Is it greed or survival?

Every year some manufacturer comes out with a new and exciting toy that everyone just has to buy. A few years back it was Elmo. He was hard to find at the store and everyone wanted one to give as that perfect gift that their child would remember forever. They were selling at the store for $19.99 but people were hoarding them up and reselling them for $50.00 plus. And people bought them.

This year it was the Zhu-Zhu pets. An ugly little creature that ressembled a hampster. They were impossible to find. You had to be at the right place at the right time.

Well, I was there at the right time. I was fortunate enough to walk into eight of those little creatures and I bought them all. They sold for $9.99 each. I took the time to research these critters and found that they were selling anywhere from $40.00 to $80.00 each on various Internet auctions and websites. Perfect, a money-making opportunity.

I listed them on “Craigslist” and in the Free Ad paper for $30.00 each, wanting to turn them over and make a few bucks. I sold them in three days. Awesome, I made $160.00 (or close to it) profit and went on with life. That money helped after being unemployed for 10 plus months.

As Paul Harvey would say, “Now you have the rest of the story….”

On Wednesday morning, January 6, at 5:50 a.m. I received a phone call asking if I still had the Zhu-Zhu’s for sale. I told the lady that I had already sold them. She, without hesitation, started calling me every possibly bad name you could call someone. She said that she had a two-year-old, a three- year-old, and a six-year-old that I ruined Christmas for because I was a greedy Bas***d because people like me bought all those toys and didn’t leave any for parents and grandparents to buy for their kids and grandkids. The names she called me can’t be published. I listened to her for a little while then hung up. She called back not once, not twice, but four times and each time she continued to call me bad names. I finally got her to quit calling by threatening to turn her into the police for harassment, (great thing, caller ID.)

That got me thinking. Was I greedy and just in it for the money? You bet. I didn’t need those critters. But the extra money came in handy. The people that bought them actually gave them to their kids and grandkids so they still got in the hands of those who they were intended to be made for.

I don’t know why the things that nasty woman said bothers me, but they do. I was greedy, but aren’t we all? I wonder if that lady goes in to a Wal-Mart and complains when she pays $3 for a gallon of milk that Wal-Mart only paid $1.50 for. She probably does.

I am going to clear this from my mind by donating half (yeah, only half) of the $160.00 I made to a worthy cause, the church, the food bank, pay it forward, someone. I don’t have to, but I’m going to. Because in my mind it was a little greedy, but it was survival too.

Bill Vaught,


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