is there. Oddly the "hype" sticker appears to be a second hype sticker covering over the remains of an original one that had been damaged.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Album Review: 05 Experiencing The Best Of Jimi Hendrix

Album Review: 05
Experiencing The Best of Jimi Hendrix

This review was originally posted on rateyourmusic. It was one of the reviews I was assigned in the "Go Review That Album" game on their community forums. This version of the review has had some editing and corrections.

Jimi Hendrix Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
1997 MCA Records MCAD-11671
****

"I'm not the only soul who's accused of hit and run
Tire tracks all across your back
I can see you had your fun
But darlin' can't you see my signals turn from green to red
And with you I can see a traffic jam straight up ahead"

This is almost the ultimate Jimi Hendrix greatest hits collection. But why is it called Experience Hendrix when it doesn't even have Are You Experienced? on it? Oh well I guess you can't have everything you want. The tunes that are included on this album are most of the rest of Jimi's greatest hits. Some of the intros and outros of a few of the songs, seem like they are missing something. I'm not sure but I think they weren't quite sure where to begin or end a song from an original segue from one song into the next.

I remember when I was a kid, I had gotten bored of some of the Hendrix songs because I heard them so often on my local "classic" rock radio station. * Back in the days when they called it "Album Oriented Rock" or just plain "rock" just before stations started using the "Classic" rock label. In fact, I used to get annoyed whenever I would hear Hendrix's recording of The Star Spangled Banner from Woodstock. I used to think it was horrible because he was being "creative" with the national anthem. Well when I got older, I started to appreciate creativity by putting your own spin on a standard. Even if Hendrix was stoned while he was playing it, you have to admit that he was a talented guitarist.

I feel that the first part of the album is practically super hit after super hit, then somewhere after Foxy Lady the pace slows down slightly then picks up some and then of course it ends with the show stopping (or rather morning starting) The Star Spangled Banner, maybe because some of those songs I had barely heard, before I had gotten this disc.

* I have a whole lot of songs and artists that I have heard so often I am tired of them. It doesn’t necessarily mean I hate the artists I am just tired of them or their “anthem” songs/hits. Some of the artists on my list are Led Zeppelin (especially Stairway To Heaven), The Doors, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor and probably a few other artists.

Monday, April 05, 2021

Album Review: 04 Christmas In America With Pat Benatar

 Album Review: 04
Christmas Time in America With Pat Benatar

This review was originally posted on rateyourmusic. on their community forums. This version of the review has had some editing and corrections.

Pat Benater Christmas In America/Please Come Home For Christmas
2001 Gold Circle Records GC58804-2
****.5 


“Coz It's Christmas in America
Let the angels sing
It's Christmas in America
Let freedom ring
Let peace resound throughout the world
Especially on this day
It's Christmas in America
God bless the USA”

This song was written as a heart-felt reaction to the tragic events of Setember 11, 2001.

I got this CD single at a time when it was only available via the official Pat Benatar website. In 2003 The Title song Christmas In America was included as a bonus track on the album Go. It is one of my favorite Christmas songs ever.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Album Review: 03 A Royal Night At The Opera With Queen

Album Review: 03
A Royal Night At The Opera With Queen

 This review was originally posted on rateyourmusic. It was one of the reviews I was assigned in the "Go Review That Album" game on their community forums. This version of the review has had some editing and corrections.

Queen A Night At The Opera
1975 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 568
****.5

“I see a little silhouette of a man,
Scaramouch, Scaramouch will you do the Fandango,
Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me –
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo Figaro-Magnifco”

This is the quintessential Queen album. This album shows the band’s versatility and the wide range of their talents, especially their harmonizing. The title and some of the tracks themselves suggest that this is a concept album that the listener is attending “A Night at the Opera” a Rock Opera that is. Even though that is the suggestion it could be argued that it is not a concept album since the style of the songs is a large range, they don’t contribute to a common story and only a couple of them could be called Opera music, of course I think it is mostly because Freddy Mercury and the band were big fans of the Marx Brothers as their next album was called “A Day at the Races” According to Wikipedia they were watching “A Night at the Opera” in the recording studio while working on the album. I like my Marx Brothers fanboy angle better. I’m not sure of my first thoughts of the album the first time I heard it other than knowing the title was also the name of a Marx Brother’s movie and having heard Bohemian Rhapsody on the radio many times. I have also always thought that it possibly could be made into an opera, or at least Bohemian Rhapsody could be made into a sort of mini opera.

