Remote-Controlled Truck: £10
“Wow!” he thought, “that’s worth £30! (It wasn’t, actually – they only cost about £70 new.)
He didn’t want it, and so he wandered off. Some time later it was still there, and so Ted assumed that the price being asked was too high.
“How much are you asking for the truck?” asked Ted. “£10” was the reply. “Why so cheap?” “I just want to get rid of it,” said the teenager.
It turned out that it was in good working order and had a rechargeable lithium-ion battery in it – the mark of a quality toy – and so Ted paid the £10 purely to make sure that it had a good home. His grandson was delighted.
K’Nex Construction Squad: £1
K’Nex Hometown Carnival: £1
Ted hadn’t seen much K’Nex recently, and so his expectations of finding any were low; the K’Nex phase appeared to be coming to an end after three years of abundance – this has already happened to bread-making machines, sandwich makers and mini fridges. Isn’t it funny how these spells of ubiquity arise?
What a bargain these were! It is not uncommon for sellers to ask £5 each for these. The funny thing, though, is that Ted bought one of these for £1, and when he went back a few minutes later he saw the other one. Why didn’t the seller say something like, “Oh, there’s another K’Nex box here somewhere – would you like that too?” Obviously the seller was not a salesman.