Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Waste My Time, Please

YOUNG WOMAN:  I need a real book expert!  This has been in my family for ages and I need to know what it's worth!  It's from the 1800s!

CJB:  Are you asking for an appraisal, or trying to sell the book to me?

YW:  An appraisal.

CJB:  That's a fee-based service, which is [$] an hour, with a half-hour minimum.  But...thirty second synopsis...this book is a single part of a multiple-volume series, it's missing its spine and half of its first free endpaper, and it looks like it's been stored in a gerbil's cage...

YW:  Five hundred bucks and it's yours!

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