Well I wasn’t going to do my review like this, but I think I will give a brief track-by-track comment. This album opens in the first few notes sounding like some sort of science fiction B-grade movie with “Death on Two Legs”. The listener is then shocked a little bit with track two sounding like a 1920s tin can soundtrack to a tennis or cricket match in “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon.” Then Drummer Roger Taylor gives what can best be called an autosexual serenade to a car on “I’m in Love With My Car”. We get back on track with typical ‘70s album oriented rock with “You’re My Best Friend” one of the tracks on the album that gets a good amount of radio airplay. Then we switch gears and styles on “‘39” an acoustic folky almost sea chantey type feel. Next we come back to modern times with “Sweet Lady” a typical Queen sounding type song.

We get really artistic with “Seaside Rendezvous” which goes back again to the early 20th century tinny (in a tin can sort of way) sounds and the extraordinary vocal talents of Roger Taylor imitating percussion instruments and Freddie Mercury imitating woodwinds. Next “The Prophet’s Song” mixes a marching sort of Native American sound with a bit of a school choir recital that flows into an Acapulco canon and then back into a modern rock band sound and back again. After the fact I can hear some of the styles that would later appear in the theme to “The Highlander” movie. The song sort of drifts from a summer cabin in the rain to the piano dependent “Love of My Life” which gives us some more of Queen’s beautiful harmonizing. Next we add a little harmonizing with a little vaudeville ukulele and a little Beatles influence sound on “Good Company”. I think as a kid I did think that song was by the Beatles.

Near the end we have the most famous song from the album the piece that is most Opera like of the whole album “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The song played a big memorable part in the movie “Wayne’s World” after having been re-released shortly after Freddie Mercury’s death. It crosses a wide range of vocal styles and musical themes exploring high and low sounds fast and slow tempos as well. Then we end the album on the Patriotic instrumental “God Save The Queen”.

The copy of the CD I have and based this review on is an “Original Master” recording (OMR) made by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs (MFSL) pressed on a Gold CD. Most CDs of the time were from analog recordings and mixed with analog recording with digital mastering (AAD). The OMRs and especially the gold discs were ADD recordings. Back before CDs audiophiles had to get “1/2 speed” master recordings on “Virgin” Vinyl to get their pure sounding records with as little sound distortion as possible. The idea is that there are less impurities in virgin vinyl than ordinary vinyl. These OMRs usually would cost twice as much as the regular version. I started getting into OMRs in the early 80s when the prices for MFSL OMRs started getting more reasonable, just as CDs were starting to take over.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Album Review: 02 "Weird Al" Yankovic Jumping Off The Deep End

 Album Review: 02
"Weird Al" Yankovic Diving Off The Deep End

This review was originally posted on rateyourmusic. It was one of the reviews I was assigned in the "Go Review That Album" game on their community forums. This version of the review has had some editing and corrections.

"Weird Al" Yankovic Off The Deep End
1992 Scotti Brothers Records 72392 75256-2
*****

"Now I'm mumblin' and I'm screamin'
And I don't know what I'm singin' 
Crank the volume, ears are bleedin'
I still don't know what I'm singin'
We're so loud and incoherent
Boy, this oughta bug your parents
Yeah"

This is one of those "Weird Al" albums that I'm not sure where to place in my favorites order. I really enjoy it but there are a few of his albums I like even more. My personal record for listening to an album multiple times on consecutive days (when I put a CD in my car player and keep listening to it whenever I'm driving around) is for 4 to 5 weeks and actually for Poodle Hat. Pat Benatar's - Go! comes in second with something like 3 1/2 weeks.) I feel like doing a track by track short semi-analysis here, which is something I should do more often but don't have nearly the time to do for every review.

