Schemes active/complete: 35
Money made: £35.55
Not a substantial amount of activity over the past fortnight to be honest, but I’ve got some time on my hands this evening plus this marks the first moment whereabouts each scheme either active or complete has bagged me over £1 on average, so a celebratory blog post is in order. Also I have some eBay listings I want to promote to anyone who might find themselves reading this in the next 5 days, making this an actual worthwhile post. Do you like Amazon products and/or coins commemorating the 18th Century dictionary writer and Tourette’s sufferer Samuel Johnson? Then you might be able to snag an eBay bargain today, my friend – read on!
Before that I must report my other eBay news which has come as a welcome surprise, namely that my £5 note with serial number AA01 647380 actually sold for £10.50!
I posted the note to the buyer, a girl from Essex, the next day, and added £5.50 to my total project accumulations with astounded glee (the additional 2p since last posting, for any militant blog followers or HMRC staff who may be interested, was a result of the consistently gainful Scheme #61: Look down when you walk). I had sold a note of money for double its face value! Simply because of a sprinkling of alliteration on the serial number! Quite incredible.
Consequently I can state that Scheme #144: Sell some funny money – WORKS. It is possible to still make a profit on one of the new plastic £5 notes if the serial code is a rare one, even if so-called experts dismiss the idea; Pam West, Surrey-based British note dealer and an expert on the worth of printed currency who has authored tomes on the subject, told me in an email it would only be worth face value, but here’s Matt Rose now, woeful investor and hopeless spendthrift, with hard evidence to pooh-pooh Pam’s ideologies. Granted I’ve abandoned hopes of selling my AK37 & AK22 £5 notes, but I’ve still stung an Essex lass over £10 for £5 so I’m marking that scheme down as a success. Take a hike, Pam!
Optimistic that maybe I’ve actually stumbled across some entrepreneurial ambrosia here and can just start selling money for more money than that money, I have also listed a quasi-rare 50p that the vending machine shat out to me the other day:
Rather than the normal ‘tails’ on the 50p’s reverse side there’s a brief commemorative spiel for Sam Johnson, the impressive chap who wrote the first dictionary, single-handed, in the 1700s. It’s a far cry from today’s comprehensive Oxford English (he defined ‘oats’ as “a grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people”) but credit for getting his head down and churning out the basics for future dictionaries to improve upon. As a reward for his 9 years of unenviable toil, Samuel now has his name etched impossibly small upon the odd 50 pence piece here and there, and I want to cash in on this oat-definers legacy.
My 50p is listed here, currently on 99p and 0 bids but still with 5 days to run. It was Geoff at work, the kindly soul who provided me with so many receipts for Scheme #71: Scan your shopping, who advised me to list this 50p, so if nothing comes from it I will be blaming him loudly and publicly. Geoff did tell me of a chap he read about who collected and eBayed thousands of rare 50ps over a period of years at a few pence profit each, reassurance it’s not just me obsessing over online, labour-intensive schemes for minimal cash-flow.
The other item I have on eBay currently is a sort of currency in itself:
This £10’s worth of sweet Amazon consumerism was kindly sent by ShopandScan for submitting my first batch of barcodes using its little scanner gizmo. Whilst obviously I would have liked to have actually used this gift card as it was intended for and bought myself Battlefield 1 on the PS4 which I still haven’t played, I can only accept money-making-scheme revenue as cold, hard cash which is why I’m having to sell the £10 voucher for what will clearly be less than £10. That said after only a couple hours I already have a £7 bid so perhaps it’ll bizarrely shift for £25 and I’ll have another spite stick to waggle in Pam West’s frugal face.
Probably the first thing I can genuinely encourage you to partake in thus far in the blog is the ShopandScan campaign. It’s a staggeringly simple way to get your hands on £10 of Amazon jargon without fear of hospital trips or tabloid scandals – you sign up here, await your scanner in the post, rub it alongside literally any barcode on anything once, and just like that there’s a tenner in the post to you. Knowing my luck there’s some heinous unwritten complication which will make itself known in the next few weeks like I’m contractually obliged to submit 10 barcodes a day for life or the scanner gives you cancer or something, so feel free to hold off until then, but for now I can’t see any faults with this one. It’s surely a better method of achieving Scheme #71 than ReceiptHog seeing as it generated twice as much money with about 1/200th of the effort.
