BBC Bargain Hunt: Ochuko Ojiri’s musical ‘weakness’ leads to staggering auction loss

A BBC Bargain Hunt team were dealt a blow during Friday’s episode after spending half their budget on an unusual musical instrument.

Friday’s (June 10) episode saw the Red and Blue teams snag some bargains at Detling in Kent and later send their prized possessions to Catherine Southon Auctioneers. Becca and Matt were this week’s blue team against reds Sam and Serene as they battled it out to make the biggest profit.

Ochuko Ojiri was assisting the blue team this week and tempted them with her discovery of a keyboard glockenspiel. “It’s not one of those things that would have a fixed value, it’s one of those real puny buys,” he told contestants. The instrument originates from the 18th century consisting of a glockenspiel operated by a piano keyboard.

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Originally set at £240, they managed to slash almost £100 off the price and haggle it down to £150. The blue team bet half of their £300 budget on the musical instrument as they bought big spend, hoping to make a good profit at auction.

Their other two items included a brass pineapple, which made a profit of £27 and a piece of German pottery which made a profit of £5 on the purchase price.

But when Becca and Matt took their chances at auction with the unusual keyboard glockenspiel, the pair seemed shocked at the outcome. The instrument started at £50 and didn’t climb any higher, meaning a staggering loss of £100 on their big expense item.

Luckily, the profit from the other items meant they only lost £66 in total on their auction items. The red team, however, managed to break even on their purchases.

On Twitter, viewers joked about the choice of the glockenspiel keyboard in Friday’s episode. Not many takers for the glockenspiel keyboard. I’m surprised by that,” @Beckie_Miller_ jibed with a laughing emoji.

@YTVChase teased that it was Ochucko’s preference for instruments that set them back: “Chuko’s weakness for unusual musical instruments is the only problem today [sic] a lot.”

@WorfDelm2016 seemed disappointed with the breakeven result: “Oh, have a great day everyone 0 #bargain hunting.”