Thursday, February 07, 2008

February 7th

What a busy ebay day this has been for Paul - and therefore for me. While I'm delighted that Paul has recently renewed his interest in the online auction site, I'm struggling to keep up!

Today he sold four items and purchased a fifth. I'll start with the sale that I think exemplifies Paul's appeal. You see, we know he's one of the finest entertainers in the land and we know that he's a rich man because of it but Paul hasn't let that go to his head. He's just like you and me and just like you and me, he's prepared to sell a piece of tat online for just £3.60. Well done Paul. This really shows you haven't lost your common touch.

Paul listed the item as follows, "Be Thankful It's NEW! The PERFECT gift with that Quality Look for the man who has everything.. and wants to scratch it!"

Bearing in mind Paul's acknowledged gift for comedy he also adds, "This looks like an expensive gift, and yet is a really good joke." Now we know that when Paul says something is "really a good joke" it must be a corker and of course he's right because this small item of silverware is a great joke. It looks like it is going to be some kind of quality desk top executive fancy-dan toy but is actually a coarse joke item with a delicate female hand on the end of a nine inch handle. The idea being that men can use it to scratch their testicles! You see, Paul is right. It is a cracking good laugh!

Given Paul's listing I'm surprised to see someone called Ronald asking him a question on ebay about the item. "Hi paul, i realy like this ball scratcher.... but not a lot..!!" writes Ronald, cruelly mocking Paul's catchphrase that he used throughout the heyday of his career as Britain's biggest TV magician. He then continues, "Has it been used, and if so, would this affect the price..? kind regards Ronald" Hasn't he read the listing. Paul has already cracked this gag by saying, "Be thankful it's new!" Ronald is clearly crazy and just trying to weedle his way into Paul's good books. But he gets nowhere. Paul cuts him down to size with a matter-of-fact retort, simply saying, "It is new." Well done Paul.

These items can be bought on ebay for £5.99 elsewhere but Paul undercut them all and started at £3, a price that was met by mbw1962. This was then stretched to £3.40 before thequalityfinish won the day with a bid of £3.60. Paul charged them £2 for postage and packaging.

The next item Paul sold was also made of metal but has a genuine sense of quality about it that the joke ball-scratcher will never have.

It's a brass dish and Paul makes it very clear that he doesn't know very much about it saying, "This is a shallow long dish of very ornate design and the only thing that I can guess is that it was used on a desk to hold pens/pencils. I may be wrong. Approximately 8.75" x 2.5". The underside carries the following marks: RR80324; An eight pointed star over WT&S over 3681. The topside shows four animals/birds amongst ornate shapes."

So we know that it's brass and we know it's dimensions and we know what Paul thinks it may have been used for but we also know that he might be wrong. Is that all the information Paul provides? Not on your nelly. He's been on the internet trying to find more and gives us the results saying, "A search on the internet found the following:

Tonks, William & Sons, (WT&S), Cheapside, then 291 Moseley Street, Birmingham making cast and wrought products. Manufacturer of general, naval, fancy, ecclesiastical metalwork and an early fabricator of decorative patterned tubes. The Tonks surname is in the lists of Birmingham brassfounders before the 1800s. By 1869 Tonks had developed the eight-pointed 'sun' trade mark showing two eyes and a mouth. Later the WTS initials were inserted instead for marks on some items. The name was changed to Tonks (Birmingham) Ltd., then by merger to Newman Tonks, then NT Metals. They are now in the Ingersoll-Rand Group.
And you may care to read more about this old company by going to

http://www.oldcopper.org/tonks.htm"

If that isn't quality ebaymanship I don't know what is. Paul doesn't know much about the item but he's honest and industrious enough to go out of his way to find out on behalf of us his potential bidders.

As with the last item I described Paul was asked a public question by someone, this time it was someone called Luke who asked, "Hello, are you the much respected magician Paul Daniels?" This must be annoying for Paul because he has already answered this question in his ebay About Me page where he says, "Yes, it is me!" He wisely adds, "This probably sounds conceited, but it isn't. It is just that every time I sell an item somebody sends email asking 'are your the real Paul Daniels?' I am putting this here to hopefully save me some work in replying!" Which makes it very clear. I did think it sounded conceited when I first read it but having observed Paul's ebaytivity for some time now I am inclined to agree with him. It isn't. And Luke's question only proves it.

Paul's answer is perfect and manages to get all the information across without a hint of that conceitedness.
"Well, I am a magician and I am Paul Daniels," he says, before adding, "... respect?"

