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Australia's Most Informative & Entertaining Antiques Magazine
Handbook of Price Guide

The Carter Sisters Handbook & Price Guide to Antiques, Collectables, Vintage & Retro in Australia 2017/18 Edition contains accurate descriptions and prices of more than 5500 items from the Australian market from more than 140 contributors. There are 27 major sections and more than 68 sub-sections, over 300 snippets and current record prices, specialist market overviews, important results from selected specialist auctions and expanded categories for growing markets. Hardcover, 544 pages in full colour, slightly smaller than A4. WAS $109 - DATA DISASTER SALE PRICE $39 (+ $10 delivery)

Australia's Most Informative & Entertaining Antiques Magazine
Collecting on a Shoestring

Collecting on a Shoestring contains more than 1800 unique antique, vintage and retro collectables, and everything in it is priced from $3 to $200. It's essential reference for anyone who shops at garage sales, op shops, boot sales, eBay and Gumtree because it gives you the current market prices of more than 1800 items you're more than likely going to come across, and bargains you're going to miss if you don't know their value! Soft cover, 208 pages in full colour, A5 size. WAS $24 - DATA DISASTER SALE PRICE $10 (includes postage)

Australia's Most Informative & Entertaining Antiques Magazine

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Australia's Most Informative & Entertaining Antiques Magazine

Did you hear the one about the sisters who lost all of their company data in one go?

That would be us - Julie and Christine Carter. We publish Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure & Profit as well as the Carter Sisters Handbook & Price Guide and Collecting on a Shoestring. We create everything on our computers, which means we have A LOT of information stored on there. This is the story of what happened one day when we lost all that information...

The thing with technology is that it's great until something goes wrong. I think that's because when something DOES go wrong, we realise how little we know about it. At least, that's what happened to us. And it didn't take long to realise we were up that well-known creek, not only without a paddle but with the current shoving us in the opposite direction.

This is what happened: one day, after days and weeks and months and even years of uneventful technological use, the back-up drive on my computer refused to load. Now, this was a problem for a number of reasons, the main one being - the main one at the time, anyway - that more than half the Winter magazine had already been designed and all the material to finish it, plus all those designs, was on the back-up drive. And since it refused point blank to load onto my computer, I couldn't access anything.

Don't panic yet...

I wasn't overly worried, since I knew we had a system called Data Raid, which has something called mirrored drives, which means that the four - yes, four! - discs in the system ALL store our data, the theory being that if one drive fails, the other three step into the breach. Of course, it's unheard for all four drives to fail, hence the user - which would be me - feels justified in believing they have a superior back-up system for their business.

Except... When the drive failed to load, I called the local Apple technician. He declared the power board dead and remarked that unfortunately, our particular Data Raid unit was no longer available. If it WAS available, well, then all we would need to do is remove those four discs, insert into a new unit, and Bob's your uncle. But since it wasn't available, no amount of Uncle Bobs could help us. He took the unit away and promised to work himself to the bone over the weekend to retrieve the data.

On Monday morning the local Apple technician was back. He had managed to retrieve the files for the Winter magazine, so we could carry on working while he restored the rest of the data. Phew! I downloaded the files and opened one of the design pages. Well, I tried to anyway, but as luck would have it, every single one of the files in the restored folder was corrupt. Who would have thought?

Panic may still be an option...

So now we had a slightly bigger problem than originally anticipated. No access to anything and a magazine to put out. Fortunately I still believe in printing everything out, so we did have a paper version of most of the work. What we needed was the world's fastest typist, so we called in mum. We gave her maybe 40 pages of editorial content and said, Please can you type that in the next couple of days. Fortified only by a cup of tea, she sat down and started typing like a woman possessed.

Next we needed to relocate all the images for the editorials and adverts. This is where technology really helped, because in the old days they would have been transparencies that needed to be rescanned (hours and hours of work), but today everything is electronic. And I file all my emails, so all I had to do was go back through, oh, maybe 20,000 emails and find everything I needed. Well actually there really are 20,000+ emails but I didn't need to go through all of them.

I just said that for effect. Anyway, we gradually compiled all the material back together for the magazine and started redoing all the designs.

Yep. Panic is now acceptable

Meanwhile, the local Apple computer guy admitted defeat. He didn't know how to retrieve the data and he suggested we prepare ourselves for having lost everything. WHAT!!! This is on a foolproof back-up drive where we have not one, but FOUR discs all supposed to be holding our data. How could it all have gone? We refused to believe it, mainly because if it was true, we no longer had a business. I'm not being dramatic - literally everything we do is on that state-of-the-art but somehow totally useless back-up drive. There must be someone else who can help.

And of course, there is. They were in Sydney, so we packed up the discs, kissed them goodbye and sent them by overnight courier to the best in the business. But just like when you go to a specialist instead of your GP, they cost a lot more. Let's try, oh, about $8000 as the quote. Yes, you read that correctly. The cost of retrieving the data from a data retrieval expert - should it be retrievable - was going to be $8000. It was about now that I began wondering if I should have become a data retrieval expert.

So our choices were: Admit defeat, save $8000 and close the business; or agree to go ahead with the data retrieval (not guaranteed, by the way - anything could happen with those mirrored drives), put the Winter magazine out albeit a few days late, and then spend the next three weeks wondering how to raise the money to pay the experts.

Of course we chose Option B. It requires enormous intestinal fortitude for three weeks, because we don't actually know what the experts can and can't retrieve so we really have no idea what the outcome will be of this little event. Other than if we DO get everything back, it won't be saved on a Data Raid system no matter how many mirrored drives it has. And we need $8000. Which is where you come in.

You know how the internet is full of those inspirational sayings about rising from adversity? Well I think there's something to it. Because the day after we discovered the cost of the data retrieval, I woke up and thought: What if we make something of this? What if we tell everyone what's happened, and offer them an amazing deal on something we have to sell? So that's what we decided to do. We have around 250 copies of the 2017/18 edition of the Carter Sisters Handbook & Price Guide sitting in a storage unit here in Coffs Harbour, and we want to sell them. We also have about 40 boxes of Collecting on a Shoestring and we really want to move them, too. We want the books to pay for the data retrieval, which means we have to sell a lot of them... and so we've decided to make them a price that's almost impossible to refuse.

We're calling it our Data Disaster Sale and it will never, ever be repeated (see above re: mirrored discs etc). From now until June 14, we're selling the aforementioned Price Guide for just $39 (plus $10 delivery) and Collecting on a Shoestring for just $10... or if you're really keen you can get them both together as the Data Disaster Package for just $40 (plus $10 delivery). They are rock bottom prices because we really do need to raise the cash... and we hope you'll think it's a good enough deal to buy them! Just think what a perfect gift they would be for anyone with an interest in antiques and collectables...! Get your books today - order now.

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