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Preview: Paul Daniels' Ebay Transactions

Paul Daniels' Ebay Transactions



Paul Daniels is regarded by many to be the best magician in the world. It's pretty hard to argue with that. He also uses ebay to buy and sell. This blog charts his ebay life, telling you what this most entertaining character has bought and sold.



Updated: 2017-06-25T03:47:52.839-07:00

 



February 11th

2008-02-17T10:31:20.983-08:00

Yet more ebaytivity from Mr Daniels. I hope he keeps this up.There were three exciting sales today and the three items were all very different. I'll start with the poster because regular readers will know the form by now.Paul has cut (Ctrl C) and paste (Ctrl V) his usual intro about how the Public Records Office have treated his posters to ensure they remain in good condition and justify his high starting price... which is fair enough because if this was just a regular poster I can't imagine anyone being prepared to pay quite so much for it.Then he describes the poster saying, "This is a GREAT French poster with very powerful graphics showing a MONSTER with a child held high and in another scene an Angel about to finish off the monster with a sword. Other colourful characters stand around."It's fascinating to watch a master ebayer at work here, highlighting the key words, GREAT and MONSTER because Paul knows what sells."The signature of what I assume to be the printer or designer is printed in the centre," continues Paul, skilfully selling without committing himself to facts he can't back up, "and full details of the printers and the show are printed also.""This poster is mounted on a cloth/canvas backing sheet and measures 37" x 50"If you are a collector and seeking a 'different' look for your collection or display then this is perfect." (I think I might have gone with caps for PERFECT here but I'm quibbling.)Paul hasn't bothered to translate the French (Le Monstre et le Magicien = The Monster and The Magician) because he knows that's not important. What's important is the colourful monster and the style of the scene.Paul was charging £15 for postage and packing and had a starting price of £100. He got it as well from a bidder called sms1899 who was making his third ebay purchase having already bought a GPS system for his car and tickets for Sunday In The Park With George at Studio 54 in New York. I'll bet this is his first purchase from a celebrity! Next we have this "Highly Decorative and Coloured Native Mask.Paul says, "It is a very attractive talking point and the only fault I can find with it is that the topmost 'spike' is missing a small part from the very top. A dab of gold paint and no one will know."I like this tactic a lot. Many ebayers would use a dab of gold paint to cover up the imperfection on the grounds that the buyers simply wouldn't know. But not Paul. He tells us about the fault and advises us on how to deal with it. That kind of honesty inspires trust and ebay is built on trust.And because we trust Paul we then don't mind him adding something like, "This looks much better in real life than it does in the photograph." to the listing. In the hands of a less sincere ebayer that would read as some kind of flim-flam but not from Paul. It simply means that in his honest opinion it does look better in real life.Paul wanted £17 for the mask (which is 11"(inches) wide) and was charging £5 for postage and packaging. As with the French poster this was a one bid auction and Paul got his £17... this time from rodmedina06. Well done to them both.But I've saved the best til last.This leather and wood captain's chair attracted a lot of attention and a lot of bids.Remember what I said about Paul's honesty and how instead of covering faults he pointed them out and explained how to deal with them? Well he's done it again here.He starts off by explaining, "I had this hand made at great expense over 20 years ago and although it has been used on and off ever since, it shows remarkably little sign of wear." So we know it's in generally good condition.But then he adds, "The only 'faults' that I can see are the cloth (canvas?) underside of the chair has come away at the front left (very easily fixed) and the top corners of the wooden arms have tiny pieces missing. Me? I would most likely use a wood plane to trim all the corners to match and that would fix that."You see. It's perfect ebay behaviour. He really is a credit to the ebay community.Paul adds that "the height is adjustable and it is a very comfortable chai[...]



February 7th

2008-02-14T08:09:07.165-08:00

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 tohttp://www.oldcopper.org/tonks.htm"If that isn't quality ebaymanship I don't know what is.[...]



February 6th

2008-02-14T06:52:27.651-08:00

On February 6th, Paul sold this old four drawer wooden filing cabinet. As I mentioned recently, Paul has started to exploit his celebrity status to make more money out of ebay and I say well done him for that. This item was listed as "Vintage Wooden Filing Cabinet property of Paul Daniels." He clearly understands that his ownership of the cabinet makes it more valuable to some... and why not. Just think of the things that will have been kept in this cabinet? Just imagine the stories this cabinet could tell?"This old filing cabinet was refurbished by my father a long time ago and now has marks and scratches but not so much as to detract from the look," writes Paul with admirable honesty. You might see the other photo and wonder about the mismatched colour. But Paul is aware of this and like the quality ebayer he is he is quick to reassure potential buyers, writing, "Don't be confused by the different colour in the close up photograph of the drawer furniture. It shows lighter in the photo because of the flash. The full image in the photograph is very close to the colour of the cabinet." Thanks Paul. That's why I love your ebaying."This is a suspended file system in the drawers and the drawers do open and close smoothly, as they should," he explains, before warning people that "One of the brass handles has been broken at some time and repaired but I think it should be taken off and mended properly by brazing or whatever they do."Even more excitingly, the item is available for collection only so whoever buys it will not just pick up a cabinet with an exciting showbiz history but will also get to visit the great man's home as well! What a bonus! As if to really make the most of the showbiz connection, Paul must have carefully selected the third photo. Is it a coincidence that he's chosen to photograph the card which makes mention of his and Debbie's fan club? I doubt it. He's too shrewd for that. And who is Mervyn? Perhaps we'll never know.Paul's last comment made me quite sad. I don't mind admitting it brought a lump to my throat. He said simply, "I'll miss it." Then why sell it? That's the sensible question anyone would ask. It obviously has huge sentimental value to the little magic man so how can he bear to part with it. I'll tell you how... because of the cash! The bidding on this item was fast and furious, I can tell you.When things get pricey on ebay they hide the identity of the bidders so I'm afraid only the winner is a known quantity. Paul set a starting price of just £10 for this item and Bidder 1 soon doubled his earnings with a £20 bid. But that was only the beginning. Bidder 2 stepped in with £27 before Bidders 3 and 4 took it all the way to £45 with some tit-for-tat bidding. Bidder 2 returned fire with £47 but Bidder 3 wasn't giving up easy and put in a cryptic £53.98. A new bidder, (Bidder 5) entered the fray and made it £75. Welcome back our old friend, Bidder 2 and £77. Bidder 5 wasn't a one-time bid Charlie and soon topped it with £85 before another new bidder joined the auction with a bid of £90.09 which was then stretched to £101. but Bidder 2 wasn't shaken off and came back in with £109. Bidder 5 showed just as much tenacity and made new bids of £120, £130, £134 and then £138 before Bidder 6 all but took them out of the game with a £155 bid. Another new bidder turned up offering £179 but they were beaten by Bidder 8 and £183. Bidder 9 must have existed but their bid is unrecorded - no doubt equalled or bettered too soon as Bidder 10 came in at £211. But then, at the last allie1971 popped up with a £216 bid winning the day. And the cabinet!What a powerhouse of an auction that was! From £10 to £216 in only 22 bids. Amazing ebay action and exactly the kind of thing that I hope will keep you coming back to Paul Daniels' Ebay Transactions. Thanks Paul.I'm sure he'll be sad to see the back of the cabinet his father refurbished many years ago and that Mervyn used to keep track of his fan-club correspondence... but I'm sure he will [...]



