Savvy Ted decided to look on eBay for K’Nex auctions where the items were near by and were for collection only, the theory being that the number of potential bidders is very small.
Oh ho ho! He acquired two lots, as follows:
Lot 1: 2Kg of K’Nex for £1.30
Yes – only £1.30 for this haul, where Ted was the only bidder, and it even included a 12-volt motor!
Ted can understand why sellers opt for Collection Only – it avoids the hassle of wrapping it up and taking it to the post office (or arranging a courier), and it removes any potential problem where the buyer claims that it did not arrive.
On the other hand, restricting the number of bidders is obviously going to have a detrimental effect on the selling price, as demonstrated here.
There can, of course, be some travelling costs involved, but where possible Ted uses his old fogey’s bus pass. Unfortunately that wasn’t possible here, and about £2-worth of petrol had to be used.
Lot 2: 2.3Kg of K’Nex for £3.67
What about this, then – another lot of K’Nex in a big blue case (with, alas, a broken lid – the case had to be thrown away).
This time, though, there was competition: the bidding reached £3.29 until right before the end of the auction, when a new bidder made a late bid. They entered £3.47 as their maximum, but Ted bid £4.07 at the last moment and got the K’Nex for £3.67!
This was just a bus ride away, and Ted’s bus pass came into its own.
Owing to an oversight due to the excitement of such a bargain, Ted didn’t quite have the right change on him when he picked up the item, and handed over £3.70. He magnanimously told the seller that he could keep the change as a tip.
Lot 3: Over 8Kg of K’Nex for £32.99 + £8.50 p&p
This lot was not Collection Only but was a good buy nevertheless.
This might seem a lot (forgive the pun), but there were over 5,000 pieces here, all of which had potential use: Ted doesn’t need any more track supports, chains, wheels or monster parts, and there were very few of these types of pieces.
Moreover, there were over 600 micro K’Nex pieces included – Ted wants these for future projects, their complementary use permitting creations which would otherwise be impossible, and what micro K’Nex there is on eBay is usually quite expensive. If it hadn’t been for the micro K’Nex, Ted probably wouldn’t have bid for it.
But why does Ted need yet more K’Nex? Well, the truth is that having recently made the constructions below, he needs to replenish his stock: