Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The Sale

Yesterday Tom listed two very retro (and very heavy) stereo components on Craig's List and then he did research and saw that simular components sold for much more. So he changed the price, upped it by 125 additional dollars, which made it still quite low.

But nearly at the same moment, aha! The phone rang. The caller asked about the components and Tom knew immediately, the man had seen the lower price, first.

And alas, he had.

So Tom told him he'd sell the components at the lower price since the man was calling about that price, even though he'd since changed it. The man then told Tom he'd come by at 5:00.

Immediately, someone else called willing to pay the new, higher price. Of course.

Then Tom turned to me and moaned some "woulda, coulda, shoulda" things, like, he should've done the research, first, but he'd gotten the components years before at a yard sale for cheap and had thought hey! He'd be getting quite a nice profit if he sold them for that (original lower) price.

I told him, "Well, yes! You should have looked-up selling prices, first. And you should've told the guy upfront that you'd made a mistake and the price was now _____." But Tom said he couldn't do that. It felt like a moral dilemma to him and he had to do what he felt was right.

I just sighed.

Anyway...... The young guy came and by looking at his clothes and car and hearing his story, we could tell he didn't have much money--he'd been trying to build the perfect stereo system for years (highly annoying his wife... I could identify with that part, majorly) and he'd waited for eons for components like these. He also brought with him his adorable, 4-year-old sweet and quiet-as-can-be daughter who melted our hearts. And too, he brought an extra ten dollars in hopes it would make Tom feel better for letting the components go for much less (we thought that, kind.)

Well. Tom came in from the garage after the man and his little girl drove away and said he felt absolutely no regret about not getting the extra $125. He felt great about letting the young man go home with such a good deal.

We both felt good, in fact. There are, after all, more important things in Life than money.

No, really. There are.



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8 comments:

Odie Langley said...

Doing the right thing is always going to make you feel better.

Debra said...

Hey Odie! I've been trying to leave comments at your blog all weekend and yesterday, too, but Blogger wouldn't let me. But I did want to tell you I hope things will get better over your way soon! You've sure been going through it lately... Hang in there! ...Debra

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Tom has a generous heart! You too. I also love your sense of humor, Debra!

Lisa in Texas = ) said...

I loved this story and I believe that you guys will be bless beyond measure for it!
May God bless you guys in a special way,
Lisa :O)

Mrs. Mac said...

Just so heartwarming! What a good outcome .. both parties are blessed!

Judy said...

Awww. This makes me HAPPY!

Anonymous said...

It was the right thing to do!! Money is not everything!! So glad your husband felt good about it after the transaction too...no price tag on that!!

My daughter, looking for her own apt. had the exact opposite. Went to see it for one price, and upon calling to get things going was told a price over $130 more. Hmmm, well, we figure it was GOD's way to keep her from living there!! But nonetheless, bait and switch does not feel good.

How much better to have done as your hubby has!!
Blessings, Elizabeth in NC

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