Making It Big
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Nick Mead had no idea what he would find when he reached into the old fuel canister. But then he felt something cold and smooth. Startled, he yanked his hand out. Who knew what was lurking inside the tank after what he had just discovered in the other canister. Mead wasn’t sure what he had stumbled on, but he knew all he wanted was the tank. He just never imagined he would wind up an instant millionaire.
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Mead was an average guy living in Northampton, England. But one thing about this mild-mannered Englishman stood out like a sore thumb. Nick had a thing for tanks. In fact, he collected old armored vehicles just for fun. But eventually, this turned into something more. Then it went from a passion into something far worse.
A Hole In His Pocket
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Mead was obsessed with his hobby. So, in less than no time, he acquired tons of collectible vehicles. But this wasn’t exactly inexpensive. Wartime vehicles and tanks weren’t known for being affordable. Eventually, his collection started burning a hole through his finances. And since his collectibles did nothing but stand there, they didn’t earn him any money either. But then, Mead came up with an idea, and it was so insane, he was afraid it would actually work.
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Mead realized he needed earn some money to continue paying for his collectibles. But opening up a war museum would have been dull. Then, he came up with an idea. What if he gave people a first-hand experience? He loved the concept. And before long, Tanks A Lot came into existence. Eventually, folks got the chance to ride in veteran war vehicles. This attracted thrill seekers and war enthusiasts from all over the area. But then, Mead noticed something that was life-altering.
A Tough Seller
One day, Mead stumbled on a rare find while browsing through e-Bay. It was an old Soviet T-54, which he simply had to add to his collection. So, he decided to bid for it before anyone else got their hands on it. But the seller was particularly picky. He didn’t just want money either. And when he learned what Mead did for a living, he decided that in lieu of money, he wanted to trade. At that point, Mead had to make a decision, and it wouldn’t be an easy one.