January 31

2008-02-01T10:30:37.130-08:00

This has been another spectacular day for Paul and his ebaying. There were three auctions and while only two of the items sold, they both went for such high prices that I think it would be unfair to characterise it as a 2-1 result. It was far better than that.All three of the posters were listed in the same fashion. Paul has got wise to the fact that his own superstar status adds value to his auctions and is exploiting it by adding links to his website and making mention of his name with each of these three listings starting in the same fashion:"Paul Daniels Posters"Over a period of 30 years Paul Daniels (for more information visit www.pauldaniels.co.uk) collected posters of anyone and anything to do with magic and magicians. In the vast majority of cases they were then preserved by having all the natural acids taken out of the paper and then they were mounted on either archival paper or cloth. Cloth was normally used on the larger posters. Even some modern posters went through this process as Paul believed that they were the ‘history’ for the future. All this work was carried out by the United Kingdom’s greatest archivists, the Public Records Office (they worked on the Doomsday Book) and therefore the starting price of even the most mundane of posters reflects the fact that you are buying ‘paper’ that will last for a very long time indeed.It's a classy listing for sure. He mentions his name, shows you where you can find out more about him in order to underline his status and then explains quite why his posters are listed at the high prices they are. Following this 'standard' opening he then describes the specific poster.Let's deal with the disappointing non-sale first of all. It's for a cabaret starring none other than Shirley Bassey and Tommy Cooper! As Paul says, "What a show this must have been. Shirley Bassey, one of the UK's greatest ever singing stars AND Tommy Cooper, the most famous of the UK's comedy magic clowns!" When he puts it like that you can't really argue. What a show! Paul goes on to explain, "This show ran for a VERY long season at the Prince of Wales Theatre and Tommy's act in this show was the basis for the recent play about him." which is a fascinating snippet of extra information but he also pointedly adds, "The show is described as being 'Gay'. How times change." with all the wit and aplomb you'd expect from the great man. He's pointing out how the word 'gay' has taken on a new meaning in recent times. Now it is used almost exclusively to refer to homosexuality. This cabaret wasn't 'gay' in that sense, it was 'gay' in the 'light-hearted and carefree' sense of the word. Paul's right, times do change! He doesn't say whether he thinks it has changed for better or worse - and that's Paul's genius. He doesn't need to explain!Oddly this was one of Paul's more reasonably priced posters with Paul listing it at £30 (+£10 p&p) and yet it still hasn't sold. Perhaps Paul should have given details on the poster's dimensions. In recent times he's been very good about this but this time he seems to be content to just show the poster photographed next to a ruler. Oh well. He did rather better with this poster for Vernon Cellsus; "The White Wizard, Magician of Excellence" As Paul puts it, "If this poster is anything to go by, he truly must have been a magician of excellence. This is one of the most powerful images I have ever owned on a poster. It is large and makes an incredible display on a large wall." Imagine that! Having only just learned of Paul's huge poster collection we now discover that this is "one of the most powerful" he has ever owned. If you ask me, this makes this poster one of the most powerful magic-related posters ever!This time Paul explains the dimensions telling us it is "Approximately 88" x 40""(inches)However, ever the honest ebayer Paul does explain the flaws of the item saying, "Note that since this poster was processed it was stored in a warehouse and sadly got some rainwater on it. T[...]



January 30

2008-01-30T08:52:15.017-08:00

(image) This has been a very successful bit of ebaytivity for Paul, very successful indeed.

This was a simple listing for a quality product that was quickly dispatched with the minimum of fuss. Perfect ebaying.

It's a Dyson Root 6, DC16, bagless, handheld vacuum cleaner that Paul originally listed for just £10 (+£10 p&P)

Apart from listing the product's features (it has 36 air watts of suction, 5 filtration levels and weighs in at only 3.3lbs) all Paul added was this:
"The only reason for selling this hardly used vacuum cleaner is that we received another one for Christmas! As you can see in the photograph, this even comes in the original box!" which raises the tantalising question as to who would buy Paul and Debbie a handheld vacuum cleaner for Christmas!

Anyway... the auction was scheduled to end on February 6th but it ended early because mehitabel stormed straight in and snapped it up for the 'Buy It Now!' price of £60.

Well done Mehitabel. I reckon these things are going to cost at least £80 new. And well done Paul.

I'm sure Paul will enjoy owning only one handheld vacuum cleaner for a while and I am sure he will enjoy spending his £60 too. Not a lot!



January 21

2008-01-26T16:20:07.975-08:00

(image) When an item goes unsold Paul often returns and relists. It rarely gets the desired result but it's worked this time!

His listing was identical to that which he left for his Janury 9 auction but the bidding was a relative frenzy.

The asking price was £100. The first bidder (anonymous) went to £122.85 only to be beaten by a bid of £124.85 from oldeandintheway. Well done oldeandintheway.

I'm sure Paul will enjoy spending his £122.85. Not a lot!



January 13

2008-01-26T16:58:32.239-08:00

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On January 13th Paul Daniels failed to win an auction for a refurbished HP Deskjet 1120C A3/A4 colour inkjet printer.


It was being sold by a professional company with the appropriate ebay name 'printer-trader-limited' who are an ebay power seller!

Their listing tells us that the printer has been "fully refurbished" by their "experienced HP engineers" and that it offers "fantastic colour printing" producing up to "7 pages per minute." They rightly assess that it would be suitable for "home and office use" - which sounds right up Paul's street because he no doubt wants it for his home office. (I wonder if it's something his new p.a. Kiersti has demanded?)

Their listing also says, "low low price of £59 +VAT" and lists their 0161 Manchester phone number... which makes what transpired a bit of an odd auction. It looks to me like they're offering these printers for £59.

