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Selling Books on Amazon

A fellow student asked about buying textbooks then selling them on Amazon. Here’s what I had to say in response

I’ve had very good luck selling books at the end of the semester. I don’t always sell them for a good price but usually I do. I think I’ve bought and sold 15 textbooks in the last 3 years. I might buy a used, “almost new” condition book for $80 when the new price is $110 and then sell the book for $60-90. If there is a new version of the textbook, I might sell my edition for $50. Note that I occasionally sell them for more than I bought them :-)

I’ve also bought older textbooks that were great. For example, I bought a computer programming textbook and a college math textbook for $5 and they were perfectly up-to-date, helpful and accurate. They wouldn’t have helped me for a class because it would be hard to follow along when the teacher says “turn to page 20″ and my page 20 is different from other books. (yes, the book publishers do that on purpose)

How to sell your book on Amazon:
* type in the ISBN number of the book as if you want to buy it
* click the “Sell on Amazon” button on the page
* Follow the prompts and list your book. I almost always list my book 1 penny lower than the competition in the same class… for example: if “very good condition” books are selling for $20, I sell for $19.99.
* after it sells:
* wrap the book in several layers from a roll of kraft paper (the least expensive) or put it in a padded envelope
* print out a label and tape it to the package
* (the most annoying step is here) Bring it to a US Post office and tell them you want to mail it Media Mail; it’s the least expensive shipping option, though you are required to hand the package over the counter
* Done!


Just a few moments ago, McSAW was born!



Our Wedding Music Playlist

We put together a fantastic playlist for the wedding! Thanks Zeke for making it happen!

It’s in 3 sections, Cocktails, Dinner, and Dance.



