Translated by: Endless
Edited by: Moxie
Chapter 76: High-Quality Standard Collected Print
“Get up now and see their collection, let’s sought out their recommendation!”
Fang Xinghan thought that getting their allocation plan was the most sensible. Once the general population tuned in, they would definitely applaud with one voice on how great their Jiang Hu Stories were.
“This, this will inconvenience Uncle Fang,” Hong Xiaobao could only think of these words as the last gesture and finally nod after, “Ha-ha, then I won’t be modest and will trouble Uncle Fang to look after this business!”
“Ha-ha, look at you saying that it will inconvenience this old Fang, be relieved and I will take care of it.”
He said while looking around, finally landing his eyes to Qingqing and Jianpu who estimated that in this world, nothing cannot be done by this kid. However, he would be still watching by himself to see what else could this kid do. This is worth anticipating, was it not?
“Since Uncle Fang will help in this way, everything will be easier.” Hong Xiaobao thought for some time and maliciously clapped afterwards, saying, “Do not print 200 copies, change it and print 100 copies instead!”
“Eh?! How can we print that short amount?” The surrounding people became curious after hearing the Ninth Prince’s word.
“Actually, it is not that the number we will print has become short, but we only have to print ordinary copies short!” Hong Xiaobao explained to everybody, “We can print 100 ordinary copies, then use the best paper and the best black ink to print it into another 100 high-quality standard collected prints! These 100 fantastic high-quality standard prints can now be used to collect money. In other words, these 100 high-quality goods, the starting price is a hundred tael of silver! Moreover, after each big city have this allocation plan, each time every 100 high-quality versions are printed, em, hehehe, once you have this high quality issue, it will have Uncle Fang’s sign on it or simply have a stamp of his signature on them! Like this, we can have the high quality collected prints to be on another level, that is the symbol of status!”
Signed and sealed! Such treatment is indeed high and lofty!
This will make their reputation soar, that is actually extraordinary!
“Ok, ok!” Fang Xinghan was also instantaneously excited; reaching his age this his signature getting sold in the news was truly his first time! Thinking that this could also spread his name and give him face, ah, he felt so refreshed!
Since the plan has been set, it was now time to take action!
In the Imperial Palace.
“Your Majesty, Your Majesty, big celebration, big celebration!” Eunuch Li, who was the one responsible for delivering the title deed to Hong Xiaobao at the Grand Alliance headquarters before, was now running happily towards Emperor Hong Wenqing in the Xuan Yang Palace. His happy sounding voice came over even though he was still few meters away from the Emperor, saying, “Your Majesty, Your Highness Ninth Prince, his blows are full of might, he was too fierce, is too fierce!”
Nonsense, how did my Bao Er become so fierce?
“Ha-ha, no rush, please speak your matter slowly.” Hong Wenqing has coughed and asked with a smile, “Look at you running to me, you have become out of breath. What is the matter that made you so anxious?” Although he did not express his happiness on the surface, his shivering hand betrayed him slightly. Even Zuo Shixian, who was sitting in meditation on one side of the Palace, has also opened his eye, his whole face curious.
“Your Majesty, this may absolutely be a big and great event!” Eunuch Li said with a smile, “The Jiang Hu Stories that Your Highness prints are very popular! They really sell greatly!”
“Eh? Sells greatly? Isn’t this first issue Bao Er printed for free?” Hong Wenqing lifted the teacup, took a sip, and asked curiously, “How did it sell if it’s for free?”
“Indeed! It is free, but Your Majesty, I fear that you have made a wrong guess. They indeed sell greatly!” Eunuch Li vented the feelings of joy with the news he presented, “In the beginning, it was free, but it changed after a few copies were taken. People started to read and was hooked. They started to buy, but the supply was insufficient. In the beginning, it was only priced at ten copper coins, then it rose to fifty copper coins rapidly. But because many still couldn’t buy it, someone finally shouted five taels of silver. The Jiang Hu Stories are really marketable that many people started to gather in the house entrance of the Grand Alliance that Your Highness bought, requesting Your Highness to stamp more copies!”
