Ever wondered what happens to lost luggage?
January 31, 2008 2:15am CST
Did you know you could make money out of other people's lost luggage? Really - it's not hard! All you need to do is head down to the auction house where British Airways sells the luggage it can't reunite with its owners, and bid on what you think you can sell for a profit. London's lost luggage hotspot is Greasbys in Tooting, south west London. It holds auctions every Tuesday at 10.30am and viewing is held on the Monday before, between 2.30pm and 6.30pm, giving you a chance to suss out which bags or items you want to buy. Be warned, though, you only get to see the outside of the suitcases so you will have to try to guess which ones have the expensive clothes in. There are plenty of bargains up for grabs, and it can be fun. People who go regularly say it's like a treasure hunt. The auctioneers take very valuable items out of the suitcases first and sell them separately. This includes stuff like electronic items, shoes, jewellery and toiletries. Of course you can bid on these too and then sell them on for a profit. The valuable items sell very cheaply - a £500 snowboard recently sold for £75 so you could either keep it for yourself or sell it on for more. Or you can bid for suitcases and hope there are some good clothes, shoes, books etc. in them that you could flog. This is a bit of a lottery, but cases are generally pretty cheap. They go from about £5 to £50 each depending on what they look like. Even the suitcase itself could fetch something like that on eBay so you're probably on to a winner already! http://uk.news.yahoo.com/skynews/20080131/tuk-lost-luggage-isn-t-load-of-old-bagga-45dbed5.html
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• Cambridge, England
31 Jan 08
I'm sure they do this in every country. I guess a little searching will be necessary. If you live near an airport, try calling the Lost Luggage number. You might need to persuade them that you are calling about an item that went missing several months ago or they may be happy to explain the process anyway. Once you have details of who runs the auctions (and where and when), you are in business!