Order Song Artist
1 In The Air Tonight Phil Collins
2 We Are Golden Mika
3 Livin’ la vida Divide & Kreate
4 Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants
5 Hurts Like Heaven Coldplay
6 Holocene Bon Iver
7 Thunder Clatter Wild Cub
8 Title and Registration Death Cab for Cutie
9 Red Red Wine UB40
10 Rhythm of Love Plain White T’s
11 Peaches Presidents of the United States
12 Happy Ending Mika
13 Free Fallin Tom Petty
14 Stacy’s Mom Fountains of Wayne
15 Take A Walk Passion Pi
16 Home Phillip Phillips
17 Another Story The Head and The Heart
18 Hot Tonight Tokyo Police Club
19 Magic Coldplay
20 Let Her Go Passenger
21 Comrade Volcano Choir
22 The General Dispatch
23 The Wolves Ben Howard
24 W.O.W. Architecture in Helsinki
25 I Fucking Bleed Purple and Gold Super Mash Bros
26 So Insane Discovery
27 First Day of My Life Bright Eyes
28 Angel, Please Ra Ra Riot
29 Slow Dancing In A Burning Room John Mayer
30 We Are Family Sister Sledge
31 You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC
32 A Song Is a Weapon Stars
33 Feel The Effect Tokyo Police Club
34 Happy Everafter In Your Eyes Ben Harper
35 Twist and Shout The Beatles
36 Roxanne The Police
37 Lean On Me Bill Withers
38 Crazy In Love ft Jay Z Beyonce
39 Simple Song The Shins
Order Song Artist
4 This Year’s Kisses Billie Holiday
10 Why Was I Born? Billie Holiday
19 I Must Have That Man! Billie Holiday
24 The Mood That I’m In Billie Holiday
11 My Last Affair Billie Holiday
27 Moanin’ Low Billie Holiday
30 Where Is the Sun? Billie Holiday
51 Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off Billie Holiday
65 Don’t Know If I’m Comin’ or Goin’ Billie Holiday
40 I’ll Get By (As Long as I Have You) Billie Holiday
53 Mean to Me Billie Holiday
57 Foolin’ Myself Billie Holiday
62 Easy Living Billie Holiday
80 I’ll Never Be the Same Billie Holiday
82 Me, Myself and I [Alternate Take] Billie Holiday
75 A Sailboat in the Moonlight Billie Holiday
77 Born to Love Billie Holiday
73 Without Your Love [Alternate Take] Billie Holiday
81 They Can’t Take That Away from Me Billie Holiday
67 Swing, Brother, Swing Billie Holiday
85 I Can’t Get Started Billie Holiday
87 Who Wants Love? Billie Holiday
89 Trav’lin’ All Alone Billie Holiday
90 He’s Funny That Way Billie Holiday
25 Bugle Call Rag Eddie Condon
1 Sugar Eddie Condon
33 China Boy Eddie Condon
18 Oh Peter! (You’re So Nice) Eddie Condon
3 Nobody’s Sweetheart Eddie Condon
28 Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away) Eddie Condon
16 Friars Point Shuffle Eddie Condon
22 The Darktown Strutters’ Ball Eddie Condon
37 There’ll Be Some Changes Made Eddie Condon
34 I Found a New Baby Eddie Condon
47 Jazz Me Blues Eddie Condon
45 Oh! Baby Eddie Condon
42 (Back Home Again In) Indiana Eddie Condon
76 Makin’ Friends Eddie Condon
64 I’m Gonna Stomp Mr. Henry Lee Eddie Condon
74 That’s a Serious Thing Eddie Condon
69 Minor Drag Eddie Condon
72 (Back Home Again In) Indiana Eddie Condon
83 Tailspin Blues Eddie Condon
56 I Need Someone Like You Eddie Condon
84 Hello Lola Eddie Condon
79 One Hour Eddie Condon
78 Girls Like You Were Meant for Boys Like Me Eddie Condon
86 Georgia Eddie Condon
88 I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love With Me Eddie Condon
91 The Darktown Strutters’ Ball Eddie Condon
92 You Rascal, You Eddie Condon
5 Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off Ella F. and Louis Armstrong
6 Sunrise Sunset Fiddler on the Roof
68 Doctor Jazz Stomp Jelly Roll Morton
35 Tommy People’s Reel/Frank’s Reel John McCusker
12 Biodag Aig MacThomais/Mulqueen’s Reel John McCusker
59 Brigid’s Waltz John McCusker
14 Bobby/Bag of Plums John McCusker
2 Rosin the Beau John McCusker
32 The Rose in the Heather/Does This Train Go to Bellshill?/Trip to Kilkenny John McCusker
21 Craigcullen John McCusker
41 St Bride’s Way/The Bouncing Czech John McCusker
61 Radio Sweetheart’s Waltz/Sandy Hall/The John McCusker
49 Air for Jakes John McCusker
44 John Daly’s Hornpipe/Bubba’s Reel/McFadden’s John McCusker
70 A Fine Romance Lena Horne
38 St James Infirmary Louis Armstrong
29 St James Infirmary Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
9 St James Infirmary (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
23 I Want A Big Butter And Egg Man Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
26 I Want A Big Butter And Egg Man (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
36 I aint got Nobody Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
7 I aint got Nobody (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
17 Panama Rag Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
20 Dr. Jazz Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
15 Dr. Jazz (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
13 Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
46 Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
63 Frankie and Johnny Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
60 I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of This Jelly Roll Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
31 Drop That Sack Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
58 Drop That Sack (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
48 Jelly Roll Blues Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
43 Jelly Roll Blues (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
50 Old Kentucky Home Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
54 Chimes Blues Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
71 Chimes Blues (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
66 Snake Rag Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
39 New Orleans Stomp Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
8 Fever Natalie Cole & Ray Charles
52 Lover Man Sarah Vaughan
55 Summertime Sidney Bechet
Order Song Artist
1 L.O.V.E Nat King Cole
2 The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra
3 Come on Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners
4 Take it Easy The Eagles
5 (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
6 Celebration Kool & The Gang
7 Fields of Gold Sting
8 Break My Stride Matthew Wilder
9 I Want to Hold Your Hand The Beatles
10 Dancing In The Moonlight King Harvest
11 Slow Dancing In A Burning Room John Mayer
12 Let’s Stay Together Al Green
13 Build Me Up Buttercup The Foundations
14 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
15 Down Under Men at Work
16 Come Away with Me Norah Jones
17 Piano Man Billy Joel
18 You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon
19 Oh What A Night The Four Seasons
20 Black Or White Michael Jackson
21 ABC Jackson Five
22 Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond
23 Landslide Fleetwood Mac
24 1999 Prince
25 Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey
26 Holiday Madonna
27 Your Song Elton John
28 Somewhere Over the Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
29 Intro The XX
30 Some Nights Fun.
31 Poker Face Lady Gaga
32 Home Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Z
33 I’m Yours Jason Mraz
34 No Taylor, No Scar Norwegian Recycling
35 Hey Ya! Outkast
36 Hey, Soul Sister Train
37 Battleships I’m From Barcelona
38 Hey Oh Tonight Norwegian Recycling
39 Iris Goo Goo Dolls
40 Coconut Soundtrack
41 Hey There Delilah Plain White T’s
42 All The Pretty Girls (RAC Mix) fun.
43 One More Time Daft Punk
44 All Bad Touches (Come To An End) Norwegian Recycling
45 Your Body is a Wonderland John Mayer
46 Short Skirt/Long Jacket Cake
47 Falling Haim
48 Daft Punk Pentatonix
49 How Six Songs Collide Norwegian Recycling
50 Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalto Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
51 Electric Feel MGMT
52 Wait For The World Greatest Norwegian Recycling
53 Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Will Daft Punk
54 O.N.E Yeasayer
55 Where Are You Know Wolf Gang
56 Sorry For I Mashed You Norwegian Recycling
57 Poison & Wine The Civil Wars
58 Bad Romance Lady Gaga

What Car Should I Buy?

I am starting school in 2 weeks. I need a car for the commute. Here’s what I’m looking for

  • Low cost of ownership over the next 3 years while I’m in school. Maybe $13k used
  • good MPG (100 mile round trip commute)
  • comfortable for passengers to study in
  • ok for an infant in the back
  • probably a hatchback for hauling stuff

Top contenders right now are:

  • Honda Fit. I sat in a 2015 and the back seat didn’t have enough clearance for me. I think the older models are ok but have to check
  • Mazda 3
  • Honda Civic
  • Nissan Versa
  • Ford Fiesta

What do YOU recommend I test drive?


Here are some cars I knocked off the list

  • Toyota Prius. The A-pillar makes a terrible blind spot for me. I keep nearly hitting pedestrians in Megan’s Prius. :-(
  • Honda Insight. I’m way too tall to sit in the back seat :-(
  • Toyota Matrix. Terrible visibility in the front


It seems a lot of ┬ánewer cars get better MPG… a 2008 Mazda 3 or Fit gets 33MPG, the same cars in 2015 get 40, saving about $400/year in gas!


Wedding Video!

Megan and I can’t thank Shin enough for presenting to us this incredible video of our wedding!