I'm stuck with 10,000 Lance Armstrong DVDs to shift

WHEELER DEALER: Karl Baxter wants ideas on how to sell 10,000 DVDs about Lance Armstrong. Picture: Jon Beal

WHEELER DEALER: Karl Baxter wants ideas on how to sell 10,000 DVDs about Lance Armstrong. Picture: Jon Beal

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A POOLE entrepreneur is looking for creative suggestions after becoming stuck with 10,000 DVDs featuring disgraced former US cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Karl Baxter of Wholesale Clearance UK at Willis Way bought the discs before the seven times Tour de France winner’s name was fatally tarnished in a doping scandal.

Armstrong had persistently denied rumours that he had used performance-enhancing drugs, but last August decided not to challenge the decision of the US Anti-Doping Agency to strip him of all his competitive results since 1998 – including his record-breaking run of consecutive Tour de France victories. Last week he admitted, in a two hour interview with Oprah Winfrey, that he had indeed cheated his way to all seven Tour de France victories.

A rueful Karl said: “I bought the DVDs at a good price. The idea was to sell them in small job lots so traders could go on eBay, Amazon or car boot sales and sell them on.

“There was a slight amount of risk. There was suspicion but he wasn’t admitting to it.

“I was hoping the problem would die down and I would be able to find a home for them. Now I don’t think I would get a tenth of the money back.”

Karl, who sometimes buys bankrupt stock from stores that have gone out of business, said: “This is one of the few things I’ve managed to buy that has come back to bite me. I’m paying storage on them. I’ve got a few at the warehouse to show customers.

“I could make a tower or build a big dominoes track for my three-year-old. Armstrong has had a good life for the last 20 years. I just wish he had either kept his mouth shut a bit longer or not done it in the first place.”

Armstrong, who retired in February, 2011 while facing a federal investigation into the doping allegations, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996.

Although it had spread to his abdomen brain and lungs, he recovered after aggressive treatment and set up the Lance Armstrong Foundation – now Livestrong – for cancer support.

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9:18am Mon 21 Jan 13

Controversial But True says...

Drug rehab charity?
Drug rehab charity? Controversial But True
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9:25am Mon 21 Jan 13

John T says...

Perhaps Karl could try recycling them as uppers or downers, or maybe pedal them on the Black Market!
Perhaps Karl could try recycling them as uppers or downers, or maybe pedal them on the Black Market! John T
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9:26am Mon 21 Jan 13

Hessenford says...

Always sell them off as coasters.
Bit risky buying that amount when an investigation was going on.
Always sell them off as coasters. Bit risky buying that amount when an investigation was going on. Hessenford
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9:35am Mon 21 Jan 13

mark.s says...

Make some form of art from the disks, maybe a bike?!
Make some form of art from the disks, maybe a bike?! mark.s
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9:37am Mon 21 Jan 13

Tripod says...

Rebrand them as Fiction.
Rebrand them as Fiction. Tripod
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9:41am Mon 21 Jan 13

Duckorange says...

Yeah, I know a couple of blokes who'd take 'em off your hands: Del Boy and Rodney
Yeah, I know a couple of blokes who'd take 'em off your hands: Del Boy and Rodney Duckorange
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9:49am Mon 21 Jan 13

canfordcherry says...

By this time next year we'll be millionaires Rodders!
By this time next year we'll be millionaires Rodders! canfordcherry
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9:55am Mon 21 Jan 13

sharkforsale says...

Poor Karl. Shame on Armstrong. However, Im not sure why the photographers made him crawl across the floor like Gollum? :) I am a regular, happy customer of Wholesale Clearance, but I don't think I could shift these at the local car boot! Good luck Karl :)
Poor Karl. Shame on Armstrong. However, Im not sure why the photographers made him crawl across the floor like Gollum? :) I am a regular, happy customer of Wholesale Clearance, but I don't think I could shift these at the local car boot! Good luck Karl :) sharkforsale
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9:57am Mon 21 Jan 13

Phixer says...

Del, get Rodney to hang them in the garden as pigeon scarers
Del, get Rodney to hang them in the garden as pigeon scarers Phixer
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10:00am Mon 21 Jan 13

Phixer says...

PS, you didn't expect to get sympathy from Echo readers did you??

Anyone with half a brain cell would have kept quiet about making such a silly mistake.
PS, you didn't expect to get sympathy from Echo readers did you?? Anyone with half a brain cell would have kept quiet about making such a silly mistake. Phixer
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10:07am Mon 21 Jan 13

Afcbpete says...