The first track and I think first single from this album is Smells Like Nirvana and of course the album cover art work parodies the Nirvana album that Smells Like Teen Spirit was off of. Catch the video for it if you can, Al even got the old janitor from the original Nirvana video to appear. Next we have original song Trigger Happy which is a terriffic Beach Boys/Surf Music style parody that the NRA should really enjoy. For track 3 we have one of my all-time fave Al songs. I Can't Watch This the token TV song and a cleaver parody of MC Hammer's Can't Touch This. Then we have Al's token Polka song (where he takes the real lyrics of songs he couldn't get permission to parody or just wants to take a small jab at, and puts them in Polka style) for the album Polka Your Eyes Out I love the Ice, Ice Baby finale on it. A good chuckle comes from the next original song I was Only Kidding. Track 6 The White Stuff Parodies the New Kids on The Block You Got It (The Right Stuff) by talking about Oreo cookies. Next track is original song When I Was Your Age (I think it is a parody of Don Henley's song style) this song of course is about the old cliche of the older generation telling the younger generation not to whine about your so called difficulties and frustrations, because the older generation had greater difficulties and more frustrations [Insert reference to Monty Python sketch about living on the street/in a box/in a shoe box etc... here.]. Ah another fave and The token food stylings song Taco Grande gets indigestion by poking fun at Rico Suave by Gerardo. The next original song Airline Amy we join the Mile-High-Club with a stewardess. Perfect example of one-hit-wonder career dies but Al lives on with Plumbing Song which backs up the waterpipes of two songs from those non-singers Milli Vanilli - Baby Don't Forget My Number and Blame It On The Rain. We conclude this ALdult Swim with the original song You Don't Love Me Anymore which is in the styling of James Taylor and is perhaps Al's biggest original hit.

This is not the greatest "Weird Al" Album, but it is up slightly under the top dogs of Poodle hat and Straight Outta Lynwood. In other words no "Weird Al" Yankovic album collection is complete without it.

Update: Oh I forgot to mention that my copy of this CD is one of the original releases that has a hidden track at the very end, ten minutes after the end of You Don't Love Me Anymore. According to good old reliable (Not, well OK sometimes) Wikipedia later pressings of Off The Deep End deleted the hidden track (titled Bite Me!) and the 10 minutes of silence between the last listed track and it.

Note: I over-rate "Weird Al" Albums, because he is one of my fave acts. It is fun to hear his twisted version of an overexposed song that America's Youth are eating up. I get a kick out of the one-hit-wonders that he has parodied. They are no longer in the business, but Al is still going strong. I first Heard Al on the Doctor Demento Show, back in the MY Bologna days, been a fan ever since. Saw him once at a record signing for Even Worse, he signed my copy of The Authorized Al book. I asked him if It's Still Billy Joel To Me would ever be officially released, and he gave me a bizarre grimace that only he could make, and explained he was slightly embarrassed by it and apologized to Billy Joel over it, he never asked permission for it and probably never will. That song then will never have an official release.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Album Review: 01 "Weird Al" Yankovic Having A Bad Hair Day

ALBUM REVIEW: 01
"Weird Al" Yankovic Having A Bad Hair Day

This review was originally posted on rateyourmusic. It was one of the reviews I was assigned in the "Go Review That Album" game on their community forums. This version of the review has had some editing and corrections.

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Bad Hair Day
1996 Scotti Brothers Records 72392 75500-2
****


"Everything you know is wrong
Just forget the words and sing along
All you need to understand is
Everything you know is wrong"

OK so this "Weird Al" Album is not among my fave ALbums, after listening to this for review, I dropped my original star rating of 5 down to only 4. There were not as many songs that I really really liked than I had thought there were. Don't get me wrong I still enjoy them, but just not as much as I thought I did. I do like some of the songs that others have said they absolutely despise. Lets see Amish Paradise I really enjoy, as well as the video for it. I won't talk about the Coolio thing because others have done that at length. I absolutely love Everything You Know is Wrong, The Alternative Polka (I love all the token polkas, I think a compilation of polkas should be made with all of them linked together as one long marathon polka). I also like, but not necessarily love Gump, and Phoney Calls.

