Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Plowing my way through the backlog

Well, there's a lot going on in my life. Namely, I'm packing up my possessions and heading West, all the way to Portland, Oregon. Nicole is headed to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu and I'm trailing behind. Thankfully, I found out tonight that I'll have a position waiting for me at a GameStop in Portland, so my job is secure and now we're officially moving in about 24 or so days.

The biggest challenge so far has been dealing with our abundance of stuff. Combined, we have hundreds of books and movies and CDs that we just can't possibly bring along. We don't really want to store them either because most of it is old textbooks, movies we bought once and were done with, CDs that we just don't listen to anymore. So we're selling some stuff, to our friends and people online. Our friends have been very generous and we've sold quite a bit online, too.

We're primarily using Glyde for selling off my old games and our movies and Amazon for a lot of the books. Each service has pitfalls. Glyde provides us with envelopes and pays the shipping, which certainly makes things easier, but they also take a healthy cut. Amazon gives us a little more, but they take a generous cut of things as well and they're holding our proceeds until a month has passed. That said, our old junk has brought us a couple of hundred bucks and will certainly help us along.

My games have been selling well, but one problem I'm having is that I have lots of games that will net me some serious cash that I haven't yet finished and don't want to part with. So, this has given me a reason to ignore some of the bigger releases, which will sadly likely include Halo: Reach next week, in favor of finishing up games like Alan Wake and Red Dead Redemption. Right now, I'm about two-thirds of the way through Alan Wake's forth chapter. Once I finish up with Alan, I'll make my way through Red Dead Redemption. After that, I have some other, lesser titles to finish up.

I'm going to try to update this more, at the very least for the time period surrounding our big move.

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