Going… Going… Gone!


I wonder, what´s this frenzy for selling stuff on television? At the moment, there are a few Going... Going... Gone! programmes on British television that enable participants to walk away with a few extra pounds on their pockets. Sometimes, more than just a few extra quid.

One of these programmes is even on prime time. The financial climate must have increased the interest on these type of programmes.

It all reminds me of auctions. Traditionally, we would only hear the expression `going, going, gone!´ in an auction. One of the first things that spring to mind when I think about auctions is rich people buying and selling. A bit like in some episodes of Agatha Christie´s Poirot.

There are some differences though. In these programmes, there are not any auctions as such. But, just people negotiating their `fair´ price for the objects they `really´ love with an expert brought in by the programme. The people are not deep in debt millionaires anymore as in The Artist. But, ordinary people who may have found a source of income in a useless jar in the basement. The interesting thing is that it is a `staple´ programme on British TV.

What would you sell if you had to? I have seen people selling the following:

  • A bedroom phone that belonged to a former queen;
  • A car that once belonged to Kate Middleton; Going... Going... Gone!
  • A wax statue of a famous person dead, similar to the sculptures that were used in burials in the past centuries for rich people;
  • Old toys;
  • Old clothes;
  • Cakes!

Yep, some objects are just so strange… So are some of their owners too. I guess this is a way to differentiate programmes too.

About A Londoner from Afar

Cheese & choc lover, marketer and linguist who would like to explore and share those aspects that still have the power to make her stay in the amazingly vibrant city of London after nearly 10 years.
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