Often you will be certain that you have a DVD but cannot remember where you placed it or if you lent it someone. The best way to keep track of your possessions is to catalogue them, allowing you to remind yourself of where they are, but also letting you quickly value them.
It may seem like a timely process, but software can quickly hasten the process and if you're willing to pay $10-$20, you can buy hardware which will further minimize the needed time.
You must initially decide how you will input your possessions into whatever software you choose to own. Naturally, you can input the product's details but this can be timely. Other options are to buy an inexpensive barcode scanner or some software even allows you to utilize your webcam as a barcode scanner.
With regards to software, there are options for every platform.
The de facto official cataloguing software for OS X has to be Delicious Library. Delicious Library allows you to search Amazon for items, through keywords, barcodes, titles, authors, directors etc., and then import the data, including the current price used versions sell there, straight into the software. Items can then be displayed in a number of ways, including an aesthetically appealing 'shelf' mode which shows the picture of each item on a shelf and is at the item's size.
One can also rate items inside the software. Supported input modes are typing, scanning barcodes with the iSight camera (to varied degrees of success) or using their Bluetooth barcode scanner (which costs over $100!). It also allows libraries to be shared over a local network. It costs $40.
MediaMan is similar software for Windows. It too grabs data off Amazon, displays it in a 'shelf'-like view. It supports USB barcode scanners and webcams too. It works on XP and Vista, and also costs $40! Basically, it's like Delicious Library for Windows!
GCStar is free and open-source cataloguing software, for Linux, BSD, OS X and Windows. The software can grab data from a host of sources.
I use a CueCat Barcode Scanner, which when modified works with all of the above software. It simply converts barcodes into keystrokes. You can pick one of these up for around $10, but ensure it's modified or it won't work.
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