It can't be their starting price on the auction because this auction started with a bid of £46 from funtington46, a bid that was soon overtaken by yonny_uk who took it first to £50 and then £57 before Paul stepped in and bid £61.

Which confuses me because surely that's more than they're telling people they will sell it for!

Not that it mattered because yonny_uk came back and won the day with a bid of £63 which won the day.

I'm sure yonny_uk will enjoy owning the Hewlett Packard Deskjet Printer and I'm sure Paul won't mind missing out. Not a lot!



January 12

2008-01-26T16:15:31.216-08:00

(image) My first thought when I saw this auction was that Paul was making the same mistake all over again.

It's another great looking poster. It's colourful and magic related and would look great if displayed well but there was the same lack of historical detail as we witnessed with the unsold OMO poster and it was, I thought, similarly over priced.

It is 5'(feet) x 4'(feet) in size and as with all of Paul's recently offered posters it has had the acid removed from the paper by the team at the Public Records Office!

It is for a magician called Harold but Paul doesn't offer any information about him, only saying, "the language on the poster is French."

I don't speak French but I could make a passable attempt at translating it so why doesn't Paul? Harold presents the most terrifying of experiences: The Chopper of Heads. Real reincarnation of the Torturer of Paris. It's not hard to do. Come on Paul, make an ebay-effort!

Paul was asking £100 for the poster and a whopping £15 for postage and packaging... although he does say it "will have to go by courier as the Post Office here will not accept a postal tube of this size."

Anyway... to my surprise there were two bidders. The first has remained anonymous but he came in at £101. The second has the very magical ebay screen name of roberthoudin. (Any magic fan will know of the French magician Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin who many regard as the father of modern conjuring. Houdini - who surely even non-magic aficionados have heard of named himself in honour of Robert-Houdin.)

The ebay-user roberthoudin is clearly a big magic fan and has bought many other magic related items. Which explains why he was prepared to pay £103 for Paul's poster.

I'm sure Paul will enjoy spending his £103. Not a lot!



January 9th

2008-01-26T15:57:59.009-08:00

(image) I thought Paul was on to a surefire winner when I saw this item. It's colourful, it had a great description and it relates to magic so Paul Daniels' fans were sure to snap it up.

Sadly I was wrong. I'm afraid it looks like Paul has priced himself out of a buyer here.

The poster is 5' x 4' (feet) and has been preserved by having the natural acids removed and then mounted on cloth!

It is for a magician called OMO, who Paul describes as French although he is obviously not sure about that because he then adds (Belgian?)

Paul describes it as having "drawings of various effects from his stage show" and adds that it is "a good example of the period" but he neglects to say what that period is! A schoolboy error from the master ebayer.

Paul's starting price was £100 +£5 for postage and packing. There were, sadly, no bidders.

Oh well. I'm sure Paul will enjoy his continuing ownership of his OMO poster. Not a lot!



December 8th

2007-12-16T03:11:30.351-08:00

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Oh dear, when will Paul learn. We've been here before with the books he tried to shift in September. When things don't sell the first time it's rarely worth putting them back on. Especially if you're Paul Daniels... I mean, let's assume that the items you're selling do have an audience.

So people have seen them... and rejected them. I know it's hard to take, but listing them on ebay again costs money and it just seems unlikely that they'll sell a second time... unless you change something.

Paul didn't change a thing with these three posters. (There were actually two identical Tommy Cooper posters and one two-sided Kio poster) He was looking for the same expensive starting prices that the ebay community had shunned first time round and guess what... they shunned him again. The posters remain unsold.

Let's hope that our favourite magical ebayer learns his lesson this time.

Oh well, I'm sure Paul will enjoy continuing to own two posters advertising a Tommy Cooper video and one two sided poster advertising the Russian illusionist Kio. Not a lot!



November 28th

2007-12-16T03:39:38.628-08:00

After a little ebay inactivity I'm here to tell you that Paul is back with a vengeance. What a day! Paul has been selling off magic posters from his collection. (By which I mean posters that relate to magic and not posters that possess magic properties!!) (Mind you, where Paul is concerned, you never know!)There were 8 auctions in total - count them - 8! As every listing was set out in the same way I think it's best that I first lay out the template as it were.The title for each listing is "Paul Daniels Posters" and then the name of the magician/illusionist featured. This is very crafty of Paul. He knows that he is as big a draw in the world of magic as anyone and so when someone is searching ebay for him, they are the kind of person who is likely to be interested in David Nixon, Doug Henning et al.The listing then states:"From the Paul Daniels Collection.This poster, X"(inches) by Y"(inches) is in good condition. It has had the acid removed from the paper by the team at the Public Records Office who preserve the valuable historical paper documents of the British Isles and they mounted it on archival paper using a paste/glue that can be easily removed should a better method of preservation be discovered in the future."Wow! That sounds like science fiction to me! Do the Public Records Office offer this service to anyone? If not, how did Paul get them to treat his magic posters with the same treatment as they would use for our nations history!! I mean, wow!The listing then continued with a description of the posters, details of the act featured etc. and each listing ended with the words: "The poster will be sent to the successful buyer in a postal tube." On each occasion Paul was charging £4 or £5 for postage and packaging.Right... let's get down to the nitty gritty. I'll start with the posters that didn't sell so that we can end on a high.There were two Tommy Cooper posters (pictured once) and one Kio poster (pictured twice.) Why two pictures of one poster? Because, "This rare and unusual poster is odd in that it is double sided." Very odd indeed! It would probably work though if it was blutac-ed to a window somewhere that people are likely to congregate on either side. Say a bar or launderette.I expect most people in Britain will be familiar with the work of Tommy Cooper who was more of a comedian than a magician. Perhaps that's why the two posters advertising one of his videos didn't sell. They were 23"(inches) x 16.5"(inches) and Paul was asking £20 for each of them with £5 for the postage and postal tube.I doubt many people are familiar with Kio. I'm certainly not! Paul's listing states: "This is a poster advertising the great Russian illusionist Kio (senior). It would make a great talking point in any collection or on display in your magic den." This posters is 22.5"(inches) x 32.75"(inches) and Paul was looking for a £25 starting bid and charging £5 for p&p.Now... that's the unsold items out of the way... let's get to the good stuff. "This poster, 20" x 30", is in as new condition," says Paul, before adding "The corner of the backing paper has been torn but the poster is undamaged." He then goes on to describe the poster saying "This is a colourful poster advertising the most popular magician of the 1960s to 70s, David Nixon, who made his 'fame' on television. Like most summer season posters it also lists the supporting acts: Alan Randall; Lee Wilson; Tony Venner; The Anderson Sisters, and they were all appearing at the Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth (One of Britain's top resorts)"I'm not sure why Paul puts the word fame in inverted commas like that. David Nixon's fame was very real. (Although he was not averse to using the odd camera trick which I imagine would be frowned upon today!) Note that he was the most popular magician of [...]



