Ted’s purchases at car boot sales and from eBay have enabled him to have enough pieces to make a new fruit machine!
There is an Instructables entry here.
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:
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.
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.
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:
Although Ted is not buying any more K’Nex, he did snap up this box. You see, it contains a solar panel, and these are relatively rare. Although the box did not contain the accompanying special orange motor (or much else, come to that), Ted acquired one of these motors without its solar panel some time ago. How satisfying!
Just think – with another few hundred panels (and bright sunshine) he will be able to have an electrically-operated handle on his K’Nex fruit machine.
Ted has been busy – his K’Nex fruit machine is now complete.
There was nothing much at the car boot sale this week for Ted. Why do manufacturers make such tat? How is it that someone thinks, “I’ll make my million by producing Charles and Diana plates which have pictures on them which look nothing like Charles and Diana?” Why do they make stuffed bears which don’t look like bears? Why? Why? Will someone please tell Ted why?
Ted’s wife’s grandson keeps picking up a non-working toy fruit machine and tries to play with it. “I’ll mend it soon,” says Ted, but it never seems to happen owing to his other responsibilities (working out how to get rid of badgers, working on his next K’Nex design, devising methods for killing badgers, etc).
Well, Ted has found another identical one and, if it doesn’t work, will make a good one out of the two. Yes, really. Truly. He promises.