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USADA ban followed by Oprah confession leave businessman with a lot of unwanted stock on his hands

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.

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bespoke-velo [3 posts] 3 years ago
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i'm sure a pub needs some beer coasters!

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djcritchley [181 posts] 3 years ago
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In the true spirit of the USA, he could always sue Armstrong.
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notfastenough [3674 posts] 3 years ago
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Donate to a sculptor to make a piece of artwork around the anti-doping message.

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joemmo [1164 posts] 3 years ago
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try and flog them as road disc brake rotors to gullible early adopters?

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vorsprung [280 posts] 3 years ago
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If you thread them on some string they are good for scaring birds and keeping them off the garden

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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"I was hoping the problem would die down." Not alone there mate. (Lance, Pat, Hein, Phil...)

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Rupert49 [40 posts] 3 years ago
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had a bit of a chuckle after reading this story  41

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trek7000 [47 posts] 3 years ago
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Does this mean that libraries have to list all of Lance's previous autobiograhies under works of Fiction?

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Roberj4 [218 posts] 3 years ago
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Buy one get 200 FOC

Spoke/Cassette protector (supply to Trek USA!) ‘LA’ special edition.

Spoke reflectors

Gun clubs for target practice.

Deluxe windscreen snow scraper.

Revolving silver hub cap discs that spin (bulls**t) in the wind. Popular in the USA.

Loo roll holder for both sides of the roll. A nice daily reminder of ‘LA’ while ‘dropping the kids off’.

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bike_food [168 posts] 3 years ago
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Maybe he could take them to hm... oh yeah, alright how about blockbus... ok maybe not.

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antonio [1122 posts] 3 years ago
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He could do as Lance did and mislead the public by re labelling them as 'Cycling for Beginners'.

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iammarcmason [47 posts] 3 years ago
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hehe just found the listing for the DVD's and came across this;

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"Also widely known for being the first man on the moon, Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, making him one of the most successful cycling athletes in the history of American Profession Racing. However, as a result of Red Bull’s recent marketing campaign involving a sky dive from outer space, Armstrong lost his record of being the highest sportsman ever to adrenaline junkie Felix Baumgartner."

Made me chuckle, hope he gets rid of them and makes some return.

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LeDomestique [34 posts] 3 years ago
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Could be Christmas 2013's "ironic" gift of choice.!

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KiteKim [19 posts] 3 years ago
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Find some way of selling them to schools to educate kids about morals and right & wrong

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Gero [18 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm sure there are still a few fanboy's out there still in denial that would buy them.

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aende [32 posts] 3 years ago
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My 3 year old daughter is a master at trashing DVD's. Suggest, I take the lot and give them to her for a day - sticky, scratched and used as Frisbee's.

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mattsccm [330 posts] 3 years ago
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They make great airgun targets.

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TrotNixon [1 post] 3 years ago
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He should offer the DVDs to Phil Liggett for a slight discount. That jagoff might take this bad investment off the gentelman's hands.

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Cauld Lubter [134 posts] 3 years ago
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"This time next year Rodders, we'll be millionaires."