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Will Car Tax Discs Become Collectors' Items?

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Today I removed the now obsolete and out of date VED tax disc, protected in its plastic holder, from the windscreen of a family car.

I wondered if these paper relics of twentieth century culture might become collectible, like stamps?

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I think there have been collectors of tax discs for many years.

If I had an old classic car I'd put a vintage Guineess label in it's place, apparently that was an old trick.

I guess policemen weren't so through in those days. (Or maybe the anecdote is BS)

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Velology is the term it and it is now becoming more popular. i think teh record for the earliest tax disc was £800 ish.

Discs with the border ( selvage) still in place tend to be worth more

Christ what a nerd

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The garage up the road is still selling magnetic tax disc holders. Should I tell them?

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The garage up the road is still selling magnetic tax disc holders. Should I tell them?

No. Lurk around and tell purchasers after they've bought one. :)

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Velology is the term it and it is now becoming more popular. i think teh record for the earliest tax disc was £800 ish.

Discs with the border ( selvage) still in place tend to be worth more

Christ what a nerd

Now you tell us.

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I think there have been collectors of tax discs for many years.

If I had an old classic car I'd put a vintage Guineess label in it's place, apparently that was an old trick.

I guess policemen weren't so through in those days. (Or maybe the anecdote is BS)

I've heard this one myself. It comes from the days when coppers couldn't afford glasses and had very weak torches.

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Now that tax disk holders are notionally obsolete, I propose that they be 'repurposed'.

I forsee a thriving industry producing discs for display in windscreens, displaying obscene political messages, particularly about taxation.

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If it's old. Add the word "Vintage" and that "adds value" to the internet auction price.

Tax holder = 50p

RARE Mint Vintage Tax holder = £5

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The garage up the road is still selling magnetic tax disc holders. Should I tell them?

I got left with quite a lot in stock certainly in the tens of thousands a lot of licensed ones like The Simpsons and stuff like that, think they've been skipped now.

Despite an ostensibly sophisticated warehouse inventory system have recently uncovered a vast quantity of Robocop merchandise from when the original movie was out in the eighties. Disappointed that it seemingly won't go for much even on US ebay.com. I did encourage as much of this sort of crap being re-used internally but had to pull the plug when I found visitors were being served refreshments with Thomas The Tank Engine partyware.

Bring on the robots

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Of course. Men will collect anything! :lol:

So do women! One I now has a collection of glass paperweights! Others collect thimbles, or frog-shaped objects!

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I got left with quite a lot in stock certainly in the tens of thousands a lot of licensed ones like The Simpsons and stuff like that, think they've been skipped now.

Despite an ostensibly sophisticated warehouse inventory system have recently uncovered a vast quantity of Robocop merchandise from when the original movie was out in the eighties. Disappointed that it seemingly won't go for much even on US ebay.com. I did encourage as much of this sort of crap being re-used internally but had to pull the plug when I found visitors were being served refreshments with Thomas The Tank Engine partyware.

Bring on the robots

Wow that could be worth a lot, especially if it is unopened. The thing is, that the "market" doesn't know about it. You have to test the market with a small sample for 30 days buy it now, at a high price, and see who takes the bait. If someone buys it - well, you have a market for it! I would also look for some Robocop and toy/film/memorabilia collecting forums - they may have their own internal market place for buying and selling niche stuff. You do have to risk small in case it flops - speculate to accumulate (urghh horrible cliché).

I'll take the lot for £1 - save you the trouble! ;)

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I created a post about selling on Ebay a while ago:

I think you can learn about how markets work after looking at Ebay.

For example, let's say I have this rare object that is no longer produced, and likely never to be re-produced. Now if I want to get shot of it, I'd put it on auction for 7 days for 99p start. If it is a hot item, I might put it on for 3 days. A more illiquid item, possibly for 10 days.

If it is a very illiquid item, I might put it on for 30 days, with a "Buy it now", with the option to re-list for another 30 days for free afterwards (temporary special offer). This option is key, because this is how all the very rare expensive items list.

Let's say I have a lock of hair from Elvis - it will take time to shift it, as not everyone is looking for a lock of Elvis's hair. How much is it worth? Maybe I could put it on the website for $10,000, Buy it Now. I might be the only one with that listing, in the whole world - this puts me in a very powerful monopolistic position, because I can name my price.

Now if there are no takers, then I have a problem after two months. During that time, I may visit Elvis collector forums to "market" that listing, and to drum up interest.

If I had two locks of hair, and I knew I couldn't shift them, I would only put one listing up, to test the market. I can see how many people visited the listing, and how many have added it to their watch list.

Another strategy, is to put one lock up, and then after a while, put the second up at $20,000, double the price - this would make the first listing seem cheap, and any "watchers" would feel more encouraged to buy. If I sold the first lock, $10,000 is now the market price I have set as a transaction as taken place. Maybe a few years ago, someone else sold the same item for $20 - but now I have raised the prices for the entire market for Elvis Locks.

If I had one lock, and I was not in a hurry to sell, I could take it off the market, and re-list at a higher price (something that is going on in the London property market). This would make watchers get up and buy as the market, that I fully control, is running away from them. This won't work all the time as higher prices will bring on more supply - another person might have a box of 50 locks of hair stored somewhere deep in the loft! They as a unsophisticated seller, could flood the market and the price will crash.

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So do women! One I now has a collection of glass paperweights! Others collect thimbles, or frog-shaped objects!

The difference is that women collect USEFUL and/or BEAUTIFUL objects. ?

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Does that include men? :blink:

You beat me by 15 seconds! :huh:

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:lol:

That's the whole story of my life! I always come second.

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