Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Year's Resolution: Don't Overpay

Those who don't have an infinite reserve of capital backing them up are advised to exercise care in spending money unnecessarily. Remember, just because something is scarce doesn't mean it's automatically of great value. So even if you are a New Yorker completist who absolutely has to have that hard-to-find copy of the Cartoons from The New Yorker 2010 Day-to-Day Calendar currently offered on Amazon, you might want to think twice before spending an obscene $7,794.01 for it. If thinking twice isn't enough, think three times.

Cartoons from The New Yorker 2010 Day-to-Day Calendar

Cartoons from The New Yorker Day-to-Day  2010 Calendar
Amazon Listing Retrieved January 1, 2019

So why not shop around, like Momma told you? AbeBooks lists the very same calendar and offers the option of paying as much as $11,206 or as little as $4,000. The disparity is ridiculous but even the lowest price is still insulting!
AbeBooks Listings Retrieved January 1, 2019

My New Year's resolution is to refrain from overpaying, particularly for mass-produced items. Yours should be too. Be patient, wait for your price, and realize you can get along just fine without obsolete publications like the Cartoons from The New Yorker 2010 Day-to-Day Calendar no matter how rare they may now seem to be. Cheaper copies will probably come along. Even if they don't, there are better uses for $4,000. I'll bet you can think of some.

Oh, I could also stand to lose a couple of pounds...


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