Phixer wrote:
PS, you didn't expect to get sympathy from Echo readers did you??

Anyone with half a brain cell would have kept quiet about making such a silly mistake.
I laughed and the only reason I laughed is, that's the sort of thing that would happen to me. You have my sympathy Karl.
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: PS, you didn't expect to get sympathy from Echo readers did you?? Anyone with half a brain cell would have kept quiet about making such a silly mistake.[/p][/quote]I laughed and the only reason I laughed is, that's the sort of thing that would happen to me. You have my sympathy Karl. Afcbpete
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10:07am Mon 21 Jan 13

l'anglais says...

Karl, is that your downhill pose?

Rather ironic, I suppose.
Karl, is that your downhill pose? Rather ironic, I suppose. l'anglais
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10:16am Mon 21 Jan 13

John T says...

l'anglais wrote:
Karl, is that your downhill pose?

Rather ironic, I suppose.
I think you will find that arms stretched is the Echo photographer's variation to arms folded for those with Armstrong enough to take the pain!
[quote][p][bold]l'anglais[/bold] wrote: Karl, is that your downhill pose? Rather ironic, I suppose.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that arms stretched is the Echo photographer's variation to arms folded for those with Armstrong enough to take the pain! John T
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10:17am Mon 21 Jan 13

In Absentia says...

A story that could have come from 'Only Fools and Horses'.

That's market trading, he took a punt and it failed. Never mind.
A story that could have come from 'Only Fools and Horses'. That's market trading, he took a punt and it failed. Never mind. In Absentia
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10:20am Mon 21 Jan 13

John T says...

Phixer wrote:
PS, you didn't expect to get sympathy from Echo readers did you??

Anyone with half a brain cell would have kept quiet about making such a silly mistake.
Why keep quiet, when the Echo will give Wholesale Clearance for free advertising to any dope?!?
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: PS, you didn't expect to get sympathy from Echo readers did you?? Anyone with half a brain cell would have kept quiet about making such a silly mistake.[/p][/quote]Why keep quiet, when the Echo will give Wholesale Clearance for free advertising to any dope?!? John T
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10:51am Mon 21 Jan 13

madras says...

I read that if you string them up in the garden they make good bird scarers - try touting the local allotments :-)
I read that if you string them up in the garden they make good bird scarers - try touting the local allotments :-) madras
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11:04am Mon 21 Jan 13

ian_the_bute says...

Hilarious ,that has made me laugh out loud . What a lovely Monday
Hilarious ,that has made me laugh out loud . What a lovely Monday ian_the_bute
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11:12am Mon 21 Jan 13

large_cheese says...

Lucky he didn't buy that job lot of suntan lotion that expires Feb 2013!
Lucky he didn't buy that job lot of suntan lotion that expires Feb 2013! large_cheese
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11:15am Mon 21 Jan 13

The Renegade Master says...

Do you drive a yellow Reliant Robin by any chance?
Do you drive a yellow Reliant Robin by any chance? The Renegade Master
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11:18am Mon 21 Jan 13

Ex-pat, thankfully says...

sharkforsale wrote:
Poor Karl. Shame on Armstrong. However, Im not sure why the photographers made him crawl across the floor like Gollum? :) I am a regular, happy customer of Wholesale Clearance, but I don't think I could shift these at the local car boot! Good luck Karl :)
haha, my favourite comment of the day :-)
[quote][p][bold]sharkforsale[/bold] wrote: Poor Karl. Shame on Armstrong. However, Im not sure why the photographers made him crawl across the floor like Gollum? :) I am a regular, happy customer of Wholesale Clearance, but I don't think I could shift these at the local car boot! Good luck Karl :)[/p][/quote]haha, my favourite comment of the day :-) Ex-pat, thankfully
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11:22am Mon 21 Jan 13

Couchy125 says...

What ever you do Karl. Don't go on dragons den. I'm out.
What ever you do Karl. Don't go on dragons den. I'm out. Couchy125
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11:37am Mon 21 Jan 13

mattbo says...

shame he didnt give them to ppl at xmas as a free gift or next time u sell something or items use them as a free gift, if nothing else works i expect tescos would buy them for there next batch of economy burgers
shame he didnt give them to ppl at xmas as a free gift or next time u sell something or items use them as a free gift, if nothing else works i expect tescos would buy them for there next batch of economy burgers mattbo
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11:56am Mon 21 Jan 13

Frank28 says...