“Puff!!” A tea that he had just drunk was spat out teen feet away after hearing what Eunuch Li said, making Hong Wenqing almost choke to death, “What?! What did you say? You said that free copies were insufficient and now they are shouting to get one copy for five tael of silver?!”
“Yes, Your Majesty! Not only that” Eunuch Li was delighted, “Now some people even started to shout that they will buy one copy for ten taels of silver. They must buy a copy, but nobody is willing to sell it!”
Zuo Shixian’s eyes momentarily became round after hearing ten taels of silver per copy! Likewise, nobody was selling it!
“Do not be anxious, no rush, but it is indeed a little high,” Hong Wenqing couldn’t believe what he just heard. His pulse and blood pressure became a little high. An important matter like news could really sell for ten taels of silver each? Hong Wenqing asked, “This issue of Jiang Hu Stories, how many did Bao Er print?”
Eunuch Li hurriedly answered, “10,000, Your Majesty.”
10,000 copies for ten taels of silver per copy… that was 100,000 taels of silver! En, we should probably calculate it differently. Even if Hong Xiaobao printed 10,000 copies, this print would probably be sold for ten copper coins per copy. 10,000 copies are a thousand tael of silvers. This world has more than 100 big cities. If a city sold it for a thousand tael of silver, that would be 100,000 taels of silver from all 100 cities. If supplied four issues a month, then it would be 400,000 taels of silver monthly, in a year… High, the money was definitely high!
Hong Wenqing thought about how much money Hong Xiaobao was making and couldn’t keep his blood from rising. Wasn’t this too fierce? Too savage?
Normally, it was, in fact, impossible to have all the prints be completely sold out. But even a few of them sold was already a great sum of money! The Chiyun Empire state treasury altogether only have how much money? More or less it was only 2.002 million taels of silver. However, only a year of Jiang Hu Stories was more than enough to fill up their state treasury.
“That, since these many people wanted to buy a copy, how many did Bao Er printed?” Hong Wenqing worriedly asked.
Ten taels of silver per copy, 1000 are 10,000, 10,000 is 100,000 tael.
Eunuch Li did not think that Emperor Hong Wenqing would ask this question. He could only scratch his head as cold sweat suddenly poured down on his forehead. He said with a wry smile, “This, Your Highness, Ninth Prince has only stamped 100 copies and have it delivered to Warm Fragrant Building.”
“Coughs! Eunuch Li should not be afraid of saying it in fear that I will not be excited.” Hong Wenqing coughed once more and asked, “How many did Bao Er really printed?
“1-100” Eunuch Li spoke while trembling. He suddenly knelt down and kowtowed to Hong Wenqing. “Your Majesty, this little one did not lie. I wouldn’t dare. It is indeed said that Your Highness Ninth Prince has only printed 100 copies!
This words from Eunuch Li has dumbfounded both Hong Wenqing and Zuo Shixian.
It was such a good business! Why didn’t he hurry up and print a lot? Did he actually just printed 100 more instead?
“Calculate again before you say it.” Hong Wenqing asked again, Eunuch Li never dared to stand. Hong Wenqing asked, “You tell me again that these additional 100, how much money does it sell?”
Although the price was not low, it was a pity that quantity was quite short.
“It’s sold for 1000 taels of silver.” Eunuch Li wiped away his sweat fiercely and continued, “Head Teacher Fang’s genuine signature high-quality standard collected print has 100 copies. It’s expensive, at present there, came shouts of getting it for three thousand taels of silver per copy.”
“How much?!” Hong Wenqing stared in a big way that he could not believe what he heard.
Like this. O_O
High-quality standard collected print? Three thousand taels of silver?! A newspaper?!
“3 thousand taels of silver.” Eunuch Li trembled while kneeling down, “Your Majesty, this servant has not lied, what I said is the truth. The price is indeed three thousand taels! This servant would never dare to say anything untrue!”