Not much else to report: the trigger word for confusing Qmee into rewarding me money (Scheme #16: Get paid to Google) has shifted from “Tesco” to “Deliveroo” so I’m no longer submitting daily searches for Tesco fancy dress costumes but rather local Wagamama branches, and my application to become an Amazon Mechanical Turk (Scheme #60), which I didn’t even know could get rejected, got rejected. “We regret to inform you that you will not be permitted to work on Mechanical Turk… and we cannot disclose the reason why an invitation to complete registration has been denied” was the totally helpful and unambiguous email Amazon treated me to. Thankfully there appears to be a good number of clone services also paying out which will hopefully either accept me or at least provide me a decent reason as to why not.
I know April’s blog posts are turning out to be practically as action-packed as March’s during which I didn’t post a thing, mainly as Rowena and I are trying to find a new place to live at the moment and it’s transpiring to be all sorts of shades of difficult, but do not see this as a lack of commitment to the cause! I’m nowhere near done with this 234-strong list of schemes yet. Don’t you worry – I’ll be linking you to tat I’m trying to shift on eBay for many months to come!
Schemes active/complete: 32
Money made: £23.84
Good news and bad news since my last injurious blog post, plus the usual smattering of anodyne admin news.
The bad news is unshockingly related to what has definitely become my least favourite of the money making schemes so far, the Double Dog dare app for Scheme #125. For one, I’m still slithering up and down stairs at a pensioner’s pace thanks to the torn left knee my skateboard dare resulted in – admittedly the aftercare I’m administering is a little lax, as I stopped bandaging it up after the first day because the dressings were too itchy, and it’s doubtful I’ll go to my scan on Tuesday because the hospital’s miles away and the coffee machine there is terrible. Usually when I sustain damage I exhibit the healing speed of Deadpool so I’m sure if I ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist my tattered meniscus will put itself back together shortly, it’s just an irritating thing to accidentally bang on the desk at work or have your mates buckle for a laugh.
However what has really pushed me over the edge with said app is that I left things last time with a plan which seemed to be working well. I would cast out the custom dare to throw a cactus into the air and catch it, secure in the knowledge that a cactus isn’t necessarily a common household object yet is something I have in my flat. The common reaction for most upon receiving that would be to double dare it back to myself, and as proven last time I can perform this task quickly and safely, bagging a few dollars each time. With my first patsy Frederik this worked like a charm, and I assumed that after a month of falling over and eating emetic amounts of salt I had finally discovered the way to easily milk this app for moolah.
After Frederik the cactus dare next landed upon a girl with the user name ‘scapone’. Within a minute Scapone declared the challenge done; I was concerned that of all the people in the Double Dog database it had just happened to be picked up by a botanist at a cactus nursery, but was immediately reassured when I saw her proof:
It was obvious Scapone did not own a cactus or indeed any succulent, and must be terribly ignorant to think I would accept that blurred snapshot of her sweaty palm as adequate proof of a monetary bet. I rejected her submission and it was taken to trial, where she lost, and rightly so. My belief was that once the Double Dog jury found you unfit to carry out a task it would be double dared back to the creator and so I was getting ready to pull my spine-resistant gloves on and win me some money, but instead Scapone was given another chance. This time her proof was even more pathetic, an equally nebulous video of her catching not a cactus, but a banana.
I thought this was all getting a bit embarrassing now. Chow down on that banana peel and you might be Double Dog material love, but this is a cactus-orientated dare and if you don’t own a cactus and aren’t prepared to obtain a cactus then it’s time to give up! Obviously I took Scapone’s proof to trial once again and look, what, fucking, happened, next:
You may be unsure what’s occurring in that image. I had to read it a few times over too, for I could not believe my very own eyes. I’d sent Scapone’s video to trial and the jury had sided with the tricksy banana juggler! There’d been no doubt in my mind I was about to take home another easy $2 windfall, and yet utterly unjustly I’d lost a dollar!!