For the final track The Night Santa Went Crazy I understand that there is an alternate version. One of them is more tame than the other. I forget the exact details of that. Also there are three different designs for the CD disc itself depending on the pressing. I have the version that is the Alapalooza CD Al's face looking cross-eyed at the CDs center hole in red. Here is the different CD info from the FAQ page (by specific album) at the website http://www.al-oholicsanonymous.com/faq/ :

"Why does my friends copy of "Bad Hair Day" have Al sitting, while mine has a red picture of his face?"
Added: 7/17/00

There's three different versions of what's printed on the "Bad Hair Day" CD. The first 500,000 have Al sitting cross-legged with his hands on his head, and this is in color. After that, to try and save a few pennies, the record company printed the next batch in black and white. Then Scotti Bros. ceased to exist and the people at Al's new label made a mistake and put the "Alapalooza" picture on the "Bad Hair Day" CD. There, now go collect 'em all! "

Pictured is the CD of Alapalooza that was used for later versions of Bad Hair Day like I have. Image is from a listing for Alapalooza.

Ah so I have the most widely spread third version, hmmm I guess I should look for the older, other two.

Update: While looking for online images of the variants I came across an Ebay listing for the color Al sitting variant. I bought it and have received it.. I am also currently watching a listing for a black and white version. What The? It looks like there might be some even newer reissue versions with a one color image of Al Leaning backwards, bending over like a backwards "C". A full color photo of that image is behind the disc in the case.

Note: I over-rate "Weird Al" Albums, because he is one of my fave acts. It is fun to hear his twisted version of an overexposed song that America's Youth are eating up. I get a kick out of the one-hit-wonders that he has parodied. They are no longer in the business, but Al is still going strong. I first Heard Al on the Doctor Demento Show, back in the MY Bologna days, been a fan ever since. Saw him once at a record signing for Even Worse, he signed my copy of The Authorized Al book. I asked him if It's Still Billy Joel To Me would ever be officially released, and he gave me a bizarre grimace that only he could make, and explained he was slightly embarrassed by it and apologized to Billy Joel over it, he never asked permission for it and probably never will. That song then will never have an official release.

Monday, March 08, 2021

Album Review: 00 Beginning With Sound FX

ALBUM REVIEW: 00
Beginning With Sound FX


Here is the first post of a feature that hopefully I'll have the stamina to continue with for sometime. I teased about this Music Review feature some posts ago here. These first several reviews will be simple cut and pastes from the reviews I have posted over at rateyourmusic (RYM). I have a total of 27 reviews there, However, there are 2 (maybe 3) of them that I will not repost here. They are reviews of CDs that I plan to sell or get rid of somehow, sometime and were short cheap reviews of the "I hated (or loved) this album" type reviews with no review meat on them. For quite a few years RYM was the only online site where I tracked my music collection. I still don't have my entire collection tracked there, just a small portion. More recently I have started tracking some of my collection at Discogs because I started finding they had some of the albums that were not over at RYM. I have not yet posted any reviews at Discogs and don't plan to.

My rating system is a simple 5 star system like they use at Rate Your Music.

I tend to try to keep track of more of my information electronically online, but I don't want to have only one lone website as the only source of my information in case that site goes bye-bye. On the other hand I don't want to have to keep a huge cluttered hard copy archive as my only source in my already cluttered and disorganized apartment. So I try to keep some stuff both electronic and physical hard copy. But I digress.

This first review is pretty straight forward it is simply a CD of sound effects used for Hannah-Barbera cartoons.

This review was originally posted on rateyourmusic. on their community forums. This version of the review has had some editing and corrections.

Hannah-Barbera Cartoon Sound FX
1994 Rhino Records R2 71828
**.5


"Yabba-Dabba-Doo!, Pingitty-Pingitty-Ping, Kablam! Ba-Wong, Boi-EE-Ing!"