Entrepreneur!!! Re-Cycle them!
Entrepreneur!!! Re-Cycle them! Frank28
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12:00pm Mon 21 Jan 13

BarrHumbug says...

"I bought the DVDs at a good price"
Good price, I wonder why that was?
"There was a slight amount of risk"
I would say a big risk, unless you were going to shift the lot straight away?
Maybe you could try suing him like the papers and sponsors are attempting?

Oh well you have always got 10,000 black DVD cases you could always flog? Be quick though burning DVDs is on the way out now in preference of cloud and nas storage.
"I bought the DVDs at a good price" Good price, I wonder why that was? "There was a slight amount of risk" I would say a big risk, unless you were going to shift the lot straight away? Maybe you could try suing him like the papers and sponsors are attempting? Oh well you have always got 10,000 black DVD cases you could always flog? Be quick though burning DVDs is on the way out now in preference of cloud and nas storage. BarrHumbug
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12:02pm Mon 21 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

Who knows? There might even be a surge in interest now!
Who knows? There might even be a surge in interest now! speedy231278
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12:04pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Bliggo says...

It's always a great idea to publicise your failures.
It's always a great idea to publicise your failures. Bliggo
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12:06pm Mon 21 Jan 13

uvox44 says...

one thing Armstrong certainly got right was the title of his autobiography "It's not about the bike" !
one thing Armstrong certainly got right was the title of his autobiography "It's not about the bike" ! uvox44
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12:07pm Mon 21 Jan 13

cherrygood says...

This dvd came out over six years ago, so without the recent headlines he would have struggled to shift them on in anycase.

But with all the controversy and Armstong getting all this media attention right now I would have thoughts his chances of selling them would have increased.

Suggest he moves them out of the factual section and into the fiction section first!
This dvd came out over six years ago, so without the recent headlines he would have struggled to shift them on in anycase. But with all the controversy and Armstong getting all this media attention right now I would have thoughts his chances of selling them would have increased. Suggest he moves them out of the factual section and into the fiction section first! cherrygood
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12:27pm Mon 21 Jan 13

boyerboy says...

Phone AFC Bournemouth and offer them a swop for Wes Thomas- they will snatch your hand off.
Phone AFC Bournemouth and offer them a swop for Wes Thomas- they will snatch your hand off. boyerboy
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12:31pm Mon 21 Jan 13

The Liberal says...

A description of The Science Of Lance Armstrong DVD from another website: “The viewer is introduced to the F1 Team the people who work with Lance on the road or developing new strategies in laboratories.”
 
No kidding!
A description of The Science Of Lance Armstrong DVD from another website: “The viewer is introduced to the F1 Team the people who work with Lance on the road or developing new strategies in laboratories.”   No kidding! The Liberal
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1:18pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Huey says...

There should be two cycling competitions - one normal and drug free, and another where cyclists can neck as many uppers and inject as many barbs as they want.
Just for fun.
There should be two cycling competitions - one normal and drug free, and another where cyclists can neck as many uppers and inject as many barbs as they want. Just for fun. Huey
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1:20pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Molecatcher says...

Why not do what I did... Go to your favourite search engine and type in 'things to do with old cds'. One of the top answers is:

http://www.hintsandt
hings.co.uk/musichal
l/cdroms.htm
Why not do what I did... Go to your favourite search engine and type in 'things to do with old cds'. One of the top answers is: http://www.hintsandt hings.co.uk/musichal l/cdroms.htm Molecatcher
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2:10pm Mon 21 Jan 13

poolepaul says...

Fair play to Lance Armstrong for riding a bike on drugs. I tried it once and hit a dog and fell off.
Fair play to Lance Armstrong for riding a bike on drugs. I tried it once and hit a dog and fell off. poolepaul
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2:43pm Mon 21 Jan 13

RageAgainstTheMachine says...

He has them on his website for sale at 25 grand lol I nearly choked.....and wet my self!
He has them on his website for sale at 25 grand lol I nearly choked.....and wet my self! RageAgainstTheMachine
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2:56pm Mon 21 Jan 13

The Liberal says...

RageAgainstTheMachin
e
wrote:
He has them on his website for sale at 25 grand lol I nearly choked.....and wet my self!
With a 'potential profit' of £174,900! LOL
[quote][p][bold]RageAgainstTheMachin e[/bold] wrote: He has them on his website for sale at 25 grand lol I nearly choked.....and wet my self![/p][/quote]With a 'potential profit' of £174,900! LOL The Liberal
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2:57pm Mon 21 Jan 13

manyogie says...