This latest mockery of justice was the final straw. I instantly withdrew what money I had in my Double Dog account and deleted the app. For all the dares I’d successfully gained from (scouting out a pair of guitars, chewing on a garlic clove, etc) there were others I’d lost on (shoving a cotton bud up your nose, shaving off an eyebrow, etc) so the amount I came away from Scheme #125 with was exactly the same as that I initially deposited. I’d made a grand total of nothing, but at least I hadn’t lost anything either, besides dignity, time, leg muscle and taste buds.
If you’re intelligent enough to read words you should also be sufficiently astute to correctly predict whether or not I’m going to recommend this scheme as a money making method. For the everyday pleb like you or me you’d be better off catching pigeons, plucking them and stuffing pillowcases to sell than relying on this, or indeed any dare app/website, for financial gain. That said and as mentioned in my Pie-rate treasure post, if you’re a spunky and free-spirited young girl you can cash in on the plethora of guys who use the app as a way of getting that terrifying and elusive opposite sex to interact with them. Out of the stock dares Double Dog allows you to choose from there’s a whole category dedicated to flirting with examples such as ‘Belly dance’ and ‘Use a pickup line on me’, and I’ve seen ladies receiving $5 a time for a 2-second video of them blowing a kiss or waggling their toes. I do believe the only reason Scapone got away with the ol’ cactus-banana-switcheroo is that the nervously excited men in the jury thought “m-maybe if I vote that she did the dare she’ll maybe like me and k-kiss me..”
So that’s the bad news. Bad for me as it’s another scheme crossed off the list which has proven to be absolutely fruitless, bad for you as that scheme was one which caused me great pain and discomfort which obviously makes for pleasurable reading and has now been halted.
Before we reach the good news a few tiny insignificant updates. I’m 6p up thanks to Scheme #61, finding a penny at work and on the same day a 5p dropped by my friend Simon in the pub. He watched it fall to the ground from the lofty heights of his barstool and nestle among the detritus of fag ends and broken glass, and said if I was prepared to army crawl under the table across the soaking beer-garden ground to reach it then it was mine. So yes, 6p up there.
People for Research (Scheme #13) are being more loquacious than I expected which is a nice surprise, and nicer still the trials don’t seem egregious in the slightest. Most recently I’ve been told I could stand to earn £120 for just a 90 minute chat about “my aim”; it’s unlikely I’ll even be chosen as I participate in no such sports as archery or clay pigeon shooting and the only occasion on which I even think about aiming is when lazily trying to minimize the amount of piss which ends up on the toilet seat, but it’s still promising that these opportunities are presenting themselves at such regular intervals.
I’ve had no enquirers biting my hand off for the AK37 serial number £5 note (Scheme #144), but it’s here we sneak into the good news. Firstly, thanks to a different bus driver this time, I now have a £5 with a code commencing AK22, and this is an actual gun type!
Like its AK37 brother this went straight on sale via Gumtree and swiftly garnered interest, namely from a Liam who asked if I would trade it for an AK47 note. The AK47s seem to be the most valuable of the artillery-themed £5 note clan so I eagerly took him up on his offer and await to hear back.
Liam’s email was gratefully received if anything to reassure myself I wasn’t completely mad and alone in still believing that some fivers are collectible due to their serial numbers. I guarantee you when the batch number reaches BJ69 we’ll see some more plastic fives going for more than face value, that’s a bonafide Matt Rose financial forecast. Until then, with our new dodecagon £1 coins entering circulation next month for the purpose of winding up counterfeiters, it’s worth keeping an eye on your old-school circular nuggets as some will be much more valuable than others when they’re antiques. Here’s a handy reference chart:
Actual monetary advice supported by charts! I bet you weren’t expecting that from a project blog of mine. It’s certainly surprised me.
But the main piece of good fortune to float my way was on Friday night. I’d already procured 6p as mentioned previously plus my Receipthog had gorged well all day (Scheme #71) so I was in a fairly chipper mood. I was at the bar drunkenly ordering a round of San Miguels and saw the bar staff approaching with my change, genuinely thinking to myself ‘I hope I don’t get an uncommon £5 note, I’ll probably get pissed and spend it on tequila!’, when what gets slapped down in front of me:
Boom!! An AA01! The holy grail! One of the first million to be circulated! Some clumsy eBaying whilst pissed had me believe for a while that I could sell this baby for several thousands before some more precise eBaying while hungover the next day informed me it might fetch £20 if I was lucky.
