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  1. blakeyboy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Oh my God!! I've got loads of these just like in the picture!!! I'm rich, I tell you, rich!!!!! Aston Garage for me tomorrow.. That's 'Garage'----rhymes with 'Farage'........
  2. Curiously parallel to my business, all this. I restore old studio recording consoles, all one make, British, from 1968 to 1980. I've collected all the parts and console bits I can find for 25+ years. The prices over the last five years have trebled, as people that can't find places to invest their cash join in the feeding frenzy, looking for investments. The good stuff rose first, followed a couple of years later, the average stuff. A nice console now can be £250K...... I'm happy, since my stock of consoles and console parts will give me a pension. However, for example, consider my stock of old audio transformers. What used to be £10 is now £250. Fantastic, you would assume, BUT I now control the world price. If I wanted to sell 300 to buy a really nice car, I would get £100 each, or less, since the _perceived_ rarity is what is keeping up the price. So- what if collectors of good rare pennies sensed that interest rates were going to rise, Swiss banks no longer charge negative interest rates......they'll sell, and all the rare stuff that has never been counted, like F169's all appear at once, and people find that there are actually 50 of them, and the new 30 are all EF+...... Either, collectors buy them up at a good price and flood the market with their old average ones, lowering the price of examples in Fine, or, the flood of EF examples lowers the price of the EF ones......... Maybe.
  3. Yes Pete thanks for reminding me- same in everything- quality always holds up.
  4. Hmmm...this thread is a worry- I was toying this week with selling lots of stuff, including my pennies, to fund a couple of daft projects/ideas. maybe not the best time????
  5. blakeyboy

    1971 £.s.d. to Decimal converter.

    Absolutely!!!!!!! I used to have to multiply and divide £ s d when at primary school- we were using base 20, 12, 6, 4, and 2 every day. Ask any kid to do that now. Seven out of four people can't do fractions....
  6. I can imagine it, and they were 50 odd years.......
  7. '£3 or more' ???....you haven't been in London lately....it's ridiculous. No- one EVER sells me a coffee that 'hits the spot' like one of my coffees do, and they cost 10p each....
  8. God Peter that makes my early life flash in front of me... My late Father would give me a half crown if he wanted me out of his hair for the afternoon, and I would hang around in the small amusement arcade that was on the ramp down to Tenby Harbour, inside one of the arches set into the cliff. I would try and not incur the wrath of the arcade owner by watching for the penny waterfall to get ready for a big drop.....and yes, my faithful dog-eared copy of 'Check Your Change' was in my pocket.!
  9. If one more person with clearly limited intelligence or ambition calls themselves a 'Barista', I will scream.... Do they know how much they really should know about their trade, yet clearly don't? Dunning-Kruger effect again? Maybe they think they are a Barrister. Pretty soon everyone who pours you a glass wine will call themselves a 'Sommelier'....
  10. blakeyboy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Bit like that guy who lists coins, but keeps putting up pictures of a tree or a skirting board..........
  11. blakeyboy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Just got in from the workshop shattered, so maybe that explains why my quick look at this lot looks OK...... Has something changed from 3 days ago?
  12. blakeyboy

    1971 £.s.d. to Decimal converter.

    New one on me too!
  13. One of my favourites. Not a dud scene. "The next train's gone!" Someone recently found where it was shot, and the line of the edge of the platform is still there in the ground. My father insisted we went on a train ride in the early '60's - turned out I was on the last BR Severn Valley train. Want a day out? Board at Kidderminster, all the way to Bridgnorth, lunch in a pub, and they sell Bathams beer on the train!!!! Best combination ever.
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