||10-01-2011 01:41 AM
Cheap Ammunition for the Mind!
It has often been said that the best weapon we can have is between our ears, however, most public libraries don't have titles that would help us survive in a SHTF scenario. There are several publishers that have book and DVD titles that are interesting to those wanting to learn shooting tactics (but maybe can't afford the classes right now), urban and wilderness survival, off-road driving, trap building, surviving in harsh environments, tracking animals, etc. Paladin Press is one of these but you'll rarely find their materials available for borrowing.
The fact is, most people need to read an instructional book once or twice, watch a DVD three or four times and then it sits on the shelf gathering dust. Since I've been on this forum, I've been impressed with the maturity of the members and I'm wondering if the members would be interested in a trading library from which we could all benefit. If we all add books and DVDs we currently own and don't use to the library and get others we want, our knowledge base could grow exponentially!
I had originally thought of this as a trading source, much like a public library. However, a friend pointed out that the way a public library keeps its assets safe is to track members, collect credit cards as security and fine members for not returning assets, as is popular with government-designed models. This would not only be tedious but would violate some people's sense of anonymity and security that is popular with some. The other model suggested would be similar to a trading book store: Anyone sending in books/DVDs/kits/maps/etc. would be credited 25% of the retail value of the items sent in. All items in inventory could be borrowed/purchased for a deposit/price of 50% of retail value. All items would be shipped Media Mail through the post office to keep costs down and no credit information or deposit needs to be tracked. If you wish to keep the item, you may, because you have essentially purchased it. If not, you return it for credit and get more stuff sent to you!
Now, for all of the accountants out there, yes, a surplus is being generated. However, I thought it could be formed as a 501(c)(3) corporation and any excess funds could be used to purchase books from places like Paladin Press or similar publishers and added to the library. As a corporation, we could get a corporate discount, a bulk discount, and also take advantage of scratch and dent sales to help stock up a maximum number of titles.
Does anyone think this would be a good idea and possibly workable? I haven't started the "SHTF Bookstore" and I'm just looking for input! I'm not an ego that has to be fed, so let me know what holes you can really punch in this idea. Also, if it was a website and you could just order and have it arrive at your doorstep, would you use it? Would you mail your stuff in for credit?