Three thousand taels of silver per copy… 100 copies, that would be 300,000 taels of silver! In addition to that… the amount of the 10,000 copies earlier.
This was just amassing money radically!
“How could it sell if it is so expensive?!” Hearing this, Zuo Shixian held his breath with True Qi and urgently asked, “Did you inquire?”
“I asked,” Eunuch Li didn’t know if he should continue kneeling or if he should stand up, he just simply squatted while saying, “Mainly, Your Highness controlled the quantity tightly. Big cities will have 10,000 copies, each for five copper coin. Then there is also the 100 high quality standard collected prints for Jiang Hu. Many major practitioners wanted these, but the quantity is scarce. There is that «Legend of The Condor Heroes» serialization for collection value. Also, these high quality has Head Teacher Fang’s own handwriting which is signed and sealed. Therefore, due to it being limited and scarce, the price is especially high as a lot of people wanted to have one. Three thousand taels, these copies has also been sold out.”
Wow! This strategy was simply God-like!
Hong Wenqing and Zuo Shixian thought thoroughly as both of them sighed with emotion for a long time. Zuo Shixian heaved a deep sigh and said, “It seems that, this time, Thunder Sound Pavilion really has raised a super enormous hell for themselves.”
That was true, only several days of time has passed, and the money the Ninth Prince had collected was like a berserking water of the Yangtze River. With such development, God knows what degree this Grand Alliance would reach and develop to three years later!
“Ha Ha Ha Ha, good, good! Bao Er is worthy of being my, Hong Wenqing’s, son!” The Hong Wenqing state treasury only have three 100,000 taels of silver. He smiled and loudly said, “Pass on my decree, today in the palace, all the people including all ministers will have complete additional three months of salary!”
Hong Xiaobao expected this first issue of Jiang Hu Stories’ high-quality goods standard collected print might rake in more money.
Actually, it must be must be said that this newspaper, regardless of the amount, could be sold for a hundred taels of silver per copy. But who would put up Fang Xinghan’s genuine signature continuously?! Who is Fang Xinghan? That is the Saint Academy Six Great Orthodoxies Head Teacher. In the world of Jiang Hu, he was considered the leaders of all scholars!
If you put it on Earth, Fang Xinghan was equivalent to the head of state.
His genuine signature, who wouldn’t want that?
Especially this world where cultivators have high status, so long as one practiced martial arts, who would not think that they could one day can bump into a genuine flamboyant character? Even if their good fortune did not allow them to meet a genuine high ranking star expert, it could still be a point to boast around if one has their signature. It surely was a reason, wasn’t it?
Therefore, this high-quality standard collected print that was released, people immediately became wild to snatch it for themselves!
From the beginning, the price was only decided to be a thousand tael, but soon afterwards, some people started shouting three times the amount directly! This made it sold out in an instant!
But now that these copies have all been sold out, some issues kept on following.
“Big Brother Xiaobao, these martial artists outside seems to prepare to rush into the front door,” Qingqing worriedly spoke, saying, “If we do not find a way to solve this issue, they might ask us to print again.”
The quality of love they provided was endless, nobody could imagine that Jiang Hu Stories would startlingly make people like this.
The Grand Alliance was yet to be officially established, but the front door has already been blocked by people wanting to do business, this was this highly improper.
But the issue this time was Hong Xiaobao really did not have the means to suppress all these martial artists. Who could say that they did not want to buy and sell? Would more copies be significant to these people?
“Uncle Fang, I will inconvenience you once more,” this time Hong Xiaobao can only invite Fang Xinghan over, “Only Uncle can help me explain to them our difficulties. Please advise them that we can only print these many words, and next time they want to buy will be seven days later. The second issue is about your genuine signature…”
“Then leave it to me!” Fang Xinghan also knew that time was urgent, or else these people would definitely rush them for trouble. They couldn’t just hit and tow them.
“Here I go!”