Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Profiteering...

So I spent 7 hours in the cold outside Target with Ed waiting in line for a chance to buy a Nintendo Wii. Living in a capitalistic society often means there are winners and losers. Well, now I'm starting to feel like a regular Scrooge for depriving young children of holiday joy.

I placed an add on Craigslist for my Wii and a copy of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Based on the other adds and some final sales on E-bay $500 dollars seemed like a decent asking price (check out the add here). Feel free to pass on the add to anyone you feel may be interested and has the cash! If I don't get $500 before Christmas I'll just hold on to it. Anyway, check out this offer I received bellow... am I a Jerk or what?

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From: Michelle
Date: Dec 6, 2006 8:17 AM
Subject: Nintendo Wii Zelda Twilight Princess with receipt $500 - $500
To: sale-244161108@craigslist.org

** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY --- AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html


Good Morning. I am in search of a Wii for my 11 year old son. I am only able to offer $350. I can pay cash. I know your asking price is $500 and I am sorry to have to offer you so much less....as I cannot afford to pay that price and still provide a nice Christmas for the rest of my family. Thank you for your consideration.
Michelle

5 comments:

  1. To bad for Michelle. What was the price you paid for the Nintendo?

    You better be careful Spitzer may come and get you for price gouging. I am pretty sure he went after someone doing the same thing with generators right after Katrina.

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  2. Wii = 249.99
    Zelda = 49.99
    6.75% Tax = 20
    total =$320

    500-320 = $180 towards a new camera.

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  3. I you take anything less than 500 hundred, I'll steal your new camera then smack you across the face with it. Tell Michelle aka Bob Cratchit to pick up a second shift at the local Denny's and then she can make a reasonable offer for her spoiled little brat. Erick why did you buy it in the first place? New Camera? or you could start a Salvation Army. I don't want to come off sounding like an Ebenezer, but the world needs Tiny Tims

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  4. I'm not 100% sure why I got the Wii... waiting in line was more about "can I do it?" Everyone knows I'm a pretty big video game nerd, but I don't actually play a lot ton of video games, so just being a part of a video game launch (well shipment) was kinda cool. Ed and I had some liquid courage to carry us through the night as well.

    I'll be putting up an add on Ebay this Friday, craigslist doesn't have the "mind-share" that ebay does. So far I've only gotten two offers in two days.

    And when in doubt I'll hold on to it... I know Zelda could keep me happy until PS3s are easily available (sometime in spring?).

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  5. If she wanted to save 150 junior bacon cheese burgers she would have stood in line for 7 hours like labia. She even has motivation. Erick did it without. He just did it with a large nutsack.

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