Debbie becomes an ebayer!

2007-10-18T03:55:36.564-07:00

Great news! Debbie McGee has joined ebay and has completed her first sale. To commemorate, I have set up a sister blog which I'm calling, Debbie McGee's Ebay Transactions.

I hope to see you there! I'm sure you'll like it. Not a lot!



September 15th

2007-09-15T18:32:22.037-07:00

Well, it's been yet another disappointing day on ebay for Paul with 8 auctions and only 2 sales!This is especially surprising given some of what I have learned about Paul and his ebay expertise lately - but more on that later.First up was The Complete Guide To Airbrushing Techniques And Materials by Judy Martin.Paul described the book well saying, "Although this book is used it is in excellent as new condition. Approx 11"(inches) x 8"(inches) in size and containing many photographic examples of this art. Over 250 illustrations and 20 step by step examples."This is the second book on the subject that Paul has recently tried to shift. He failed to sell The Advanced Airbrush Book on two separate occasions (Sept2,Sept9) which left me doubtful on this book but amazingly ebay user martin2843 stumped up the £5 (£3 p+p) he was asking.Next up was No Room For Secrets the autobiography of sexy lady actress Joanna Lumley. Paul probably had good reason to expect a sale here as his copy of Joanna's Absolutely Fabulous co-star, June Whitfield's biography sold recently (Sept2)Paul was asking only £5 for June's book (which had been read twice) but went up to £6 (+£3 p+p) for Joanna's. While he went to great lengths to "sell" June's with an extensive write-up of her talents in his listing with Joanna's he simply says, "9.5"(inches) x 6.5"(inches) in as new condition." I think Paul might have priced himself out of the market here. Some simple research has revealed that, according to amazon.co.uk, there are 62 copies of the hardback edition available used and new through their "marketplace" for as little as 1p! Perhaps if Paul had set no lowest bid in place he might have attracted some bidding and in the heat of an auction who knows where things will go... but when the book is £5.99 more than can be found elsewhere, what chance have you got? (None)Next came Close To The Edge, the autobiography of cheeky comedian Jim Davidson.Paul obviously felt that Jim didn't have the same appeal as Joanna Lumley and priced the book at £5 (+£3 p+p) but this book (for which he used exactly the same description; "9.5"(inches) x 6.5"(inches) in as new condition.") has also gone unsold.(On amazon, there were 41 used and new copies going for a penny. Crikey!)Yet another showbiz biography next. This one from Tim Rice (he wrote musicals and is a "Grumpy Old Man" (in the TV show, "Grumpy Old Men".)His book is called Oh, What A Circus and is described by Paul as, guess what, yes; "9.5"(inches) x 6.5"(inches) in as new condition." There is some insight into how highly Paul regards some other celebrities here as this book was priced up at the same level as Joanna Lumley's book (£6 (+£3p+p))Obviously Paul rates Joanna Lumley and Time Rice rather more than he does Jim Davidson! But the public didn't agree and it went unsold. (35 used and new copies available on amazon from £1.96)The next item moves away from showbiz and into the world of motor cruising. It's Motor Cruising by Peter Cumberlidge."This book, 9.5"(inches) x 8"(inches) is in very good condition and covers types of boats, financial aspects, choosing equipment, handling, basic navigation, weather and sea conditions and much more" wrote Paul, who lives besides the Thames and has owned several boats in his time. (Including a 1930 mahogany and elm canoe! It is 7.5 metres long and seats 7 adults and can run for 8 hours on its electric batteries. The boat is called The Lovely Debbie McGee! (like his wife.)) Paul recently (Sept9) tried to sell The Encyclopedia of Yachting and found nobody was interested and it seems this maritime tome has now met the same fate. No bidders came in at Paul's asking price of £4 (+ £3p+p)I would have expected the next book to do well as it is relate[...]



September 9th

2007-09-09T09:29:47.658-07:00

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(image) Oh dear. What can I say? This has to be one of the least successful days of Paul's ebay life so far as he had several auctions ending today and found not one buyer.

You might be forgiven for thinking I am repeating myself but I'm afraid it is Paul who is repeating himself by relisting the items that he failed to sell on September 2nd. The books were:
The Advanced Airbrush Book by Cecil Misstear with Helen Scott-Harman, Saucy Seaside Postcards by Alan Wykes, The Encyclopedia of Yachting by Peter Johnson and Design and Sell Toys Games & Crafts by Filis Frederick.

Paul did originally have two copies of the Saucy Seaside Postcard book and he listed them both on the same day. One sold, the other didn't.

The other three books were all left on the shelf (as it were) when Paul listed them the first time so I really don't think he should be surprised that they failed to sell this time - especially when he did nothing to "jazz up" the listings or change things in any way.

Come on Paul! You're an expert ebayer and I'm sure you can do better than that.

There's simply no point in me listing any of the details as they are all identical to those given on September 2 when these items were first listed so I hope you'll forgive me for aggregating the information. All the books were listed for either £4 or £5 (the book about games and toys was the cheaper one, all of the others were a fiver) and the postage costs were either £3 or £3.50 (the yachting book was £3.50, all the others were £3) so it would have cost someone £19 + £12.50 to get hold of all the books.

Will Paul relist the books. Will he continue to chase this £19 profit or will he admit defeat and move on? I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.

In the mean time I'm sure Paul will enjoy owning his books for just a little longer. Not a lot!