Paul has correctly observed that it is not for him to say whether or not he is respected. It is for others. At the same time he has told Luke that yes, he is THE Paul Daniels. Let me tell you Paul - you are respected. Greatly. Not just as a magician, but as an ebayer too.

If I were Paul I'd have directed Luke to this page of Paul's website where Luke could learn just how 'respected' Paul really is. There he'd see that:

"Paul Daniels is without doubt one of the most accomplished magicians in the World, and certainly one of the most exciting. Add to that a unique comedy style and you have a complete entertainer and one of the funniest men in show business.

His fame and achievements are not confined to the UK where he is a household name. The USA, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, and Japan have all recognised him as a world class entertainer. Amongst his numerous achievements, he has starred in his own hugely successful West End Theatre Show, headlined in Las Vegas and Broadway, as well as performing more unique magic on TV than any other magician in history..

With a reputation as one of the most popular society and show-business entertainers, Paul has entertained The Royal Family including princes William and Harry, The Sultan of Brunei, The Sultan of Oman, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Barry White, John Major (Prime Minister), James Callaghan (Prime Minister), Princess Michael of Kent, The Duke and Duchess of Wessex, and countless others.

In the world of TV no-one has enjoyed more success than Paul Daniels. From the moment he burst onto the ITV network, and later switched to the BBC, his magic shows topped the ratings. A recent book on TV facts calls him the most successful TV magician of the 20th century. His creative genius enabled him to produce consistently stunning shows, never rivalled in spectacle, covering the full range of the world of entertainment magic, from small, ‘close-up’ effects, to enormous outside broadcast illusions.

In 1983 Paul was presented with the prestigious ‘Magician of the Year’ Award by the Hollywood Academy of Magical Arts before a star-studded audience in Los Angeles. It was a tremendous achievement for Paul, and he was the first magician from outside the USA to receive the award."


I think that shows that Paul is more than respected! But Paul understands humility and while that information is presented on his website he doesn't go ramming it down people's throats. Good on you Paul.

Anyway, the dish had a starting price of £10 and one bidder, avis50, snapped it up for that bargain price, paying £5 for postage and packaging on top.


Next up is a poster that Paul failed to sell recently but immediately relisted to good effect. I'm not normally a fan of Paul's relistings but this time he has got the desired result.

He didn't change the wording of his listing so you can see my previous entry about this poster to see what was said.

While there were no bidders last time round this time there was some action with the first bid coming from none other than bassey1937. One is tempted to wonder if it is Shirley herself! Paul started the poster at £28 and bassey1937 bid £30 but was outbid by yearsleyaj who bid first £32 and then £34 before lewy6544 came along and made it £37. yearsleyaj responded with a round £40 but then sacha10000 came in and won the poster with a £41 bid. They paid £8 for postage and packaging.


Now, the final sale. Apparently this morally dubious device is called a 'snooper' and it helps to alert motorists to the presence of speed cameras so they can slow down and avoid getting points on their licence. Probably a valuable commodiy for a travelling performer like Paul but not one that he's decided to take advantage of. This is still boxed and covered in shrinkwrap!

The same item is listed elsewhere on ebay for £74.99 but Paul listed it at a bargain starting price of £25. paegglao started the ball rolling with a bid of £26.89 which was then pushed to £31.98 before sbtrading1uk came in with £32. Was paegglao going to be outdone for just 2p? No sir. They came back with £33 and won the snooper. At that price it will pay for itself. Even with the £4 postage and packaging.

Now it wasn't just ebay selling that Paul did today... he made a purchase too. He bought these "deluxe prism glasses" from the seller mobilityextras who specialise in mobility aids, scooters, wheelchairs and the like.

The idea behind the item is that they allow people to watch TV or read a book while lying flat in bed without having to contort their neck! The listing says, "ideal for people who have to wear a halo or who have limited neck movement." I wonder what Paul has planned for them? It is possible he has bought them for his Mam who lives nearby and who he sees regularly. But when he mentions her in his blog there is no hint that she would need such things.

It is also possible that he has bought them to use in some illusion he is devising. A lot of magic tricks use mirrors and we can only guess at the advantage a magician could make out of being able to see at right angles without moving his head! Paul snapped them up for the Buy-it-now price of £40.80 plus £5.35 postage and packaging.

So he's earned £87.60, got rid of a poster, a ball scratcher, a brass dish and a snooper while spending £46.15 and getting some deluxe prism glasses leaving Paul £41.45 in profit.

I'm sure Paul will enjoy being able to see round corners while he spends his £41.45. Not a lot!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

if u are serious u are possibly a mentalist if this is a joke then u sir are a genius and I wish to marry you.