I popped it onto Gumtree instantly; I know eBay is going to be a simpler method of shifting these but I’m sticking with Gumtree for the time being as I’m keen to meet the buyer in person and find out exactly why they’re willing to spend over £5 on £5. As well as offering it to the public I also let a trade professional know in the shape of Pam West, British banknote buyer & seller. It was Pam whose dispiriting quote I used in a previous post “AK47 notes… do not actually sell,” and she continued to resolutely crush my spirit as when I fervently emailed her with news of my AA01 acquisition she told me “unfortunately a folded note may only be worth face value”. Of course my fiver was folded, it had been passed between Wetherspoon till, punter and fruit machine for Lord knows how long, so I decided to ignore Pam’s professional advice. As the Devil as my witness I will get that AA01 note sold!
Schemes active/complete: 30
Money made: £23.78
Into the twenties now! I could afford to purchase a reasonable blender with that sort of moolah, and it’s only taken me 6 weeks, hundreds of hours of online labour and the potential loss of my soul!
My £8 payment was thanks to Slicethepie who had settled their tab a week earlier than expected which came as a pleasant surprise today. Obviously this is Lord Matthew Christopher Rose typing for whom every glimmer of good fortune is swiftly balanced out by a needless karmic punch to the neck, and hilariously just as I can draw a line under this scheme I received an email from them to say for a limited time every review in the Homeware category is good for a minimum of 17 cents. Naturally they waited a little over a day after I was trudging through countless reviews of Belieber merch for 4 cents a time before they announced that opportunity.
Regardless, Scheme #23: Become a music reviewer – WORKS. It stands up as a functional and reasonably speedy way of scraping money together, and if you owed a drug dealer £30 else he’s taking your prostate as collateral then you could chain yourself to your laptop and trundle out thousands of reviews for a solid 12 hours and that much-needed cash could be yours by the next day. Hell if you like listening to music from new and independent artists, or simply telling new and independent artists that their songs are dogshit, then you might even enjoy yourself with this scheme.
The other news is that excitingly my standardly sociopathic bus driver today handed me this £5 note in change:
Just a regular new polymer £5 note with Winston’s trademark constipated scowl on it, right? Wrong! Look at how that serial number begins – AK37! That’s almost AK47! And that’s a type of gun!!!
This is Scheme #144: Sell some funny money, namely currency which has some form of imperfection or quality which makes it a collectible. Undated 20ps sell for around £70, 10ps mistakenly pressed into a 2p mint can fetch upwards of a grand, and there are £2 coins with the typo “Pemember Pemember the Fifth of November” which are worth many dozens of times their face value too.
With the new unrippable, unvegan plastic fivers certain serial numbers have bestowed them with a value exceeding £5, such as the very first batch which boast a virginal AA01 code and have sold for over £200. Notes simply with the sequence 007 somewhere in the serial number are said to have been snapped up by rabid James Bond fans for up to £5,000 which I find head-clutchingly bewildering, how can you like Bond that much??
As for £5 notes with a code which commences AK47, a touching headnod to that most beloved of Soviet assault rifles, those have sold on eBay for £80,000! Admittedly the buyer transpired to be a cocaine dealer who actually never paid up (I feel even slimier than normal using The Sun as a reference link now they’re trying to write an exposé on me moonlighting as a traffic warden thanks to the all-round disaster Scheme #233 has turned out to be, but there we are), and I concede this fact does put a dampener on the scheme, but thankfully the publicity this has generated has boosted the value of similar notes such as AK48 and AK37. This is what I intend to cash in on, and even though my one reputable source on this claims “AK47 [notes] have reached a bogus price on internet auction/selling sites. Hyped up by bogus sellers, getting friends to bid on them. They do not actually sell,” I will be listing this note on Gumtree and eBay and seeing what sort of interest I can drum up, hopefully not from trolling coke mules.