In which numbers are stupid and words are stupid and money is stupid and spreadsheets are stupid and everything is stupid

1c96f3844I was already not in the greatest of moods when I got home this afternoon; I spent the afternoon struggling to fix my parents’ laptop, a task I should have tackled weeks ago and I am starting to suspect is actually a world-class trolling attempt on Microsoft and Sony’s part, because no one could ever possibly think that Windows 8 is a real operating system.

(“Upgrade to Windows 10, it’s free,” you say?  “Die in a fire!” I say, because I’m fucking trying to, and I didn’t realize the magnitude of the fuckery until I tried to remove the cancer software from the computer.  Everyone involved in making Windows 8 should spend the rest of their lives in jail.)

Anyway.  I got home and put together a spreadsheet to help me try and suss out how many books to order for some of these cons I plan on being a vendor at, and what I have concluded is that it is going to be virtually impossible for me to make a profit at any of these things, especially if I eat while I’m on the road.  Now, I can literally make profit if I sell every book I bring with me, under some circumstances, but we’re looking at maybe a $3 an hour salary I’d be making over the three days of the con.  Is that worth it?  I don’t know.

And if I don’t sell everything?

Better mood tomorrow, I promise.

10 thoughts on “In which numbers are stupid and words are stupid and money is stupid and spreadsheets are stupid and everything is stupid

  1. On the plus side, a business loss at a convention is not a terrible thing. It gives you a networking opportunity while enabling you to itemize all of the expenses on your taxes.

    Also, as much as I hate to say it, it seems to be very difficult to make a good profit at conventions without ancillary merchandise along with it. Another option would be to try to get invited as a guest/do panels so you get a table/booth/attendance for free.

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  2. DruidPeter

    I must confess I was quite bemused as I read this, Luther. Perhaps it is the difference in our age: e.g. I’m somewhat younger than you are, and never really developed an antagonistic relationship with technology. (Albeit, only to a certain extent. I dislike phones and tablets, and begrudingly tolerate laptops. 😉 )

    As for the quantity of books you’ll need for attending the con, I feel you there, man. The fact that one has to pay for a table at these things and likewise spend gas and food/hotel money to attend always puts a minimum to the amount of merchandise you need just to break even. Yet for uncertain returns, it’s also always risky to try for large profits by raising prices and increasing available merchandise, etc. A logistics nightmare, so to speak.

    Having said all that, I don’t suppose you could aim to go and have a good time at the con, yet not necessarily break even? If you have means of support other than book sales, then you could consider the short term monetary loss as a long term investment in PR and recognition, etc.

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    1. How old do you think I am, pray tell? I don’t have an antagonistic relationship with technology; there’s a reason everyone I know calls me to fix their shit when it breaks. It’s more that Windows 8 is literally the worst operating system of my lifetime and I can’t believe they released it, possibly complicated by my parents’ specific laptop being a piece of junk independent of whatever software was put on it.

      There’s a reason Microsoft made upgrading to Win10 free. It’s because they knew they’d shit the bed in epic, astonishing fashion with 8.

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  3. I got a Win7 desktop (open box) 2 years ago when EVERYTHING with decent specs was Win8 and I will keep this thing running for as long as humanly possible.

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