A Dorset entrepreneur is looking for advice on how to shift 10,000 Lance Armstrong DVDs he cannot now sell due to the disgraced cyclist’s lifetime ban and subsequent confession to doping.
It sounds like the plot of an episode of Only Fools & Horses, but Karl Baxter from Poole certainly isn’t laughing as he struggles to come up with ideas of what to do with the pile of DVDs, reports This Is Dorset.
Mr Baxter says he bought the DVDs for his business Wholesale Clearance UK prior to the scandal erupting around the former US Postal rider, although the website doesn’t say exactly when he acquired them.
Nor does it explain how exactly he came by them – although we’re guessing the vendor was whistling cheerfully and had a bit of a spring in their step after the transaction had been completed.
He explained: “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,” continued Mr Baxter with what, in hindsight, is commendable understatement. “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,” added the businessman, whose activities include dealing in bankrupt stock.
“This is one of the few things I’ve managed to buy that has come back to bite me,” he went on. “I’m paying storage on them. I’ve got a few at the warehouse to show customers.”
Now, he is open to suggestions about what he could do with the unwanted DVDs and has come up with a couple of ideas of his own.
“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.
He concluded: “I just wish he had either kept his mouth shut a bit longer or not done it in the first place.”
Do you have any ideas about what Mr Baxter could do with 10,000 Lance Armstrong DVDs? Let us know in the comments below.
Thanks to Adam Tranter of Fusion Media for the spot.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.