September 4

2007-09-04T09:53:54.352-07:00

It's another day of mixed ebay fortunes for the magic man Paul Daniels. Yet more books; some sold, others less so. In other words, not.First up is Monty Python's Big Red Book (Special Harback Edition) which is, as Paul notes in his ebay listing, not red and not a hardback. Paul rightly notes that these are clues to the "madness and silliness inside" and adds, "apparently all the Python team contributed to these pages that will lead you into a world of utter loonacy."(sic) and also gives us the all-important dimensions saying, "Approximately 11"(inches) x 9.75"(inches) and about 1/4"(inch) thick, the book has faded somewhat, but not the humour."Paul was asking only £3 (+ £3 p+p) for this classic title and I am amazed to see that it did not sell.As Monty Python might say, "This is a dead auction! It is no more! It has ceased to be! It's expired and gone on to meet it's maker!" He had better luck with this book from another lunatic comedy team of yesteryear; The Goodies!The Goodies Book of Criminal Records is described by Paul as having "one of those stiffish soft covers" and he notes that it is "full of the same idiocy as the Goons and the Python teams came up with."He seems keen not to mislead people about the literary merits of the book, although anyone familiar with the Goodies will hardly need telling that "it is a great book to dip into, have a laugh, and move on. This is not War and Peace!"Dimensions-wise Paul tells us the book is "Approximately 11"(inches) x 9.75"(inches) and about 1/4"(inch) thick" and he adds that "the book has faded somewhat, but not the humour"He was asking £3 (plus £3 p+p) for this one as well and this time he made his money with ebay user dave9g84 snapping up the tome as the only bidder. Goodie for him. Goodie, goodie gum drop! Paul's final auction of the day was this item which had been relisted after failing to sell on August 27. Paul obviously didn't think there was anything wrong with the listing as he left it unchanged for this second attempt - unfortunately keeping his mistake in mis-spelling the author's name. Once again, anyone searching ebay for works by Gordon Cruickshank won't have found this book which was, according to Paul, by Gordon Cruikshank! As Homer Simpson from The Simpsons might put it, "Doh!"Three auctions and one sale! Oh dear. Come on Paul, pull your ebay socks up!Still, I'm sure he will enjoy spending the £3 earned out of his Goodies sale. Not a lot![...]



September 2

2007-09-02T09:59:38.045-07:00

On reflection I think this will go down as a bad day for Paul Daniels and his ebay transactions.I mentioned in my last post that he had listed some more books and indeed in total he had six auctions set to end today. Sadly, 4 of the items have gone unsold while the 2 that have been bought have gone to the sole bidders. It's not what I'd call "classic ebay action."The first item is Saucy Seaside Postcards by Alan Wykes. Paul listed it in his usual way, wisely ignoring the rules of grammar, to giving the book's dimensions (in inches) as well as a good, fair description of the contents: "this 10" x 7.5" hardback book, 132 pages, is in Very Good Condition shows a multitude of postcard illustrations whilst at the same time discussing their history and development."Paul went on to explain the original publisher and cover price of the book when it was published in 1977 although to be honest I can't work out who the publisher was."Original price, when published by Dolphin was £12.95. Originally published in 1977 by Jupiter books."Which one was it Paul? Dolphin or Jupiter. I'm confused. Luckily ebay user pmmunitt wasn't confused and he paid £5 plus £3 postage costs for the saucy seaside postcard book.Peculiarly, the second item Paul had up for sale was also a copy of Saucy Seaside Postcards by Alan Wykes. My initial feeling was that Paul must have made a mistake and listed the same item twice but that appears not to be the case.Everything about the listing was identical. I'm guessing Paul did it as a "cut and paste" job - a phrase that anyone familiar with computers will recognise.To me this is a schoolboy error in ebay terms. What if there were two ebayers keen to get hold of the Saucy Seaside Postcard book? If there were only one available Paul might have been able to get them into a bidding war, pushing up the sale price. Then he could have listed the second book. Price is related to supply and demand and in listing two identical items at the same time Paul was upping the supply - which any economist knows lowers the price.As it happens it had no ill-effect because there was only one bidder and this second copy went unsold. We are left to wonder why it is that Paul has two copies of such an esoteric book? Maybe he was given them as presents? We will probably never know. Paul's running total: a profit of £5.Next up - and I will save you the intrigue, it didn't sell - is Design and Sell Toys, Games and Crafts by the strangely named Filis Frederick.Like the Saucy Seaside Postcard books this was first published in 1977.Paul was very keen that potential buyers were not put off by the cover saying: "This book, 10"(inches) x 7"(inches), suffers from having quite a childish dustcover, whereas it is a really useful book of advice on the 'business' behind Toys and Games and Crafts. It has chapters on What makes a Good Game; a Good Toy; a Good Craft, how to get new ideas, how to make good models and write good directions and instructions, how to test the product and how to protect your ideas and so on. This is a gold mine of the business of creativity.The book is in good condition with some fading of the dustcover"Believe me, when someone as creative as Paul Daniels says that this is a goldmine of "the business of creativity" it must be one hell of a book.Paul's running total: £5. Next up is The Advanced Airbrush Book by Cecil Misstear and Helen Scott-Harman.It seems likely that Paul has been quite a serious photographer in his day as we know that on March 20, 2006 he sold two Mamiya cameras, turning a profit of £328.80 in the process. (Those were halcyon days!) Perhaps this interest in photography explains why he once treasured [...]



August 29th

2007-09-17T03:37:42.758-07:00

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On the 29th August, Paul Daniels successfully bid for an erotic mermaid wood netsuke. "What's a netsuke?" I hear you cry. I asked that question myself. Luckily the seller, ebay user mokrat4, explains exactly what one is in his listing for the item.

"Netsuke's originated in Japan and came into being over 300 years ago. The Kimono (traditional Japanese dress) had no pockets so the people carried a small hanging object - AN INRO- to keep all their possessions in. The INRO had drawstrings to keep it closed and to attach it to the wearers waist. The toggle which secured the drawstrings to the waist was known as the NETSUKE and was both functional and aesthetically pleasing.The OJIME (sliding bead) was strung to the cord between the netsuke and the INRO to tighten or loosen the opening of the INRO.... NETSUKES were made from wood / bone or ivory and were probably always delicately carved. This required enormous skill and craftmanship from the carver. As time went on the carvers became famous for their originality and imagination and often they signed their work in respect to this."

Hmmm... so, without wishing to be disrespectful to any Japanese readers it seems that a netsuke is a... erm... toggle!

The seller has written a long and forceful description and really gone on the hard sell but I have to take issue with him/her over one thing. They describe the Netsuke as being a "beautifully carved and erotic wood netsuke of a half naked erotic mermaid posing with her long fin." Now, let's ignore the double use of the word "erotic" and instead focus on the description? Is she really "half naked?" I don't think so. She is a mermaid. She is half-human and half-fish but both halves are fully naked.

Anyway, the seller really went to work providing practical details, ("the piece on offer here is 5.5cm in length"/"the netsuke is signed by the artist") as well as pure salesmanship, ("the detailed work on both the mermaids body, face and tail is exceptional"/"these pieces will probably increase in value over time so there is an investment opportunity")

Hmm... well, I suppose one has to admire the seller's listing technique. Whether Paul bought it as an investment or because of the carving's erotic appeal we can only guess at. What I can tell you is that he was the only bidder and that he paid £4.99 for the item plus £2.75 for postage and packaging.