This disc is just what it says it is, the audio sound-effects from the Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. The only thing I don't like about this CD is the segments they call "Comic Caper" where characters like Fred Flintstone (voiced by whoever the guy is who voiced the characters in 1994, who just doesn't sound as good as the original voice-over Fred Flintstone) tell stories, make an answering machine recording or explain what sound effects are next on the disc. I got this mostly for the sound effects, but was kind of disappointing because even though they are the sounds used in the cartoons, they sound strange. They sound almost "canned". I can do without the goofy capers and second or third generation voice-over talent, who aren't as good as the originals. Still if you want to add some zip or perhaps a zing, Szwip-p, Twang-g-g-g-g, Kabong to your personal recordings and mix tapes then this is a nice disc to use (except for the voice-over stuff).

Monday, March 01, 2021

Ebay Reselling Update: February 2021 Sales

EBAY Reselling Update:
February 2021 Sales

Lets see in my last Sales update (Dec 2020) I had 5 sales and 43 listings in the store. I had no sales in January of this year 2021.

So What Sold in Feb 2021?
  1. 2006 Contenders Devin Hester Rookie Ticket Auto 165 Bears $62.00 plus shipping
  2. Number 10 Envelopes Blue 25 count pack $4.99 Free Shipping
Total: $66.99

Item number 1 was originally listed at $70.49 I got a message from a buyer asking if I would consider an offer of $62.00 (11% off) after mulling it over for a few hours into the next day I accepted the offer. First there were some exchanged messages then I had to add the "accept best offer" option to the listing and the buyer officially made the offer. It is my first sale for the calendar year 2021 and also my first Ebay sale under managed payments. Took 2 days for the funds to be in my bank account (I think that was how long it took could have been 3 days) Additional info at $62 it is the biggest sale I have made so far. Item number 2 was listed with free shipping to try to get the things to sell quicker, doesn't really help.

I now have 41 store listings at a count of 51 units.

Some related links:
My Ebay Store: CaptKirk42s Federation Trading Post
My YouTube channel: klandersen42
Up On Ebay Videos: Episode 01 | Episode 02
Ecrater Store: CaptKirk42 (AKA: Kirk's Knook)

Monday, February 22, 2021

To Blog Or Not To Blog? Is That Really The Question?

 

I have probably said this before and sound like a broken record. Kids ask your grandparents about that concept of a "broken record". Sometimes I go through this sort of depression mode where I think about throwing in the towel on the blogging concept. Just as some years back I exited the personal website arena. Sometimes those "I want to quit the blogging thing" feelings are STRONG in this one, sometimes they are just fleeting moments. For me it would mean stopping 3 blogs. 

Technically at one time I had 4 blogs. My 4th blog is at Trading Card Central Forums. Hmm I haven't updated that one since 03 Jan 2019. I used to use it as a Mail Day posting blog. Like a lot of my projects I let it slide from time to time and had to work like the Dickens to get caught up. It got to the point where it was more of a chore than a fun activity. That combined with the landslide of incoming cards vs any attempts at organizing anything and well yeah welcome to this week's episode of "Hoarders: Buried Alive". It is sad really because I was for a long time the most consistent and prolific bloggers on the forum. Now the most recent blog post over there is from someone on 20 Nov 2019, then my post on 03 Jan and the next most recent one someone posted on 09 Nov 2017. Over the years TCC has had long periods of being off-line, years ago it was website registration renewal issues (that is a long story that I don't have all the details about but has been discussed there at length) and who knows what else. At one time I started backing up my posts there I only got as far as the first year or two worth of posts. It was a nice detail of what I had acquired over the years when I did keep good track of things. Which was why at one time I wanted to have an offline copy of things. Like many of my other projects I fell behind on it and got too far backed up and gave up.

Anyway I'm not sure anymore. I think there is more of me that wants to continue with my blogging than there is that part that wants to quit. Some months I deal with this because of my self-appointed post blogging of a minimum of 1 post per month per blog. That can be very taxing at the end of each month. UGH I just reminded myself that it was February the shortest dang month of the year and it is half-way through already. I have this post for this regular blog, but NO IDEAS about what I'll grab for my trading card blogs. Big Sigh.

