Wednesday, March 14, 2007

March 14



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 at
speed without requiring a computer or any previous experience. The Edgedupe
simply creates exact mirror images of the data on the source disc.
With the EdgeDupe, users can now duplicate on demand with no minimum
quantity and retain 100% confidentiality by producing in house rather than risking
using 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 EJECTED

It 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!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

March 8th

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!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

March 3

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 & stirrups

The 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 a car on ebay but that is his right after all. He doesn't have to help me with this blog, he can be as selfish as he likes with his purchasing choices.


Anyway... back to the item. It was made by
D. SEBEL & CO., ERITH, KENT, ENGLAND between 1947 and 1950 (which means the listing describing it as 50s vintage was cautious at best!)

David Sebel had emigrated from Russia around 1912 and set up in partnership as a Wheelwright in East London some 9 years later.

The name 'Mobo' came from a brain-storming session when 'Mobile Toys' had been rejected.

The most well known toy they made was the BRONCO, the ride-on horse.

So, I expect by now you're wondering how the bidding went! Well, Paul really has demonstrated his ebay-mastery once more. The first bid of £20 came from creme2007 (clearly a beginner!) but that was soon pipped by catmary444 who came in with £21.05. creme2007 had another go with £23 but they soon fell by the wayside when catmary444 upped the ante with a £30 bid. This was then pushed to £35, £40 and then £44 which proved to be their limit because Paul then snapped it up for just one extra pound. (£45)

Naturally Paul received positive feedback from heellbound saying, "very fast payment, pleasure to do business with, many thanks" although Paul has disappointed us all slightly by not leaving reciprocal feedback for the seller. Maybe that will come.


It's great to think that maybe one of Paul's grandkids will soon be scooching about on the back of an old tin horse instead of sitting around playing computer games like so many yobs these days! More importantly, from an ebay-observer's perspective, it's great to have Paul back and whoever gets to ride around on the walking tin horse I'm sure it will be something they truly enjoy. Not a lot!