Friday, May 18, 2007

Putting a Price on Bad Spelling

This came across the wires today:


STAMPS with a schoolboy spelling error are selling for a small fortune at auction.

The Royal Mail were forced to recall thousands of their Glorious England sets because the Isle of Wight was misspelt "White".

But dozens sneaked out and are fetching hundreds on online auction site eBay. Bidding for one climbed to £771.

Stamp dealer Allan Grant said: "There are probably between 50 and 100 of the sets and people clearly think they're worth a fortune."
So, if there are 75 sets that sell for £771 (about $1,500), that means this one spelling error is "worth" about $115,000. Nice work, if you can get it.

The question is, though, would the person who set the type be willing to pay $115,000 to prevent that error? If so, we know just the people for the job.

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