Recently, I had a look at my readership statistics over the past few weeks. I was curious to know whether this blog suffered any kind of drop in the numbers over the Christmas and New Year period – and I was somewhat encouraged by what I saw.
Traffic was down around 75% on Christmas Day – hardly a surprise, given I took the day off – and was around 25% lower on December 26th. But after that, the number of visitors went back to roughly their normal levels. And one topic I covered then was NFTs – and a certain Brian Eno’s opinion on them.
As I wrote at the time, no price was listed for them – meaning they work on the JP Morgan premise of “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it”. But nonetheless, one reader got in touch over the weekend to let me know what happened after they made an enquiry with a view to buying one of the turntables.
He sent the email during the Christmas period and received a message confirming the lady answering them was away from the office and not due back until Tuesday 4th January. Which as far as starts go isn’t exactly encouraging. Still, he waited for January 4th to come and then he got his answer.
The reply revealed they had all sold out – a fact still not reflected on their website at the time of publication. They also reveal the last ones sold at £24,000 including VAT and then asked were they still interested if “someone does not fully commit and pay”.
So if you wondered how much people were prepared to pay for what’s essentially a glorified turntable, anything up to £24,000 is the answer. To quote Thomas Tusser’s Five Hundred Points of Husbandry – and not for the first time lately – “a fool and his money are soon parted”…