Bird scarer`s
all my old cd`s do that
hung from a tree
Bird scarer`s all my old cd`s do that hung from a tree manyogie
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3:01pm Mon 21 Jan 13

John T says...

RageAgainstTheMachin
e
wrote:
He has them on his website for sale at 25 grand lol I nearly choked.....and wet my self!
You forgot too add, (or were to p.issed to add!) that his website offers them for sale at the bargain job lot price of £25000....with a potential profit of £1,74,900 (sic).
[quote][p][bold]RageAgainstTheMachin e[/bold] wrote: He has them on his website for sale at 25 grand lol I nearly choked.....and wet my self![/p][/quote]You forgot too add, (or were to p.issed to add!) that his website offers them for sale at the bargain job lot price of £25000....with a potential profit of £1,74,900 (sic). John T
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4:53pm Mon 21 Jan 13

EGHH says...

He has future that boy in banking. Tell you what, give mortgages to those who can't afford to repay them. Oh its been done already, never mind.
He has future that boy in banking. Tell you what, give mortgages to those who can't afford to repay them. Oh its been done already, never mind. EGHH
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5:02pm Mon 21 Jan 13

John T says...

EGHH wrote:
He has future that boy in banking. Tell you what, give mortgages to those who can't afford to repay them. Oh its been done already, never mind.
It's still being done, but it won't stop his potential for a banker's bonus, will it?
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: He has future that boy in banking. Tell you what, give mortgages to those who can't afford to repay them. Oh its been done already, never mind.[/p][/quote]It's still being done, but it won't stop his potential for a banker's bonus, will it? John T
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6:04pm Mon 21 Jan 13

CoogarUK.com says...

If he was that keen to offload them, maybe some contact details should be provided above. I'll offer 1p each, as long as they're brand new, sealed and in good, saleable condition. Serious offer: £100 for the lot.
If he was that keen to offload them, maybe some contact details should be provided above. I'll offer 1p each, as long as they're brand new, sealed and in good, saleable condition. Serious offer: £100 for the lot. CoogarUK.com
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6:23pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Philip.J says...

Perhaps he could sell them to A street Pedlar.
Perhaps he could sell them to A street Pedlar. Philip.J
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6:41pm Mon 21 Jan 13

alasdair1967 says...

large_cheese wrote:
Lucky he didn't buy that job lot of suntan lotion that expires Feb 2013!
Now what part feb does that run out lol seeing as I'm off on my hols at start feb for a fortnight maybe I could sell it on to the egyptians
[quote][p][bold]large_cheese[/bold] wrote: Lucky he didn't buy that job lot of suntan lotion that expires Feb 2013![/p][/quote]Now what part feb does that run out lol seeing as I'm off on my hols at start feb for a fortnight maybe I could sell it on to the egyptians alasdair1967
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7:16pm Mon 21 Jan 13

BIGTONE says...

They make good table leg levellers.
They make good table leg levellers. BIGTONE
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8:52pm Mon 21 Jan 13

High Treason says...

No way is he an entrepreneur.
The person who sold them to him is an entrepreneur and saw him coming..
No way is he an entrepreneur. The person who sold them to him is an entrepreneur and saw him coming.. High Treason
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9:27pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Wageslave says...

madras wrote:
I read that if you string them up in the garden they make good bird scarers - try touting the local allotments :-)
Tried that , it only fools the pidgeons for about a week.Even they are brighter than poor Karl.
[quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: I read that if you string them up in the garden they make good bird scarers - try touting the local allotments :-)[/p][/quote]Tried that , it only fools the pidgeons for about a week.Even they are brighter than poor Karl. Wageslave
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9:29pm Mon 21 Jan 13

The Timelord says...

manyogie wrote:
Bird scarer`s
all my old cd`s do that
hung from a tree
Keeps the birds away cos they don't like the music!
[quote][p][bold]manyogie[/bold] wrote: Bird scarer`s all my old cd`s do that hung from a tree[/p][/quote]Keeps the birds away cos they don't like the music! The Timelord
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9:38pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Football banning order yob says...

What a stupid photo!
What a stupid photo! Football banning order yob
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10:05pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Mikeyunibournemouth says...

