Big Joke Book and Playing Cards: 50p
“How much for the joke book?” asked Ted.
“Here,” said the man, “Have some of these – I’ve got loads of ’em,” and tossed to Ted a pack of playing cards. Not just playing cards, but brand new, shrink-wrapped, unopened playing cards.
Well, the joke book is quite simply brilliant, containing many good jokes never heard before. It’s brand new and has a cover price of £5.99 – a saving of 91.65%! And it’s not full of widely-spaced jokes in big print, it’s solid jokes printed using a 10pt font.
However, Ted has noticed that it doesn’t contain anywhere near 4,000 jokes – it’s more like 2,000.
So why the playing cards? Well, on the box there is a picture of a bottle of spirits labelled ‘Jim Beam,’ and also on the box is the word ‘MUSIC’ underneath the ‘Jim Beam’ logo. There is a sticker on the box which says,
COLLECTORS EDITION PLAYING CARDS
©2006 Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.
Please note that the use of the music idols shown on these playing cards does not in any way imply an association or endorsement of Jim Beam or any brand associated with Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.
So there we have it – there must have been some legal case looming and the playing cards were due to be pulped.
Beautiful Metal Cash Box with Key: £2
This is a solid piece of engineering; a beautiful stove-enamelled round-cornered cash box with a key – yes, it’s actually got a key. The lock, which has a key, has a satisfyingly solid, clunky feel to it, and engages with two metal lugs. The hinge is welded to the body of the box (which has a key) and the lid. On the top is an engineering marvel in the form of a carrying handle. This is a fine example of Dutch engineering.
When Ted asked about the price, the man said, “Well, I really want a fiver for it…”
Ted adopted his well-practised look of horror and replied, “Sorry, I’m not paying a fiver for that!”
The man then said, “OK, give us a couple of quid then,” and that’s what Ted did.