I'm sure Paul will enjoy his 5.5cm long, Japanese carving of a completely naked mermaid. Not a lot!



August 27

2007-09-05T09:32:54.512-07:00

Well Paul has been a busy little ebayer. I knew it was coming because on August 11 Paul wrote on his very own blog "The problem with books is when you unpack them (I haven't seen these for 10 years) you HAVE to look through them. I sorted them into Keep; Charity Shop; eBay; and so on."I'm sure you can imagine how that whetted my whistle. I couldn't wait for the magic man's next bout of ebay action.I didn't have to wait long and he soon had some of those books up for sale.The first is called Empires, Hippodromes and Palaces. It is written by Jack Read (surely, he should be called Jack Write!) and has a foreword from radio funnyman Roy Hudd. It is 9.5"(inches) x 6.5" and Paul proudly declared that it is in excellent condition with only a slight curling of the dustcover. The book tells the story of Frank Matcham, who Paul says was the greatest theatre designer and architect of all time. As you'd expect it contains many photos of his creations but Paul was also keen to point out that there are many photos of the artists who worked in them. A great find for a theatre buff that's for sure. Paul had what I thought was a steep asking price of £5 and £3.50 p+p but I suppose he must feel like he got burned over the recent glass-bowl-with-swirling-design-sold-for-99p debacle.It was sold to the one and only bidder; tattyratty who must be delighted to be buying a theatrical book from one of the countries leading practitioners of the theatrical arts!Next up was a book with the racy title, The Ultimate Seduction by Charlotte Chandler. Don't worry, it isn't Paul revealing the secret methods he used to woo the magical beauty Debbie McGee, it's actually a selection of celebrity interviews.Paul makes it clear that in this book the celebrities are people who've really earned the title and are not what he dismisses as "TV 15 minute wonders." And he's not wrong, Woody Allen, Charlie Chaplin, Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Alfred Hitchcock, Henry Moore, Laurence Olivier, Pablo Picasso, King Vidor, Mae West and Tennessee Williams are all in there. (To be honest, I have no idea who King Vidor is or what he has done to "earn" his celebrity, but that's just splitting hairs.) Here's a top tip for any ebayer - use a bit of wit. Paul certainly does. "The dustcover paper sleeve is slightly... dusty... so it has done its job." See what I mean... by using a gag he has turned the negative (a dusty dust cover) into a positive (it's done its job.) Well done Paul.I'm amazed this item didn't start a bidding war, but no, it sold to its one and only bidder for the princely sum of £5 (+£3.50 p+p) but this time the lucky reader was thebubba666. 666! Yikes! Still, that sets Paul up with a running total of £10.The next book was called For Millionaires Only so maybe it wasn't bought because people assumed that unless they were millionaires it wasn't really for them. You don't get many millionaires hanging about on ebay after all! (Except Paul Daniels, of course!) But actually this book by Gordon Cruickshank is all about the world's most glamorous cars. It shows you the history and lifestyle that goes with the most expensive cars and features many beautiful photographs. It is 9"(inches) x 11.5" and Paul adds "apart from some curling and dust on the dustcover, is just about as new."Why Paul chose not to do the dustcover gag on this listing is a mystery and might go some way towards explaining why the book didn't sell. Maybe it's because the book was published in 1993 and the world of millionaire's cars has moved on significantly since then. Maybe it's because Paul misspelled the author's name wrong in the lis[...]



August 26th

2007-09-18T02:32:56.319-07:00

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On August 26th, Paul Daniels bid for, but did not win, a remote control for a Nintendo Wii.

I think the seller !etty1978 did very well here. They know they have a highly desirable item and they know how to market it. They put this up for a one day auction and at a starting price of 99p! Within 24 hours it had gone up to £18.25! That's top quality ebaying.

Their listing gave all the vital information telling us that it was a "brand new and sealed Wii remote" and a "PAL - UK version" that "has never been used or taken out of the packet." They added that it "comes with 2 new batteries so is ready to play immediately" but also alerted people to the fact that it "does not inlcude the wii Play Game as they are being sold in another auction."

I like this listing. There's no room for confusion. No one who has a non PAL console can complain that it's the wrong remote. Nobody can complain that they thought it was the game they were buying. It is what it is and it says what it is. And it paid off.

The starting price was 99p but pearson081701 came in with a bid of £2.21. Paul was having none of that and upped it to £12.25, a bid that was later pushed to £14.75 before being usurped by adturb's bid of £16. Paul retaliated with £16.25 but he was fighting a losing battle an with only minutes to go, laurawilliams21 came in with £17.25 and then, ten seconds before the auction's end, lissigibson won the day with a bid of £18.25.

Five bidders, seven bids... it really was top ebay action. !etty1978 gave lissigibson great feedback saying, "Fast payment, a pleasure to sell to! Please call again" but I'll bet that what makes lissigibson really happy is the knowledge that she beat Britain's best magician in an ebay auction.

I'm sure Paul will enjoy the knowledge that lissigibson now owns a Wii Remote Control and he doesn't. Not a lot!



20th August

2007-09-05T09:30:45.882-07:00

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If you ever see Paul perform live there's a very strong chance that you will see him do something pretty remarkable with a lemon and an orange - it is, I believe, one of his strongest illusions. But I was unaware that he had any particular interest in fruit.

Well he obviously has. Hence his latest ebay purchase: The Fruit Expert by Dr. D. G. Hessayon. The book claims that it is the world's best selling book on fruit.

It was sold by bonzopepi who I think could learn a lesson or two from Paul about how to sell on ebay. His simple listing said simply: Brand new book. All you need to know on fruit. Any questions, please contact me!! Please see my other listings!!

Is it illustrated? Are there photos? Does it concentrate on any particular fruits? What about the more exotic fruits? He doesn't say. Still this didn't deter cannersforever from opening the bidding on August 14 with a cheeky £2.01. But Paul was a wily bidder (would we expect anything else?) and he managed to sneak in as the auction ended with a winning £2.21. With £1.99 postage and packing, Paul has managed to spend a total of £4.20 to secure his copy of the world's best selling book on fruit!

The seller was clearly delighted with Paul's ebaying and gave him great feedback saying, "100% great buyer !! fully reccomend!!!" Paul has returned the compliment with "Great service, thank you."

I'm sure Paul will enjoy learning everything he needs to know about fruit. Not a lot!



