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Expanding the Business – Disc Repair Machine

This is the second article in a series of posts about how I’m trying to turn my hobby of buying and selling into a fully fledged business. Click here for the previous post.


In the industry I’m trying to build a business in, buying second hand products can be risky. The vast majority of sellers on eBay are honest individuals trying to shift their unwanted goods for a bit of extra money, but there are some who knowingly pass off damaged goods as working. It was for this reason, and others, that I decided to invest in a disc repair machine.

I first started buying and selling last summer with no real aims to take it further but to just see where it went. Business was slow and margins were minimal. However, by the end of the summer I had completed a number of sales and managed to accumulate around £200 credit on PayPal (as well as adding a number of titles to my collection). It was at this point that I played with the idea of taking this hobby further and I impulsively purchased a JFJ Easy Pro Disc Repair Machine for £154.99.

It might seem strange to spend ~75% of my total earnings in one go, especially since that item’s “value” was purely theoretical and I wouldn’t even use it for nearly a year after purchase, but it made sense to me from a business perspective. I theorised that a small percentage of the items that I bought wouldn’t work and instead of wasting time and effort trying to sort out a refund, a disc repair machine would save time.

Moreover, having a disc repair machine opens up a new source of potential income. Although uncommon, there are occasional listings of bundles of faulty discs which can be bought cheap, repaired then resold for profit. This convinced me that, like solar panels, the machine would eventually pay for itself and while it’s true that the repairs won’t always be successful, a success rate of 50% or more would make it all worth while.

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Wonder Woman



“I will fight, for those who can not fight for themselves.” – Diana Prince



The Facts:

Genre: 
Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Run Time: 
141 mins
Director: 
Patty Jenkins
Staring: 
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis
Certificate: 
12A
Rating:
 7/10

With the release of a number of anticipated films recently, Baywatch (May 25th) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26th), it was no surprise that Wonder Woman (June 2nd) would face some competition in the cinema. It was a surprise, however, to see it pushed to the smallest screen in my local cinema on it’s opening night. Was it really that bad?

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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was first introduced in last year’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, however, since the film was primarily about the conflict between Batman and Superman, her character was never properly explored. Wonder Woman explains the origin of the heroine, from her upbringing on Themyscira (home of the Amazons) through to how she gets involved with the world of Man.

As you would expect from a film where the lead character is an independent woman raised in a world without men (the Amazons are a “tribe” of female warriors), Wonder Woman promotes a sense of female solidarity and some cinemas even went as far as having women-only screenings. This idea of female empowerment was made clear early on in the film, with references to men not being necessary for a woman’s sexual pleasure and that the role of a secretary sounded like “slavery”. Marina Berlin’s review over on Vice delves into this topic further, suggesting that Wonder Woman’s greatest superpower is destroying sexist tropes.

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Aside from defeating sexist tropes, Wonder Woman is also pretty good at defeating evil. The action in Wonder Woman isn’t anything to scoff at, but it’s not necessarily something to boast about either. With the setting being the World War, the majority of the action in Wonder Woman was all too similar to that of Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger i.e. Superhuman strength + Shield = Dead bad guys. However, the “lasso of truth” was used on occasion and this was an origin story, so Diana Prince was still learning to use her full power.

So did Wonder Woman deserve the small screen? Not really no. The film was generally good with a strong cast and script that was both entertaining and humbling, but DC still seem to be playing catchup to Marvel. Perhaps the similarity to Captain America was a bit too exaggerated, but I can’t help but feel that if Wonder Woman had been released under Marvel it would have gone straight to the main screen…

What is Broad Noise?

Broad Noise is a merge between two separate hobbies I started in my spare time while at university; blogging and buying and selling. Broad Noise is an attempt to put off joining the “real world” as long as possible and to start a “business” doing something I enjoy. To better explain how this idea came about, I need to first explain the two aspects of Broad Noise:

Buying and Selling
I’ve always been a keen gamer and over the years I’ve grown a rather impressive collection (which can be seen here). After a few years of buying games from the likes of Amazon, Game and CeX, I realised it was more cost effective to buy bundles of games from eBay, keep the games I didn’t have and resale the others.

Last summer I took this theory further and started buying games from eBay with the purpose of reselling for profit. By doing this I managed to increase my collection and still be in profit, all through organic growth. This lead me to believe that, given time, it could be possible to make a “living” through buying and selling.

Blogging
The blog itself first started as a music blog where I would share tracks that I liked, review gigs that I went to and occasionally review an album or two. There were no rules to this form of Broad Noise. I would write when I wanted to and if I couldn’t be bothered, I wouldn’t do anything at all.

When I realised it might be possible to take the buying and selling further from being just a hobby, I decided that the blog should be all encompassing of digital entertainment and act as a form of support for the eBay shop.

Aim
The aim for Broad Noise is to share my passion for music, film/tv and gaming in my own way that is interesting, helpful and enjoyable to read. The blog will also support the eBay shop by creating a feel of professionalism and by simply generating click-throughs to the shop itself.