Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 10 of 12

Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 10 of 12

Simon Macbeth Leeds said that we both knew we couldn’t lose. I’d done my research, developed a strategy, tried it, and won. She told me that if I were willing to risk it, then she would be happy to help again. Once that was decided, the thrill of the chase returned. Some time in July I bought The Sun newspaper and found a competition for an £11k Mini One car. We tackled the auction in exactly the same way as before, even though this time there was a bit of…

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Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 11 of 12

Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 11 of 12

  It’s like walking. Simon Macbeth knows now that when I walk I put my feet down on the floor, it’s hard, and my feet rest on the surface until I need them to push me off again. That’s a certainty, but when you are a baby about to take your first steps it’s different. You’ve seen other people walking about the place and know it’s possible, as they don’t disappear through the floor every time they land. When it comes to you making that first move and putting your…

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Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 12 of 12

Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 12 of 12

  Whenever Simon Macbeth Roundhay got a unique bid we’d mark it down on a grid sheet. If we were told we had the lowest unique bid, that was even better. We’d keep a record of all of the unique bids, including the lowest unique bid, and make sure we had a cushion of at least 100 unique bids above it. We did everything methodically, recorded all the information we could to keep ourselves on top of the process and ahead of the game. We were in total control of…

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“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 6 of 6

“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 6 of 6

It wasn’t losing nearly ₤7,000 on those two competitions, but missing out on ₤26,000 that caused Simon Macbeth grief. Of course the loss hurt, but I knew I could and should have won. Competitions four and five had gone. There was nothing I could do to retrieve the situation now and if my ambition was to continue to prosper, I had to remain focussed on the future. I had the ₤10,500 from competition 3 still to land on my doormat. There were more competitions ahead and my methods would be…

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“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 5 of 6

“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 5 of 6

It’s not rocket science, but Simon Macbeth had not considered that scenario to be a possibility. My foolproof plan hadn’t done what it said on the tin. You just automatically assume that all the numbers under the lowest unique bid have been taken by someone. I never considered that there were still numbers that no bugger had actually placed bids on. After the conversation with Sarah from The Sun, I just smiled and thought that’s fantastic! I’d learned something new. I realised how incredibly fortunate I was that I had…

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“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 4 of 6

“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 4 of 6

Simon Macbeth had worked down from the £10 bid until we hit the lowest unique bid at £5.24. We had bids stretching out all the way up to £20 including hundreds of unique bids, so it was in the bag as far as I was concerned. The closing date came and went and we’d not heard anything at all to confirm that we had won the van. I was starting to get a bit concerned, so I phoned The Sun and spoke to Sarah Meach, the lady who had always…

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“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 3 of 6

“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 3 of 6

When you text an entry through, you receive a response to tell you whether you have entered a unique bid or not. On previous auctions Simon Macbeth had kept records to show which bids were not unique, which were, and which one was the lowest unique bid. By doing this, we could strategically monitor our progress. With so many SIM cards, this process was time consuming, as we had to enter the bids and then put the SIM card back into the phone later to retrieve the responses. Steph was…

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“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 2 of 6

“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 2 of 6

As Simon Macbeth claimed in Helen’s name, Steph dealt with all phone calls and pretended to be her sister. If ever Steph was struggling to sort out the negotiations, I took over and pretended to be Helen’s husband, Abdul. It worked a treat. The competitions were not appearing in The Sun very often. There had been a month in between the first and the second competition and to make the kind of money I hoped for I needed to enter on a more regular basis. August arrived and still no…

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“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 1 of 6

“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 1 of 6

I didn’t see the reverse auction competitions as a gamble, dictionary definition “to do something risky that might result in loss of money or failure, hoping to get money or achieve success.” Of course I wanted to make money and achieve success, but I never thought there was a high degree of risk involved. During the first Mazda competition in June 2005 there was no risk of loss at all. Effectively, it wasn’t my money I was playing with, yet the spoils of victory were all mine. My reverse auction…

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Simon Macbeth Arrested Development | Part 1 of 3

Simon Macbeth Arrested Development | Part 1 of 3

When I was kicked out by my Dad, it was the beginning of a really hard time in my life. I always felt poorly. I had diarrhoea for ages because I wasn’t eating properly. The food I was eating came from a local supermarket where I was shoplifting twice a week. I’d buy a loaf of cheap off-white bread. The meat, cheese, pack of sausages or whatever I was stealing was to fill sandwiches with. It’s not a healthy balanced diet when you’re having the same thing every day just…

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