If the Man Upstairs were to design a product to flip it may well be the humble book.
It is important to enjoy your successes as well as your plans. So today I reflect on four books which produced Crypto like returns!
- Easy to Pack and Ship
- Practically indestructible….
- Low customer return rates- ‘well they can always be sent to the Charity Shop….’
- Plentiful and disregarded…
We have to wind the clock all the way back to 2011….
2011- Chester, UK
It was the days before Oxfam started scanning shelves at least in that store.
I remember thinking this looks like a Trumped up Dulux colour guide complete with magnifying glass. The condition- Immaculate.
I listed it for an ambitious £ 250 and it sold within a week. Well you can imagine my reaction.
Turns out there was more to come…..
2018- Aberdeen UK
I managed to rescue this two volume set from a pile of books that were about to be discarded. It records the investigation into the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster.
The purchase was made by a local family.
This is one that hurt to part with but it was going to a good home. After the events of the next week I wished I had hung onto it.
When hunting for rare books the weirder the better:
”Anything that is teaching your grandma the Tao Te Ching while snowboarding down the Champs-Elysees.”
Sells really well.
Turns out that the originals to the Methuen Handbook of Colour were lost in a House fire !
Guess that is one investment I should have hung onto!
For the man who got right back in The Chopper.