As sound as Karl sells them all off at a loss we will probably find out that Armstrong wasn't guilty after all....lol
As sound as Karl sells them all off at a loss we will probably find out that Armstrong wasn't guilty after all....lol Mikeyunibournemouth
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10:25pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Ferndown Steve says...

Sell them to Lance Armstrong ! - He should buy them back - Under the 'Not fit for purpose' regulations !
Sell them to Lance Armstrong ! - He should buy them back - Under the 'Not fit for purpose' regulations ! Ferndown Steve
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10:46pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Yankee1 says...

They are a write off. Valueless. Write the loss off against your profits when you file tax.

Such is business. You take a risk. Don't expect anyone to clean up your mistake.

But the free publicity here from the ever dutiful Echo might make up for your loss.
They are a write off. Valueless. Write the loss off against your profits when you file tax. Such is business. You take a risk. Don't expect anyone to clean up your mistake. But the free publicity here from the ever dutiful Echo might make up for your loss. Yankee1
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4:19am Tue 22 Jan 13

Tom 'Boscombe' Jones says...

Is this news?
Is this news? Tom 'Boscombe' Jones
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4:19am Tue 22 Jan 13

Tom 'Boscombe' Jones says...

Is this news?
Is this news? Tom 'Boscombe' Jones
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8:07am Tue 22 Jan 13

mikeba says...

That has got to be one thick business decision ... hopefully they won`t end up with all that other market tatt down Poole High Street on a Thursday or Saturday
That has got to be one thick business decision ... hopefully they won`t end up with all that other market tatt down Poole High Street on a Thursday or Saturday mikeba
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8:13am Tue 22 Jan 13

JackJohnson says...

Trade them in with Amazon. They never miss an opportunity.
Trade them in with Amazon. They never miss an opportunity. JackJohnson
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8:27am Tue 22 Jan 13

JackJohnson says...

Just remembered.

This is for Karl. I have a job lot of Jim'll Fix It medals you might be interested in...
Just remembered. This is for Karl. I have a job lot of Jim'll Fix It medals you might be interested in... JackJohnson
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8:34am Tue 22 Jan 13

MrPitiful says...

Here you go:

http://www.musicmagp
ie.co.uk/
Here you go: http://www.musicmagp ie.co.uk/ MrPitiful
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9:19am Tue 22 Jan 13

The Liberal says...

They're not valueless, though. The going rate for DVD cases is about 15p, so this lot should be worth around £1,500.
They're not valueless, though. The going rate for DVD cases is about 15p, so this lot should be worth around £1,500. The Liberal
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12:10pm Tue 22 Jan 13

UZZY says...

Give one each to the druggies in Boscombe if theres not enough to go round some could share !
Give one each to the druggies in Boscombe if theres not enough to go round some could share ! UZZY
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1:16pm Tue 22 Jan 13

cycletourer says...

UZZY wrote:
Give one each to the druggies in Boscombe if theres not enough to go round some could share !
Went to Boscombe the other day,first time in over a year.Didnt take to long to realise why i never visit more often.
[quote][p][bold]UZZY[/bold] wrote: Give one each to the druggies in Boscombe if theres not enough to go round some could share ![/p][/quote]Went to Boscombe the other day,first time in over a year.Didnt take to long to realise why i never visit more often. cycletourer
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12:01pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Rich1978 says...

What a bunch of jokers you all are. I know other peoples misfortune can be amusing, but in a time when dozens of business are going out of business every week I feel for Karl.

I hope he manages to shift them.

The advertising from the Echo and various other sources around the UK will of course help.
What a bunch of jokers you all are. I know other peoples misfortune can be amusing, but in a time when dozens of business are going out of business every week I feel for Karl. I hope he manages to shift them. The advertising from the Echo and various other sources around the UK will of course help. Rich1978
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7:33pm Wed 23 Jan 13

bmthlad69 says...

Rich1978 wrote:
What a bunch of jokers you all are. I know other peoples misfortune can be amusing, but in a time when dozens of business are going out of business every week I feel for Karl.

I hope he manages to shift them.

The advertising from the Echo and various other sources around the UK will of course help.
£25k though lol
[quote][p][bold]Rich1978[/bold] wrote: What a bunch of jokers you all are. I know other peoples misfortune can be amusing, but in a time when dozens of business are going out of business every week I feel for Karl. I hope he manages to shift them. The advertising from the Echo and various other sources around the UK will of course help.[/p][/quote]£25k though lol bmthlad69
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