This blog kind of gets revived from time to time since I started blogging my Ebay Sales stuff. I probably shouldn't for financial security purposes. How different is it than those Ebay sellers that have YouTube Channels about their Ebay sales?

Thinking of Ebay selling sometimes make me think about all my various collecting habits, and that sometimes leads to what collections I might consider condensing or just plain getting rid of completely. More and more as I get older and older I think of the possibility of "just sell the whole damn thing". Some of my collections are more sentimental than anything else those are the ones that are harder to abandon.

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Ebay Reselling Update: December 2020 Sales And Year Totals

EBAY Reselling Update:
December 2020 Sales
and Year Totals

Lets see in my last Sales update I had 3 sales and 23 listings in the store. 

So What Sold in Dec 2020?
  1. 2006 Contenders Howard Cassady Award Winners auto AW-23 serial numbered /200 Lions $25.00 plus shipping. 
  2. 2011 Threads Mikel Leshour Rookie Class Letterman Patch Auto "E" 286 #/400 $8.49 plus shipping
  3. 1994 Nintendo Rare Killer Instinct 5 card promo lot 99¢ opening bid plus shipping
  4. McDonalds Gift Certificate One McDollar 1998 $7 offer plus shipping.
  5. New York Yankees drink coasters 10 pack $7.95 plus shipping
Item number 1. I had originally listed for $35.95 plus shipping, a buyer submitted an offer for $25.00 so I took it. I had 7 or 8 views w/in only about 12 hours after listing. Maybe I jumped on it too soon, but I thought it could be one of those long tailed listings that would take ages to sell. Item #2 I had a watcher on and sent an offer for a dollar off from the original $9.49 I had it marked at they took the offer. Item #3 sold at the opening bid of 99¢. Item 4 started as an auction that didn't sell then I listed originally at $9.42 (or maybe $9.99) then dropped it to $8.42 it sat for a while and then a buyer sent an offer for $7 and I accepted. I had nothing into it so why not? I had gotten it from a friend's son's old card collection they gave me. Wow item number 5 I thought would have a much longer tail on it than it did. I am maybe breaking even on it, but probably not due to the shipping costs.

I have managed to make some more listings a mix of fixed price and auctions. For some things I am getting back into the habit of starting some of them as an auction some with an opening bid at 99¢ others with a larger bid I'm comfortable starting with. 

I now have 43 store listings at a count of 53 units. 

2020 Year Totals: 
Not including shipping costs.

SALES:
Jan - 0    $0.00
Feb - 5   $26.49
Mar - 7   $33.43
Apr - 4    $7.50
May - 2    $6.00
Jun - 1    $25.00
Jul - 0    $0.00
Aug - 0    $0.00
Sep - 5    $23.99
Oct - 1    $5.99
Nov - 3    $15.98
Dec - 5    $49.43
YEAR TOTAL: Items: 33    $193.81

I think I mentioned in an earlier post that this is the most number of sales and items I have sold in one single year. It is definitely the most I have made in terms of money. I even in some cases made a little profit on the shipping. Usually I underestimate actual shipping costs and will undercharge for shipping even though sometimes it seems like an overcharge. I am improving a little bit in my estimation of what the actual shipping will cost. I think in some ways the shipping costs sort of even out. I think I manage to eek out a profit, even if it is only a couple of bucks. I have a long way before I make $100s per month or day, or even make that magic $20,000 per year mark when you have to start paying the business sales taxes.

Well I failed to reach my goal of having 100 listings in my store at the end of the year. I'm only at 43. UGH. Well hopefully I can breach the 100 listings sometime during January.

Some related links:
My Ebay Store: CaptKirk42s Federation Trading Post
My YouTube channel: klandersen42
Up On Ebay Videos: Episode 01 | Episode 02
Ecrater Store: CaptKirk42 (AKA: Kirk's Knook)