August 5

2007-09-05T09:29:37.881-07:00

There has been a long period of inactivity from Paul not just when it comes to ebay, but with all of his online existence. It seems from his blog that he has been suffering from a thyroid complaint. I was worried for a while when Debbie (his wife) posted an update on his site to reveal that, at one point he had even become a nightwalker on the cruise ship they were on. The image of little Paul wandering forlornly around a boat at night still haunts me. But I'm glad to say that he appears to be on the mend. Believe me, everyone here at Paul Daniels Ebay Transactions (it's only me!) wishes you well, Paul. Get well soon.Well, there is evidence of his improvement with the placing of another item on ebay. It's a glass bowl with swirling design. Paul doesn't know too much about the item but wisely says, "The photographs say it all." - and I think he's right. I mean, just look: Paul adds, "This is a beautiful 12 inch diameter shallow bowl (2.5 inches high) having a swirling design. I know that it is quite old as it used to belong to my wife's grandmother. I am afraid that I know nothing more."In the posting options Paul decided to not post the item at all saying instead that it was available for local pick-up only. This seems to me to be a mistake from such an experienced ebayer as Paul. Maybe this is the night-walker ebaying and not the sharp as tacks magic man. It makes sense when it's an item like the cast iron lamp post, street light that he sold last August... it would be impossible to post. But with a 12 inch diameter glass bowl, while postage might have been prohibitively expensive to some it has surely reduced the potential buyers. While I would expect some people would consider the chance to visit Paul's Wargrave home would be an added bonus to the purchase there will be others who would like to buy the bowl but are just not prepared to drive to Berkshire to collect it. Hmmm. An odd choice to be sure.And no doubt this is responsible for the poor performance of what is a lovely item. There has been only one bid, from a user called numpty07 who has snapped up the bowl for a measly 99p. Imagine that! For less than a pound numpty07 has bought a lovely glass bowl with swirling design that was formerly owned by Debbie McGee's grandparents and secured a visit to Paul Daniel's lovely riverside house. (Incidentally, you'll be glad to know that his house has been undamaged by the recent floods. The garden was soaked but the house was fine. Paul also came up with the novel idea of leaving his valuables in small inflatable boats which proved invaluable in the garage where water did land.)It is too early to know if and when the bowl will be collected by numpty07 but I will do my best to keep you up to date with any information that reaches the public domain regarding this sale. I can tell you that while numpty07 has yet to leave feedback for Paul, Paul appears to be a bit unhappy with his 99p and has lashed out rather using the ebay tactic of neutral feedback saying, "An ordinary low price transaction, no comments either way." Oh Paul... I'm sure most ebayers agree, feedback shouldn't have anything to do with the price paid... it's all about how numpty07 conducted him or herself.Oh well, I'm sure Paul will enjoy spending the 99p he has earned from selling this glass bowl with swirling design. Not a lot![...]



April 15

2007-08-05T05:22:10.281-07:00

On April 15 2007, Paul Daniels sold a DVD of his children's TV show, Wizbit, about the magical character Wizbit from the planet WOW. The episode in question came from series two and was titled Punchinello.Unfortunately I cannot illustrate this entry to my blog with a picture of the DVD because Paul didn't illustrate his ebay listing with a photo saying, "There is no point in putting a photograph because we have all seen what a DVD looks like." Quite right Paul, we do.The listing is short and sweet but holds some real interest for regular visitors to this blog. It starts, unusually, with an introduction. Most people wouldn't start an ebay listing with the words, "Hello, I'm Paul Daniels" but then most people aren't selling things that relate so directly to themselves and their renown as an international entertainer.Paul's listing continues, "...I recently acquired all rights to Wizbit, the magical character from the planet of WOW. Amongst the assets were some original recordings on the old 1" tapes and I have had them copied onto DVD by a professional company. The DVD is in the UK format of DVD PAL. Each programme runs just under 10 minutes and there is one programme on each DVD. This is the first one I am releasing and dependant (sic) upon interest I may be releasing the others [...] Let me know if you have any questions - they play in a DVD player, of course. All the programmes incorporate magic and puzzles and some great characters. I think I am in all of them and Debbie is in some of them."There you go. What more could you ask? Everything is there... any bidder knows they are bidding for one DVD with one ten minute episode of Paul's great kids TV show starring himself and possibly his wife Debbie.It's interesting also to see the entrepreneurial side of Paul emerge... he has acquired the rights to his own TV show and it is he himself who has had them transferred on to the modern DVD format (albeit using a professional company.) Will future episodes be released... well, that will depend on the interest generated by this sale! How fantastic is that! Paul is a shrewd businessman indeed! Three cheers for that.So by now you are probably dying to know how the bidding went. Well, evanselec made several bids, first £3, then £4 and then £5 but never managed to wrest control away from skip-e76 who had made an earlier £5 offer. skip-e76 probably thought the item was theirs for the taking and must have been frustrated when cpellington1 swooped in with a £5.50 offer to steal it at the last. cpellington was clearly delighted by the purchase and left the feedback to prove it saying, "fast delivery, great condition, would recommend A*****" Yup, that's a whole 5 stars there!It will be interesting to see if this is enough to convince Paul to release the shows as whole series or just to release further 10 minute episodes on DVD. Perhaps a commercial distributor will swoop in and buy the series from him and save Paul the hassle of duplicating the DVDs himself. Of course, while I'm sure Paul is truthful when he says that he used a professional company to transfer the shows from tape to DVD a quick glance at my post titled March 14 tells us that he is more than equipped to duplicate copies for any other interested parties. For what it's worth, I think a whole series would probably sell for £10 or more but that £5.50 for one ten minute episode is probably a bit steep. But that is just my opinion and that is the wonderful thing about ebay. It allows sellers to find w[...]



