Not Shady At All

My future brother-in-law, Jared, and I decided that it would be really neat if we had two XBOX 360 systems on two televisions in the living room at Apartment G. That way, we could both play online with his friends. I told him I had $200 to spare. It was money that I had saved to buy a video game system or to build a computer system. He went online and found that a local video game store had used systems for under $200. We jumped in Jeep 3.0 and headed to the store.

Once there, we saw that the systems were $160. As I stood in line to get it, a young kid in front of me was trying to sell his system to the store. The store clerk told him that they would give him $80 in store credit or about $65 in cash. The kid seemed a little bit miffed that he was getting ripped off. The system he had, and XBOX 360 Premier Edition, retails for about $400 (with all the accessories). Heck, the system by itself is on Ebay for about $250. When he didn’t take the clerk’s offer, I tapped the kid on the shoulder and asked him how much he wanted for the unit. “I don’t know,” he said.

“How about a hundred?” I asked. He nodded his head.

Next thing I know, we’re on our way to an ATM (about a mile and a half away) to get the cash. He followed us all the way. I got the cash from the ATM and parked in front of his car. I got out of the Jeep and walked over with cash in hand. He got out of his car with the game in a box and handed it to me. “You promise it’s working?” I asked. He nodded yes. I gave him the cash.

Jared and I played for 90 minutes last night on two systems.

I’m not usually one to take risks. For all I knew, the system could have been a brick. But I thought about it this way: If it works, I saved a lot of money. If it doesn’t, then I have a project to keep me busy for a few weeks. Besides, the kid would have been in enormous Karma-trouble had he fooled me out of $100. Still, looking back on it, I realized that I did a parking lot deal in Baltimore City. No, not shady at all.

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