March 14

2007-09-05T09:26:07.113-07:00

On March 14, Paul Daniels purchased a EdgeDupe 1 to 3 Pioneer 18X DVD & CD Duplicator Copier on ebay from hossam2. There were no bids as such for this item as it was bought for the "Buy it now" price of £199.95 and £29.95 postage costs for Parcelforce48.hossam2 is a registered business seller and appears to represent a business called Computer Wize.This technical looking bit of jiggery-pokery, is a standalone CD/DVD Duplicator which is said to be incredibly simple to use. It allows the user to duplicate huge quantities of DVD or CD atspeed without requiring a computer or any previous experience. The Edgedupesimply creates exact mirror images of the data on the source disc.With the EdgeDupe, users can now duplicate on demand with no minimumquantity and retain 100% confidentiality by producing in house rather than riskingusing an outsourced duplication company.It is operated by following a simple 5 step procedure: * 1. TURN THE DUPLICATOR ON * 2. INSERT THE SOURCE DISC IN THE READER (TOP) DRIVE * 3. INSERT BLANK MEDIA INTO WRITER (BOTTOM) DRIVE(S) * 4. CLOSE THE TRAYS AND PRESS COPY * 5. COMPLETED DUPLICATIONS WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE EJECTEDIt is obvious that Paul is more than capable of following these instructions and he must be happy with his DVD duplicator purchase because he has given the seller positive feedback saying "Hope to deal with you again. Thank you." Most of Paul's transactions seem to pass without him bothering to give feedback these days so hossam2/Computer Wize can be justifiably proud of this one.If you only follow this blog you might be wondering whether Paul is going to start duplicating his many horror DVDs (as backups only, he wouldn't dare to sell counterfeit goods obviously!) but if you also follow Paul's very own blog over at pauldaniels.co.uk you'll know that he has recently bought the rights to his children's telly series Wizbit and has been watching the DVDs and duplicating them.On April 17th Paul wrote about a chaotic day when there were lots of housecallers, saying:"Then the gardeners arrived. Normally there is only one but today there are two because there is a large bed to be cleared and a fence to be repaired. Speedy Iron came next, and went away just before Speedy Cleaners Team arrived.The post man came and he just beat Tesco delivery to the door.Of course I had to show them all my self parking car and all the gizmos it has on board. In between all this mayhem I was copying Wizbit DVDs and Debbie was making tea for everyone. I would have done that if only I could remember the recipe."You see! He's been copying Wizbit DVDs... and now we know what he's been duplicating them on!!Both hossam2 and Paul left positive feedback for each other with hossam2 politely saying, "hope to deal with you again. Thank you" and Paul being more effusive; "Great seller - really cares about his customers."I'm sure Paul will enjoy his Pioneer DVD duplicator. Not a lot![...]



March 8th

2007-09-17T05:13:43.814-07:00

(image) On March 8th, Paul Daniels made a very surprising ebay purchase, snapping up seven books about magic!

You might think there is nothing odd about a magician buying some magic books but bear in mind that Paul is one of the world's most well known and skilled conjurers and these are books aimed mainly at children. There is nothing in these books that Paul doesn't already know.

And to make it even weirder, two of the books are Wizbit books... the character that Paul himself created for children's television!!

The seven books were: Mickey Mouse Magic Tricks, The Usborne Complete Book of Magic, Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic, Book of Magic, The Magic Book, Wizbit Magic Games and Wizbit Instant Magic.

Why Paul was buying books that he can learn absolutely nothing from is something we can only guess at. My guess is that he is doing a shrewd bit of business. He was the second bidder and nipped in at the last to secure the books for only £3.21 and even with the heavy £9 paid for postage and packing it doesn't add up to much per book.

Now imagine if Paul was to list the items again? As a famous magician, he might attract more bidders and people might be fooled into thinking he learned his skills from the Usborne Complete Book of Magic! Suddenly the book is worth a lot more than he paid for it. Just by signing the Wizbit books they would increase in value. While he has spent only £12.21 to buy these titles, he could easily shift them for nearer £50 and you can't argue with a profit of £37.79, even if you are a TV millionaire. Now that's magic!

Of course maybe Paul was just buying them in order to get hold of copies of some Wizbit merchandise that he had perhaps lost in amongst the whirl of his showbiz heyday. That's two guesses from me now. What's your guess? Why do you think Paul Daniels bought these books? I'd love to know.

In the meantime, I'm sure Paul will enjoy his books about rudimentary magical techniques. Not a lot!



March 3

2007-08-05T05:22:58.432-07:00

There has been a long period of inactivity here at 'Paul Daniels Ebay Transactions' but that's because it's been a long time since Paul Daniels bought or sold anything on ebay. However, I'm delighted to tell you that he's got back on the ebay horse in style by purchasing this spectacular item... an unrestored, 50s vintage MOBO toy bronco tin horse!This is quite an item that Paul has snapped up because this toy horse actually walks. It works by depressing the stirrups (see picture, right) and then releasing which makes the legs move! I bet Pauls grandkids are going to love this... or will the diminutive magician be able to use it himself? Or maybe it will form part of an illusion, who knows? Paul Daniels, that's who!You'll be glad to know that this rare genuine 50s Vintage Tinplate Bronco Mobo Walking Horse that now belongs to Britain's fave illusionist is in good working condition.That said, it is unrestored so there are quite a few scrathes to the paint work and some surface rust to it. The seller, heellbound (two 'L's!!) included lots of photos with his listing which is great because then Paul and the other bidders were able to assess the state of the toy in advance and therefore make an informed decision about how much they were prepared to offer.It still has its original paintwork but it is missing the reins. It is some 30 inches high, 26.5 inches long and 20 inches in height from the ground to the saddle. The words “Made in England” are on the Saddle strap and the “MOBO” decal is on the chest & stirrupsThe listing went to great pains to point out that "IT IS ON WHEELS AND THE HORSE BRONCO’S WHEN IT IS SAT ON (BY A YOUNGSTER) & THE PEDALS ARE PUSHED. It Still works beautifully."Heellbound very wisely gave some history to the item telling us that it has been in his family for some time. It was given to his aunt, a lady who has recently celebrated her 50th birthday, many years ago when she was a small child and it was second hand even then. He'll no doubt be delighted to learn that it is in the hands of a more important family now.The postage/courier costs for the item were really quite high - £50 - but that is an inevitable function of its size and weight. However the seller did suggest that alternative arrangements could be made if the buyer wanted to collect the item in person. Alternatively he was prepared to drive it to anywhere within 50 miles of Milton Keynes for the cost of his petrol. Unfortunately for Paul, his home in Wargrave is 70.48 miles from Milton Keynes so that wouldn't have been an option.But then again, if I was the seller and I realised that if I delivered the item in person I'd get to visit Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, I don't think I'd be quibbling over an extra 20.48 miles or the petrol costs!I think it is most likely that Paul will decide to drive over himself and collect it as I know from his blog of February 28 that he has recently taken a new car for a test drive and decided to order one. He doesn't say which model it was, just that "This car seems to fit all my needs - my act goes in the back of it; on the test drive it did 51mpg; it is half electric and very quiet with zero emissions when it is at traffic lights or in jams, and so on. Sadly, the governments have not subsidised the hydrogen cell system yet, and this seems the next best bet, so I think I will order one."Obviously I'm disappointed that Paul didn't decide to purchase[...]